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Silleuksa Temple and Yeoju Ceramic Festival

Silleuksa Temple situated against a low hill on the north side of the river Namhan in Yeoju (Gyeonggi Province), is the only riverside temple in Korea. The site of the temple is really beautiful, especially now in spring and just before the Lotus Lantern Festival when the temples are already decorated with hundreds of colorful lanterns. Even though part of the temple was under renovation, we still could visit the main buildings, admire the 600-year-old ginkgo tree standing on the temple grounds and enjoy the view of the Gangwolhun, small pavilion located along the riverbank’s cliff, despite the construction works and concrete pavement on the other side of the river.

Just a 5 minutes walk from the temple is Yeoju Ceramics Expo. We’ve been lucky to be there exactly during the Yeoju Ceramic Festival which takes place this year 04.21.2012 ~ 05.13.2012. We had fun watching a short magician show, walking in the alleys while trying different kinds of Korean traditional food and listening to some percussion and Korean traditional songs. The main exhibition hall with a broad variety of ceramics including celadon, white, buncheong, and watae porcelain is worth visiting.

But the highlight of the day for my 4-year-old daughter was the ceramic workshop where she made this beautiful bowl 😉

How to get there:

  • From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Yeoju Terminal.
  • From Yeoju Bus Terminal, take a local bus (bound for Silleuksa Temple)

Admission fee:

  • Adults – 2,200 won
  • Children – 1,700 won

For more information about Silleuksa Temple – http://www.silleuksa.org/index.php

and Yeoju Ceramic Festival – http://www.yeojuceramic.com/


The Garden of Morning Calm, Tulips everywhere

Garden of Morning CalmSpring finally arrived here in Seoul too and you can feel and see it all around. All Koreans and Korea residents are talking about the best cherry blossoms spots, the pictures of the trees covered with snow-white flowers circulate on internet and no one wants to miss this short and magic period of the year.

To have a change from the most popular and most photogenic white avalanche of blossoms we decided to visit The Garden of Morning Calm known as the paradise for photographers in every season of the year. And we were not disappointed…Garden of Morning Calm

Surrounded by mountains, the Garden is a peaceful and beautiful place to wander around. The scenic walkways lead you around paths of seasonal flowers in bloom, grass lawns, mountains with waterfall, pinewoods and pounds with red fishes….Garden of Morning Calm

As we visited last week, it was the season of tulips. You can check the pictures of the colorful carpets covering the garden…Garden of Morning Calm

The kids just loved to walk and run around and we had so much fun and enjoyed to have our first spring picnic on the grass.

The Garden of Morning Calm is worth visiting especially between April and November. If you can, try to avoid the week-end or come early morning as it can be really crowded. Garden of Morning Calm

Operating hours:

08:30 -20:30

Admission fee:


(age 19-64)

(age 13-18)

(age 3-12)

December – March




April – November





Weekend & Holidays




Garden of Morning CalmHow to get there:

Take a bus from Cheongpyeong Intercity Bus Terminal to Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원) (Bus schedule: 09:00, 10:20, 10:50, 11:20, 12:40, 13:20, 14:20, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:40, 18:30, 19:40 / Estimated travel time: 30 min)

For more information go to Garden of Morning Calm

Garden of Morning Calm map

Namhansanseong Park Family Hiking

Namhansanseong Provincial Park is one of the most popular hiking destination located immediately to the southeast of Seoul. Especially during the weekends, there are many groups and families heading to the mountain, as all the park is very famous for its natural beauty in every season of the year.

Joseon dynasty gate NamhansanseongNamhansanseong Fortress (남한산성) history dates back to Baekje period. In 672, a fortress called Jujangseong was built on the western edge of Mt. Namhansan to protect Silla from Tang China. The present fortifications were built during the Joseon period in the 17th century. In 1954, Namhansanseong was designated a national park and a good deal of repair work was done. The fortress area once accommodated nine temples, as well as various command posts and watch towers. Today a single command post, Seojangdae (西將台), and a single temple, Changgyeongsa, remain. There are other more recent temples on the path up to the south gate and fortress walls and the north, south and east gates have been restored.

Namhansanseong parkNamhansanseong map

Namhansanseong Park is an amazing place to visit. There are several hiking trails, some of them feasible even with young kids. To choose the right hiking course for you, check the korean version of Namhansanseong website with its interactive map. Namhansanseong park

  1. Sanseongjongno(Rotary) – The North Gate – The West Gate – Sueojangdae – Yeongchunjeong – The South Gate – Sanseongjongno(Rotary) (5km, take 1hr 45mins)
  2. Sanseongjongno(Rotary) – Yeongwoljeong – Sungyeoljeon – Sueojangdae – The West Gate – Gukcheongsa Temple – Sanseongjongno(Rotary) (4km, take1hr 20mins)
  3. Administration Office – Hyeonjeolsa Temple – Beolbong peak – Janggyeongsa Temple – Mangwonsa Temple – Jisudang – Administration Office (5km, 1hr 35mins)
  4. Sanseongjongno(Rotary) – The South Gate – Namjangdaeteo – The East Gate – Gaewonsa Temple – Sanseongjongno(Rotary) (4.5km, 1hr 30mins)
  5. Administration Office – The East Gate – Dongjangdaeteo – The North Gate – The West Gate – Sueojangdae – Yeongchunjeong – The South Gate – The East Gate (8km, 3hrs 5mins)

Easy walk on Namhansanseong Fortress wallWe tried the easy trail #1 with our 2 preschoolers and it was just fine. Take the slightly climbing paved road from the South Gate to the West Gate and you’ll be amazed by the beautiful views of Seoul. When you come down to the village (rotary area) stop by one of the delicious restaurants serving the very traditional Korean food or just wander in the streets watching all those beautiful and well restored old houses.

As there may be many visitors during the weekends, try to arrive early in the morning;-)

Flags in the wind - Namhansanseong

How to get there:

  • Subway – Get off at Sanseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 8), Exit No. 2. Take City Bus No. 9, and get off at Namhansanseong bus stop. (Travel Time : 20 Min., Interval of Buses: 20 Min.)
  • Bus – Take 13-2 bus at Dongseoul bus terminal Gangbeun station and transfer to 15-1 bus at the entrance of Namhansanseong, get off at the last stop.

For more information go to Namhansanseong Fortress website

Restaurant Hanok Namhansanseong