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South Korea: New Experiences On The Other Side of The World

Back in May I took a long anticipated trip to South Korea. It was both a bit of spur of the moment and at the same a trip that had been long in the making.  South Korea had always been a destination I wanted to visit but it took a back seat to my love of Japan. This time around I had more than just the interest of the country, culture and people drawing me in. One of the main reasons for the trip was to visit my girlfriend who still lives and studies there. As always though I highly anticipated not only the chance to travel somewhere new but have the opportunity to explore it behind a camera.

I wanted to take a shot at doing something similar to how I approached my photography goals while in Japan. In truth prior to going I often saw both countries as quite similar even if different in a lot of culture and ideologies. I kind of knew that if I were to go to one, I would at some point in the near future go to the other.  Of course, as one can guess I was quite mistaken about the shared similarities and differences which turned out to be both incredibly enjoyable and frustrating at times.

I spent most of the trip documenting some of the adventures I came across in my travels, more so than actually running around with my camera with a dedicated perspective or narrative. It is something I wanted to sincerely spend some time on but I was quite limited on time and like I said, the majority of the trip was dedicated to spending time with my girlfriend.

We got a chance to explore a bit of Seoul, Chuncheon and the many attractions and sights of Jeju Island. I ended up meeting many interesting and kind people along the way and it’s become a journey I definitely plan on taking many more times, especially with the intention of spending some serious time with a camera in my hand.

South Korea is a beautiful country and I look forward to returning later this year.

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RJ - August 3, 2012 - 5:42 am

Truly beautiful, both the content and the photography. Thank you for posting these.

Is there any way to tag the locations? I am planning to visit there next year and here are some places I would hate to miss ^^

cigdem - August 3, 2012 - 6:02 am


Faizah - August 4, 2012 - 12:25 am

Beautiful photos! I’ll be going there in November and noted that you went to Chuncheon.

Is the photographs of the beach taken at Chuncheon?
Is it near the ITX Chuncheon train station?

Mariusz - August 4, 2012 - 10:09 am

RJ: Sure thing, i can mark a number of the locations on a map to give you a better idea as to where i travelled.

Faizah: Thank you, The beaches were around Jeju island. Lots of beautiful places to visit there!

ishtar - August 11, 2012 - 8:59 pm

infinite competition, the longest working hour in the world, intense emotion in education and politic, materialisam,conservativeness, but great people, peace, sharing…in my point of view as Korean..

Dongeun Lee - March 6, 2013 - 2:56 am

Your pictures of Jeju island catch my eyes. So beautiful….