Mysterious Unjusa Temple of 1,000 Buddha and Pagodas

The South Korean temple, Unjusa in Hwasun County is a bit of a mystery. No one is quite sure who the founder is but it is estimated to have been built sometime between 57 BC and 935 AD. Originally the temple had more than 1,000 Buddha statues and 1,000 pagodas but today only 91 stone statues and 21 pagodas of various sizes remain. They can be found around the temple Continue Reading →

Gwangju International Community Day!

The Gwangju International Center is yet again helping to organize the Gwangju International Community Day (GIC Day). It will be held October 15th and 16th, 2016 at the Gwangju International Center (Saturday) and the Asia Culture Complex (Sunday) downtown. Put on by both local and international residents of the city, this multi-cultural event is now in its 22nd year in Gwangju, South Korea and features a talent show, concert, cultural and community booths as well Continue Reading →

7 Must See Places Near Gwangju this Fall

                This summer has been a long and unbelivably hot one but fall is in the air! Maybe you're looking for a place to see the fall colours or somewhere to visit over the Chuseok holiday. The Damyang House, Compass Korea  and Family in Faraway Places  have you covered with our favorite places to visit near Gwangju, Jeollanamdo during the autumn season in Korea! 1. The Continue Reading →

Photos of Songgwangsa Temple in Fall

Website: http://songgwangsa.org/ Admission: Adults 3,000 won, students 2,000 won, seniors and children under 7 free Address: 100 Songgwangsaan-gil, Songgwang-myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do   Travel Time: Car 45 min – an hour. Bus 1 hour and 30 min. The direct bus to Songgwangsa leaves from Gwangju Express Bus Terminal (U Square) every hour.  All images © 2013-2016 Jessica Solomatenko

Imagine Your Korea! Beautiful Autumn Baegyangsa Temple

고불총림 백양사 Website: http://www.baekyangsa.or.kr/ Admission: Adults 3,000 won, students 1,200 won, children 700 won, babies FREE Address: 1239, Baegyang-ro, Bukha-myeon, Jangseong-gun, Jeollanam-do 전라남도 장성군 북하면 백양로 1239 (북하면) Travel Time: Car 35 min, bus 1 hour. It is considerably longer during peak season! Take heavy traffic into consideration. Bus: From Gwangju Express Bus Terminal (U Square) there is a direct bus to Baegyangsa which takes around an hour. During the peak season it is best to Continue Reading →

Hampyeong’s Herptile Eco Park

Hampyeong which is about an hour away from Gwangju, Jeollanamdo, is well known across Korea for its annual Butterfly Festival. Few people, even locally it appears, know about Hampyeong Herptile Eco Park (함평파충류생태공원 ). It’s hard to miss though once you arrive into the area of the Eco Park as the building is shaped like a giant albino Burmese python (they have a live one inside!). I have not been able Continue Reading →

Cool off This Summer at the River in Jiwon Dong, Gwangju!

I wish we had known about this place years ago! Around 2 kilometers south from downtown Gwangju or Chosun University in Jiwon Dong, a section of the river that runs through town has been cordoned off to be used for wading or playing in the water.  It can be found next to Dong San Tower (동산 타워), just before Yongsan Elementary School and the overpass to Hwasun. This section of Continue Reading →

Manduca Baby Carrier Traveling With Kids Review

In a weeks’ time we will be heading to Vietnam. Including Korea where we live, this will be the 8th country our son has visited in 3 and a half years. As I start to pack there is noticeably less “stuff” that we are bringing this time. Our stroller is staying at home. We don’t really use it any more. Completely toilet trained, there are no diapers. No booster seats, Continue Reading →

Gamami Beach – Great Beaches in South Korea!

*Update June 21, 2016* – Photos of the new water park added! Nearly every weekend, especially once the snow is gone, we try to take a road trip locally. Traveling with a 3 year old who has a ridiculously early wake up time, we usually head out early, travel 1-2 hours from Gwangju and spend the morning at our destination. After lunch when it starts to get too hot and the crowds Continue Reading →

Hwaeomsa Temple in South Korea for Buddha’s Birthday

On the weekend of Buddha's birthday each spring, festivities are held at the temples all across South Korea. The temples around the country hold events for the entire family. There are performances, ceremonies, free food and lots and lots of colorful lanterns! Though all temples, big or small, will have some sort of event or lantern display, some are better than others. After recieving a recommendation from a friend, we made our way Continue Reading →