Our Family in Faraway Places

You may be wondering how a Canadian woman and Filipino man working in South Korea ended up getting married, having a son and traveling all over most of Asia and beyond. It’s a bit of a long story but here is how we got to where we are today! How we Ended up in Gwangju, South Korea Danny After two years of living and studying in Japan, Danny had returned Continue Reading →

Boseong’s Green Tea Plantation Light Festival

Boseong in Jeollanamdo, South Korea is currently holding their annual Light Festival. The lights are on display this year at the Korea Tea Culture Park and at Yulpo Beach. Some other small displays are spread throughout the community. If you are driving from Yulpo Beach towards the Tea Park be sure to look at the mountain on the left! There is a huge light display of Admiral Yi Sun Shin Continue Reading →

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 →

Hike to Geumseong-Sanseong Fortress in Damyang, Korea

We love Damyang, South Korea! There are so many things to do in the area, the food in the region is fantastic and there is bamboo everywhere. Over the years we have visited a fair number of times but had somehow completely missed Geumseong-Sanseong Fortress (담양 금성산성) until Compass Korea included it in the list of 7 Must See Places Near Gwangju This Fall. We had been feeling pretty frustrated 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 →

Dolmeori Beach in Hampyeong South Korea

Only about an hour drive away from Gwangju, Dolmeori Beach in Hampyeong is one of the closest beaches to the city. We usually make it out to the beach a couple of times a year but like many beaches along Korea’s west coast extremes in the difference between high and low tide can make it difficult to catch a good day for swimming. When the tide goes out at Dolmeori 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 →