Category Archives: Korea

COMMENTARY: The Miracle In Korea

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 April) – A lot of people including die-hard cynics must still be reeling from Goosebumps over the scenes of the momentous summit of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Panmunjom. Indeed, as we were glued to our television screens last Friday watching the carefully […]

Club Clio Korean Beauty Brand New York USA opening

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Hello from New York! I actually vlogged about the Club Clio Union Square New York reopening first so apologies if this blog is a tad late 😀 Anyhoo, I was invited to check out the grand reopening of the Club Clio USA Union Square New York branch late last year….

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Prepping for an Asian Vacation: Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Trip

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Traveling halfway across the globe for a vacation is a once in a lifetime experience. There are so many sights, sounds and tastes that you want to try out. Before you head off to the airport, learn how you can prepare for a vacation into Asia. The cultures and beautiful…

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DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: ASEAN-ROK Summit. 13 Nov 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk REMARKS OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE AND KOREAN PRESIDENT MOON JAE-IN DURING THE 19TH ASEAN-REPUBLIC OF KOREA SUMMIT [Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City | 13 November […]

Chicken678 from Korea opens first Philippine branch in Mindanao

During my most recent visit to Korea, I noticed so many chicken and beer food places. I later found out that eating chicken and beer (maekju) is a very big part of the Korean food culture. Hence, the many chimaek or (chicken+maek) restaurants all over Korea. In popular Seoul tourist spots like Myeongdong alone, you’ll probably spot a number of chimaeks along every street. So when I learned that Chicken 678, one of Korea’s popular chimaeks, is set to open a branch in the Philippines, I was pretty interested. Perfect time to reminisce all about my trip to Korea! I

Secret Garden for good Korean food in Cagayan de Oro

Ever since I first visited Korea, I’ve fallen madly in love with Korean food. I love how healthy and clean-tasting (i.e. not oily, very flavorful) Korean dishes are. So I’m pretty happy to know that there’s a restaurant in Cagayan de Oro that serves good and pretty affordable authentic Korean food. Located along Masterson Avenue, Secret Garden Restaurant is owned and managed by a friendly Korean, who even had a big smile on his face as my friends and I entered the place to have dinner. There were tables and chairs at an open space but there were also smaller,

Mindanaoan In Korea Travel Series: Insadong Seoul

Insadong was one of my favorite places during our Seoul, South Korea trip. Also known as Seoul’s culture street, Insadong has so many shops selling traditional Korean goods, teas, candies, street food, wooden cooking utensils, crafts, staple food like bottled kimchi and roasted nori sheets (yum!) and souvenirs such as …

Mindanaoan In Korea Travel Series: Breathtaking Gyeongbukgung Palace Seoul

Built in 1395, the Gyeongbukgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea used to be the seat of power. Also known as Gyeongbok Palace, this palace was made during the Joseon Dynasty and is perhaps the most popular among the 5 palaces in Seoul. Just like what happened when we visited Changdeokgung …

Mindanaoan In Korea Travel Series: Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace, a 600-year old UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the very first palace we visited in Seoul, South Korea. Changdeokgung Palace is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the Joseon Dynasty kings. Located at Jongno-gu district, this is a beautiful palace complex to roam around in and …

Mindanaoan In Korea Travel Series: Scenes in vibrant Hongdae Seoul

Hongdae is a busy and very vibrant area in Seoul, South Korea. Known for its numerous cafes, clubs and shops, Hongdae is undoubtedly one of Seoul’s must-visit areas especially if you like to immerse yourself in Korean urban culture, music, fashion and arts. Hongdae is actually the Korean abbreviation of …

Mindanaoan In Korea Travel Series: Hello Kitty Cafe and Cats Living Cat Cafe Hongdae

The first shopping district we went to in Seoul, Korea was Hongdae. It’s the area where Hongik University is (best known for their Fine Arts and Design programs) and where lots and lots of shops, cafes and clubs are (presumably because it’s near a popular university). Click this for more …

Mindanaoan In Korea Travel Series: Seoul City Hall

The Seoul Korea City Hall is one of the world’s eco and energy efficient buildings. It’s also a pretty cool building to look at! Just check out the photos I took of the Seoul City Hall. Located at Taepyeongno, Jung-gu, which is basically the heart of Seoul, the City Hall …

Mindanaoan In Korea Travel Series: Lotte Mart Seoul

Lotte Mart in Seoul, Korea sits on a pretty huge complex. Considered as a hypermarket, Lotte Mart is where you can buy groceries, toys, clothes, electronics and lots of other goods. My brother and I weren’t there to shop, though. We went to Lotte Mart to EAT! (and take photos, …

Mindanaoan In Korea travel series: Cheonggyecheon Stream

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After visiting Deoksugung Palace and witnessing the changing of the royal guards ceremony, my brother and I then proceeded to Cheonggyecheong Stream, an 8.4 kilometer long stream that flows west to east through downtown Seoul. What used to be a neglected overpass in the 70’s was restored as a massive …

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Mindanaoan In Korea travel series: Deoksugung Palace changing of guards

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Since we arrived late in the evening in Seoul, Korea, my brother and I decided to start the first day of our Korea escapade a little late as well. First order of the day was go to the nearest subway station and buy a T-Money card. As I mentioned in …

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Mindanaoan In Korea travel series: Seoul travel tips

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So before I really get down to business with my Mindanaoan in Korea travel series, please allow me to share a few travel tips and tricks that you may find helpful when you travel to Seoul, Korea. I like to be well-prepared whenever I travel and hopefully, these Seoul travel …

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How to apply for a Korean visa – requirements for Filipino tourists

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When my friends and relatives first learned that I was set to visit Korea, all of them got really excited. Can’t blame them as Korea is one of the favorite travel destinations of many Filipinos these days, thanks to the ever growing popularity of K-Pop, Koreanovelas and continuous visits to the …

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Mindanaoan in Korea travel series: itinerary, tips and more

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I have been traveling a lot the past few weeks! One of my recent foreign travel destinations was KOREA It was my very first time (and most definitely not the last!) to visit the world’s only divided country and my brother (who was my travel companion) and I had the …

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