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A visit to Jongmyo Shrine in Seoul, South Korea

While Jongmyo Shrine is not one of the Five Grand Palaces of Seoul, it was still a very important site of the Joseon Dynasty. It serves as a shrine for deceased members of royalty.  Jongmyo is located not far from Changdeokgung Palace. Like the many of the palaces, Jongmyo Shrine is situated in a park-like area with […]

A visit to the Five Grand Palaces of Seoul, South Korea

Central Seoul is filled with historic buildings and monuments, among them the Five Grand Palaces of Seoul. These royal palaces date back hundreds of years to the Joseon Dynasty, but thanks to the wars of the 20th century, most of them are now faithful reconstructions. The palaces have distinctly beautiful architecture, plus the grounds themselves […]

The best tonkotsu ramen in Fukuoka, Japan

Ramen is one of Japan’s most famous dishes. Each region of the country has their own popular style. Fukuoka is famous for being the home of tonkotsu ramen. Tonkotsu ramen is not for the faint of heart. The broth is made by simmering pork bones for a very long time. How long? Some ramen shops […]

The best craft beer in Fukuoka, Japan

Although Japan’s craft beer scene is growing, I went to Fukuoka with fairly low expectations. While it is one of the bigger cities in Japan, there are fewer expats and tourists than elsewhere. That said, I was pleasantly surprised that Fukuoka had a handful of nice places to drink craft beer. Here are my favorite places […]

Travel Contests: May 24, 2017 – Italy, Montreal, Sonoma, & more

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