Garden of the Morning Calm – Seoul Hiking Group

After an exhausting day and faux-rescue on Wunaksan it was time to relax at Korea’s Garden of the Morning Calm.  This colorful light show reminds many foreigners of Christmas and is fitting to visit in the winter.  Multicolored lights adorn trees and bushes throughout the massive garden.  Its a popular spot for Korean couples who can be seen frolicking hand-in-hand and posing for romantic photos.

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They have everything from love-struck bow & arrows to giant mushrooms, butterflies and other crazy concoctions.  The brilliant display mixes a rainbow of colors with our imagination to create a fantasy wonderland.  Its best to go after sunset so you can get the full experience of tunnels & lighted pathways.  Give yourselves an hour or two to explore but you don’t need all night.  It really is the perfect way to relax after spending your day on the nearby mountains.

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Blood full moon for Friday the 13th

Facebook & other social media erupted with meme’s about Friday the 13th’s full moon being the last one until 2049.  After some brief research (aka google) I realized that really depends where in the world you live.  Even if it isn’t THAT rare it was still pretty cool; especially since here in Seoul we had a blood red full moon for the first few hours!

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Friday the 13th Full Moon in Seoul

Luckily my coworkers and I enjoyed it from our balcony while christening our newly purchased BBQ.  I enjoyed the best cheeseburger in almost 10 months (yikes, I’ve been here almost a year already!?!?) and we grilled up some steaks, chicken, eggplant, peppers and potatoes while dancing away.