The front of entrance of a Korean Buddhist temple with colorful lanterns hanging above to honor Buddha’s birthday.

Celebrating Buddha’s Birthday in Korea

Walking into a Buddhist temple for the first time, I was blown away by the blanket of color hanging overhead. The sun bounced off endless rows of paper lanterns, creating an ethereal kaledioscope of color that swayed gently in the May breeze. With such a vibrant atmosphere, everyone’s spirits seemed to lift as they entered…

Gwangju in May

What To Do in Korea in May: The Family Month

An Overview of Korea in May In Korea, May transforms into an unofficial “Family Month,” a time when the celebrations of Children’s Day and Parent’s Day infuse the calendar with warmth and connection. This is a month of exquisite weather, bringing people outdoors for memorable adventures. And while the cherry blossoms may have concluded their…

19 Did-You-Knows About Korea

Even after twenty years of living in the US, I call my annual trips to Korea “going home.” My teenage daughter, however, describes the same trip as “visiting Korea.” Herein lies the difference in our attitudes – mine is to reconnect with family and friends while hers is to explore new places and experiences. Luckily,…