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A Travel Diary (@a_travel_diary)

Welcome to A Travel Diary, a travel, food and lifestyle blog geared towards adventurous souls looking to experience Southeast Asian cultures, especially the relatively underrated hidden gem –Cambodia. I’m Voeun, most of my friends call me Yuen –a native Cambodian raised in Canada who has dedicated her life travel, food, art and photography. Whether you're on a short holiday or a long-term trip to navigate the beauty of Southeast Asia, I hope these tips will guide you, these photos will inspire you, and these stories will awaken your wanderlust. Explore the world!

Seoul Travel Guide: Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)

Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) is a residential area north of central Seoul between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces that contains Seoul’s largest concentration of hanoks in one area. Nine hundred beautifully maintained traditional hanoks to be precise. It is a great place to immerse yourself in traditional Korean culture and architecture right in the heart of Seoul. Bukchon (which means “North Town”) is situated at the foot of the mountain with valleys and steep hills, giving residents and visitors alike astounding views of the hanok houses and the city of Seoul, including N Seoul Tower. It is a beautiful place to wander. To appreciate …

Seoul Travel Guide: N Seoul Tower

Our next destination, after spending almost three hours at Namsamgol Hanok Village was Namsan Seoul Tower or N Seoul Tower. Since it’s opening to the public in 1980, it recently got a name upgrade in 2005. With the new upgrade came a new name —Namsam was changed to N, which stands for ‘new’, after having received many renovations. An iconic of Seoul,  the N Seoul Tower stands 479.7m above Namsan hill and offers breathtaking views across Seoul and beyond. This tower was built in 1969 as Korea’s first integrated transmission tower to transmit television and radio broadcasts across the capital. Although it is still being …

Seoul Travel Guide: Namsangol Hanok Village

Touring Seoul’s many grand palaces is a must for the history buff, it is an essential experience while in Korea. However, to truly experience Korean history and its culture, one must also visit a traditional folk village. And Namsangol Hanok Village is an excellent introduction to the life, and culture of the common Korean citizen during the Joseon era. Located at the northern foot of Namsan Mountain, the Namsangol Hanok Village was constructed so that visitors could get a glimpse into the lives of traditional Koreans. During Joseon era, this area of the city was referred to as Jeonghakdong, or …

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