A Folk Village in Seoul: Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)

A Folk Village in Seoul: Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)

Glimpse into Korean History and Culture at A Folk Village in Seoul: 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, this village was constructed so that visitors could get a glimpse into the lives of traditional Koreans. During …

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Kariya Park Mississauga: Cherry Blossom Tree Viewing in Toronto Area

Kariya Park Mississauga: Cherry Blossom Tree Viewing in Toronto Area

Cherry Blossom Tree Viewing: Finding Tranquility and Beauty in a Bustling City Kariya Park is a tranquil Japanese-inspired garden amidst the bustling city of Mississauga. Living in the city can be stressful, physically, and mentally. It gives me brain fatigue as I am constantly alert —always remaining vigilant of all the chaos around me. Once in a while, I like to turn off my thoughts and stare into space with quiet fascination. I just want to stare at something beautiful, breath fully, and sigh, ‘ahhhhh’. To take in the space around me. To renew. It’s hard to find such a space in …

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How to Make Cambodian Lime and Fish Soup (Sgnor Trey)

How to Make Cambodian Lime and Fish Soup (Sgnor Trey)

Khmer history is written in our food. Our ingredients. Many of our dishes are similar to our South-east Asian neighbours, adapted to our taste. Curry spices such as turmeric and star anise came from India, stir-frying came from the Chinese culture, and the use of banquette, and fondness for tenderizing meat with lime juice show traces of French cuisine from the time when Cambodia was a part of French Indochina. Khmer food and food recipes were varied and abundant. However, during the Khmer Rouge atrocity from 1975 – 1979, Khmer food culture, took a crippling blow. During those brutal years of …

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Alberta Hike: Horseshoe Canyon in Drumheller, Canada’s Best Badlands

Alberta Hike: Horseshoe Canyon in Drumheller, Canada’s Best Badlands

Canada’s Baddest Badland: Horseshoe Canyon in Alberta The Horseshoe Canyon in Drumheller, Alberta, is one of Canada’s baddest Badlands. In 1743, French Canadian explorers François and Louis Joseph de la Verendrye coined the term ‘Badlands’ (‘les mauvaises terres‘ in french), when they first encountered it on their travels through the Prairies in Central Alberta, Canada. Today, this Badland area, Horsethief Canyon and the Horseshoe Canyon in Drumheller, offers curious visitors stunning vistas and numerous scenic hiking trails. Although it is only a small patch in comparison to the rest of Canada’s lush landscape, the Canadian Badlands has its own selling point —it …

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