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By Way of Korea

South Korea   |   New York

A Korean food blog and travelogue inspired by

an epicurious New Yorker's journey around South Korea


By Way of Mongolia: Into the Gobi Desert / Camels on the Horizon

Updated: May 15, 2019

"How was Mongolia? Is it worth a trip?"


The “maybe” isn’t so much about whether Mongolia is worth the trip; I have absolutely no reservations about the beautiful country and its people. It has more to do with what kind of traveler you are. If your preferred vacation involves some serious R&R, Mongolia might not be the most ideal destination for you.

At some point along the road that led us away from Ulaanbaatar, our Russian van took a turn off road and into the Mongolian wilderness. We wouldn’t see a paved road again for a very long time. The sheer vastness of the country could be felt in the amount of time we had to spend in transit (average of three hours from site to site) and in the growing monotony of the landscape which sometimes didn't seem to change for hours. I felt it in the form of motion sickness. Motion sickness had never been a problem for me on road trips, but it began hitting me in intense waves less than an hour into starting up again on the mercilessly rugged terrain.

The seemingly slow passage of time magnified by my exhausting struggle to contain my nausea created the illusion of a monotonous landscape - one which was immediately broken by the magnificence of reality in moments like this. The silhouette of a train of wild camels on the horizon seemed like a mirage before I stepped out of the van to approach it on solid ground.



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"If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel - as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them - wherever you go."

Anthony Bourdain's unmatched relish for adventure and humble approach to food, cultures, and humanity left an indelible impression on my younger self. Imparting on me the courage to veer into the unknown, he inspired me to embrace my vulnerabilities and seek adventures and growth beyond the comforts of home.


In July of 2017, I boarded a one-way flight to Seoul, South Korea. Within the first week of arrival, I signed a lease for an apartment and by the end of August, I had accepted a job offer that relocated me to Pyeongchang and Gangneung, where the Winter Olympics were soon to be held. From there, I had the rare opportunity to explore much of the greater Gangwon Province's beautiful mountainous and coastal regions and their distinctive foods. Once or twice a month, I'd return to Seoul or travel to an unfamiliar region to poke around alleyways, markets, and mountains in search of more good eats and adventures.


By Way of Korea is a storytelling project inspired by the food, places, and faces I encountered throughout Korea. By sharing my fondest memories, notes, and images of Korea, I simply hope to play a small part in piquing greater curiosity about Korean food and culture in my readers.  My content will heavily spotlight, but not be limited to Korean food and culture. 

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