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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


Museum SAN, Wonju, South Korea

Traveled almost three hours to Wonju to see one of my favorite artists, James Turrell's work at Museum SAN ⛰️ (Space Art Nature). Turrell harnesses light to create striking illusions and shape our perception and experience of a defined space. As you step into his works (📷prohibited), you become strangely conscious of your sense of sight and how susceptible it is to manipulation by light. Objects appearing to be tangible reveal themselves to be intangible and an empty space suddenly appears to stretch out infinitely when your peripheral vision is obstructed. Your mind knows it's impossible, but your eyes still believe the illusions. Aside from his exhibition, the museum itself (designed by Tadao Ando) is an awe-inspiring masterpiece of its own. Built into the ridge of a mountain with pools painted by the reflections of the fall foliage and blue sky, it is a poetic, tranquil coexistence of minimalist architecture and lush nature. Well worth the trip, but I decided to catch the sunset at SAN and subsquently got stranded in Gangneung after missing the last bus back to Pyeongchang. 💩



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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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