When I booked our holiday to Hong Kong, I was honestly most excited about the shopping aspect of our trip, and that aspect did not disappoint! There were Topshops (yes, plural!), Marks and Spencers (so many!), and funky Hong Kong-born brands like 2% HK (where I managed to grab some pieces from their Miffy collaboration ♥ON SALE♥) and Ki.La.Ra (which sells Sanrio-licensed clothes for fully-grown adults; I’m not sure if it’s a Hong Kong brand, but I’ve never seen it or heard of it anywhere else.) Anyway, I wasn’t expecting to do much historical or natural sight-seeing, but I’m so happy we did, cuz these places were gorgeous!
Well, fall is nearly over, and though I’ve greatly enjoyed it, I’m already eager to unpack my tiny Christmas tree and start blasting Christmas tunes! Last year in Ulsan, autumn was pretty lame and uneventful; luckily, this year, we were able to visit two of Seoul’s most colorful fall festivals: the Jogyesa Temple Chrysanthemum Festival and the Cheonggyecheon Lantern Festival!
We visited all of the grandest temples and shrines in Kyoto on our initial visit, but we overlooked Toji Temple: a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 700’s! Luckily, it was located within walking distance from our hotel, so we stopped by for a gander.
Last year, we spent Buddha’s Birthday at Haedong Yonggungsa, a seaside temple in Busan. (Click here to check out the post!) It was an unforgettable experience, with the smell of incense combining with the scents of sea, and the sight of the brightly-colored lanterns hanging against the rocky coastline. This year, we spent Buddha’s Birthday in the midst of the bustling city, at Jogyesa Temple in Insadong.
One of Kyoto’s super old areas, Gion, is a short walk away from Kiyomizu-dera. Gion is best known for geisha-spotting; we weren’t fortunate enough to see any, but we did appreciate the old-timey architecture.
Hey there! Since we had such a good time bringing in the New Year in Tokyo, we decided to head back to the Land of the Rising Sun to welcome the Lunar New Year, too! This time, we headed off to Kyoto: the imperial capital of Japan.