Hong Kong 2015: Chi Lin Nunnery, Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong Park, and Kowloon Walled City Park

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!

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Festive Fall in Seoul

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!

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Toji Temple and Vegan’s Cafe Kyoto

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.

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Buddha’s Birthday 2014

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.

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