09 August 2017

Bongeunsa Temple (Seoul) - 봉은사 (서울)

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

Being in a big fast paced city with all people, traffic, noise and general busyness can be a bit overwhelming at times but thankfully Seoul has many places where you can just get away from it all and enjoy some quiet alone time, Bongeunsa Temple is definitely one of those places.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

Bongeunsa Temple is not secluded by any means it's in Gangnam directly across the road from COEX which is one of the biggest and most popular shopping malls in South Korea but it's still surprisingly quiet and a lot of people visit there just to relax and enjoy the calming atmosphere. I visited there twice during my stay and although it's a popular tourist destination they're were no crowds and I was able to explore the temple grounds completely on my own.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

One of the main attractions of Bongeunsa is the colourful rainbow lanterns that decorate the grounds of the temple, they're so pretty, one of the things I love most about temples in Asia is just how bright and colourful they can be. It was extremely calming to watch these lanterns gently blowing in the wind, the smell of incense in the air while the monks were chanting their daily prayers.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

Bongeunsa also offers a temple stay program where you can stay overnight in the temple and enjoy a traditional monastic meal, tea ceremony, meditate, make prayer beads and learn all about the traditional Korean Buddhist monk way of life from the actual monks living there. I've stayed in temples in Thailand but I'm really interested to see how it differs in Korea so if I ever go back a temple stay is something I will definitely look into doing.

Bongeunsa Temple - Gangnam - Seoul South Korea

เวลาไปเที่ยวเกาหลีไปหาวัดบองอุนซา บองอุนซาอยู่ในกังนัมCOEXช้อปปิ้งมอลล์เพื่อง่ายต่อการเยี่ยมชม วัดเงียบดีเพราะว่าไม่มีคนเยอะและสวยมากมีสีสดใส นักท่องเที่ยวนอนอยู่ในวัดได้และไปทำสมาธิกินอาหารเจและคุยเกี่ยวกับศาสนา ถ้าอยากนั่งเฉยๆมีอารมณ์ดีไปหาวัดบองอุนซา


What are some places you like to visit for a break from city life?
Love & Incense
Cate
xoxo

05 August 2017

Mini Birthday Wishlist


August is my birthday month and I was thinking it's about time I treat myself to something special although there are many things I would love to have (HotToysHotToysHotToysLEGO!) I'm trying to only spend my money on things I can actually make use out of and save some money for more nerdy adventures but sometimes you just need to #TreatYoSelf so here are a few things I've seen recently which would make an awesome birthday treat.


 Nuyu Wonder Woman Warrior Crop & Leggings - I've been a bit lazy when it comes to exercise recently but I really want to get back into it as I've found daily exercise really helps me both mentally and psychically feel good so what better way to motivate me than some awesome work-out gear themed around the even more awesome strong, warrior babe Wonder Woman.


 Klairs Skincare - If you've been watching my YouTube videos you'll know I'm really into Korean skincare and I've heard so many great things about this brand and would love to try a few of their products, my skin has changed so much since I moved to Thailand so I've had to completely change my routine so I'm always on the lookout for new products to test out.


 Agent Carter Crossbody Satchel Bag -  Agent Carter is such a big inspiration to me and I'm still so sad about the cancelling of her show and also Civil War... one of the things I loved about Peggy was her style and I think this bag not only is a great representation of that but her to as it's so classy, cute and super functional to.


 Unicorn Make-up Brushes - How adorable are these make-up brushes? Even the case they come in is super pretty to! I really need to get myself some new make-up brushes and these would just be perfect.


♥ Sorry I'm Busy Sailor Moon Pouch - Usagi is like my spirit animal and I adore this design so much, life is all about food and fun and this just embodies that completely, I love it!


How do you like to treat yourself on your birthday ?
Love & Strawberry Soda
Cate
xoxo


If you're feeling generous I do have an Amazon Wishlist or you can treat me to a "Cup of Coffee" but don't feel like you have to, birthdays are more than the gifts you receive they're about spending time with the people you love, reflecting on life and enjoying the ride.

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