Seokbulsa Temple: A Rewarding Temple Hike in Busan, South Korea

Seokbulsa Temple in Busan, South Korea

Temple lovers, hiking fans, and anyone looking to get a little off-the-beaten-path in Busan, you have to add Seokbulsa Temple (Seokbul Temple, more correctly, since “–sa” means “temple”) to your Busan bucket list. This is no ordinary Korean temple; Seokbulsa is built into the sides of sandstone cliffs on Geumjeongsan (Mt. Geumjeong), the highest mountain … Read more Seokbulsa Temple: A Rewarding Temple Hike in Busan, South Korea

My Beomeosa Temple Stay: Uncovering Korean Buddhist Culture

Doing a Busan temple stay at Beomeosa Temple

Are you looking to dig a little deeper into Korean Buddhist culture during your travels in South Korea? If so, doing a Beomeosa temple stay in Busan is an experience you won’t soon forget. Recently I took advantage of insanely cheap flight deals (only $200 return!) from Taipei, where I live, to Busan, South Korea’s … Read more My Beomeosa Temple Stay: Uncovering Korean Buddhist Culture

Mindful Travel: Why the Present Moment is a Crucial Tool for Travel

This article was contributed by Danny Newman. Staying present is a key skill for any traveller to develop. The more I reflect on it, the more I come to see the discipline of mindful travel as the only way to reap the full rewards on offer, whether you are traveling alone for the first time, … Read more Mindful Travel: Why the Present Moment is a Crucial Tool for Travel

Five Awesome Mount Fuji Day Trip Itinerary Ideas

So you’re heading on a Mt. Fuji day trip from Tokyo? With only one day, you may need a bit of luck to get a clear view of the elusive mountain. But not all hope is lost, as there are many other great things to do in Mt. Fuji area, whether you get clear views … Read more Five Awesome Mount Fuji Day Trip Itinerary Ideas

Visiting Lion’s Head Mountain and Nanzhuang, Taiwan

Lion’s Head Mountain (also known as Shitoushan or 獅頭山) is one of the most underrated attractions in Taiwan. Whether you enjoy hiking, are interested in Taiwan’s Buddhist and folk religious culture, want to spend a night in a temple, or simply want to get off the beaten track in Taiwan, Lion’s Head Mountain should be … Read more Visiting Lion’s Head Mountain and Nanzhuang, Taiwan

Finding Peace at the Museum of World Religions Taipei

Museum of World Religions Taipei

Museums have never really been my thing. I lived in Taipei for five years before I ever stepped foot in the National Palace Museum, one of the most important museums in the Chinese-speaking world. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the comparatively small Museum of World Religions Taipei (世界宗教博物館), the only … Read more Finding Peace at the Museum of World Religions Taipei

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival: Taiwan’s Most Dangerous Festival

The Yanshui Fireworks Festival in Tainan, Taiwan

Every year on the 15th day of the first lunar calendar month, a sleepy town in southern Taiwan called Yanshui (鹽水) lights up from what has been called “the world’s most dangerous festival.” It is without a doubt the most exciting (or rather, terrifying) event associated with the Lunar New Year in Taiwan. The notorious … Read more Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival: Taiwan’s Most Dangerous Festival

The Spiritual Art of Knife Massage in Ximen, Taipei

Chinese knife massage in Taipei, Taiwan

I’m navigating my way though Ximending, a shopping paradise for the young and trendy, to find Light Project Ximending. Olivia Wu, an acquaintance of mine and also certified practitioner of knife massage (dao liao or刀療) and I Ching (yi jing or 易經) divination, has invited me to experience an ancient Chinese knife massage in Taipei, … Read more The Spiritual Art of Knife Massage in Ximen, Taipei

15 Jaw-Dropping Temples in Chiang Mai

Best Chiang Mai Temples

OK, so there are already MANY lists of best Chiang Mai temples out there. This only makes sense because: Chiang Mai is one of the top destinations in a country that is one of the most visited in the world. Including domestic tourists, 10 million people visit Chiang Mai every year! The amazing assortment of … Read more 15 Jaw-Dropping Temples in Chiang Mai

Pilgrimage Travel: Inspiring Sacred Walks around the World

Pilgrimage is act of devotion. In many religions, these sacred walks are prescribed, even considered a must in one’s lifetime, and followers from all of world’s major faiths make holy pilgrimages. For most, non-believers are accepted or even welcome. Pilgrimage travel can be a meaningful, moving experience in which travelers can enrich their understanding of … Read more Pilgrimage Travel: Inspiring Sacred Walks around the World