It's a "secret" garden (biwon can be translated literally as secret garden) attached to Changdeog-gung palace in central Seoul. The garden used to be strictly off limits for the non-royals, but now it is open to the public to enjoy. The scenery is breathtaking all the year round, but in the autumn, the leaves turn to spectacular colours to the delight of visitors. The place is not too crowded if you time your visit well and can be a great place for quiet thoughts and reflections in the middle of one of the most hectic cities in the world.
www.lifeinkorea.com/Travel2/76; Underground (Subway) line 3, Anguk Station, exit 3, 5 minutes walking
One of the newest casinos in this resurgent city dubbed Las Vegas on the Atlantic. This casino is the symbol of that resurgence. Check out all the shopping, the eating and gambling opportunities amid the mandatory juxtaposition of the kitsch and the elegant normally associated with American casinos... and don't forget the free drinks (waitress service) when you're gambling.
A vegetarian B&B with a breathtaking view and fantastic breakfasts - they use organic ingredients including their own honey. For the musically inclined, they hold regular classical concerts & recitals.
Near to Ambleside,
South Korea is one of the world's most wired countries, and Seoul is the most wired city in Korea. In order to stay in touch with folks at home or anywhere in the world for that matter, or to do whatever you want on the web, find a PC Room (or PC Bahng) in almost any neighbourhood in Seoul. It's cheap (75p an hour or less), reliable and extremely fast, catering to those ever busy Seoulites. If you find yourself spending a long time there playing web based games or whatever, you can even order lunch or dinner (or beer) and have the food delivered to your terminal
It is a newly "restored" stream slap bang in the middle of this huge city. The stream was a lifeline for many Seoulites from the 14th-century but was covered over with tarmac during the 50s to provide land to build shops, high-rise buildings and a flyover during the frenetic days of the double-digit economic development that engulfed the nation up to the 90s.
As the paradigm for economic development has shifted from brute expansion to a more human-oriented, environmentally responsible growth over the last few years, the city is developing more places where weary Seoulites can find peace, tranquility and nature in the forms of parks, forests (yes forests), walkways, squares and now a stream!
The tarmac over Cheong-gye-cheon is gone now and the stream is open for all to see. The "opening" day attracted a million people, which doesn't quite jive with tranquility, peace and nature, but it shows how interested Seoulites are of their latest addition to the city attractions. There have been sightings of fish, birds and other creatures missing from central Seoul for decades and an urban legend is being created amid reports that cranes were seen a few days ago.
Many bridges (some modelled on those that used to exist centuries ago) span the stream and a newly created path accommodates joggers, amblers and courting couples and in the week or so that it's been open, it has become a must-see and be-seen destination for any self-respecting Seoulite. There is a museum showing the long history associated with the stream and many people expect the surrounding district to attract new businesses catering to Seoulites from all walks of life. It is the place to see and be seen in this trend-conscious city.
It is THE shopping street of philly. There are some shops which are difficult to find even in Manhanttan since they are shops that originally started out in Philly, eg Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, etc. An added bonus is a branch of ING bank right on Walnut that offers free internet and where refreshments are served - a perfect hiatus from all the shopping to catch up on your emails. Weary shoppers can round off their day by getting their well earned rest in Rittenhouse Square, one of the most pleasant green spots in Philly. Walnut Street also has some of the best and most expensive restaurants to boot. One of my favourites is a Japanese restaurant called Shiroi Hana just off Walnut street on the 15th.
This is a Chinese restaurant in Hatboro, just outside Philadelphia. It's a little bit off the beaten track but the unique blend of Korean and Northern Chinese food is well worth it. Northern Chinese-style sweet and sour pork and black bean noodles (jjajangmyeon) are just two of the highlights.
Ming's Chinese Restaurant, 121 S York Rd, Hatboro, PA 19040-3232
Tel : (001) 215 674 8804
A Burmese restaurant located north 9th Street just to the north of Arch Street. Something unique but satisfying for almost anyone who likes either curries, Chinese, or Thai or all of the above. Try thousand layer bread with potato curry dip and chili shrimp.
112 North 9th Street, www.phillychinatown.com/rangoon.htm
Free meter parking in Manhattan is the holy grail for most drivers. On weekends, free meter parking can be found on side streets (not the main avenues) in Chelsea. Aim for south of 21st Street down to about 15th and between 8th and 10th.
It is a posh B&B in Bucks County, PA just outside Philadelphia. The owner Christine is a lovely proprietress of the establishment and she has overlooked no details (in addition to the usual LCD/Plasma TVs, you have the Egyptian cotton linen, Bulgari toiletries, period antique furniture hailing from different corners of the world - Louis XIV meets Pekingese wedding bed).
There are 3 main buildings which comprise this establishment - the 1740 Manor House, the 19th century stone barn and the Guest cottage. The property once belonged to George Kaufman and each room/suite is named after one of his plays. Kaufman used to entertain his guests here including John Steinbeck to name but one.
The view from the "Dancing in the Dark" suite was breathtaking. Breakfast was healthy yet hearty. With the exchange rate the way it is, with a little over 200 pounds, you can stay at a spacious suite with free drinks (soft/wine) and snacks galore - which is a bargain in these parts. The surrounding countryside is reminiscent of the Cotswolds - which is a pleasant surprise in the mall-ridden, heavily industrialised NE USA. However if it is the stereotypes you're after, there's mall shopping available within 15 minutes' walk in the town of Lahaska. For those with kids, the place is child friendly with farm animals and a junior Olympic size pool. Overall, a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Philly and New York with breathtaking European scenery and US convenience.
If you start from Philadelphia City Hall, it takes less than 10 minutes to cross the Delaware River (traffic permitting - which isn't that bad if you avoid the rush hours) into South New Jerey, by car via one of the 4 main bridges or by PATCO train then bus. The locals usually cross the river to South Jersey to do their shopping too. There's a huge number of malls - Cherry Hill, Echelon, Moorestown, Deptford to name but 4. The latest addition is the Promenade Shopping Center in Marlton, NJ. Besides the mandatory Banana Republic, J Crew, Hugo Boss and Benetton, a must for a lot of musically inclined Brits would be the Apple Store where you can get iPod related goods/accessories galore. There is a Bose store nearby as well. Hearty soups served in sourdough bread bowls at Panera Bread should nourish most shopping weary visitors.
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