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Hani Lavender Farm in Goseong, South Korea

It’s easy to get caught up in Seoul. There are so many distractions—interesting neighborhoods (see 1, 2), pretty cafes (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), traditional sites (see 1, 2, 3, 4), beautiful blooms (see 1, 2, 3, 4). And that’s not even beginning to scratch the surface.

But the best parts of South Korea, in my opinion, are the ones outside of Seoul.

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June Roses at Seoul Grand Park Station

Maybe controversial, but Andrew and I find standard roses overrated. Of course, I’ve never met a flower I didn’t like, and roses are the flower of June, so I still woke us up bright and early to head down to Seoul Grand Park Station where the Theme Garden was supposed to be overflowing with them (and the whole city is overflowing with them, so that’s saying something).

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Kawachi Fuji Wisteria Garden, Kitakyushu

Do you ever see a photo of some whimsical place and think, surely that can’t be real? A number of years ago now, that was exactly my thought when I saw the wisteria tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Garden on Pinterest. I saved it for ‘someday,’ never imagining that some day, I’d be living abroad with my fiancé, spending a long weekend (Children’s Day) on a 1.5-hour flight to Kitakyushu, Japan for a bit of wisteria hysteria.

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