I didn't know life in a Korean Buddhist temple would be so tough.
Korean Air's economy seats offer a little more legroom than some other airlines, but cattle class is still cattle class.
Margaret Turton counts the tough women hunters of Jeju Island among its most impressive natural wonders.
From temple stays to royal sites, national parks to the national dish, South Korea is a treasure trove, writes Steve McKenna.
In a whirlwind introduction to Seoul food, Stephen Phelan is warmed by barbecues and the chilli-fuelled national dish.
Maybe it's something in the water, but when Ute Junker heads overseas her clothes seem to fall away with her inhibitions.
Steve McKenna appreciates the value of an unhurried journey across the Yellow Sea.
Natalie Hambly discovers a food that means as much to Koreans - and tastes as weird to foreigners - as Vegemite does to Australians.
Asia's third largest economy welcomes visitors with open arms. Hike its mountainous countryside that's awash with natural attractions. Listen as monks chant serenely from buddhist temples while its modern cities buzz 24/7. Visit the contentious DMZ, which separates it from its northern neighbour. Throw in a distinct cuisine, and some bizarre festivals, and you've got a recipe for the perfect trip.