The Blog is a travel and culture blog written by Matt Kelley, a 30-year-old Korean American living in Seoul. In 2006, Matt moved to Korea to learn more about the Korean language and culture. Early on, he realized that travel was one of the best ways to get to know his new home.

This blog aims to provide information about Korean travel destinations and culture. It is connected with the KBS World weekly radio show, “Seoul Scene with Matt Kelley“, Matt’s travel show on TBS eFM, and a forthcoming book.

To view a complete list of his travel posts, go here.

If you have any comments or questions for Matt, you can e-mail him here.

To read the latest blog posts, go here.


  1. Thank you for writing this blog. It has been a pleasure reading about your travels!

  2. Hi Melissa,

    Thank YOU for reading the blog! If you have any suggested places to visit or things you’d like to see on Discovering Korea, please let me know!


  3. Matt,
    Thanks for showing us Americans the beauty of Korea!
    I am a huge fan of Korean Culture thanks to the programs that I have seen on KBS World. One of my favorite shows on KBS is “2 days, 1 night.” Would you ever consider appearing on that show?
    Maybe you can take them around America and introduce some people to Korea. Think of at an Ambassadorship.
    Much love (to you and all the folks at KBS)


  4. As a good fan of “2 days, 1 night”, I believe that it will be quite exciting for you to join the show.

    “2 days, 1 night” is totally a wildlife experience. You will definitely find it interesting.

    – JY

  5. Hi Jess and JY,

    I’m embarrassed to say I’m unfamiliar with “2 days, 1 night.” Although I work at KBS, I’m pretty clueless as to what happens there :) I’ll be sure to check it out, so thanks for the heads up.


  6. This is an interesting blog. I liked the bull fighting post – very colourful.

  7. Hey Matt! This is a great site, and you do a nice job.
    One request! Can you start giving advance notice for unique events in Seoul? I can think of 2 recent posts that showed events that had already occurred: the Bongwan-sa story let me see the Yeongsanjae (영산재) ceremony, but it was too late to go! and the Queer Seoul post showed that Pride Parade at the Cheongyecheong that looked interesting, but only after it had finished.
    Otherwise, thank you so much for covering Seoul, and happy travels!

  8. Hi Michael,
    Your point is well-taken. Happening upon the Yeongsanjae ceremony was just a nice coincidence, but I definitely could have given prior notice about the Queer Parade. I’ll try to give at least a heads up in the future, even if the full video post won’t be made until after the event. Thanks for writing.

  9. Keep it up! I think your video posts are some of the best video blogging I have seen in quite some time! Great job…maybe in the near future I can buy you a beer or something after I arrive in S. Korea!


  10. Hi Chris,
    Thanks again. I’d love a beer, but I hope you’re not picky. There’s not a ton of variety in the local brew!^^

  11. I think congratulations are in order. ( am assuming you are THAT Matt who’s one of the winners of the KNTO contest, right? ) Can’t think of any travel blog on Korea that’s more comprehensive than yours.

  12. Thanks, Ajumma! I’ll post about it shortly, but it was a very nice and unexpected bit of news. I hope you are doing well! ~Matt

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