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Hermit Hideaways explores South Korea’s familiar and lesser known travel destinations. It serves as a way of introducing Korea to those on their way over, expatriates that are already based here and Koreans wishing to learn about their own country from a foreign perspective. Since its inception in 2007, the site has grown from that of strictly a Korean Photography blog to include a host of other cultural insights together with projects and freelance work the administrator is currently involved with.


Canada-born Gregory Curley is a freelance photojournalist currently based in Seoul, South Korea. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Yonhap News, SEOUL, Time Out, MTV, Elle, Morning Calm (inflight magazine for Korean Air), CNN Travel and CNN.

Need to get in touch? Shoot me an email at

Note: All work found on this site has been copyright encrypted and may under no condition be used for commercial purposes without the expressed, written consent of its respectful owner. Registered & Protected

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  1. February 17, 2014 13:22

    Hi, Gregory.
    I’m Hyuna Kim from Cham Education & Culture.
    I’m so glad to see your wonderful work. I thought you are interested in Korean culture.
    Recently we made language exchage +volunteer work program called “Cham Talk Talk”.
    And also we are looking for volunteer who can join our another 2014’s program such as Yeon Deung Hoe(Lotus Lantern Festival). Yeon Deung Hoe Festival (Lotus Lantern Festival) is National Festival No.122 and we are currently in the process to get it recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Sponsored by Seoul City and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, it is growing into a festival which boasts participation of over 5million people from all over the world
    This year, Lotus Lantern Festival will be held from 25 April to 27 April. We are recruiting Lotus Lantern Festival Global Supporters to be a part of this Festival.
    If you are interested in our work, then please visit our website( and promote to your friends and followers.

  2. September 12, 2012 19:32

    Hi Gregory🙂
    I’m a Korean-Australian from Sydney, and I absolutely love the concept of your blog/photography. I can’t wait to visit some of these ‘lesser known travel destinations’ one day!

    • September 13, 2012 17:14

      Cheers! I appreciate you saying so. Shoot me an email if you have any questions about any of the destinations featured on here.

  3. November 10, 2011 15:28

    so glad to have discovered your site! what a wonderful & beautiful photo journal. definitely going in my reader.

  4. jayne permalink
    December 29, 2010 19:22

    Love the photos. As a relatively new expat, it’s lovely to get your impressions.

  5. Alex Kim permalink
    February 22, 2010 01:35

    Stumbled across your site trying to find Seoul Light images on google. I love it! Keep up the great work!

  6. December 28, 2009 06:03

    Merci beaucoup!

  7. Vimansa permalink
    December 28, 2009 00:45

    Je suis une jeune française-Indienne et je m’ intéresse beaucoup à la culture Coréenne. En regardant vos photos je suis encore plus amoureuse de ce pays. Vos photos sont vraiment magnifique !

    I’ll try to translate so sorry for spelling errors

    I am a young French-Indian and I ‘m very interested in Korean culture. Looking at your photos I am even more in love with this country. Your photos are really beautiful!

  8. December 18, 2009 18:54

    Good Afternoon,

    I just came across your blog and really like it. Would you like to trade links with me? You can see my site at

    I will add your link on my links page at Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.


    Travel And Teach Recruiting Inc.

  9. MJ Kim permalink
    December 17, 2009 22:10

    I’m surprised and impressed at ur work.
    I can feel how much you love Korea by your beautiful photos~
    I like them^^

  10. April 27, 2009 00:01

    Hi Yuna. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I am aware of the distinction. I became inspired to take photography more seriously after having travelled through both SEA and Korea.

  11. yuna permalink
    April 26, 2009 14:25

    hi gregory, nice photos. by the way, in your “about” section, do you mean East Asia? korea falls under East Asia, and not SE Asia unless you actually were trekking in South East Asia = Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand etc.

  12. March 24, 2009 18:57

    I love your photos- beautiful and often poignant.

    … How did you end up in Korea? Sorry, I should probably read through your posts, but I’m impatient. And curious.

  13. December 23, 2008 05:52

    Thank you for that, Kane!

  14. Kane permalink
    December 23, 2008 05:33

    Greg! Your writing and photos are wonderful! I envy you.

  15. December 22, 2008 11:51

    I do. Thank you for stopping by!

  16. Jessica permalink
    December 22, 2008 09:51

    Do you love Korea? I thought there is love towards Korea in your pictures.

  17. December 1, 2008 08:51

    Thanks Linds!🙂

  18. Lindsey permalink
    November 17, 2008 16:34

    Greg, just wanted to say that I love all of your pictures.
    They really are beautiful.


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