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Moon Bear Travel

Moon Bear Travel is an informational and anecdotal Korea-based blog all about Seoul, the rest of Korea, and its lesser-known facets. With a focus on history and off-the-beaten-track travel, Moon Bear Travel aims to offer a more in-depth look for people across the globe who already have a prior interest in Korea, but want to know more.

Head Writer & Co-Founder | Allison Needels

Allison Needels is a Korean archaeology and art historian currently preparing for her doctorate. Korean culture, and East Asian culture more broadly, has played a huge role in her life from a young age. She wrote her MA thesis (SOAS, University of London) on the influence of Joseon porcelain in contemporary artwork. Her research has been introduced at numerous academic conferences around the world. She also obtained her BA degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Manchester and has spent time living in Hong Kong. You can catch her outside of Moon Bear Travel on national Korean radio channels TBS eFM or KBS World.

Guest Writer & Co-Founder | Hannah Roberts

Hannah is an ESL kindergarten teacher living and working in Seoul, South Korea. She visited Korea for the first time in 2013 during her university studies, for a summer school in Seoul, and has been hooked on the country ever since. After visiting again in 2015, she moved to Seoul in 2017 and has lived there ever since, with little intention to leave. She enjoys visiting new and current places, but has a guilty pleasure in going to old tourist favourites. On a normal weekend, you can find her scouting out new cafés and restaurants in the Mapo district, or huffing and puffing up and down the hills of Gyungridan, Yongsan district.

Outside of her love of Korea, Hannah is a BSc Hons French and Spanish graduate who loves to draw, craft, bake, and travel. Her heart beats a little faster when she sees a cute dog or a carrot cake with real cream cheese icing.