Category: World Pilgrim

Once a pilgrim, always a pilgrim! This category takes a look at similar pilgrimages around the world. If you are training for a future Camino and need some local practice, or you are veteran and looking for some spiritual fulfillment that you felt on The Way, these articles are for you!

One of the things that attracts people most to the Camino de Santiago is the history. It is difficult to find this in other parts of the world where there is not such a long tradition of organised walks documented in literature. Where we do find similar walks there is often a religious significance. In India there are organised pilgrimage walks where thousands people walk huge distances. Often they all contribute money to the organisers, who then provide free food and healthcare along the way. In North America there are great trails with stunning landscape and very few people, so you can have a profound experience and come to know oneself in your own thoughts. In this section we will document other great walks that you can do in your home country.

Another aim of world-pilgrim is to show ways that you can train at home. The way is often strenuous, particularly for those of us without much walking in our day to day lives, so it is useful for some inspiration of what to do closer to your city. Some people start practicing from up to 12 months in advance, and others leave practicing altogether, it’s really down to the person themselves.

Finally, one of the greatest things about the Camino de Santiago is the tranquility and spiritual quality that you are immersed in as you walk. You can find these experiences all over the world, though in different ways. We want to find some of the less well known experiences like this and describe both the practical tips and guidance. Among the guidance there will also be the history of these places and some eye-witness testimonies where applicable.

In this section in the past, we have looked at the influence of the Camino in South Korea. We’ve seen the great impact that it can have in far away places, and learnt the history of how it spread and took on a new shape of its own in a fresh cultural setting. On the other side of the world, in South America, we’ve also heard about a spiritual pilgrimage that is not known in the English speaking world but is very famous in Spanish Catholic Argentina.

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Why is the Camino de Santiago so famous in Korea?

South Korea is over 10,000km from Spain, but yet last year almost 4,000 Koreans walked the Camino de Santiago, making them the 9th largest nationality between the British and the Dutch. It is not something you would expect from a country with no historical connection – so why is it that so many South Koreans feel called to make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela? We answer this and discover how the Camino de Santiago has changed tourism within Korea itself!