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Jan 28, 2016
By Kislova Evgeniya To learn more about the culture and manners of a country, you will need to listen to traditional music or try playing the traditional folk games of a country. This time, I would like to talk about samulnori, which many people know about, ...


How I learned to love the cold
Jan 27, 2016
By Sophie Bowman I was born in England in the summertime when the days are long and the weather is (usually) warm and fine. In the U.K. school system, the summer holidays are the longest of the year, typically around six weeks, and for most children (and teachers!) it is an...


Korean gourmets go global
Jan 25, 2016
By Daria Todorova In the autumn of 2014, a TV talk show called "Abnormal Summit" (비정상회담) began airing in Korea. A group of non-Korean panelists living in Korea were on the show, and there was even one Russian panelist. Since I rarely had a chance to hear anything about ...


New Year's holiday in Russia, Korea
Jan 20, 2016
By Daria Todorova The new year 2016 has begun. Did you have a good New Year's Eve? As this is my first column of the year, today, I would like to talk about New Year's Eve traditions in Russia and Korea. If you look at the way in which Russia and Kore...


A Korean who has never seen an aurora
Jan 19, 2016
By Lyudmila Mikheesku One of the first aspects that foreigners who are interested in Korea should know about is the hiking. It's amazing that people go hiking with their family, even though they have no energy to move due to the long hours they put in during the week. ...


Safety makes Korea charming
Jan 18, 2016
By Ilya Belyakov One of the things that people from abroad mostly get a good impression about and like in Korea is public safety in the nation. Whomever you ask, 99 percent of them would say Korea is safe. The interesting thing is, however, that the share of Koreans who would ...


A small world
Jan 13, 2016
By Liliek Soelistyo I first met a Korean person a few months ago when the Sejong Institute opened at the university where I work. I used to see Korea and its people through my tiny window of limited knowledge. I did some research on Korean culture and people and was blinded by ...


Unspoken Korean culture
Jan 12, 2016
By Aleisha Setka How would I describe culture? In definition, it is the arts and other displays of human intellectual achievement viewed as a whole; in other words, everything that is acknowledged as a successful portrayal of the human mind. When a conversation is sparked between...


Makgeolli - Korea’s oldest liqour
Jan 11, 2016
Dominic Dinkins If you talk about Korea and what the most popular liquor is, 9 times out of 10, you will hear about soju. The popular liquor is still Korea’s number one seller in the alcohol industry and shows no signs of slowing down. This is especially true with the latest ...


Life after death – The beguiling world of the Korean je...
Jan 04, 2016
Tim Alper The most revealing thing about jesa is that there really is no simple way to explain what this Korean word means in English. Simply put, the word refers to a death anniversary, a traditional Korean memorial ceremony held annually on the death day of a close relative. ...