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Which last names are harder, Russian or Korean?
Jul 25, 2016
By Lyudmila MikheeskuHaving spent a lot of time with Koreans, I've noticed that my family name presents a challenge for the average Korean person. I'm Russian by nationality with a Romanian last name, and since many Russians have trouble pronouncing my surname, I thought Koreans ...


Instant Success: Why Koreans are crazy for instant nood...
Jul 13, 2016
By Tim AlperMany people assume Korean cooking is as old as time. Although some Korean recipes have, indeed, been handed down through the generations and have histories that can be traced back hundreds of years, in numerous cases this is simply not true.In the 20th century, Korea ...


Shopping channels in Korea
Jul 13, 2016
By Daria Todorova Today I want to talk about something that plays a major part in Korean families and in their day-to-day lives, an experience that may not be easy for non-Korean residents to experience directly while in Korea: home shopping. Home shopping in Korea...


Beauty hiding inside Hanbok
Jul 11, 2016
By Yuldasheva Shakhlo If you've seen Korean historical, period-piece soap operas or traditional performances, you may have experienced traditional Hanbok clothes capturing your eyes and attention. As I'm sure you've noticed, in many countries around the globe, people seem...


The sensation of bibimbap
Jul 08, 2016
By Liliek Soelistyo I love cooking, but I'm not really a good cook, though. Recently, I've been falling in love with a Korean dish called bibimbap. What's so interesting about bibimbap? Well, when I see bibimbap, the colors of the vegetables, beef, eggs and other savory ingredie...


A perfect escape from the city, in the heart of Seoul
Jul 06, 2016
By Sophie BowmanThe city of Seoul, flanked on all sides by satellite cities, is a vast metropolis of high-rise concrete towers. Having lived in the city for five years, there have been plenty of times when I felt the need to escape the cars, the noise and the people. However, lif...


Koreans' way of survival: nunchi (눈치)
Jul 05, 2016
By Lyudmila Mikheesku When you begin to take an interest in Korea, you will soon discover some concepts unknown among Westerners. Among them are the concepts of han (恨), a feeling of deep sorrow, jeong (情), an emotional bond, and nunchi, a concept that signifies the ability ...


Back in Time Part 1: A trip to Hahoe Village
Jun 30, 2016
By Charles Usher Not long ago, my girlfriend and I decided to take a weekend and trip down to Andong, in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. We got an early morning train, a Mugunghwa, one of the old plodders that make every stop on the line. At some point after we’d left the ti...


Why Western and Korean cooking are like oil and water
Jun 27, 2016
By Tim Alper What most foodies new to Korean cuisine do not realize is that Korea’s love for deep-fried food and fancy oils is an extremely recent trend, and that even shallow-fried dishes were once relatively uncommon. Koreans currently have the second-highest ol...


Studying Abroad
Jun 24, 2016
Ilya BelyakovBy Ilya Belyakov It has now been almost 13 years since I first moved to Korea. My first language program in Korea led me on a path toward graduate school, and after graduation I landed a job and began my working life in Korea. The past 13 years have flown by in ...