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Korean athletes at the Olympics
Aug 16, 2016
By Daria Todorova Seoul, Korea, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the summer Olympic Games are being held, are 12 hours apart. Football fans in Seoul can watch Team Korea's football matches only by staying up until, or waking up before, 4 a.m. Even though staying up or waking up ...


What does traditional medicine mean to modern Koreans?
Aug 10, 2016
By Tim Alper Korea is a unique country in many ways. In terms of healthcare, there is possibly nowhere else on earth quite like it. Companies and employees contribute directly to a central fund, managed by the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS), with contri...


Korea and the Korean Wave
Aug 05, 2016
By Kislova Evgeniya Contemporary Korean pop culture has been spreading around the world in what has been called the Korean Wave. Korean cultural events, like concerts and exhibits, are also being held across the world. Today, I would like to talk about the Korea-Russia Cu...


Superstitions in Korea
Aug 01, 2016
By Kislova Evgeniya When we go to a new country overseas, we can learn a lot about the superstitions and taboos of the new nation. Some people do believe them, while others don’t, but we can't deny the fact that superstitions have an effect on the lifestyle of people ever...


Descendants of the Sun
Jul 29, 2016
By Ilya BelyakovSurfing the channels at home recently, I came across a rerun of the hit TV series "Descendants of the Sun." Though I didn't watch it when it was first aired earlier in the spring, I've heard a lot about the show because it was one of the biggest hit shows this yea...


Internet cafes serve avid gamers
Jul 27, 2016
By Daria Todorova Many people talk about video games when they talk about Korea. One of the most-asked questions received by Korean students studying abroad is, “Are you good at playing video games, too?” In fact, I haven’t been that interested in video games. While writing this...

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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...