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The hidden pleasures of ‘meokbang’
Jan 03, 2017
By Liliek Soelistyo I guess most people, especially online broadcasters, understand what a meokbang is. The word meokbang comes from the Korean words meokneun, which means "eating," and bangsong, which means "to broadcast." Undoubtedly, it's a show where the host eats a large q...


Playing with tradition
Dec 22, 2016
By Sophie Bowman Assuming that women make up around half of the population resident in South Korea today, being a woman in this country means about 25 million different things. Having been a woman in Korea for about five years now, I thought that I knew pretty well what i...


Language and relations
Dec 20, 2016
By Daria Todorova In Korean society, we can see a clear hierarchy of top-down relations. This can be also seen in the Korean language. In Korea, it is not acceptable to call someone by their given name unless they are younger or of the same age as the speaker. We have...


In welcoming the new year
Dec 15, 2016
Lyudmila Mikheesku The year 2016 is coming to a close. Russia, the land of ice and snow to many Koreans, has welcomed the cold a lot earlier than usual this winter. Walking along the snow-covered streets of Moscow, I've begun to look forward to turning over a new leaf, and have ...


Some Korean presents
Dec 13, 2016
By Ilya Belyakov When I go to other countries including Russia, I always find it difficult to choose what to give to my family members or friends. This is because we can find Korean electronics, food and souvenirs easily in today’s globalized world, which makes it difficult...


Why gimjang continues to enthrall modern people
Dec 07, 2016
By Tim AlperVisitors to Korea will attest that the country today is a fast-moving network of busy commercial cities. The idea that only a few decades ago the nation was an agrarian society seems alien, so quickly has its progressed. Despite the effects of urbanization, however, e...


Counting blessings 2016
Nov 29, 2016
Giving thanks for some of Korea’s best things By Charles Usher With November being the month of U.S. Thanksgiving, last year I decided to get in the spirit of the old country and dedicate a column to giving thanks for a few of the things I love most about living in Ko...


Traditional markets in Korea
Nov 24, 2016
By Ilya BelyakovWhen I first came to Korea, I didn't like traditional markets that much. I thought they were dirty and messy. Middle-aged male vendors tried to deceive me because I am non-Korean. Traditional markets in Asia might intrigue non-Koreans from Western Europe, but I di...

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Homestay and jeong
Nov 22, 2016
By Daria Todorova A lot of people talk about jeong when talking about Korea. The concept of jeong is one of those feelings that's impossible to define with one word alone. My personal take on the meaning of jeong would be something along the lines of "a voluntary act of good ...


Let’s learn Korean with soap operas
Nov 16, 2016
By Lyudmila Mikheesku In Russia, many people begin to learn Korean after watching Korean TV shows. What’s interesting is that Korean soap operas can become a reason for them to study Korean, but also it's considered an effective way to learn the language. This is because soap...