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Confucian ceremony at Sungkyunkwan Munmyo
Mar 24, 2015
Last Sunday, I visited the old Sungkyunkwan campus to pay my respects to Confucius and his disciples. I showed up with a diverse group of people from the Royal Asiatic Society, the world's oldest Korean studies group, to attend the Seokjeon Daeje, which consists of a ritual sacri...

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Orchestra festival welcomes spring
Mar 24, 2015
Eighteen orchestras from across the nation are offering a feast of classical music this April. They will all play in the 2015 Orchestra Festival, a 19-day event running from April 1 to 19 at the Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul. The participating ensembles come from Seoul, Dae...

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Jungsik: A Korean Debut on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants L...
Mar 23, 2015
Korean food is some of the best in the world. At least in my humble opinion. From Buddhist temple cuisine to royal court cuisine to street food to the food that 엄마 makes, there’s a huge variety of dishes, tastes and presentations on offer. Unfortunately though, unless you’ve spe...

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The naughty frog: For once, a mischievous frog actually...
Mar 20, 2015
There once was a green tree frog that never did what he was told. When his mother told him to jump, he would plant himself firmly into the mud, refusing to budge. When his mother told him to stay still, he would repeatedly jump as high as he could. This behavior continued all thr...

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Someone Said Halal?
Mar 19, 2015
As everyone knows, Hallyu, the Korean Wave, is a storm through all over the world. As a result, lots of foreigns, include Muslims, interested in and want to visit this country. Of course authorities try to satisfy the tourists regardless of their nationality and religion. And als...

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Smaller theaters offer simple pleasures of music
Mar 19, 2015
People have a special love for music. Because of this, smaller concert halls and theaters can be found across many parts of the country, places where one can feel the simple pleasures of music in a small, personal place and with a small group of people. Shows can take place in sm...

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Saira at the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines
Mar 17, 2015
I think we were meant to visit this place! The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC), that is! Before I flew out of the Philippines after my vacation, I spent a few nights in Manila to buy my favorites goodies to bring to Seoul, and to meet up with friends who used to ...

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Imsil greets visitors with welcoming warmth
Mar 16, 2015
One of the charms of travelling is the unexpected encounters we have with unfamiliar landscapes and new people. In particular, the countryside is more fun than the city, with its own distinct characteristics. Each village has its own stories, no matter how small it is. So it is w...

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March 14 = Sweet White Day
Mar 16, 2015
Are you familiar with what romantic date Korea has this month? Clue: It’s connected to Valentines’ Day.Well I hope you aren’t too late yet but this March 14 is one of the ‘sweetest’ (unofficial) holidays in Korea…WHITE DAY! On White Day, it is the guys who give sweets to the g...

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Kimchi making session @NON Berlin
Mar 13, 2015
Food in Korea is an important part of the culture and transmitting the passion and knowledge about food and its traditions has resulted in many different way of representation over the years. This is not the first time that I see a performance that mixes Korean food with music. ...