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My Korean food story or how to cure flue with spicy kim...
Nov 25, 2015
Ilya BelyakovMy first encounter with Korean food happened I came to Korea for my language courses at Yonsei University Korean Language School. I have never tried Korean food before, so I didn’t even know what to expect though theoretically I was aware that it must be spicy and ve...

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Korea inspires global power bloggers
Nov 24, 2015
Fourteen bloggers from Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines and elsewhere arrived in Korea on Nov. 18. They were guests of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and were here to spend four days sightseeing around the country. They were selected based on their applicat...


Han Kang – Korean writing, amazing in any language
Nov 24, 2015
Sophie BowmanHan Kang is fast becoming the world’s favorite Korean writer. Translations of some of her works are already available in Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, French, Japanese, Spanish, Vietnamese and English. The first time I heard Han Kang speak at an event organized by ...


Interview with cartoonist Park Si Baek: time travel wit...
Nov 23, 2015
The "Annals of the Joseon Dynasty" has some ups and downs in its quality as a reliable record depending on who wrote it and how the person wrote it. Since Joseon society had political division between the "east" and "west" factions, its records are very much swayed by wh...


Interview with cartoonist Park Si Baek: time travel wit...
Nov 20, 2015
Korea has a long tradition of recording the doings of the kings and royal household in official documents. The "Annals of the Joseon Dynasty" (조선왕조실록, 朝鮮王朝實錄), which recorded the times and reign of every Joseon king for nearly 500 years, is one of the few pieces of eviden...


3rd Line Butterfly and the awesomeness of Korean altern...
Nov 11, 2015
Sophie Bowman When I was first studying Korean I used to listen to nothing but Korean pop songs to try to learn some extra words while travelling to and from university on the London Underground and walking to my part time job after class. Back then I didn’t know anything about...


‘Korea, Russia need knowledge to become closer’
Nov 11, 2015
A new trend has been emerging recently at key broadcasting companies in Korea. They have begun to feature non-Koreans who speak fluent Korean and who have a deep understanding of Korean culture. TV shows such as “Beauty Talk” and “Abnormal Summit” have helped Korean viewers ...


Farmer sings of life
Nov 10, 2015
Kim Back-keun is a rice farmer in Garakgol in Noonsa-dong, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do Province. What distinguishes him from the others is that he does farming in the day and sings at night. As he starts to sing, his profound, rough voice embraces the grief of a farmer's ...


What makes contest winners fall in love with Korea
Oct 27, 2015
The “Talk! Talk! Korea 2015” contest run by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) gathered together thoughts and feelings about Korea and all things Korean from our neighbors around the world. The eight competition winners, who had submitted entries in one o...


'Written characters are tools that contain culture'
Oct 08, 2015
Director General of the National Hangeul Museum Moon Young-ho emphasizes the importance of widening the understanding of Hangeul among people through the systemic preservation of Hangeul data and through exhibits. Marking the 569th anniversary this year of the proclamation of t...