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Some like it hot
Sep 18, 2014
Summer has arrived, and with it, thoughts of ice cream, ice-cold drinks and exulting under a spray of cool water. In Korea, however, locals embrace a more unorthodox approach: Food that makes you sweat away the hots. One American expat abandons her misgivings, heads off to a chic...


Sea adventurer Kim Seung-jin ready to enjoy 8 months of...
Sep 18, 2014
Life cannot be satisfactory with only three meals a day. We need something more important. It is such dreams that drive us to produce our requisite three daily meals. The way in which one follows their dreams is hard and challenging for everyone. Therefore, those who achieve ...


Pianist Han Su-jin picks up a hockey stick
Sep 04, 2014
The life story of hockey player Han Su-jinThere was a girl with delicate features and noted musical talents who dreamed to be a pianist. She entered the College of Music at Yonsei University after graduating from Yewon Middle School and the Seoul Arts High School, a typical path ...


Master fan maker Park In-gweon
Sep 03, 2014
Of the many souvenirs people acquire as tourists in Korea, a buchae, or traditional fan, is a very common one. Sold in nearly any shop in Insa-dong that boasts its selection of “traditional” gifts, the Korean buchae has perhaps become the country’s most prevalent traditional craf...


Understanding cultural differences
Sep 03, 2014
Watching your favorite Korean star in a popular TV soap opera or discovering a new K-Pop idol group may have made you think how great it would be to have the next best thing: having a Korean friend. In my case, I was simply looking for a friend that could teach me the fundamental...


Seoul, soccer and an undying passion
Sep 01, 2014
Last month, the people of Seoul once again turned their city into a sea of red as they rooted for their team at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. For one long term Seoul resident, that awoke memories of 2002 and a magical time that sealed his love for the country and its people...


Thinking about pink, the color of the lotus flower
Sep 01, 2014
  When I started my blog about Korea, it was my intention to express my feelings and mood caused by facts, thoughts and memories related to Korea. For this reason I decided to spend some posts on different colors. What do certain colors mean to me in relation to Korea? So ...


'Yi Sun-sin is my teacher': admiral comes to life on co...
Aug 28, 2014
"People must understand that nothing is impossible. When you put your mind to something, you can achieve anything. Yi Sun-sin is a living testament to this belief."So said Onrie Kompan, a 31-year-old U.S. comic book creator living in Chicago. He made the four-volume comic book mi...


Master chocolatier Hong Kyoung-chun
Aug 28, 2014
Back in the late 15th century, Columbus' landing on a new continent had a huge effect on cuisine and dietary styles across the globe. One of the influences was chocolate. Its arrival in Korea is presumed to be around the end of the 19th century. As one story has it, Empress M...

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The charms of Hanbok: young CEO modernizes traditional ...
Aug 26, 2014
A young lady in her early twenties had deft hands and a discerning eye. She could make whatever she wished out of paper with just a pair of scissors, without the help of patterns, without rulers or pencils. Her ability to make replicas of the costumes in comic books or on TV was ...