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Love story between London teen and Korean soldier
Jan 05, 2015
In Korea, men in their 20s, especially those with girlfriends and waiting to complete their less-than-two years of conscription, have one thing in common. They are afraid to hear that their girlfriend has, as the saying goes, "worn rubber shoes the other way around," an idiomatic...


New Year's message from the South Pacific
Dec 31, 2014
Skipper Kim Seung-jin has sent a New Year's message from the South Pacific. Kim is on an around-the-world trip alone with his yacht, with no assistance nor any help from a motorized engine. Starting from the marina at Waemokhang Port in Dangjin, South Chungcheong Province, on Oct...

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My Hallyu Fandom’s Many Faces
Dec 29, 2014
I recently read an article about Hallyu fandom in the Philippines which says that Filipino fans tend to be either of these three: an active fan, a stagnant fan, or a retired fan. According to the researcher Gilbert Que, these three types of fans have developed in the Philippines...


Canadian artist residing in Seoul, Paul Kajander
Dec 23, 2014
Paul Kajander, a 34-year-old Canadian artist living in Seoul, often pays a visit to Euljiro Street. He finds inspiration from the numerous light stores and light displays placed by these stores on the street. Since moving to Seoul from Vancouver in 2011, Kajander has been working...


Hitting the slopes: Korea’s ski scene will surprise yo...
Dec 23, 2014
I’m from Canada, home of the Laurentian and Rocky Mountains. Some of the country’s finest ski resorts are in Quebec and within two hours’ driving distance from where I grew up. I’ve been skiing for as long as I can remember. There really isn’t much else to do during Canadian wint...


Love for Korea over 4 generations
Dec 18, 2014
Director John Linton of the International Health Care Center at Severance Hospital smiles in his office. He is in charge of the center which provides medical service to international patients.A blue-eyed medical doctor speaks native Korean with a Jeolla-do (Jeolla Province) provi...

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The Korean Navy visits Jakarta and puts on its best for...
Dec 15, 2014
Hello everyone, it’s been so long  since I last wrote for this blog due to my busy work schedule.Actually there were so many Korea-related events in Indonesia during November that I want to share here on the Korea Blog. I hope that it’s not too late and the information is st...

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Typographer and printing expert Park Han-su
Dec 10, 2014
Most people who have been raised in the digital era have probably never seen a traditional printing press, which uses movable metal typefaces that are individually selected and arranged for each page of the book.The majority of books are no longer made this way, with digital prin...


Legacy of legendary handball player lives on
Dec 08, 2014
In 1996, a Korean player in his 20s emerged onto the handball court in Gummersbach, a small town in central Germany. Unlike the stereotypical Asian, he was tall enough to reach 2.3 meters, with a robust frame. Armed with both agility and power despite his height, the athlete show...


Director Jung July recognized for her debut film, ‘A Gi...
Dec 04, 2014
There is an expression, “to become a star overnight.” Thirty-four year old director Jung July is one of those who have become famous overnight. Jung just received the Best First Film award for her debut work, “A Girl at My Door,” at the Stockholm International Film Festival in No...