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2021 Chuseok Amid Pandemic Posted by on Sep 13, 2021

추석 (Chuseok) is one of the big holidays in Korea. Chuseok will be on the 21st of September this year since Koreans use the lunar calendar system. This is the second year that Koreans face unusual 민족대명절 (min-jok-dae-myeong-jeol: national holidays) amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  Traditionally, 민족 대이동 (min-jok-dae-ee-dong: national migration) occurs during this holiday season…

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Four-Character Idioms That Will Improve the Level of Korean Posted by on Aug 27, 2021

Before 한글 (Hangul: Korean alphabets) was invented, Koreans used Chinese characters. In fact, only 양반 (yang-bahn: higher-class nobles) were allowed to write and read in Chinese. Therefore, the gap between the nobility and 백성 (baek-sung: the ordinary people) was too big to overcome.  세종대왕 (se-jong-dae-wang: King Sejong) in Chosun Dynasty had a desire to enlighten…

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Soul Nourishing Food Kimchi Posted by on Aug 16, 2021

I am currently in a country where daily COVID-19 cases are mercilessly going up. 봉쇄령 (bong-sea-ryung: Lockdown) has been ordered a long ago and it seems to be continually 연기되다 (yeon-gi-dwe-dah: extended).  During the lockdown, I was looking for something to do at home. One of the activities I chose to do at home was…

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Korean Street Food Posted by on Jul 26, 2021

My Memories of Korean Street Food When I was a teenager, I remember food hawkers were displayed endlessly near my school. It was a daily temptation because the food from street vendors was genuinely delicious to hungry little humans. My mom used to scold me if I had 길거리 음식 (gil-guh-ri-eum-sik: street food) on the…

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Foreign Residents in Korea Posted by on Jun 29, 2021

In 2021, over 51 million people are living in South Korea. Over 2 million are 외국인 (wei-gook-in: foreigners). Among them, over 1 million live in the capital city, Seoul.      When I was young, I grew up in a town where I didn’t see many foreigners. Although I know that there always have been…

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Mental Health in South Korea Posted by on Jun 16, 2021

Have you heard of a competition for doing nothing? Yes, it is a real event in South Korea. (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/22/screen-addicted-south-koreans-compete-in-space-out-contest)     A Korean artist 주최하다 (joo-choi-hah-dah: host) 멍때리기 (mung-dde-ri-gi: space out) competition since 2014. The participants literally do nothing for 90 minutes. They are not allowed to talk, sleep, eat or use electric devices. The…

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The Analysis of Korean Cuisine (Part 2) Posted by on May 26, 2021

As I promised in the last post, I will talk more about the characteristics of Korean cuisine.  I am a foodie who deeply appreciates good foods from all over the world. Among them, Korean food is special to me not only because of its familiarity as a home county food, but its health benefits. Korean…

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