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Archive for October, 2008

Confucianism Posted by on Oct 23, 2008

Confucianism is a philosophical, political and ethical system that originated with a Chinese scholar named Confucius.  Why am I talking about a Chinese scholar on a Korean blog?  Well, since ancient times Confucius values have influenced Korea in several ways.  Some of its values still remain in Korean society today. For example, Confucius ideology places…

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Kimchee (김치) Posted by on Oct 22, 2008

This wouldn’t be a Korean blog without a mention of kimchee (김치) or fermented napa cabbages mixed with garlic, red pepper powder, salt and green onions.  If you ever decide to make kimchee (김치), be aware that it can take about a day or several days to soak the cabbages in water.  This is done…

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JJimjilbang (찜질방) Part 2 Posted by on Oct 22, 2008

After you’re done sweating out your pores or soaking in a hot bath, you can leave those rooms to watch tv or browse the internet.  You can also eat or sleep in different rooms selected for those specific activities all without leaving the premises!  However, you have to be fully clothed to participate in these rooms.  The…

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JJimjilbang (찜질방)Part 1 Posted by on Oct 22, 2008

Today’s topic will be on Korean saunas or jjimjilbang (찜질방).  Korean saunas are quite enjoyable.  I always recommend my students to try it at least once, especially if they’re ever stopping by in Korea.  Jjimjilbang’s(찜질방) vary in size and quality.  Usually the most basic jjimjilbang’s (찜질방) charge about 10 U.S. dollars or less, while the…

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Boshintang (보신탕) Posted by on Oct 22, 2008

What is boshintang (보신탕)?  For those of you who have a weak stomach, read at your own risk…  Boshintang (보신탕) is a Korean stew that is infamous for its primary ingredient.  Can you guess what it is?  I’ll give you a hint.  It’s man’s best friend, but it’s not the horse.  If you haven’t guessed it already the…

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