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Archive for September, 2010

Korean Folk Villages Posted by on Sep 28, 2010

If you want a glimpse of Korean culture, try visiting a Korean folk village. Korean folk villages are outdoor museums where people can see and learn about Korean culture before modernization. Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) is a village in Seoul. The area is known for its traditional Korean houses. In the far distance, you can…

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South Korean Companies Posted by on Sep 22, 2010

South Korea is becoming a rising industrial power in the world. Here are some South Korean companies that are predicted to become formidable companies in the global future.   Abroad, Hyundai (현대) is probably most known for their cars. However, in South Korea, Hyundai has their hands in everything, like department stores, electronics and even…

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Teuroteu Music Posted by on Sep 16, 2010

Teuroteu (트로트) music is a combination of fox trot music, jazz and traditional Korean music. Teuroteu music became popular after WWII, when American musical influences were inspiring Korean artists. Teuroteu is especially popular with older audiences, but it’s making a slow comeback with younger audiences. You may have heard of Tae Jin Ah (태진아) through…

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Korean Soft Drinks Posted by on Sep 13, 2010

The market for Korean soft drinks is growing every year. Here are some Korean soft drinks you’ve probably heard of : Bacchus  (박카스) is an energy drink. The commercials for Bacchus focus on people drinking Bacchus after a hard day’s work. Chilsung Cider (칠성사이다) is like a carbonated soda. The reason why I love this…

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North Korean Architecture Posted by on Sep 10, 2010

North Korea has this reputation of being a pastoral countryside with no buildings in sight, and that’s simply not true!  A common characteristic of North Korean buildings is that they are often tied to nationalistic ideals. A lot of the buildings were built for propaganda purposes, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t architectural wonders…

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