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Jeongseon Arirang Posted by on May 31, 2011

There are several renditions of a traditional Korean song called Arirang (아리랑). These different renditions are named after the county in which they are from. My favorite Arirang rendition by far is the one from Jeongseon County. It’s called Jeongseon Arirang (정선 아리랑) and the singer that is best associated with this song is a…

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Great Korean Kings Posted by on May 29, 2011

There are only a few Korean kings that have the title “Great” in their name. What does it take to be known as “Great”? Let’s find out! Probably the most well known Korean king that has the title of being called a great king is King Sejong the Great (세종대왕). King Sejong is best known…

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Korean Tombs Posted by on May 26, 2011

One of the ways in which archeologists study the past is by studying the tombs left from the past. In Korea, there are many sites that contain tombs from various periods in Korean history. Let’s take a look at some of these tombs: The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (조선왕릉) is located in Gyeonggi…

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Korean Internet Slang Posted by on May 21, 2011

You might have noticed from looking around Korean forums and chat rooms that a lot of words are contracted or shortened in form. Some of the words are slangy to start off with, and are further contracted for convenience. Have you seen any of these forms below? A lot of these words and symbols are…

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National Parks in South Korea Posted by on May 17, 2011

If you love the outdoors, you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery at Songni Mountain National Park (속리산국립공원). The Songni Mountain National Park is named after the Songni Mountain (속리산), which is a popular hiking spot for outdoor lovers. Many protected species of fish and birds can be found at Songni Mountain Park, so bring your camera…

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Korean Butterfly Song Posted by on May 12, 2011

There’s a very famous children’s song about butterflies that probably almost every Korean child knows. Here’s the video of the song with the lyrics below. For those of you who don’t know how to read Hangul yet, the pronunciation is in parentheses. The meanings are in brackets. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN6jtj_63is 나비야 나비야 (nabiya nabiya) [Hey butterfly, Hey…

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Markets in South Korea Posted by on May 9, 2011

Everyone knows about outdoor markets like Dongdaemun and Namdaemun, but did you know there are other outdoor markets in South Korea? Seongdong Market (성동시장) is one of the largest traditional outdoor markets in the city of Gyeongju (경주), which is located in Gyeongsangbuk Province (경상북도). It’s just like the fruits, vegetables and seafood that you…

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