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Hey Fox! Posted by on Jun 30, 2011

There is a very well known Korean children’s song that is called 여우야 여우야. The song title roughly translates to “Hey Fox, Hey Fox”. It’s a cute little song about asking a fox what he’s doing. What the song does is teach children that the three basic motions that are essensial to carry on in…

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South Korean Towers Posted by on Jun 27, 2011

Some of the best places to see Korea from up high are from an observation tower. One of the best observation towers in South Korea is Gyeongju Tower (경주타워). Gyeongju Tower is located in Gyeongju City (경주시) in North Gyeongsang Province (경상북도). It is eighty two meters high and was built as part of an…

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Hyanggyo Posted by on Jun 24, 2011

Before modern public schools, Korean public schools were called Hyanggyo (향교). The Hyanggyo were first started in the Goryeo Period (918-1392) and ended sometime in the Joseon Period (1392-1910). While the Hyanggyo fell into disuse, the Seowon (서원) faired much better than the Hyanggyo. The Seowons were privately run schools for the sons of the…

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Korean Onomatopoeia Posted by on Jun 21, 2011

Korean is a language with a lot of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates or suggests the sounds that they describe. Have you heard of the following onomatopoeia? 1. 빵! 2. 톡톡 3. 두근두근 4. 빵빵 5. 쾅! 6. 쿨쿨 7. 꿀꿀 8. 띵동 9. 엉엉 10. 멍멍 11. 똑똑 12. 훨훨 13. 쿵…

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Korean Gates Posted by on Jun 18, 2011

There are several famous Korean gates that serve as important landmarks and reminders of Korea’s history. The Independence Gate (독립문) is one of those gates that fall into this category. The Independence Gate is located in Seoul (서울). It commemorates Korea’s independence from China as a sovereign nation. The Indpendence Gate is made of granite…

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Why did you come to our house? Posted by on Jun 15, 2011

There is a popular Korean children’s song that can be heard in preschools all over Korea. Take a listen: 우리 집에 왜 왔니 왜 왔니 왜 왔니 (oori jibeh weh watni weh watni weh watni) Why did you come, why did you come, why did you come to our house? 꽃 찾으러 왔단다 왔단다 왔단다…

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Dashik Posted by on Jun 6, 2011

Dashik (다식) is a type of Korean confectionary consumed with a cup of tea. They are kind of like the Korean version of a cookie. Dashik is made by forming a dough and pressing the dough in a dashiki board (다식판). A dashik board is a board with several holes. The holes are the mold…

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