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Superstitions My Grandmother Believed Posted by on Jul 3, 2019

Before my grandmother converted to Catholicism, she was a devout Buddhist. She insisted that we follow many rules at home, such as never placing the head of spoons upside down, or making sure that we leave our umbrellas on the 현관 (hyun-kwan: porch) and never to bring them inside or open them in the…

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The Cultural Difference Between Korea and America Posted by on Apr 29, 2019

I have been living in two different worlds, between Korean and American 문화(moon-hwa:culture), since I met my husband. I am a native Korean and my 남편(nam-pyoen: husband) is an American. People say that it is normal for married couples to learn about their partner’s peculiarities in the beginning of 결혼(kyoel-hon: marriage). I started to realize…

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The Culture of Exploiting Status and Position in Korea Posted by on Mar 11, 2019

When I visited Korea last time, I met my childhood friends who I hadn’t seen for a long time. As soon as we settled down on the table, we all became chatty as if we were in a talking competition. One of my dear friends started talking about how tiring and unhappy she had been…

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South Korea Highlights Posted by on May 27, 2015

It’s been a lot of fun posting travel articles and videos to the Korean blog over the past few months, but until I make it back to the land of kimchi and soju, I’m afraid I’m fresh out of new content. While many travelers to this side of the world tend to pass over South…

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Gyeongbokgung Video Tour Posted by on Jan 27, 2015

Take a video tour of the grandest of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces – Gyeongbokgung. Once the home to the kings of the Joseon Dynasty, this palace was destroyed twice by the Japanese throughout history. Restoration began in 1987 and is ongoing, and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Seoul.

Host a Korean Cooking Party: Bulgogi Posted by on Jul 9, 2012

Many of you are Korean language and culture enthusiasts, immersing yourself in all things Korean. I would love to hear about your adventures in learning.   One of my favorite aspects of learning a new language and culture is discovering its cuisine. Food brings people together; often a meal can bridge different cultures and inspire…

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Korean Calligraphy—A Modern Perspective on a Traditional Art Form Posted by on Feb 29, 2012

If you are studying the Korean language, known as Hangul (한글), you may appreciate its simplicity. 한글 is a relatively new writing system with a scientific background; its 24 characters represent the features of the mouth when pronouncing each shape, letter. It was invented by King Sejong during the Joseon Dynasty in 1446, but was…

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