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The Homogeneous Culture in South Korea is Evolving Posted by on Nov 7, 2018

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If I remember correctly, most people in Korea didn’t want to standout. I once thought this common desire to blend in could encourage people to think and behave similarly. However, I am not quite sure about this thought anymore. When I grew up in Korea, following the 유행( Yoo- Hang, trend) was something everybody did…

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Seoul, Gangnam, and the Best Partying Spots in Korea Posted by on Oct 16, 2015

Seoul (서울), the massive capital of Korea, and its trendy Gangnam (강남) neighborhood, is more (and better) than PSY galloping through it. The city hosts some of Korea’s best universities and has a large expatriate community, not to mention nighttime roaming from the contentious American military presence. So there is no shortage of people looking…

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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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A Night in a Korean Bathhouse Posted by on Apr 29, 2015

On both of my visits to South Korea, one of the highlights was spending a night in a traditional Korean bathhouse. Known as jimjilbang (찜질방), these are extremely popular with people of all ages and they represent an important aspect of Korean culture. Unlike spas back home in the States where you’re totally secluded, a…

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Changyeong Palace Video Tour Posted by on Feb 26, 2015

Tour one of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces – Changyeonggung – in this short video. It was destroyed twice by the Japanese, but has been somewhat restored and is a nice place to spend an afternoon in the Korean capital.

The Five Grand Palaces of Seoul Posted by on Feb 24, 2015

The last kingdom in Korea was the Joseon Dynasty (조선왕조), which lasted from 1392 all the way until 1910. Over the reign of Joseon, Seoul became the capital city and center of state affairs. Throughout the years, the kings had many grand palaces built here – five of them are currently open to the public. For…

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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.

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