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Korean Culture
Heading to Noraebang in Korea is one of the must-do activities when you’re in the country! A well-loved get-together entertainment choice among Koreans as well as tourists. Whether you wish to experience Korean culture while...
Life in Korea
Calling all K-pop fans from all over the world! Ever wondered what it is like to experience a K-pop concert in Korea? Enough of watching fan-cams on YouTube, now you get to meet your beloved...
Korean Culture
Just like the rest of the world, Koreans celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14 too. In case you might be wondering, what do couples do to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Korea? It could be going...
Korean Culture
When visiting Seoul, it can be hard to know where to visit beyond visiting Gyeongbok Palace or Hanok Village. Seoul has many amazing Korean traditional activities to check out during your visit. This post will...
Korean Culture
If you decide to live and study in Korea, one of the most typical ways to make new friends with Koreans and to become closer to them is to go for a drink together. You...
Life in Korea
Christmas in Korea (크리스마스, keuriseumaseu, the Hangul transliteration of Christmas) is not as widely celebrated as it is in the West. While it is a public holiday with schools and offices closed, the festivities typically...
Food&Drinks
As the weather is becoming cooler and the trees start shedding their leaves, there is a shift in popular food items in South Korea, especially traditional Korean dishes. Through this guide we will explore some...
Korean Culture
Korean couples love celebrating anniversaries, sharing food, and having experiences together. Here are some more fun facts about Korean couple culture in Korea. Korean couple items are a thing! In Korea, it’s normal to see...
Life in Korea
Jeju Island (제주도) is a popular tourist destination for Koreans, especially in spring and summer. Often called South Korea’s Hawaii, Jeju is the largest island in the country, located south of the Korean Peninsula, considered...
Life in Korea
You’ve been dreaming of being in Korea and now you finally have the chance to go. There are so many things to do in Korea, you’ll be spoilt for choice! But where to start? Here...
Korean Culture
The tiger (호랑이, horang-i) plays a significant part in Korean culture. Historically, the tiger has been linked with Korea from the beginning. The tiger is strongly associated with Korean culture and is seen as representative...
Korean Culture
White Day in Korea (화이트데이, hwaiteu-dei), is a holiday that follows Valentine’s Day and is celebrated on 14 March. On 14 February, it is customary among Korean couples for the woman to give the man...
Korean Culture
One of the most important holidays for Koreans is Seollal (설날), or Korean New Year. It is in fact the first day of the year according to the lunar calendar and is a holiday that...
Study Korean
Learn some common Korean phrases and words used in relationships and K-dramas! We have a collection of them ready for you below! Common Korean words – Relationships When talking to one another, Koreans often use...
Life in Korea
Autumn (가을, gaeul in Korean) is one of the best seasons to spend in Korea. If summer is too hot, winter is too cold, and in spring the air pollution problem is slightly worse than...
Korean Culture
Chuseok (추석) is one of Korea’s most important holidays and was originally established to celebrate the new harvest. It falls around September/October, the time when the fruits of labour in the fields are harvested, and...
Food&Drinks
In Korea, there is a special dessert for cooling off in summer: bingsu (빙수). It is a dessert consisting of a base of crushed ice to which various toppings are added and is in a...
Korean Culture
Hanbok (한복) is the traditional Korean dress with ancient roots. The style belongs to the era of the Joseon dynasty at the end of the 1300s, but some researchers claim that it is of Mongolian...
Korean Culture
Children’s Day is celebrated every year on the 5th of May in Korea. As the name suggests, it is a holiday dedicated to the little ones and is a national holiday (휴일, hyuil), when schools...
Korean Culture
Anyone who approaches Korean culture will sooner or later find themselves talking about one topic in particular: mandatory military service in South Korea. Why is it that young people who have just graduated from high...
Korean Culture
One of the latest K-dramas to be released, Squid Game (오징어 게임), has quickly become very popular all over the world and there’s not a single person who hasn’t heard of it. It’s a survival...
Korean Culture
Last update: February 2024 When travelling to another country, one is confronted with different customs and traditions, and Korea is no different. Like all Asian cultures, Korea has a set of rules to follow, imposed...
Life in Korea
Black Day is an unofficial holiday for singles in Korea! We all know that Valentine’s Day is celebrated throughout the world every year on February 14th. But in Korea and a few other Asian countries,...
Korean Culture
So you just saw Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar-winning Korean movie Parasite? Now wondering which Bong Joon Ho movies are truly worth watching? Without spoiling any films, let’s check out a few of Bong Joon Ho’s...
Korean Culture
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Jongmyo was built in the fourth year of King Taejo’s (태조) reign. Jongmyo is the chief state shrine built according to Confucian ideals. It contains the spirit tablets of late...
Korean Culture
There’s nothing more comforting than warm, delicious food to ail the bitter cold of winter. Korea being a country for foodies everywhere is here to provide and never disappoint. Here are some winter foods to...
Life in Korea
Winter in Korea is a beautiful time to experience the country! Don’t let the wind and snow affect your trip plans! Experiencing a white winter is a dream of many people from tropical countries. This...
Study Korean
Just like any other country, Korea has its own set of trendy slang words that are useful to know when you travel to Korea or you’re just watching a Korean show. Korea’s slang mainly consists...
Korean Culture
Bukchon Hanok Village is near Anguk Station (안국역) Line 3 in Seoul. It consists of a myriad of old houses built according to the traditional Korean construction style. It is surrounded by Gyungbokgung (경복궁), Changdeokgung...
Korean Culture
The Pentaport Rock Festival is a three day event that takes place every summer in Incheon. It is considered to be one of the biggest live music events in South Korea. The lineup is always...
Life in Korea
Hidden deep within Gangwondo (강원도) is a small county that goes by the name of Yeongwol. The area offers breathtaking sights for all because it is shrouded in green hills, with the Dongang (동강) snaking...
Korean Culture
The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (대한민국역사박물관) opened its doors to the public on December 26, 2012. The museum contains both the modern and contemporary history of Korea. It is located near Gwanghwamun (광화문)....
Korean Culture
The Seoul Museum of History is located near Gyeonghuigung (경희궁) near Gwanghwamun Station (광화문역). The museum has a permanent exhibition hall narrating the story of Seoul, ever since its inception in 1392. It is exciting...
Korean Culture
Daegu (대구) might not be the first Korean city that comes to mind. However, it is one of the most accessible cities located in the middle of the country, with so much to offer. It’s...
Life in Korea
Hongdae (홍대) is a curious part of Seoul and also home to Yeonnamdong. Various subcultures within Seoul come together and blend here. It is a window into what being a young Korean person entails. The...
Korean Culture
Changdeokgung is a palace situated east of Gyeongbokgung (경복궁), next to Changgyeonggung (창경궁). The name of the palace means a palace of prosperous virtue. It was constructed in 1405 as a second palace of the...
Korean Culture
Changgyeonggung is another palace located in Seoul. It was originally a residential area for the royal family elders. The palace was first built in 1418 by King Sejong (세종) for his father, King Taejong (태종)....
Korean Culture
Gyeongbokgung was the main and largest palace of the Joseon (조선) Dynasty. A struggle to maintain Built in 1395, the palace was home to the kings of the Joseon dynasty, their households, and the center...
Life in Korea
If you live around Gongdeok (공덕), or Hongdae (홍대), the likelihood of you knowing about the Gyeongui Line (경의선) path is possibly very high. It’s one of the best attractions for those who love the...
Life in Korea
When it comes to exploring Korea there are likely several places all ready on your radar. Where are the must see locations in Korea? You surely know Seoul, the sprawling capital city of over 10...
Korean Culture
Haebangchon is a district in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, and it holds a music event called Haebangchon Festival every year. The name of the area translates to Freedom Village, and it is quite an old part of...
News
Korean cuisine has many famous “combinations” of food and drinks that just go together – fried chicken and beer, soju (소주) and samgyunsal(삼겹살) or gamjatang(감자탕). One of the best is pajeon (파전) and makgeolli (막걸리)....
Korean Culture
South Korea has a burgeoning and highly successful drama industry. However, for those looking for versatility there are some that have the most unique plotlines and deserve to be watched. Here is a list of...
Korean Culture
Korean soju (소주) is the most representative alcoholic drink in South Korea which every Korean has tried at least once in their lifetime. Known in some circles as ‘Korean Firewater’, soju (소주) is without a...
Korean Culture
One of the most enjoyable ways to learn about Korean culture is to participate in activities! Luckily, cultural activities for foreigners in Korea are readily available and abundant. Foreigners can get involved by partaking in...
Life in Korea
Korean street food is a cultural emblem and has become an increasingly important commodity in drawing in tourists from across the world. The Korean street food scene is an extremely dynamic one. Korean Street food...
Korean Culture
The rise of South Korea’s cafe culture means that Seoul has no shortage of cafes. In fact, it is rare to come across a street that it not the home to at least one or...
Korean Culture
In almost any given neighborhood in Seoul (and beyond) you’ll find multiple cafes of all different shapes and sizes. The rise of South Korea’s cafe culture is a particularly interesting story. It aligns closely with...
Korean Culture
You may wonder why there is a five-day weekend in the middle of autumn. This nationwide phenomenon is due to Chuseok (추석, autumn eve) or Korean Thanksgiving. Chuseok is an annual three-day holiday celebrating the...
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