Shopping In A Myeong-dong Fashion

Written by Aaron

May 2013Entertainment

One of the hottest spots in Seoul to cater to all your needs is Myeong-dong. It is a commercial district where you can find a diverse variety of food to eat and an endless amount of clothing stores to shop. While the main streets may be filled with stores and restaurants, aimed toward attracting an endless amount of tourists, there are also several cafes, PC bangs, DVD bangs, and even two ... (Read More)

Cool Yourself With Patbingsu

Written by Aaron

May 2013Culture

As summer is just around the corner, people are beginning to welcome the mild heat. Along with this change in weather comes a transition from long sleeves/pants to t-shirts/shorts, and overall a lighter atmosphere. With that, people become more active and this opens up a time for knowing what types of refreshing foods and snacks to eat. When needing a cool, fresh snack to munch on during the coming summer heat, ... (Read More)

Nami Island

Written by Aaron

May 2013Culture

When the skies clear and Korea begins to move toward summer, the perfect getaway is to head on over to Nami Island. A small island that one can go to by taking a train out of Seoul to Gapyeong-Stn (and then driving 20-30 minutes from there), it is definitely one of the beautiful places to visit while in Korea. The massive tall trees create an atmosphere of wonder, as those that go forget they are in an ... (Read More)

Galaxy Note 8.0: Small, Sleek Samsung Tablet

Written by Aaron

May 2013Culture

It has been roughly 5 months since its release, and since then the iPad Mini has remained on top within the mini tablet market. While there are other competing brands that provide enough for their price, it cannot be argued that Apple has continued to remain in the forefront of the tablet series. However, this may all changed from the recent release of Samsung’s own version of a mini tablet: the ... (Read More)

Amusement Park Musings

Written by Aaron

April 2013Entertainment

Everyone loves amusement parks. Its a place for people of all ages, from old to young. Whether you are going there with family or simply enjoying the rides with friends, its undoubtedly a place to go when pondering to yourself of what to do as the weather warms up.

The main two amusement parks in Seoul, Korea continue to be Lotte World and Everland. While the former is easier to get to, and more ... (Read More)

Cruising Through The Han River

Written by Aaron

April 2013Culture


One of the many things to see during the night in Seoul is the Han River. Whether it is walking along the  or lighting up mini fireworks by the river, it is definitely something that should not be missed, as the illuminating bridges a colorful reflection along the still cool waters.

While walking along the river or being in awe of the luminiscent beauty, one cannot truly say they’ve absorbed everything that ... (Read More)

Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival

Written by Aaron

April 2013Culture

April is a beautiful time in Seoul, where flowers grow and the cold winter begins to fade away. As Spring begins to dawn, the busy streets are filled with people ready to start the new season. One of the essential reasons to stick around and enjoy the great city during this period is the the bloom of beautiful cherry blossoms. Although not impossible to see in countries like ... (Read More)

A Bit Of Gentleman

Written by Aaron

April 2013Entertainment

South Korean rapper PSY is at it again with his new release entitled "Gentleman." Filled with hilarity and foolishness, the music video seems to consist of the same elements that made "Gangnam Style" so viral. From beautiful Korean women to downright wild acts from Psy, the beat is more closer to the electronic genre. While the song is great overall, it doesn't seem to be as catchy or exciting as the ... (Read More)

Roaming Around COEX

Written by Aaron

April 2013Culture

Seoul is known for its shopping districts and multiple street vendors. However, if you are hoping to go shopping while being surrounded by an array of stores, restaurants, and people, COEX is the place to go. This place is known to be one of the premiere shopping complexes that exist within the metropolitan city. It consists of almost everything you could hope for: from a massive bookstore to an aquarium. Not ... (Read More)

Bukhan Mountain

Written by Aaron

April 2013Culture

 

Situated in Northern Seoul, Bukhan Mountain is one of the getaway locations on the outskirts of the city, to escape from the busy hectic lifestyle of the main metropolitan area. People can enter the scenic nature, without having to make such a long mission outside of the city. Upon arriving there, there are numerous restaurants and supply stores at the foot of the mountain, so even if hiking gear/equipment is forgotten, ... (Read More)

The Convenience Store

Written by Joanne

April 2013Daily Life

Source: Yogarally

If you want a truly authentic experience into the life of a daily Korean or Japanese citizen, then you have to visit Japan and Korea’s many convenience stores.  It is a great source for obtaining unique snacks such as dried squid, tteokbokgi crackers, and onigiri.  In fact, Japan’s convenience store onigiri is revered as gourmet by many and is a highly popular choice of meal and snack for ... (Read More)

Vintage Kimonos

Written by Victoria

April 2013Culture

 As much as the young love all things new and shiny, embracing the past has also become a staying trend for many. Japan is no exception.

Japan’s big cities do not lack a good amount of vintage shops and second hand stores that invite you to peruse their wares. However, flea markets, too, enjoy great popularity among fashion conscious urbanites.

Besides vintage LPs, antique furniture and general clothing there is many more ... (Read More)

Samgyeopsal Culture

Written by Joanne

April 2013Entertainment

Picture source: By ♥ ™ Lia 정서연 ™ ♥ — 얼음소녀's Flickr

As Anthony Bourdain once famously claimed, “…that was one of the very few times we kept eating after the cameras stopped rolling.”  In case you are wondering, he was referring to the samgyeopsal dinner he was having with acquaintances in Korea. 

The main attraction of a samgyeopsal dinner is the pork belly, which is what the word “samgyeopsal” means.  There is an ... (Read More)

Japanese Buckwheat Soba

Written by Michael

April 2013Culture

Have you ever heard of Japanese buckwheat soba? It is easy to cook and great to eat during the hot summer. Here is how to make this simple dish.

Ingredients: dried buckwheat noodle, soy sauce (alternatively use concentrated soba tsuyu), green onion, white radish, toasted seaweed flakes (nori), wasabi

Simplified dipping sauce: dilute soy sauce with water to taste. Regular dipping sauce: buy concentrated soba tsuyu from the store Boil buckwheat noodles and ... (Read More)

Angels and the Lumberjack

Written by Sarah

April 2013Culture

Image source: flickr

Long ago, there once lived a lumberjack in a small town.  One day, while chopping down a tree, he spotted a deer running away from a hunter.  The lumberjack felt pity for the creature so he hid the deer beneath some tree trimmings.  Once the hunter was a safe distance away, the lumberjack released the deer and bid it to never be caught.  While looking into ... (Read More)

Traditional and Modern Art: Samcheongdong and Bukchon

Written by Michael

April 2013Culture

 

Among the many beautiful sites in Seoul, Samcheongdong and Bukchon Village are two adjacent areas that are designated to preserve the ancient traditions of Korea while integrating modern developments in architecture and art.

On the side of Samcheongdong, many independent artists from Korea and other parts of the world rent out modern buildings to display their galleries and goods.  Couples are typically found visiting these galleries, eagar to explore and absorb ... (Read More)

Ukiyo-e: Timeless Woodblock Prints

Written by Victoria

April 2013Culture

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai

You may have come across them one time or another: ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodblock prints, by Katsushika Hokusai. You may not have been aware of this art form, nor this particular artist, nor identify his name with his work, but The Great Wave off Kanagawa is widely known even in the West as an iconic piece of art from Japan.

Created between the years 1826 and 1833, ... (Read More)

Nanta, Korean Nonverbal Musical Performance

Written by Sarah

April 2013Culture

Image source: flickr

Nanta is a Korean musical performance produced by Song Seung-Heon.  Because the show is so well received, it has become a generic term all for nonverbal performances in Korea.  It had its debut in October 1997 and is the first Asian work performed in an exclusive art hall on broadway.

The show was inspired by "Stomp," a popular underground musical from the UK.  Both shows share the same premise, ... (Read More)

Drowning Out Bad Fortunes

Written by Sarah

March 2013Culture

 

The little girls in the photo above are performing a traditional Japanese ceremony called “Nagashibina” in which they hope to drown out their bad fortunes.

Nagashibina means "drifting Hina dolls" in Japanese.  A Hina doll is a kind of amulet to avert evils, and usually hung up in houses to prevent bad luck for any little girls in the family.  The doll is hung up in houses to receive the bad ... (Read More)

Japanese Celebrities: Sumo Wrestlers

Written by Victoria

March 2013Culture

Image source: flickr

Sumo is a Japanese national sport that has origins dating back to the Tokugawa Period of the 17th century.  It preserves many of its traditions when it had been a part of Shinto rituals.  The picture above is a still of a broadcast from NHK, the National Broadcasting Company, with sumo wrestlers performing the leg stomping ritual to drive away evil spirits.  Furthermore, salt is tossed into the ... (Read More)

Korea Delivers

Written by Sarah

March 2013Culture

Image source: flickr

Delivery service in Korea is readily available, remarkably accommodating, and guilt-inducingly cheap. From early morning until past midnight, sometimes until 2AM, a wide range of restaurants are able to deliver their menu items right up to the doorstep. While nearly every dish can be delivered by a restaurant (including McDonald's), there are companies solely dedicated to making deliveries. For example, you can call them up and ask ... (Read More)