The bright, flashing lights of Insadong-gil [길 (gil) : Street] regularly attracts large gatherings of people. Travel guides often rank Insadong (인사동/仁寺洞: kind, temple, neighbourhood) among the top 5 attractions to visit in Seoul. On the onset, busy retail and street life along the Insadong strip has the […]
When I arrived in South Korea, I was all about travelling, learning the language and the culture, socializing with people, shopping, discovering, etc. As wonderful as it is, every exchange student could tell you that at some point, even if you are have the time of your life, […]
Meet Daebak! They’re the official K-Pop Club at the University of Alberta, and they just finished their first semester as a club. On April 28, they hosted their inaugural event — Running Man UAlberta Edition! The group organized several games inspired from the loved show including Shake Off […]
feat. a Korean-Canadian is a blog series highlighting Korean-Canadians and their experiences, perspectives and thoughts on their identity as Korean-Canadians. This blog features Sulki Kwon, a mother of two who works at Olivia’s Oils & Vinegars as a media consultant in Kelowna, BC. Sulki immigrated to Canada in […]
There’s no doubt that K-Beauty has become a major part of the Hallyu wave. Although many still believe that Hallyu refers to musical and entertainment pieces of Korean culture being exported to the world, the current wave of Hallyu includes Korean cuisine, beauty, and even medicine as well. […]
Travelling to another country is a thrilling experience, but it can also be overwhelming at first. Although I did a lot of research before I went to Korea, I still found that there were many things I had to learn along the way. I’d like to share some of these experiences with you to inform your own travels!
I’ve always heard that math is like a language. And while I’m not completely literate in that subject, I presume its true. Interestingly enough, however, I feel that languages are very mathematical as well. At the very least in my experience learning Korean. I started learning Korean in […]
South Korea’s soft-power approach through Hallyu has shown some amazing success in these recent past years. With international recognition of artists like Psy, BIGBANG and BTS, Kpop has become a powerhouse industry in South Korea. C: BTS Facebook So how did Kpop become so influential today? To understand […]
Zion. T played the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in March, his debut in the city. His “Live in US & Canada” tour was presented by KpopMe Entertainment; also gracing Vancouver, New York, Dallas, San Jose and Los Angeles. The theatre was packed, and the audience responded with huge energy. […]
Time to time I sometimes reminisce about my experiences and my daily life in Seoul. I am not saying the lifestyle is better in Seoul than it is in Calgary and vice versa. Every place and person has a different type of lifestyle and way of living. Here […]
I traveled quite a few times in the Korean countryside and I would like to share my experience and make recommendations. One of the first things to know when you travel in Korea is that Korea’s natural wonders are heavily protected. A long time ago, South Korea passed […]
8,338 km This is the distance from Seoul to Edmonton. Believe or not, there are many students in Alberta who are tenuously learning about Korean culture. Let me tell you — they know much more than I do (I am Korean and I learn from them. tsk tsk.) […]
The Kpop world is full of colorful choreographies that define and enhance the music artists create. Whether simple or complex, the choreography of your favorite songs is often memorable – but which seven routines set themselves apart?
I have previously written posts on Korean slang, and they are some of my most popular posts. It seems that many people are interested in slang Koreans use, so I decided to dedicate another post to Korean slang. Constantly evolving, and with new trends being set everyday, it […]
“Lets just dump them in the Han River,” the American military doctor tells Mr. Kim in the opening scene of the Bong Joon-ho directed film, The Host (괴물). “Pour them into the sink. Empty every bottle to the very last drop. And that’s an order.” The 2006 action […]
You’re ready to start learning Korean, perhaps you have found some guides to help you, and you’re excited about what comes next. Before you dive in, consider these five tips that will make learning Korean easier!
feat. a Korean-Canadian is a blog series highlighting Korean-Canadians and their experiences, perspectives and thoughts on their identity as Korean-Canadians. This blog features Jae Lee, who is currently a Master’s student in public policy specializing in digital and new technology at Sciences Po in Paris, France. You currently […]
Let’s get to know more about Isabela, a Brazilian from Brasilia who lives in Chuncheon in South Korea with her Korean husband.
Despite the unseasonable weather, spring has arrived in Calgary! On the recommendation of my fellow blogger, Jennifer Ma, I dropped by the Calgary Korean Association to check out their Spring Korean Food Market.
It’s one thing to see a group you like on the television or to hear their song on the radio. It’s another thing to meet them personally. Yet this past month, some Toronto Kpop fans got to meet, hi-five and take photographs with Rookie Group ASTRO, at their first […]