Korea and the Short Form

  There’s nothing like settling in after a hard day to watch your new favorite drama (unless, of course, you have the whole day to binge-watch it). But sometimes, we don’t always have a ton of time to enjoy a full-length series, or even a full-hour episode. That’s […]

Your Island

Cities and the central nervous system share a number of common elements: both have neighbourhoods, streets, and even 8-lane highways. The brain and spinal cord use a network of pathways to send neurotransmitters and relay signals to perform bodily tasks and functions. Yeouido [여의도/汝矣島: you, (your), island] is […]

A Guide to Noraebang

There is something magical about karaoke: stepping into your favorite artist’s shoes to express a shared feeling or try out their musical style. Korea has fully embraced this pastime with noraebang, Korean karaoke, which turns a simple night out into a dynamic experience.

feat. a Korean-Canadian: Glen Choi

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 Glen Choi who teaches humanities and social sciences-related subjects at Seneca College in Toronto. Glen just released a new book, Beginning, Middle and Zen (BMZ), a […]

What the heck is Mukbang?

  The word Mukbang or, Meokbang, is a combination of the words “meokneun” (eating) and “bangsong” (broadcast) . Online eating shows are exactly that, live broadcasts, though now they are also very common on YouTube, of people eating food. The trend originated in Korea sometime around 2010, and […]

Kpop’s Seven Best: Anthems

Anthems are the songs that cause you to stop and take notice of them, whether it be the powerful beat, exciting melody, or meaningful lyrics within. Perfect for everything from sports to self-motivation, these tracks are guaranteed to stir up your emotions and push you to greater heights.

Korean Superstitions

Superstitions are widely held and often irrational beliefs about things such as luck, prophecy or spiritual beings. They appear across different cultures; just think of a few popular ones in Canada such as “don’t walk under a ladder” and the old “lucky pennies” but have you heard of […]

Kpop’s Seven Best: Legends

Despite only gaining international popularity in recent years, Kpop has a long and impressive history. From its roots to the present day there have been numerous Kpop acts that have surpassed expectations and established themselves as legends of the industry.

Kind Temple Neighbourhood

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 […]

The Gamers’ Paradise

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, […]

feat. a Korean-Canadian: Sulki Kwon

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 […]

Shopping for K-Beauty in Edmonton!

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. […]

Visiting Korea: Know Before You Go

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!