Korea hosts three major film festival every year – Busan Film Festival (BIFF), Jeonju Film Festival (JIFF), and Bucheon Film Festival. The Jeonju Film Festival is the second biggest in Korea, lasts 10 days, and shows almost 250 films. This year it was held from May 3rd to […]
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 […]
As both a book lover and a lover of Korean culture, I have collected my share of books about South Korea on my shelf. Here are my top 3 that I recommend to anyone looking to learn a little more about Korea’s history and culture: A Geek in […]
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 […]
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 is a blog series highlighting Korean-Canadians and their experiences, perspectives and thoughts on their identity as Korean-Canadians. FIFA World Cup 2018 has started in Russia and today South Korea will play against Sweden for their first game of the group matches. To celebrate the World […]
Why settle for less when you could look like your favorite K-pop idol?
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 […]
Here is a short post about one of my days as an university exchange student in Seoul. I hope this gives a bit of insight with some experiences as an university exchange student in Seoul. I would also like to state that everyone’s experience will be different depending on […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
With Kpop being more and more appreciated some people end up on this trend but they do not know some of the “basic” words.
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.
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!