The Owl of Minerva Mississauga

Just open as of March this year, the Owl of Minerva in Mississauga is the first of its franchise to branch into this side of the GTA. I’m not entirely sure there’s a Korean in Toronto who doesn’t know of this restaurant, but I sure think there’s a […]

How “Seoul” got her name

Have you ever wondered why Korea’s capital is called “Seoul”? Below is a very well-known story of how Seoul was found and how she first got her name. Not long after Taejo Lee Seong-gye founded the Joseon Dynasty in 1392, he ordered Muhagdaesa, a Buddhist monk and his […]

A princess bride rediscovered

What is it about queens and princesses that still somehow capture even grown-up women’s hearts in this day and age? It’s no surprise that we see pictures of a blissfully pregnant Kate Middleton currently gracing the cover of every celebrity-focused publication. Gossip magazines have been speculating on the name […]

Hockey in Korea

I still get the Canadian Embassy in Seoul’s e-Newsletter even though I’ve been back in Canada for four years now (wow, it’s exactly four years!), mainly to stay in touch with things happening there. One of the articles in the last issue caught my attention and led to […]

“Cheondoong:” The Beats of the World

“Cheondoong” originated in 2004 at St. Andrew Kim Catholic Church. The association is founded by Master Kim Sung Il, who recognized the need to recruit dedicated individuals to perform Korean music in Canada. In 2008, the organization officially debuted as “Cheondoong Performing Arts Society” and known for Korean […]

Recycling in Korea

While growing up in Canada, I was encouraged and taught to recycle by guest speakers from environmental and government organizations. Recycling was so strongly emphasized during my youth education that even today, as a young adult, I am reluctant to dispose an empty can of pop into a […]