David Kute

    David Kute has an appreciation for Seoul’s distinct neighborhoods. From Dongdaemun's market stalls to Hongdae's rock music venues, the city continues to fascinate him. After spending many years living and working in Seoul and South Korea, he started the blog Rooftop on the Hanok. The blog is a place to share information as well as explore facets of life on the Korean peninsula. He enjoys writing fiction and playing basketball when he's not researching or writing Rooftop on the Hanok posts.    

Cooking Traditional Korean Food with Seyoung Park: Dish #1
How to Make Vegan Kimchi

In this series, Home: Soil, Soul, Society’s Seyoung Park will share recipes and instructions for cooking traditional Korean dishes. The goal is to guide and educate blog readers, cooking enthusiasts, and anyone at home trying to make a particular Korean dish. Park is a longtime culinarian and the operator of the Mokpo restaurant Home: Soil, …

Cooking Traditional Korean Food with Seyoung Park: Dish #1
How to Make Vegan Kimchi
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Daejeon Nightlife and Other Attractions
Longtime Resident Shares the Lay of the Land

Daejeon is one of those cities that few people outside of Korea have ever heard of. Because of its central location between two major metropolitan areas and the fact that it is a less visibly prominent city, the city of 1.5 million people might not seem to have fun activities or amazing things to do. …

Daejeon Nightlife and Other Attractions
Longtime Resident Shares the Lay of the Land
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Korean Wedding Primer
5 Tips for Attending a Korean-Style Wedding

Everyone who lives in Korea as an expat eventually finds themselves receiving a wedding invitation at some point. The sudden revelation that a person is expected to attend a wedding ceremony in a foreign culture might seem challenging at first. The good news is that Korean weddings are not too different from the weddings most …

Korean Wedding Primer
5 Tips for Attending a Korean-Style Wedding
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9 Fun Things to Do in Seocho-dong

One notable part of Seoul is the Seocho-dong area. Seocho-dong straddles Gangnam Station in the east, Seocho Station in the west, Seoul National University of Education in the north, and Umyeonsan Mountain and Nambu Station in the south. The area is affluent and includes many luxury apartment complexes, office buildings, and fancy residences. At first …

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An Interview with Seyoung Park
Culinarian Opens Community Restaurant in Seaside City

The Korean peninsula is littered with small, family owned restaurants. Many restaurants serve versions of popular Korean dishes like spicy chicken, fried octopus, or spicy chicken feet. Eating at small restaurants is one of the ways to experience Korean food culture. The restaurant as a phenomenon is an interesting but overlooked part of life on …

An Interview with Seyoung Park
Culinarian Opens Community Restaurant in Seaside City
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Essentials for Living in the Provinces

Compared to living in the Seoul metropolitan area, living in the Korean countryside has a lot of disadvantages. Buses run less frequently and have shorter hours of operation. Supermarkets might be far off or require treks for basic necessities. Rural areas are quiet, and time spent going to Seoul on weekends can add physical and mental stress. …

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