Korean Stuff and Culture

Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to South Korea

Often, people don’t know the lessons of life until after the fact. The same goes for living on the Korean peninsula. Many aspects of living abroad are not evident until after they have been experience. American Alex Hyewon has lived in South Korea for six years. During that time, she learned many things about life …

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The Top Places to Get a Good Exchange Rate in Seoul

Visitors to South Korea come in all stripes. One thing all of them have in common is the need to exchange currency. Any seasoned backpacker, tourist, or businessperson has to make use of local currency at some point in their stay. Often, the most common choices, usually due to time constraints, access, and proximity, are …

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Living in A Shoe-Box One Room
Tips For the Transition into Korean Housing

Living in a shoe-box Korean one room can be a challenge, especially for expats who hail from countries that have bigger homes. Most foreigners who move to South Korea to teach English or to study rarely consider that normal parts of accommodations like baths or ovens are relatively rare in most single-person housing. Seven tips …

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Tips For the Transition into Korean Housing
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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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An Interview with Jinha Lim
Tarot Reader Talks Tarot in South Korea

    Tarot shops are as ubiquitous as cafés in modern South Korea. Rooftop on the Hanok recently interviewed a professional tarot reader to get a closer look at the life of a South Korean tarot reader and to get some insights into the tarot culture. Jinha Lim currently works as a tarot reader in …

An Interview with Jinha Lim
Tarot Reader Talks Tarot in South Korea
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Dongdaemun’s Gwanghui-dong: Gateway to Central Asia

  Seoul has slowly built its profile as an international city. People from every corner of the world have made their homes in the metropolitan area, either to work or study. The city hosts small communities of foreign nationals, and amongst them are people hailing from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, including Russians, …

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An Interview with Minchan Kim
Jazz Drummer Talks Jazz and Korea

South Korea’s jazz music scene has many native musicians. Aside from the largely self-taught first generation, more and more Korean jazz students decide to study jazz seriously. Drummer Minchan Kim is one of the most visible native born musicians, as he has a wide range of experience playing at music festivals, events, concerts, and small …

An Interview with Minchan Kim
Jazz Drummer Talks Jazz and Korea
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An Interview with Alex Nelson
Anthropologist Discusses Korean Attitudes Towards Love and Relationships

Love, relationships, and marriage are parts of life that are universal to the human experience. Though they are routine, it doesn’t mean that people necessarily understand them. Alex Nelson has spent the better part of the last seven years studying love, dating, relationships, and marriage in a Korean context.  He is a Ph.D candidate in …

An Interview with Alex Nelson
Anthropologist Discusses Korean Attitudes Towards Love and Relationships
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An Interview with Martin Zenker
Veteran Jazz Musician Shares His Experiences on the Korean Peninsula

One aspect of life in Seoul is the local jazz scene. Live music is one of the underappreciated elements that Seoul offers, and the jazz scene has largely expanded in recent decades. Big and small venues alike are found throughout central Seoul, as well as sizable audiences and technically proficient musicians. Martin Zenker is a …

An Interview with Martin Zenker
Veteran Jazz Musician Shares His Experiences on the Korean Peninsula
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