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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Meditation Options in Seoul

Meditation reduces the worsening of mental health, a 2021 study shows.¹ Along with physical exercise, the act of meditating can make people mentally healthier than they would otherwise be. As meditation is an English word that is applied to an aspect of spiritual practices that come from various religions and cultures, there are many opinions …

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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
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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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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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