Temple Stay in Korea

Have you ever heard about ‘ Temple Stay ‘ ? It’s basically staying at the temple, doing meditations, some Buddhist rituals, and also numbers of Korean cultural activities. But hey, for your information, ‘Temple Stay’ is one of the popular activities to do in Korea. I got a chance to spend days at the temple

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Hahoe Folk Village: A Hidden Gem

In Andong, a city about an hour from Busan, or three hours from Seoul; there is a traditional Korean village called Hahoe Folk Village (안동 하회마을), also known simply as “Hahoe Village”. It was originally established in the 16th century during the Joseon Dynasty, and to this day is a one-clan community. Today, the village

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Plastic Perfection: Are South Koreans Infatuated with Beauty?

An opinion piece by Kimchee Magazine contributor, Andrew Fraser.  Lately, South Korea has been getting a lot of negative attention online from people all around the world due to its increasingly casual attitude toward plastic surgery. It isn’t breaking news that Korea has one of the fastest-growing plastic surgery industries, and Koreans are being mocked and

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The Good Habits I’ve picked up in Korea

The Good Habits I’ve picked up in Korea . The respect to elders when pouring and drink to the extreme use of honorifics in the Korean language. You adapt to it. But for the first while it is a task which can stress you out. But It’s all to show respect to your fellow human

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LGBT : A Shy and Hidden Korean Culture

LGBT is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals and transgenders community.I got exposed to the thoughts and  presumptions Koreans have about queers when I attended my first company dinner. I am from India where queer marriage has still not been accepted so there were quite a few experiences I had, which were too common in my

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Visiting North Korea

North Korea has been a topic that has interested me for a long time.  Being an avid socialist in my youth, I was interested in the cause of communism around the world.  I did my research, but it was usually from a very biased view.  Coming to South Korea, I had an opportunity to study

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Boryeong Mud Festival

  The Boryeong Mud festival is, um, just that:  a festival with a lot of mud.  When I say a lot, I mean that there is enough to swim in and paint tens of thousands of people, literally!  This event takes place in the summer time and lasts for about 10 days.  Starting very recently,

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International Dating 101

Walking through the streets of Korea, one would be pressed to not see an occasional interracial couple walking hand and hand.  At one point in Korean history, this would have been almost impossible to see.  Even though there is still somewhat of a social bias against said relationships, they are abundant in their numbers.  Although

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