Four month low in Job growth sector

South Korea’s monthly job growth has declined to the lowest in four months, a government report showed on Wednesday. The number of those employed totalled 26,141,000 in August, up 256,000 from a year ago, Xinhua cited Statistics Korea. However, it was the lowest August growth since August 2009 when the global financial crisis was going

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The cost to have a picture perfect wedding day

    The average cost of a Korean wedding is roughly $100,000 per couple! This cost may surprise western folks, where the average cost for a wedding floats around $20,000. This got me thinking, what are the expenses for a Korean wedding? Unlike in the western world where weddings take place in a myriad of

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Korean Kindergarten gets it right

Fellow blogger Kathryn Godfrey recently wrote about the punishing Korean school system. The amount of gruelling hours that Korean teenagers (and even elementary school children) spend studying seems cruel and often pointless. Korea may produce students with amazingly high grades, but even these children seem to lack a confidence in their personal opinions and creative

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Ghibli Returns to Seoul

Once a again Studio Ghibli has decided to grace Seoul with another phenomenal exhibit. This is Ghibli’s second exhibit in Seoul and I have been lucky enough to see both of them! Ah yes, it’s a wonderful time to be an otaku living in Seoul. Unlike the previous Layout Design Exhibit, which featured original art and

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Korean Teen May Have Joined ISIS

Being a business English teacher for adults in Seoul, I have asked a lot of my students about ISIS and their opinions or concerns about the group. In general, the students admitted that they had not been paying very close attention to their activities because it was only happening somewhere “very far away.” There was

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High Results Or Happiness: Which Is More Important For Koreans?

The Korean education system is talked about a lot, and not just in Korea, but worldwide. I recently saw a BBC article discussing the issue, praising Korean students for their academic abilities, and  revealing that when numerous Korean students took a GCSE maths exam (GCSEs are the first important tests you take in England), ‘four scored 100%, the other two

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Expensive Smoking in 2015

The the worst habit I’ve picked up while in Korea was to start smoking, honestly. I’ve tried puffing one or two when I was in college, but only after coming to Korea did I really start doing it. First it was only a means to create a bad image for me (punk rocker perhaps?). I

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The Movie Kim Jong-Un (Probably Didn’t) Try to Kill

Apparently, there are plans afoot to airdrop 100,000 copies of ‘The Interview’ on DVD and USB stick into North Korea in an effort to undermine Kim Jong-Un’s authority. They’d better hope it doesn’t backfire. By the time I had suffered through Rogen and Franco’s nearly 2 hours of sloppily executed toilet humor I felt like

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