What Does A Korean Student Do During Winter Vacation?

It’s vacation time in Korea, and the students should be excited and happy to be free from school; and for the majority, that’s the case. The last few weeks before term are decidedly more cheerful at school, once final exams are over and the students can relax. But some students don’t seem that excited by the

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The Battle with Dust

When I first came to Korea, I noticed that during certain times of the year, people would come out of the house wearing cloth masks to cover their noses and mouths. I thought Koreans were extremely paranoid and way too prepared for any surprise. Turns out the government would actually issue warnings if dust and

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How Useful Are Foreign Teachers Really?

During the last few years, the number of jobs available for foreign English teachers in Korean public schools has significantly decreased. According to an article on The Korean Observer, the number of foreign teachers has dropped from over 9,000 to 6,785 in three years. Meanwhile jobs at hagwons are becoming more competitive between foreigners. The question is

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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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A Festival of Soybeans

A celebration commending the Jangdan soybean, a vegetable known to have been served to rulers, was held a weekend ago at the Imjingak Plaza in Paju, Gyeonggi-do Province. Around 760,000 guests rushed to the three-day celebration between November 21 and 23 to appreciate recently reaped beans and to take an interest in the extensive variety

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Enjoying the food of Chuseok

In kitchens the country over, families assemble to make conventional Korean dishes for Chuseok, one of South Korea’s biggest yearly occasions. This Sunday, family units will be occupied with creating songpyeon, half-moon-formed rice cakes, and different delights to present to precursors in energy about a decent gather this advancing Monday morning. Those stately tables, stacked

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Gayageum: Living Culture

Go Heung-gon was occupied with slowing down strings to make a cluster of 12 that he would requirement for the “gayageum” or 12-stringed Korean zither. He worked always, even as he addressed the telephone, got visitors and talked at his workshop in Seocho-dong, southern Seoul. At the point when more nylon-wrapped steel and metal strings

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The Wonderful Island of Jeju

One of the unmissable delights of set out is to taste the nearby fortes of the area. Each one spot has its own local dishes or nearby sustenance contingent upon the attributes of the area. Some of them can’t be discovered somewhere else and may shift relying upon the season. Jeju Island, a well known

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