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Searching for the Rabbit Monk at 표충사

We went searching for the rabbit monk at 표충사 Pyochungsa and played in the river!

The Inspiration

One of our new hobbies is traveling to lesser-known temples by car! Before we had the car, we often went to obscure temples with Dale from Dale’s Korean Temple Adventures. He took us to some amazing temples that not many foreigners have been too, and we felt so lucky to be friends with him and live in the same neighborhood! Eventually, we wanted to adventure on our own, but every time we’d scope out a new temple on Dale’s site, it usually said it’s only accessible by car!


Frozen Friday: Korean Ice Cream Tasting! #2

This time we taste a famous Korean ice cream bar – the 돼지 바 Dwegi Bar! Is it good?! Why would they call it a pig bar? We have no idea!

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'Adventures in Korean' for the Free Word Centre

I’m writing a series for the Free Word Centre. This lovely, London-based bunch describe themselves as ‘a centre for literature, literacy and free expression in the world’ and aim to develop projects that ‘explore the transformative power of words.’ Basically, they go about sprinkling joy into the world and you can check them out here:

My wee contribution to this is a series called Adventures in Korean about my attempts at learning the language and the links I’ve discovered between it and Korean culture in the process.

You can check out Adventures in Korean here - I’d love to know your thoughts!


Frozen Friday: Korean Ice Cream Tasting! #1

It’s Summer! It’s hot! So we’re bringing you Frozen Fridays! A weekly Korean Ice Cream taste test! Yay!

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5 differences between Korean and American Elementary Schools

I was recently asked to give a short presentation on my experience teaching at a Korean elementary school. I have been wanting to make more videos in and about my school, so this was the perfect opportunity! I asked two of my best students – Gaeun and Jiyeon – if they would help me out and give a tour of our school in English. They highlighted several things they thought were unique about our school, but I do want to point out that these differences are not across the board generalizations. Rather, they are differences between my current school in Korea and what I remember from elementary school in America (which was a long time ago!).


(The Last) Letter from Korea, June 2014.

Dear Ireland,

If you’re not already aware I’ll be leaving in about a week. I know I’m going on about it a fair bit, but it is what I’ve been building up to for quite a while and it feels appropriate to me to talk about it a lot. Right now, in terms of being in Korea, it doesn’t feel like there is much else I should be talking about. One thing though that I’d like to make clear though is my intentions.

Never at any point have I turned around and said I have to get out of Korea for some abhorrent reason, like the usual tripe you hear about the inadequacies of Korea, Koreans, or indeed the inadequacies of those who cannot accept that this is a very different country to the one which they were raised in. I could go on here, but I won’t.


Book Review – 蒙學漢文初階(몽학한문초계) – 元泳義(원영의)

Monghak Hanmun Chogye Sample

蒙學漢文初階(몽학한문초계)
The First Step in Children’s Learning of Classical Chinese

Bibliographic Summary


Couldn’t Have Done it Without You Sweden

 

Today, Sweden is the highlight of the hour!

If you haven’t learned a lot in history class, which I didn’t, all you have to know is Sweden is neutral, and they are organized.  I’m not one to generalize, but when I came across the 50 year Diplomatic Relations between South Korea and Sweden, it was surprising that everything was documented from their first encounter with us in the 1720.

1720?! Jezzus ! Who is the historian in charge of this ? Who does that ?!

Some think Korea always looked like this beautiful.
joseon palace When Sweden decided to help Korea, our infrastructure was in terrible condition, and there were more peasants than you can count.  Just look at our markets back then.


Women Only Parking Spots in Korea

You might have seen a rash of articles and notes making the round on Facebook, Tumblr, and the rest of the internet recently about women only parking spots in Korea. I’ve seen a ton of them. They’re from several different places. At first, I laughed it off, then I got annoyed. This stuff was getting shared a lot. So, I wanted to chime in and try to set the record straight.

Why this is annoying.

You see, these articles that are going around – most of them, anyway – have this terribly condescending, misogynist vibe to them. They insinuate that these parking spots were introduced as a result of women being such poor drivers that they’re unable to park a car in a normal space. Some articles even said, incorrectly, that the spaces are larger than other spaces. This is all ridiculous.

What’s the real deal?

To begin with, yes, there are women only parking places in Korea. But this isn’t new! These were widely introduced many years ago. Why has this become a thing to report on and share now? Some of these articles say that the spaces are wider and easier to park in – presumably because women can’t drive as well as men. That’s also not true – all of the spaces I’ve seen or heard about are the same size as regular spaces. There’s no misogynist vibe to these parking spots.

The reality is that these are more like family only parking places. They’re for people who have babies, strollers, and things. They’re for expecting mothers. They’re for families. The parking places are simply closer to the door of whatever shop or business they’re located at.

Thankfully, Mashable caught on to this ridiculous string of articles and posted a great rebuttal. But MSN, NY Daily News, and more – along with who-knows how many social media users, spread a ton of bad information about this without bothering to check it out. How disappointing.

Check out my video about the topic below.

Thanks, as always, for reading. Leave us a comment if you have something to say!

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Photographers in Korea

If you are into photography and you are into Korea, a fine combination of the two can be found in [ P I K ], a new enough free online magazine which uses the accronym of its description Photographers in Korea, as its name. More specifically: “PIK is an online photography magazine featuring contemporary photography […]

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