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Korea This Week: Stinko Gingkos, BIFF Liberation, & Solo CEO's


Stinko Gingkos

Along with the changing foliage and increased incidence of the exclamation “Chueo!” (“[I’m] cold!”) in Korean discourse, one of the telltale signs of fall around the peninsula is a pervasive smell that has often been likened to a melange of rancid butter, vomit, and gym socks.


‘Manwon’ Food Budget a Day

Recently a blogger from the Philippines shared her expenses in touring Korea, and her post drew flak for claiming that in her 5-days-and-4-nights of stay here, she spent only 12,000 pesos (around 235 dollars). She was able to purchase a 3,000-peso roundtrip ticket (around 59 dollars) from Jeju Air, paid 3,120 (around 61 dollars) for her 5D4N stay at a guesthouse and survived with a ‘manwon’ budget on food everyday (That’s barely 450 pesos or 9 dollars!).


코스 3-3 | Course 3-3 from 갈맷길 365: A Year of Movement

If you like trekking on rocky coasts, this course is the one for you. It’s a lot of up and down, but incredible views are around every turn and the natural beauty of Busan is abundant. I started at Yongdusan Park 용두산 공원 in the middle of Course 3-2 and did my best to follow all the cultural highlights in the Nampo area 남포동. It wasn’t marked almost at all and I did a half-hearted rectangle around Ggangtong Market 깡통시장 and Jagalchi Seafood Market 자갈치 before crossing the Yeongdo Bridge 영도대교 and entering the small town vibe on the island of horses. Although this is part of Busan, it has a unique history of being used strategically by the Silla kingdom 신라 and later the Japanese for cattle grazing and horse ranching.


Video of Author Panel w/ Michael Breen, Jeffrey Miller, & John Bocskay

A discussion of contemporary Korea with authors Michael Breen ("The New Koreans"), Jeffery Miller ("Bureau 39"), and John Bocskay ("Culture Shock! Korea"), moderated by Steve Feldman, and followed by audience Q&A and book signing. 


KoreaFix: Korea This Week – September 25th – October 1st


No Kids Allowed

An increasing number of cafes and restaurants around Korea have been closing their doors to young kids in recent years, in response to complaints from customers about the oft-noted laxity of many parents in reigning in their rambunctious young ones. The trend started in Seoul some years ago but has spread to other parts of the country, as noted in this recent Jeju Weekly article.


Get Real: We’re Not Going to ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea. We’re Going to Manage It

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This is a local re-post of an essay I published earlier this month at The National Interest.

President Trump’s outlandish UN speech was yet another national embarrassment, and his threat to ‘totally destroy’ another country verges on a war crime. And it’s not in our interest to do that anyway, so let’s start thinking practically about how we’re going to manage this mess.


Yeouido is a large island in the Han River in Seoul

 

Yeouido is a large island in the Han River in Seoul, South Korea, which contains five parks. Visit in April to see the Cherry Blossom Festival held in the streets of Yeouido. 

Otherwise, my favorite park would probably be Yeouido Park (여의도공원) because it’s so large and I love seeing the contrast of the public park in Seoul’s main finance and investment banking district. The area is home to some of Seoul and South Korea’s tallest skyscrapers, including the International Finance Center Seoul, the Federation of Korea Industries building, and the iconic 63 Building.


The Wide Gap between South Korean and American Media Coverage of North Korea

 

 

This is a re-post of an essay I wrote earlier this month for the Lowy Institute.

Every time there is a war crisis around North Korea, I notice the wildly different coverage between US and South Korea media, with the former being too alarmist and the later 

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