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Getting Into the Halloween Spirit, Seoul Style

Halloween isn't a traditional holiday here in Korea but over the past decade or so, it has begun to slowly seep into the nation's culture.  In Seoul, decorations can occasionally be spotted in store fronts and costumes can be purchased at super-centers like E-Mart and Home Plus.  Kindergartners go trick-or-treating at their English hagwons and bars offer cash prizes to the best-dressed vampire, cartoon character, or sexy bunny.

There are a number of events going on in Seoul around the 31st (including a Halloween booze cruise and a Freak or Treat Marathon) but if you're like me, you just can't wait until the end of the month to start celebrating.  Check my suggestions below on how to get into the Halloween spirit, Seoul style.

Busan Foreign School students interviewing people at BIFF 2013

Students at Busan Foreign School go out to the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) each year. They interviewed fans, film makers, and other journalists. They are high school students taking a media & journalism course. This is the first time they have ever tried anything like this. They did an awesome job!

 


On Hangul Supremacy and Exclusivity – Hangul Under the Dictators

Park Chunghee and Kim Ilsung

South Korean military dictator and president Park Chung-hee (朴正熙, 박정희, 1917-1979) on the left and North Korean leader Kim Ilsung (金日成, 김일성, 1912-1994) on the right. Both men were instrumental in bringing Hangul exclusivity in South and North Korea respectively.


The Baby Box – Disabled Orphan Drop Off in South Korea

 

 

It’s not all exotic food, beautiful temples, and glitzy K-Pop in the ROK. South Korea is no different than any other nation in the world in this way. It’s made up of people. The broad spectrum of personalities, desires, views on life, and morality is as wide as you’ll find anywhere else.


Why are there more Asian Women with White Guys than Asian Guys with White Women?

I took issue with yet another of Ask a Korean's posts this week (he seems to be good ammunition for the Korea blogosphere at the moment), not so much because I disagreed totally with him but because of what he left out, which was important to say.



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