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The Scoop on Poop in South Korea

I sip my latte and stifle a chuckle as I take in my surroundings at Ddo-Ong Cafe in the Ssamzigil shopping complex in Insadong.  Colorful mini plungers hang delicately from a tree in the corner, old fashioned squat toilets are placed tastefully throughout the shop and two girls take selfies with a stuffed doll with a dingleberry hanging out of its rear end.  "Gwiyeoweo!" they squeal.  "Cute!"  My right eyebrow raises in confusion, despite the fact that I'm very much accustomed to this opinion that is shared by so many Koreans.

MMPK Best 5 Makgeolli Bars of 2013

We had a very full year of exploring makgeolli bars all over Seoul last year, and we made some amazing discoveries.  There are a lot of factors that go into making a great makgeolli bar experience, and there is no shortage of different styles to enjoy.  We here at MMPK took a look back at the bars we reviewed in 2013, and came up with what we would consider the best 5 places to discover, learn and enjoy makgeolli.

The Art of Leaving, Part 1

I have never been one to prepare well.

On average, I was a C student in school at best, when I’m sure I could have reached for the stars and gotten B’s (OK, maybe one or two B+’s. A man can dream) if only I had just a little preparation.


A Complaint About People Complaining About People Who Complain

Me getting prepared to complain about the purpose of modern art, I believe.

Lasik/Lesek in Busan

Originally Published on BusanAwesome


lesek surgery busan

Getting Eye surgery was something that I was thinking about before I came to Busan, not seriously but I thought about it.

The main thing stopping me before was the price. Even before I started to do my proper research I was halted to know that I would not be able to afford it later on in life.

Revisiting the Blind Fortune Tellers of Mia-ri


Originally Published on

By Iwazaru

Sea of Ire - One Writer's Battle Against North Korea's Most Worrying Mega-Cliche

Damaged houses on Yeonpyoung Island

By Bosmosis


5 Things That I Specifically Hate About Korea

complainingBy Larry Lawrence

“Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.” ~Samuel Johnson

NY Times on Spam in Korea: The Glamour of 'Pink Bricks of Pork Shoulder'



For those who have spent an extended time in South Korea, all will know (and likely joke) about the giving of Spam as a present to loved ones on special occasions such as this weekend’s 

Spam in Korea

Lunar New Year celebration —a holiday that has seen 1.6 million Spam gift packs dispersed at homes across the country.

South Korea's Best Themed Cafes

Over the past decade, coffee shops have taken over the streets throughout South Korea; it's impossible to walk around neighborhood without running into a Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or Tom and Toms. Competition for customers is high so it's not surprising that entrepreneurs have begun to try out creative methods to make their businesses stand out from the rest. So... what to you get when you mix creativity, competition, and coffee? Themed cafes, of course, and finding them has become a favorite hobby of mine since moving to Korea.

I've compiled my favorites into a list below, complete with ratings, comments and a map.  Be sure to bookmark this page, as I will update it as I come across new ones. Please note that businesses close or move quite frequently in Korea; it is best to call beforehand to confirm that the business is open.

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