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Marmot’s Hole Podcast: Kaesong Closure & Conan O’Brien

Robert Koehler joins Chance Dorland to discuss the recent closure of the Kaesong Industrial Complex & late night TV icon Conan O’Brien’s trip to South Korea.

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Best Spring Korean Festivals in 2016

Spring is a great time of the year to explore Korea. The weather is warm and usually dry, and there are many Korean festivals to enjoy. That isn’t to say that the other three seasons don’t have any festivals. There are ice fishing festivals in winter, and many different festivals in fall, but some of the best festivals of the year are in spring. Here are some of the Korean festivals that you can visit during the springtime.

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How I got my first job in Korea


When was the last time you did something for the first time?  If it’s been so long that you can’t remember, I would consider that an issue.  In August of 2014 I found that I was asking myself that same question over and over again.  I took every possible opportunity to go try something new.  I took a card-sewing class (yes, you read that right), a brew-master’s tour, adult ballet (and barre) classes, did a scotch-tasting (okay, that one wasn’t quite so new), a Ukranian egg-decorating class (yep – wax, dip, and dye over and over again), and I dined in the dark at a restaurant where all the servers were blind.  We had scheduled axe-throwing and stand-up comedy classes, but ultimately I was just too busy with such an extremely demanding job.

5 Best Korean Drinks That Will Save You From a Massive Hangover

alcohol-428392_1920Are you suffering from a massive hangover after drinking soju and poktanju in South Korea?

Then, here are 5 Korean products to both prevent and cure a hangover. You can easily buy these recovery drinks in convenience stores (most of them run 24/7) and pharmacy. So memorize at least one of the names below just in case! ;)20137173493_0c375a0b82_z (

Hiking Seokbulsa


This trail will begin to go downhill, and you’ll go down stairs, across a small stream, and probably more stairs. Follow it for no more than 10 minutes.Went out to the temple, Seokbulsa (석불사). Admittedly, this is not easy to find or to hike to. I got my directions from Meet You In Korea -but still had to ask at least half a dozen random hikers for clarification.

This is the information from about the temple from their site:

Valentine's Day Korean Lunch Box

Nothing says "I love you" like a lunch box full of rice hearts. Watch our tutorial to make the happiest lunch ever. Happy Valentine's Day!

   See detailed recipe here.

How Korean Valentine’s Day is Different From Other Countries

han-river-749662_1920“Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery


calendar-268592_1920Many of you probably know that February 14th is Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated in many countries around the world, including South Korea. But did you know that Valentine’s Day is celebrated a little bit differently in South Korea? 

Cold soybean noodles, Kongguksu


Kongguksu is the perfect dish to help you cool off on a hot day. Traditionally eaten during the summer, this chilled soy milk noodle dish is hearty enough to eat year round. The homemade soymilk is the center of this soup.

Making soy milk is not as hard as you think. The soybeans are soaked, then cooked and pureed until smooth. The key to making soy milk for kongguksu is not to overcook the beans so that they retain their natural flavor. Add a dash of salt, perfectly cooked noodles and a fresh vegetable garnish to complete the soup. Kongguksu is great for vegans and vegetarians too.

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