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Dear Korea #149: There is No Escape

 

Long time no see! It’s been a busy few months and some insane life changes have been happening on my side. To offer a clue, I currently live alone and I might be moving to Seoul in the near future. Big stuff, right? Anyways, despite all that’s been going on, it’s been impossible to go for more than a few hours before having political stuff shoved in my face. I assume it’s been the same for anyone else who uses social media. I do apologize to all the non-Americans who have had to deal with everything that’s been coming from our current election.


The Top 10 Things You’ll Only Find in Korea

From soju to noraebangs to K-Pop blaring out on the streets, Korea is a fascinating country that’s always bustling with activity. Thousands of tourists visit every single year and expats settling down in Korea are on the rise.

There are a lot of interesting customs, trends, products and facilities that may seem so normal to Koreans but are fascinating and new to those from abroad. Thus, we present you with ‘the top 10 things you’ll only find in Korea’!


The THAAD Debate is now Wildly Overwrought and Exaggerated




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This a local re-posting of an essay I just wrote this week for The National Interest here. That pic is mine, taken next to the US embassy in Seoul.


A visit to Samcheok (삼척)


September 25, 2016

Samcheok (삼척) is on the northeast coast of South Korea. It’s known for beautiful beaches and now, . I was telling my mom how I’ve been meaning to go out to Samcheok but that the 5-hour bus ride from Busan seemed daunting for a weekend trip. My mom said that tour groups often go in much quicker speeds, and luck would have it that her hiking friends were going on Sunday. For 70,000₩ a person, it included an all you could eat, drink, and sing fun-fest. 


Jinju (Lantern) Festival (진주 남강유등축제) Oct. 1~16

 

Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival (진주 남강유등축제), October 1-16, 2016

This is a festival that I have wanted to go to each year but had never made time for it. Even with the long wait and the 10,000₩ entrance fee, this festival was super cool.

Fireworks on the Namgang River at 8pm kicked off Saturday night. Floating lanterns on the water and lanterns of all shapes and sizes all around. There are so many lanterns, I don’t even know where to start listing them. I really enjoyed the lanterns of famous global attractions like the Statue of Liberty and Sphinx. There were also famous characters like Snow White and Beauty and the Beast. 


Temple Stays in Seoul

You hear nothing but the sound of crickets and birds chirping as you gaze at the sun starting to peak through far off in the distance, along with the tranquil sound of water trickling down the stream nearby. Sound like a dream?


7 Korean Drinks You Need To Try Immediately

There are an infinite number of reasons to visit Korea – whether it’s the art, the fashion, or the food, there’s truly something for every visitor to make a trip to Korea an amazing experience. What people don’t often talk about, however, are the amazing drinks that are found throughout Korea.

Like Korean meals and Korean snacks, Korean drinks are all insanely interesting and wildly different from one another. Whether you’re looking for something warm, something sweet, or something that’ll fill you up, read through our list below to figure out which Korean drink is perfect for you!


Don’t Fear Trumpism too Much, East Asia – You’re Already Governed by It

 

The following is a local re-up of an essay I wrote for The National Interest recently. That essay was edited. The original is below, and I think it is better.  

The text in the picture is Chinese and reads: “Donald J. Trump super fan nation, Full and unconditional support for Donald J. Trump to be elected U.S. president.”


Korean Business Etiquette and Business Practices

As a person who might be interested in working for a company in South Korea, it’s important to know the local customs for doing business and experiencing company life. Just like any other country, South Korea has their own particular working and business culture. Thus everyone planning to work or do business in Korea should be aware of the Korean business etiquette before their first meeting.

Let’s cover what you need to know!

 

Meeting for the first time

Introduction to Korean Businesspeople



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