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Palsaik (팔색삼겹살) is a popular chain restaurant in Korea. I recommend getting the 8-color set for 30,000₩ so you can share 8-types of marinated pork with your friend(s). The best part is arguing with your friends over which is the best one. I vote for curry and spicy.
Korea FM has teamed with Seoul-based essayist, broadcaster, public speaker & Los Angeles Review of Books Korea Blog writer Colin Marshall for the “Korea Blog Podcast.”
Each episode, Colin & Chance Dorland will discuss a topic on literature, cinema, current events, or daily life in Korea. For their very first episode, the duo discuss the coffee shops and coffee life in South Korea. Check out Colin’s writeup of the topic at http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/the-korea-blog/coffee-life-korea/.
LISTEN to this episode on TuneIn, Spreaker, Stitcher or SoundCloud.
In the movie Mr Bean’s Holiday, Mr Bean travels to France but only knows the French word for ‘yes’. His inability to say ‘no’ causes all sorts of mishaps. To make sure that your stay in Korea doesn’t end up like Mr. Bean’s trip to France, make sure you know how to say ‘no’ in Korean!
Like the word ‘yes’, there are ways of saying ‘no’ without using the actual word for ‘no’. Read the bonus section at the end of this article to learn some of these ways of saying ‘no’.
Here we go!
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Formal & Standard ‘No’ in Korean
1. 아니요 (a-ni-yo)
This word can be used in both formal and standard Korean. The word can be used by itself.
Some alternate spellings that you might see are 아니오 and 아뇨. These mean the same thing but the correct spelling is 아니요. Therefore, use this spelling when you use the word.
김치를 좋아해요? (gim-chi-reul joh-a-hae-yo?)
Do you like gimchi?
아니요, 싫어요. (a-ni-yo, shil-eo-yo)
No, I don’t [literally – no, I hate it]
Informal ‘No’ in Korean
1. 아니 (a-ni)
If you want to speak informally, you can drop the 요 from the end of the word. You can use this when speaking to somebody who is very close to you and is of a similar or younger age to you.
김치를 좋아해? (gim-chi-reul joh-a-hae?)
Do you like gimchi?
아니, 싫어! (a-ni, shil-eo!)
No, I don’t [literally – no, I hate it]
Bonus: ‘It is not’
A word that sounds very similar to 아니요 is the word 아니에요 (a-ni-e-yo). 아니에요 means ‘it is not’, but many people get these two words confused when learning Korean.
The word 아니에요 changes to 아니야 (a-ni-ya) when speaking informally. It changes to 안입니다 (an-im-ni-da) when speaking formally.
Are you Japanese?
아니요, 일본사람 안입니다. (a-ni-yo, il-bon-sa-ram an-im-ni-da)
No, I’m not Japanese.
Are you British?
아니요, 영국사람 아니에요. (a-ni-yo, yeong-guk-sa-ram a-ni-e-yo)
No, I’m not British.
Are you Chinese?
아니, 중국사람 아니야 (a-ni, jung-guk-sa-ram a-ni-ya)
No, I’m not Chinese.
A word of caution about Romanization
We’ve added in the Romanization for all of these words to help with pronunciation. However, we recommend that you try to move onto reading comfortably in Hangul (the Korean alphabet), as this will improve your pronunciation and your reading skills. It will also help you notice patterns in words, which will lead you to improve the rate at which you learn new Korean words and grammar points.
You can download a free guide to learn the Korean alphabet in about an hour here.
Learning vocabulary words is a great way to help you learn the basics of a language, but your language learning will only really take off one you start attempting to have conversations in Korean. Take a look at our free list of Korean phrases or our full Korean course for all the help you will need when studying Korean.
Bonus: Other ways of saying ‘no’ in Korean
By now, you should know how to say ‘no’ in Korean. However, in the Korean language, there are lots of other words and phrases that would be written as ‘no’ if they were translated into English. Below are some of the more common examples. All of the examples are in the standard politeness level.
안돼요 (It isn’t allowed)
맥주를 주세요 (maek-ju-reul ju-se-yo)
No [literally – it’s not allowed]
못해요 (I can’t do it)
수영할 수 있어요? (su-yeong-hal su iss-eo-yo?)
Can you swim?
못해요 (mot hae-yo)
No [literally – I can’t]
없어요 (It doesn’t exist)
현금이 있어요? (hyeon-geum-i iss-eo-yo?)
Do you have any cash?
No [literally – it doesn’t exist]
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of how to use the word ‘no’ in Korean. Keep listening to how Koreans answer questions negatively to help you understand how to say ‘no’ in different situations.
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It’s a beautiful sunny day today in the capital, and whilst it’s still a little chilly, we can feel the warmer winds of spring are just around the corner! This year to make life a bit more simple, our regular MMPK meetings are going to be regularly scheduled for the last Saturday of each month. So that means February’s meeting is creeping up next Saturday the 27th, and we are more than ready to get some makgeolli exploring done.
For our next location, we had just one thing on our minds….well I guess two if you count the makgeolli.
That’s right, we are headed to a place in Sadang that specializes in duck, but not only that they also have a full fridge of various makgeolli, cheongju and soju. The place is more of a restaurant than a bar, and seems to be quite a large space. We even spied a baby piano and a jazz band! We don’t really know what to expect from this place, which is always part of the fun :)
Remember that time I was like: “What’s a Liebster Award? Why haven’t I been nominated? Why haven’t I WON!”? Well, for starters, the Liebster Award is kind of like the best kind of chain letter. This award is only passed on to bloggers who are valued within your niche or community, and coming up on a year (I’m a week and a half from my 1-year anniversary of landing in Korea!), I’m definitely feeling some major love from a social media expert (oh hello, Expat and the City). I’m also diggin’ an established blog (yes, people actually talk about and respect a blog which knows about me!) from two cuter than cute nerdgasms, one of which adorkably thinks “BSB” stands for “Baker Street Babes” rather than my 90’s childhood crushfests The Backstreet Boys. They have also nominated The Toronto Seoulcialite for a Liebster.
Hey, guess what, guys. This is an award for which you can be nominated, but you can not specifically win. That being said, I always had a good guffaw over people who gushed over the “honor of being nominated for a Liebster Award”. Seriously, after nearly a year, and after being recognized by two brands I ACTUALLY value? Girl, talk to me about the honor and value. I gots it in spades.
- What is the story behind the name of your blog?
This one’s pretty simple. I was walking down the street on my way to the gym in an unseasonably snowy December in Toronto trying to think of double-entendres based on the word “Seoul”. Being a (well…now former) part of the glitterazzi in Toronto, I found that the “someone who owns my cleverly created play on words” doesn’t actually tweet, which meant that I needed to customize my “Eureka-moment!”. Not the most direct name, but it seems to have worked enough for our fantastic community!
2. Where are you currently located?
I call Korea (Seoul to be exact, although I’ve been in Busan for a year) home. I’m from Toronto, Canada and have lived in various places around the world.
3. Have you met any people while traveling that have now become close friends?
Absolutely! I have met people with whom I share common interests on every segment of each road I’ve chosen to travel. I think that the wanderlust or traveler mentality can often be overlooked as some sort of buzz word for someone who romanticizes what I feel to be a never-ending need to get up and run (if you’ve read The Stone Carvers you’ll know “wanderlust” isn’t always considered a good thing!). Through my travels I have met compassionate, energetic, outgoing, and empathetic people who will continue to shape my personal journey with every step I take!
4. What is your favorite souvenir you’ve picked up so far?
In South Africa I was able to find some hand-crafted wooden animals and drums. They were fairly small, but I remember receiving the biggest reactions of any from these.
5. Do you prefer the touristy stuff or are you the more ‘off the beaten path’ type? Why?
This really depends where I’m headed! In Shanghai on Day 1, I definitely took the road most traveled. It made the most sense for our twosome (a group of two where I had researched, he had learned the language, and we had met 10 hour previously), and didn’t make us angry with one another since we had different goals and responsibilities. We went to the City God Temple and Yuyuan Gardens, spent some time on The Bund, and went out on a Saturday night. Day 2 I was on my own and took the road less traveled (about 10 km overall on foot!) seeing a propaganda museum, more temples, and finally taking myself out for a luxurious dinner at Sir Elly’s and POP! overlooking the Shanghai skyline and seeing the light show. When I’m traveling solo I’ll do my own research and if that means “off the beaten path” then absolutely, so be it!
6. Tell us about the most embarrassing moment during your travels.
I don’t get embarrassed. I try my best and if I win, I win. If I lose, I lose. No real reason be feel awkward or embarrassed. Sure, I do stupid things, but I tend to laugh them off rather than let them have an effect on my day.
7. What are your biggest challenges of blogging so far? What are your biggest successes?
Getting over 25,000 views on my blog for the first year made me feel pretty spectacular, but I still have a long way to go. Some travel bloggers get that within a month (or even a day!), so I definitely have much more to which I aspire!
8. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you while traveling?
Realistically I feel the same way about fear as I do about embarrassment. I don’t tend to get too embarrassed, and I’m not afraid of too much. Sorry if that’s a cop out, but…I don’t tend to get too afraid throughout my travels (in the 2nd set of questions I’ve remembered a pretty scary moment – read on!).
9. Share your #1 favorite photo from your travels. What is the story behind it?
My 2nd week in Busan, I decided to put together a trip to Ssanggyesa Temple. Several people messaged me that they were late waking up and would be on their way soon. We were halfway through our 2.5 hour trip to the temple, and 100% did not care about the people who had not made it thus far. I was with one friend and we were absolutely exhausted, but this photo just came to me, and I was so happy with how it turned out! I love the vibrant colours used to paint the temples, drums, and statues. We visited as Buddha’s Birthday was approaching, so they were adding colourful lanterns bit by bit!
10. What is the biggest lesson you have learned so far?
I’ve learned not to care so much! Sometimes you have an opinion with which not everyone agrees…and that’s okay! Guess what? It’s your blog. As much as you want to respect everyone you represent, you have to define your own interests (with taste) first.
11. Where are you headed next?
I still haven’t been to Thailand! Check out my “about me” page and you’ll see most of my travels. While Thailand is on the list of “biggest tourist traps”, I have been desperate to go learn about the culture (cooking, Muay Thai, etc.) for the past 20 years! I think this summer I’ll go to Chiang Mai and then make my way into Myanmar. Of course, a trip to Malaysia and Brunei might be in the cards…
- Why do you travel? I travel because keeping myself in one place makes me boring and sad! I need to continue seeing and learning new things.
- What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone who hasn’t traveled a lot? Buy a plane ticket far from where you currently reside or where you think you belong and just say yes at every possible moment. You should know when to keep it in check (trust your gut to avoid dangerous situations), so do your research well in advance so you’re aware of cultural customs (and laws!).
- Which is your preferred method of transportation? Air, Land or Sea? I usually prefer land (walking!), but realistically air is the fastest and most efficient way to go!
- What is your most memorable meal abroad? I’ve had some unbelievable meals on the road. but my favourite (and the simplest) was on a double-date at 16 years old where we got Penne Alla Vodka (I know), wine (yusss!), and gelato all within the evening. Sometimes simple, well-made food enjoyed in good company is best!
- What’s the first thing you do when you visit a new place? I like to take a self-guided walking tour or take the subway to my initial destination to let it all soak in!
- What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you while traveling? I was really nervous to travel to Shanghai, China on my own. Thankfully, the first night I met a kindred spirit right as I entered the hostel. This Californian had actually spent the past 5 years learning Chinese, and had no plans for the next day! He followed my itinerary and made us tons of friends and helpers along the way!
- What has been your scariest travel experience? We went horseback-riding in South Africa at a training facility for Police horses when I was 15 years old. While I had been trained in both English and Western-style riding, my horse wandered off and I couldn’t control him. Nobody noticed I was gone, and the horse decided to head into a gated area where there was a big tree with low-hanging branches. He started to buck underneath the tree. I held on for dear life while my face was scratched by the branches, and ultimately I was thrown off my saddle and had my right foot in the stirrup while my whole body was on the right side of the animal, clinging to the reigns because it was still a far drop and I didn’t want to land underneath the horse’s hooves. At what felt like the last possible moment, someone came along and scooped me back onto the horse. My face and arms were bleeding, but beyond that I was fine.
- What’s your favorite way to travel blog? Writing? Photography? Vlogging? I personally prefer to vlog, however that’s a much more personal and vulnerable method of communication. People can judge your look, your voice, how you deliver the information, etc. even though it’s to the point and can help with directions and overall feel of the place you’ve visited. I have always enjoyed photography even though I’m not well educated in this medium. The majority of the photos on my blog have been taken with my Samsung Galaxy phone rather than my (point and shoot) digital camera, and I’m teaching myself to edit them better. They say that a picture is worth 1,000 words, so why not add well-edited and well-timed photos to your blog posts?
- What travel destination most exceeded your expectations? I could have never prepared myself for the magic of Turkey. My school trip to Greece included a short cruise (small ship – everyone was seasick!) with a day in Turkey visiting Ephesus and Kusadasi. It had rained all morning so I expected our tour to be miserable. As we neared the ruins the rain stopped, the clouds parted, and the sun shone so brightly it was like someone wanted us to see the cleanest, shiniest white marble in all the world. I got the most magnificent photos that day. They’re in a photo album at home in Canada as they were taken on an older camera (non-digital…yes, with film!) which just so happened to have a Carl Zeiss lens. It was the best camera I’ve ever had.
Hey Travel Bloggers, think it’s your turn for a Liebster Award? Let me know in the comments (or shoot me an e-mail) and I’ll send you my kooky questions!
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:
The history of Seokbulsa Temple is nearly impossible to find online and in English, but here is what I have pieced together. The temple was founded in 1930, during the Japanese occupation of Korea. This is unlike many of the other temples and sites on the mountain, which are all much older. A monk by the name of 曺-鉉 selected this location on the mountain due to the distinct rock formations which are made of sandstone. It was him who meticulously carved the stone for many years, and incorporated both modern and ancient aspects of Buddhist art into his work. The stone carvings are in great condition and are very detailed. Inside the temple grounds are some much older artifacts, but it is unknown where they come from or what the story behind them is.
If you’re up for a steep hike and beautiful scenery, go check it out. I am not super fit so it took me two hours to hike to the temple from where the cable car dropped us off.
How to find the temple:
- Take the #1 subway to Oncheonjang Station and proceed out Exit 1. You can walk to Geumgang Park (금강공원) from there in less than 10 minutes.
- Once inside the park follow the signs to the ropeway where you can buy a one-way ticket for 4000KRW.
- At the top of the mountain follow the signs for the South Gate. Walk along these paths until you come to an intersection in the path with 4 choices – and nearly all of which are in Korean. We followed the path that was on the left of where we came from and sloped downward.
- This will lead you to Nammam Village, where there are many restaurants and fenced sports courts. Go straight through the village and then turn left, crossing a small stream.
- This trail will begin to go downhill, and you’ll go down stairs. You will come to a big fork in the road with a sign post for the temple (finally!) where the current trail veers left and a new, and steep, trail goes straight and down a lot of steps and more water.
- Pass the outdoor exercise facility and go up the steep trail until the very end. Turn right up the road and don’t stop until you reach the top.
- After the temple, the easiest way home is by following the road all the way to the bottom. It’ll bring you close to the Mandeok subway station on line #3.
The hermitage grounds at Geojoam Hermitage in Yeongcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do in 1933.
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Geojoam Hermitage, which is located on the eastern slopes of Mt. Palgongsan in Yeongcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do, is directly associated with the much larger Eunhaesa Temple. While the exact date of Geojoam Hermitage isn’t exactly known, it’s believed that Geojoam Hermitage predates Eunhaesa Temple, which was first founded in 809 A.D. by the monk Hycheol. Some think that Geojoam Hermitage was first founded in 738 A.D. by the monk Woncham. Others believe that the temple might have first been constructed during the reign of the Silla king, King Gyeongdeok (r. 742-765). Originally, the hermitage was known as Haeansa Temple.
Throughout the years, Geojoam Hermitage has been destroyed numerous times by fire. And in recent years, the hermitage has fallen under the administrative lead of the neighbouring Eunhaesa Temple.
Geojoam Hermitage’s greatest claim to fame, and in fact one of only two temple shrine halls at the hermitage, is the Yeongsan-jeon Hall, or the “Vulture Peak Hall,” in English. According to records found during one of the shrine halls reconstructions, the Yeongsan-jeon Hall dates back to 1375. This makes it one of the oldest wooden structures behind Sudeoksa Temple’s Daeung-jeon Hall, which dates back to 1308; but older than the Muryangsu-jeon main hall at Buseoksa Temple, which dates back to 1376. Inside the Yeongsan-jeon Hall are 526 stone statues of the Nahan.
The Yeongsan-jeon Hall at Geojoam Hermitage is Korea’s National Treasure #14. With only a handful of mid-Goryeo Dynasty buildings still in existence in Korea, it’s no wonder that the main hall at Geojoam Hermitage is a national treasure.
The 14th century Yeongsan-jeon main hall at Geojoam Hermitage. The picture dates back to 1933.
The front facade to one of the oldest wooden structures in Korea: The Yeongsan-jeon Hall.
A closer look at the 1375 structure.
As well as the simplistic Goryeo architecture on display at Geojoam Hermitage.
Inside the amazing main hall at Geojoam Hermitage.
The main altar and some of the Nahan statues on display inside the Yeongsan-jeon Hall. This picture, also, dates back to 1933.
A more modern look at the Yeongsan-jeon main hall. This picture dates back to 2011.
The front view towards the 1375 building.
The Goryeo architecture, which is rarely on display in Korea, is in sharp contrast to the Joseon Dynasty designs.
A look up at the wooden eaves of the main hall.
Inside the Yeongsan-jeon Hall with a look around its interior at some of the stone Nahan statues.
One more expansive look from 2011 inside Korean National Treasure #14.
Recently myself and my fiancé found ourselves at a loose end, and hungry, in the midst of Gwangan. I’ve always been fond of the restaurant scene in Gwangan, finding there to be a better range to suit all budgets than the slightly pricier Haeundae.
On this particular day, we stumbled upon a tantalizing looking Vietnamese restaurant called ‘The Pho’. I was lured in by the prospect of a decent bowl of pho, something that can be hard to find in Korea!
The restaurant was quiet, so we were seated quickly and given menus to peruse. We decided to share a couple of bowls, so we plumped for the ‘Rare Beef Tenderloin Pho’ (9,000won) and the Sa Oh Ka Tom (10,000 won). I thought this was a cracking price considering how expensive any foreign food can be in Korea. The Sa Oh Ka Tom was excellent, with generous amounts of sliced chicken breast and plump, juicy prawns, as well as fresh vegetables. It had a lovely smooth garlicky flavour as well. The Pho wasn’t quite as impressive. It’s hard to find Pho with a broth that has the full, rich, savoury yet refreshing flavour you want, and this wasn’t quite there. Having said that, it wasn’t at all bad, and the beef was sliced wonderfully thinly and melted in your mouth. The fact that full sauce bottles were left on the tables to season the dishes was also welcome, as there is nothing worse than being left with a piddling portion of sauce to flavour your dish.
The décor is pretty cool, all warm, minimalist wood and bare floors, with a few choice Vietnamese installations, such as the cool hats you can see below. ‘The Pho’ also have a good selection of local and imported beers by the bottle, which we declined as your truly was driving. All in all it was a decent meal, and for a price that ensures I’ll be back the next time I’m lost In Gwangan!