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Sexual Healing: Teacher gets Tested

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Getting Tested
Free and Anonymous rapid HIV/ AIDS and STI Testing in Seoul

I belong to several KakaoTalk group chats and groups on Facebook for Expats and specifically Expat Women in Korea.  Recently the topic of some gentlemen within the foreigner community being less than faithful to their counterparts has left me feeling a whole bunch of emotions.  As someone who has recently dated a big ol’ phoney-bologne, I feel a sad sense of kinship with these women.  I usually feel like ignorance is bliss.  I would rather be ignorant to the truth and happy that someone wants to parade me around and ask me about my passions, my interests, and quite simply my day.  When reading about others who are experiencing things like pregnancy and STI scares, it hit me that if I were in those shoes I wouldn’t just want to know, I would need to know.

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When I was growing up in Canada we had regular sexual education classes.  It always struck me as strange when the teacher would rhyme off how often you needed a Pap Smear and how often to be checked for Sexually Transmitted Infections.  They’d always add “more often if you engage in risky sexual behaviour”.  Isn’t all sexual behaviour “risky”?  I mean, even if you are in a committed relationship now, nearly everyone has baggage.  It’s important to look out for your physical (and mental) health as well as that of your partner’s.

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Last Sunday I went to the KHAP – the Korea Federation for HIV/ AIDS Prevention for their Free and Anonymous HIV/AIDS & STI screening.  This is available to all foreigners living and working in Korea regardless of visa status.  They offer a variety of languages as well.  The website is available in English, Chinese, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Thai, Tagalog, Indonesian, and Korean, and it states that services are available in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Korean.  While they offer screenings without a reservation from time to time in Itaewon, I went ahead and booked my appointment here.  I loved that it was available online (who has time for potentially uncomfortable phone calls, really?) and within a few days I had a confirmation e-mail.  I booked nearly 2 weeks ahead of time, so if you’re worried and on a time crunch I would suggest you call to ensure you get an appointment.

My confirmation e-mail:

Dear –

Greetings from Korea Federation for HIV/AIDS Prevention(KHAP).
This is a KHAP Seoul center.

Thanks for your reservation.  It is available HIV rapid or STD testing or both.
Your appointment is at 11:40am (It is Free and Anonymous; your number is *******-06) /Please don’t be late. 

(STD test available : HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Urethritis)

The test result of HIV rapid is within 20minutes, and STDs takes 3~4days later.When you need to cancel your appointment, please call or email us. 

When you arrive at KHAP, please tell us your number and/or nickname. Other forms and identificationa are not necessary.

The test requires about for 30 minutes. Appointments are rigid, so please be on time.
If you have trouble finding us at the test day, call us at 02-927-4322.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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You may have noticed that there’s no mention of infections such as chlamydia,herpes, hepatitis, or the other slew of potential things one might contract.  There is a clinic in Itaewon which offers a variety of different packages (some inclusive of pap smears and blood drawing).  The cost is high in comparison to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), but isn’t your health and your peace of mind worth it?

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Photographer: Dan Watson

I found the KHAP incredibly easy to find.  I walked out of Gireum Station (Exit 7) and walked straight.  I crossed a bridge, passed a gas station, and was there.  I had hoped to buy some water along the way as it’s typically tough to find a big enough vein with me.  I donated blood regularly in Canada and always came out black and blue on both sides.  Drink water before you go!  Upon arrival, you’ll be presented with a paper cup and a plastic sample vial.  I immediately started guzzling cup after cup of water (they’ve got a cute little corner with information, free condoms, and some candy surrounding the water cooler) and almost thought I’d be faced with performance anxiety.  My veins, on the other hand, played their regular hide-and-seek game.

Sexual Healing KHAP Seoul
Isn’t all sexual behaviour “risky”? I mean, even if you are in a committed relationship now, nearly everyone has baggage. It’s important to look out for your physical (and mental) health as well as that of your partner’s.

After the urine sample I was directed to a small room with a doctor and someone whom I believe to be a nurse or a technician (sorry guys – I have no medical background and totally let a stranger in a lab coat draw my blood).  The rapid-HIV test was administered by pricking my finger and drawing blood.  The results were provided within 15 minutes.  Less than one full vial of blood was taken for the remaining tests.  I was shown and talked through the new gloves and new syringes which were being opened in front of me.  We had a rough start finding a vein, but after a couple of tries it was pretty quick and easy.  After I was told that I tested negative for HIV, I was given a small piece of paper with my sample number, my alias (you use an alias when booking your appointment to remain anonymous), and that I would be able to call and receive my results over the phone after July 20th.  You’ll be pleased to hear that when I called yesterday I was informed that I tested negative for everything that was tested and that “everything’s good”.

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If you visit the KHAP and can afford to donate I would really encourage you to do so.  This is an invaluable service for all foreigners in Korea, and I’m sure not everyone can afford this type of medical care.  Let’s look out for one-another and keep services like these alive in a country where sex is both taboo and in your face (more on that as this “Sexual Healing” series continues).

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Photographer: Kristopher Roller

If you or someone you know has been tested at another facility while living abroad, please be sure to mention it in the comments section!  I can’t stress how easy it was to have this screening done and how professional my experience was getting tested for HIV & STIs in Korea.


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The Coming Post-Trump Fight for the Republican Party: Out-of-Touch Reaganites vs Trumpist Insurgents

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0726-thumb-240xautoIt’s the summer of Trump, so my July  monthly essay for Newsweek Japan (available here) is about him. I figure if everyone else can get on the Trump gravy-train, then I can too. For my specific thoughts on Trump and Asia, go here.

My interest is because I used to work in Republican politics in Ohio in the 1990s. I interned for John Boehner and later worked for a congressman. I’ve never really thought of myself as a Democrat, but the Republicans have gotten progressively more paranoid, anti-intellectual, and belligerent in the last 15-20 years. So now I am a ticket-splitting centrist, I guess – or at least I was until Trump came along. This is the first year I skipped a Republican primary, and I think the health of the republic requires a resounding Trump defeat this fall.

Anyway, this piece for Newsweek lays out what I think is the real impact of Trumpism. Given that Trump himself will likely lose and then disappear, his real impact will be that he opened new, white nationalist pathway to the GOP nomination, while demonstrating that GOP voters don’t actually care for the dated Reaganite agenda of the party’s Washington elite. So Ryan, McConnell, Laffer, and the rest now stand revealed as the emperor with no clothes as the nativists take over. Hence the next 4 years will be civil war between entrenched but unrepresentative Reaganites, and rising, insurgent Trumper nationalists. It is not clear who will win.


From July 18 to 21, the American Republican Party will meet in Cleveland, Ohio for its presidential year convention. Donald Trump, of course, has won the Republican primary election, but he is so toxic, that he faces a possible ‘convention coup’ to displace him as the Republican candidate in the general election. This would be unprecedented. The United States has not seen a contested convention in decades.

The Post-Trump Ideological Divide

A convention fight would be remarkable, but it would only reflect the reality of a now-deeply divided Republican party. Indeed, Trump’s primary candidacy has already ignited an intra-party civil war, and that division will outlast Trump’s likely defeat in November. Trump’s nationalist message – populism tinged with racism, trade mercantilism, hostility to immigration and Islam, border control – has resonated deeply with the lower income white electorate that now makes up the majority of the Republican party voter base. Indeed, as Brexit and the rise of the National Front in France have shown, these issues reach across the West. There is a pan-Western backlash brewing against globalization and immigration, of which Trump is just a small part.

The real fight over the Republican party will begin after November’s probable defeat. Trump himself will fade. He is too old to realistically run again and too erratic to maintain a long-term presence in the party. But he has shown a new way to win the Republican primary. He has run as a white cultural nationalist, emphasizing racial, sovereign, and nationalist themes that have not traditionally been a part of polite American political discourse. The United States has never had anything like a European-style, nationalist-rightist party, and fascism never gained a foothold. But Trump has shown that a fair number of white Americans are attracted by overt racial appeals, and this path will almost certainly tempt future conservative candidates.

The Aging Reagan Agenda

Evolving into an overt nationalist party would be a major shift for the Republican party. The current Republican issue coalition dates back to Ronald Reagan’s rise in the late 1970s. The basic ‘Reaganite’ package includes three pillars: libertarian economics, a muscular foreign policy, and social conservatism. The first means supply side economics, with a centerpiece of large tax cuts to ‘supercharge’ the economy. The second is basically what we call ‘neoconservatism’ today. The third meant hostility to the sexual changes unleased by the 1960s, most obviously rejection of abortion and homosexuality, often couched in Christian language.

For 40 years, Republicans have broadly run on this agenda. But racial and cultural anxiety lurked in the background, driving far more conservative votes that Republican elites were willing to admit. When the civil rights movement released blacks from a century of segregation, a white backlash set-in, particularly in the old Confederate South. The Republican party deployed its so-called ‘Southern strategy’ to attract those disgruntled whites. For decades Republican candidates emphasized issues like black crime and racial quotas to attract votes. For similar reasons, the Republican party has attracted evangelical Christian voters hostile to Islam in years since 9/11.

Capitalizing on white nationalist cultural grievances helped win elections, but it could not be overt. The moral success of the civil rights movement delegitimized openly racist politicking. Race politics is politically explosive in a multicultural country like this US, and the Republican party increasingly needs to appeal to non-whites, who are now nearly one-third of the US population. Even Asian-American voters, whose high incomes suggest they might consider voting Republican, are put off by the right’s legacy of racism. The Republicans had to walk a fine line of attracting the resentment vote, without actually indulging its worst instincts.

The Trump ‘Revolution’

Trump’s revolution is that he dropped the hints, implications, and signaling, and ran instead as an overt white nationalist candidate. And he won! He proved that much of the Reaganite agenda has little appeal to the actual median voter of the Republican party, and that what really motivates is the (correct) perception that America is becoming less white and more pluralistic regrading women, homosexuals, non-Christians, and so on.

The Republican party appears, in its elites, to be a party of wealthy, but in fact, its voters are now primarily downscale, working and lower-middle class whites. Over the years, the Reaganite agenda meant less and less to them. They are not anti-statist libertarians. In fact, they rely on the welfare state and believe that the wealthy should pay more taxes. They are not neoconservatives either; they would like to see a more cautious use of American force. And they are not especially devout church-goers; most Americans, including Republicans, have come to accept a great deal more sexual and gender freedom, such as divorce and gay marriage.

These changes have returned the strange outcome that Republican elites today are divorced from their own electorate. They speak a fossilized Reaganite idiom with little real appeal. This explains how Trump came out of nowhere to beat twenty of other establishment Republicans in just eight months. The future of the Republican party then, will be clash between these aged Reaganites and rising post-Trump insurgents. It is not clear who will win.

Filed under: Conservatism, Republican Party, Trump, United States

Robert E Kelly
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University




How to Say ‘Cheers’ in Korean

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If you are in a bar in Korea and everybody raises their glass, do you know what to say? Whether it is with co-workers, friends, or if you are on a date, knowing how to say cheers in Korean will help you make friends quickly and will help you enjoy your time in Korea. So raise your glasses and say…


Cheers in Korean

Cheers in Korean

건배 (geonbae)

The word 건배 (geonbae) literally means ’empty glass’, so is similar to the expression ‘bottom’s up’.

Japanese and Chinese speakers will notice the similarities between this word and the word for ‘cheers’ in those languages (‘ganbei’ in Chinese and ‘kanpai’ in Japanese). This is because the word is based on Chinese characters. Remembering the meaning of these characters can help you learn words quickly when your Korean reaches an intermediate level.

To use this word, raise your glass in the air, say 건배 (geonbae), and clink your glass with your friend’s glass.

The word implies that you should then drink the whole of your drink, but this is not actually necessary.

The word 건배 (geonbae) is usually said by itself, rather than as part of a phrase or sentence.

If somebody says 건배 (geonbae) to you, then the correct response is simply to say 건배 (geonbae) back to them.


Cheers in Korean: Limits on Use

Cheers in Korean Limits on Use

In British English, ‘cheers’ can also mean ‘thanks’. However, 건배 can only be used as a way to say ‘cheers’ as in ‘bottom’s up’.


Be Careful When Using Romanization

Learning how to read Korean will improve your Korean dramatically. While Romanization can have some benefits when you are just starting to learn Korean, you should try and make the transition to Hangeul (the Korean alphabet) as soon as you can. Hangeul is incredibly simple to learn, and will allow you to read signs in Korean, not to mention improve your pronunciation and word learning abilities. It only takes a couple of hours so why not learn it today?


‘Cheers’ in Korean: Similar Korean Words

Similar Korean words to Cheers in Korean

위하여 (wihayeo)

This word literally means ‘for the sake of’. You may come across the 위해서 (wihaeseo) version of this word in your grammar lessons. 위하여 is used in the same way as 건배 but it is much less common, and is mainly used by businessmen, often after they have made a long speech while drinking. Students and alumni of Korea University often replace the 여 at the end of this word with 고 to make 위하고 (wihago).


원샷! (won-shyat!)

This word, derived from the English words ‘one shot’, means that you have to drink your whole drink in one go. Be careful when using this word as it has been known to cause headaches the next day!


Sample sentences

건배할까요? (geonbaehalkkayo?)

May I propose a toast?


우리의 건강을 위하여 건배 (urideulue geongangeul wihayeo geonbae)

To our health, bottoms up!


Now that you know how to say ‘cheers’ in Korean, you can fully enjoy Korea’s many bars and restaurants. Just remember, soju can be strong so don’t celebrate too much!

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Pokémon Takes Over Korea As Gamers Travel Hours To Play New Pokémon Go App

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For Pokémon fans in South Korea, the success of the new Pokémon Go app has been bittersweet as the game has not yet been officially released in the ROK. However, people from across the country are already traveling to Sokcho, the first area where the game works due to a mapping oddity, to play the game & prepare for a time when it will be available across the country. Korea FM host Chance Dorland spoke with ‘Pokémon Go Korea‘ Facebook group creator & Gangnam Gamers player Wilfred Lee & EXBC live streamer Esco to hear how they & others have traveled hours to play Pokémon Go & what the experience has shown them about the game & dedication of South Korean fans.

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All That You Can't (But Must) Leave Behind

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Moving to Korea was one of the best decisions of my life, but that doesn't mean it's always sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows. It's a trade-off, I suppose-- for every step I take toward building a life for myself here, I'm taking one more step away from the life I had back in the states. I know I've written about this before, but it's something I keep spiraling back to. I have a bizarre form of that trendy new malady FOMO, a fear of missing out on the things I'd have been doing had I not moved to Korea.

The most obvious thing to miss is family events. No matter how much you email and check Facebook and Skype, so many things fall through the cracks. My aunt went through a huge medical situation and I had no idea how serious it was until I visited home well after the fact and heard the whole story. That really spooked me.

While I must admit I don't miss my family as much as I feel I should (sorry mom!), my younger sister is the one who really gets to me. She's 5 years younger, at that age when she's changing so fast and learning so much about herself and the world, and I really wish I could be closer, to step back into my role of Cool Older Sister who Already Made All The Mistakes. Not that she won't make mistakes...but I could at least save her a bit of time on some of them.

I guess every decision has two sides. Huh. That sounded much deeper and more revelatory in my head. This has always been an issue for me, for as long as I can remember. I don't regret taking the road less traveled, and neither would I regret taking the road more traveled, but I get really anxious about the road not traveled. The second I choose one, I'm POSITIVE the other would have been better. If I choose to stay home for vacation, a nagging voice tells me I should have traveled. If I choose to travel, the same voice says I should have stayed home and saved my money. I'm the human version of a cat-- the moment I'm let outside, all I want in the world is to be let back in.

This is probably nothing special, but it drives me crazy, as much as I've learned to ignore it. It's a basic problem of not being able to trust myself. I don't know what I want, or maybe I'm too easily satisfied. But is being satisfied enough? Who knows.

I'm 26 now, almost 27, and while I know that that's not old any way you count it, the speed at which time passes is starting to get to me. It doesn't help that so many of my friends and coworkers in Korea who are around the same age as me are getting married and having children, and many of the people I know back home are buying houses and moving up in their careers, while I'm just sitting a life that hasn't changed much in two years. Sure, I'm a better teacher than I was 3 years ago. My apartment is nicer. My Korean has improved. But to go back to a metaphor I use too often, all of this just feels like grinding for XP. I've been leveling up my abilities and now it's time to start a new questline, but I can't seem to find anyone with that telltale exclamation point above their heads.

There are all sorts of new life stages to move into. Getting married is one that a lot of people around me are doing, and while I'm certainly not ready for that, I feel a similar push to start moving toward something bigger. More and more I think that something is grad school, but that means letters of recommendation and a great deal of money and every time I think about it I feel immediately overwhelmed and end up scrolling through tumblr mindlessly for an hour. This, unfortunately, is my main response to hardship and difficulty.

I suppose the real issue here is that I hate uncertainty. Once I have a goal, I'm stubborn enough that I generally pull it off even though I'm a bit of a human tire fire with a tendency to do things wrong in new and creative ways! I guess if you fuck up enough times in a row it makes a positive? So far, that seems to be the way I've worked my way through life, but since it's gotten me this far, I guess it works. Plus I have no idea how to change.

So, that's where I am right now, older than I ever considered myself being. When you're sixteen and dreaming of a better future, 25 seems like a lifetime away. Now that I'm past that, the world is stretching out before me like an overused first snow metaphor, and I'm stuck in place, afraid to leave the wrong footprints.

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5 Korean Menu Translation Fails That Are Just Hilarious!

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For foreign travelers to Korea, reading Korean restaurant menus is one of the hardest things to do. Even though most of the Korean restaurant menus do have English names, some of them are translated word-to-word, not word-to-meaning, which ends up being translated in a disaster.

Here are some of the Korean restaurant menus that are translated “seriously wrong” that will crack you up!

1. Gomtang

13709242614_30113a042b_b.jpgIf you think there’s a real bear meat in this soup, then you’re absolutely wrong! The soup, “Gom-tang”,  is one of the most mistranslated names that creates a chaos among foreigners.

It is a Korean soup that is made with various beef parts such as ribs and bones. The name is supposed to be translated as ‘Beef Bone Soup’ not ‘Bear Soup’. While ‘Tang’ means soup in Korea, the very confusion comes from the word ‘Gom’ in its name, which literally means ‘bear’ in Korean. However! Gom refers to boiling a soup for a long time.

2. Yukhoe

meat-597951_1920Okay, this one’s a total nonsense. A Korean local dish called “Yukhoe” is mistranslated into ‘Six Times’ when it really should have been ‘Beef Tartare’. How crazy is that?!

Well, because ‘yuk’ and ‘hoe’ are homonyms and they have two meanings at the same time, the automatic translator just literally gave Yukhoe a weird English name, ‘Six Times’.

3. Gamjatang

food-836806_1920You better read this before you go to “Gamjatang” restaurants in Korea because it’s another Korean menu that is often misunderstood!

The word “Gamja (potato)” from “Gamja-tang” often confuses foreigners because it makes you think of a yellow-colored potato soup when it is actaully a red-colored pork back-bone stew with potatoes.

4. Dakttongjip

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This one is hilarious and for this part, no other description is needed. “Dak-ttongjip”, which is a stir-fried chicken gizzard, is mistranslated as ‘Chicken Asshole House’.

5. Dongtaejjigae

[coolpix]  동네 동태집 15.08.18_4A “Dynamic stew”?! Somebody’s got to fix those automated translators seriously. “Dongtae-jjigae (Pollack Stew)” is ridiculously translated as a Dynamic Stew because the word “Dongtae” has two meanings, ‘dynamic’ and ‘pollack’. Guess the translator took only ‘dynamic’ into consideration during the process.

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Cheongryeonam Hermitage – 청련암 (Daegu, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

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Cheongryeonam Hermitage to the east of Namjijangsa Temple in southern Daegu.

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Cheongryeonam Hermitage is located east of its affiliated Namjijangsa Temple. Both are located in southern Daegu on the south side of Mt. Choijeongsan (905m). Like Namjijangsa Temple, Cheongryeonam Hermitage was first constructed in 684 A.D. by a monk named Yanggae. Both were constructed on the behest of the Silla king, King Sinmun (r. 681-692). Like Namjijangsa Temple, Cheongryeonam Hermitage was completely destroyed by the invading Japanese during the Imjin War (1592-1598). Cheongryeonam Hermitage, during the Imjin War, was used as a training centre for warrior monks. The hermitage was rebuilt several times from 1653 to 1714. Once more, the hermitage was destroyed by fire in 1806. The current hermitage structures date back to 1808.

Cheongryeonam Hermitage is situated just 200 metres to the east of Namjijangsa Temple through a beautiful lush forest. Past a hillside full of picnic benches, and along the dirt trail, you’ll finally come to the outskirts of the hermitage grounds.

The first thing to greet you, as you make your way towards the eastside entry gate, is a tall traditional stone fence. Upon entering the squeaky three door gate, you’ll be welcomed by an “L” shaped main hall, which also acts as the monks’ dorms.

To the right of the main hall is a storage shed, which is joined by a biseok statue. As to the left of the main hall, there is the hermitage’s garden from which the monks draw sustenance. It’s also joined by another storage shed.

To the rear of the main hall, and the real highlight to this temple, is the unpainted Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall. The shaman shrine hall is surrounded on all sides by dense shrubs and hydrangeas. On the front side of the Samseong-gak are four fading paintings of guardians. As you step inside the Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall, you’ll be welcomed by a collection of paintings dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), Chilseong (The Seven Stars), and Dokseong (The Lonely Saint). These paintings are joined on the far right wall by an older, yet beautiful, guardian mural. Also, have a look at the low-lying beams inside this shaman shrine hall. In particular, look for the vibrant murals of the blue dragons.

HOW TO GET THERE: From the Daegu train station, walk about 15 minutes (930 metres), to get to Chilseong market (where the NH Bank is located) bus stop. Take the bus that reads “Gachang2” on it. After 50 stops, or one hour, get off at the “Urokri” (last stop) and walk about 2.7 km, or 41 minutes, to get to the temple. When at Namjijangsa Temple, head right while travelling through the temple parking lot. Head up a dirt road for about 200 metres until you come to Cheongryeonam Hermitage.

You can take a bus or simply take a taxi from the Daegu train station. The ride takes about 50 minutes and costs 23,000 won.

OVERALL RATING: 3/10. Cheongryeonam Hermitage is beautifully located on the southern side of Mt. Choijeongsan. The trail leading up to the hermitage is one of the more beautiful you’ll find in this area. But without a doubt, the real highlight to this temple is the unpainted Samseong-gak; and rather strangely, the tall stone wall that acts as a barrier between the outside world and Cheongryeonam Hermitage is a highlight, as well.


The dirt road that leads up to the hermitage.


The beautiful vista along the way.


The dirt road and forest as you near Cheongryeonam Hermitage.


The entry gate to the diminutive hermitage.


The main hall and monks’ living quarters at Cheongryeonam Hermitage.


The hermitage’s garden and storage shed.


The path that leads up to the Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall.


A look up at the camouflaged Samseong-gak shaman shrine.


Rather uniquely, the Samseong-gak is unpainted all but for the four guardians at the entries.


One of the decorative guardians.


As well as another.


The Sanshin mural housed inside the Samseong-gak.


The older guardian mural housed inside the Samseong-gak, as well.


This blue decorative dragon adorns one of the Samseong-gak’s roof beams.


And the view from the Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall.

“Kimchibilly” Band ‘Street Guns’ Wins $50K In Global Music Competition

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Seoul-based rockabilly band ‘Street Guns‘ beat nearly 10,000 other artists around the world to win Hard Rock Rising’s “Rock Local / Win Global” $50,000 first place prize. To learn more about “Street Guns” and the independent music scene here in Seoul, Korea FM host Chance Dorland  spoke with Tiger, the band’s guitarist, and Korea Times writer and “Broke in Korea” punk zine editor Jon Dunbar.

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MIssing Person (Updated): LyLii Tinem Huynh: Last Seen on Haeundae Beach

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Sadly, it has been reported that Lylii's body has been found.  

Our thoughts go out to all those touched by this loss. 




Our dear friend LyLii Tinem Huynh has not been seen since Thursday July 14th, at approximately 600 am. She was last seen on Haeundae Beach near tower 7 with 2 others. The 2 people she was with went swimming and when they came out Lylii was no longer on the beach. Her clothes and tablet however were still there.
The police and French embassy are investigating and going over cctv footage.
We ask that anyone who has ANY information about her whereabouts or who may have seen her on the morning of Thursday July 14th contact us immediately.
Her family has been contacted and are making their way to Korea.

Matt: 010 3263 9463 english
Mattb2015 kakao english
Yuni: 010 8579 6838 korean
Or message Laura on facebook.

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***실종자를 찾습니다***
저의 친구 LyLii이 7월 14일 오전 약 6시 경 이후로 실종 되었습니다.

해운대 해변 타워7 근처에서 다른 2명과 함께 마지막으로 목격 되었습니다. 
함께있던 2명은 수영을 갔고, 돌아 왔을 때는 해변에서 Lylii를 찾을 수 없었습니다. 그녀의 옷가지와 타블렛은 그 자리에 있었습니다.

경찰과 프랑스 대사관이 현재 조사중이고, cctv 흔적을 찾고 있습니다. 
그녀가 어디있는지 어떤 정보라도 아시는 분 혹은 7/14일 오전 그녀를 목격한 분이 계시다면 저희에게 바로 연락을 부탁 드립니다. 
현재 소식을 들은 가족들이 한국으로 오는 중 입니다.

Yuni : 010 8579 6838 (한국인 제보 연락처)
혹은 페이스북 메세지 부탁 드립니다.

**부디 많은 태그 및 공유 부탁 드리며, 목격자가 있을거라 믿습니다**






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