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I'm so tired. I'm so sad. The same terrible things keep happening to the same people, to different people, to MY people. I want to be positive, I try to stay hopeful, but for every wonderful story I feel like I read 5 stories of violence and hatred and just pure ignorance. When are things going to reach the tipping point? Or are we just going to destroy ourselves out of existence?
Sometimes, I feel like a coward for running away to Korea. If you care so much about these issues in the US, why don't you go home and fight for them? My mom even straight up asked me why I'm spending my time teaching Korean kids when the kids back home need teachers too. HYDRA really is the perfect villain for a modern fantasy; for every injustice or world problem we begin to right, a thousand more appear to take the place. This will always be the case, and I'm sick of being criticized for not talking about the "important" issues, for not fighting the "right" fights.
I'm sick of all these false equivalency arguments. If you've ever looked at the internet or spoken to a human, I'm sure you've encountered them. For your reading pleasure, I will recreate one here:
Person A: Wow, I really hate how women in the US are slut-shamed for wearing short skirts.
Person B: Well at least you don't live in a totalitarian regime where you're forced to dress like a prisoner!
Person A: Um...yes?
Even better are the accusations of calling attention to causes that aren't "important enough," whatever that means.
People are dying EVERYWHERE. Bad things are happening EVERYWHERE. None of us is capable of caring about every single cause at the same level, and shaming people for trying to bring attention to what is important to them is just mean. If someone tells you they are bleeding, do you tell them that someone else is bleeding more, or do you give them a bandage?
Person A: Check out this article about teenage girls getting sent home from school for stupid dress code violations!
Person B: I can't believe we're so upset about this when there are people dying in [insert country] and no one is talking about it!!?!
I'm writing all this in the wake of the horrible tragedy in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub, but these feelings are nothing new. This is just the most recent tragedy. I'm not here to talk about gun rights or the US's lack of response to mass shootings. Other people have done that better than I ever could. I'm just here because I'm tired and sad I want to feel like someone is listening.
There are two main sentence structures I'm teaching my students this week, and seeing them on the board was rather poignant today. Or heartbreaking. The first is "What's up? You look upset." Yes, I am upset. I'm upset that the media is refusing to accept that the shooting in Orlando was fueled by homophobia. I'm upset that even after so many mass shootings we haven't done anything. I'm upset about the underlying political corruption that allowed that to happen. I'm upset and I'm angry and scared.
The other sentence, which struck me even harder, was "How long does it take?" How long does it take, America, before you realize that you have a problem? How long does it take for things to change? How long before we stop allowing children and parents and friends be killed for the crime of living?
Here are Trazy‘s Survival Tips for traveling Busan using local transportation.
1. Hanaro Transportation Card
Like T-money card in Seoul, there is a local pass called Hanaro. If you already have T-money card, you are able to use it in Busan. But if you didn’t purchase any transportation card, then getting this Hanaro Card will be very useful only if you are going to travel within the city of Busan.
You can buy it from the ticket vending machines located inside subway stations or any convenience stores like GS25 or 7-eleven.
Taking a subway in Busan is an economic way to explore the city because it runs through almost all of the tourist destinations and the fare is relatively cheap. If you going to stay a while in the city, buy Hanaro Card. But if you are just making a one-day stop in Busan, one-day subway tickets are highly recommended.
You can buy one-day subway tickets at Gimhae International Airport, Busan Station or Busan Central Bus Terminal or from the ticket vending machines inside subway stations. With this ticket, you can take 20 rides on the same day of purchase for all subway lines except the light rail service.As you can see, there are four major subway lines in Busan: red, green, brown and blue. There is an additional purple line (Gimhae Light Railway) which connects Gimhae Airport (closest to Busan) and the West of Busan. Take note that travel times on Busan’s subway can be comparatively longer than that of Seoul.
Most taxi drivers do not speak English (although some may speak Japanese), so it will help a lot if you show the name of the destination in Korean to the driver. The taxi drivers in Busan are generally very friendly towards foreigners.
However, there are some unscrupulous taxi who often assume that a foreign traveler wants to go a long distance and that they may attempt to charge much higher fixed fares (as much as 20,000 KRW) in some areas such as around Busan Port.
Insist on the meter and take a different taxi if your driver refuses to use it. Maybe asking the approximate fare will be helpful before taking a taxi.
The bus network in Busan is fairly comprehensive. It is worth using Hanaro card or T-money card if you are going to make transfers often.
Inside the bus, you will be able to find a sign with destination displayed in Korean, English and Japanese, although there will be no English route maps whatsoever on the bus. Make sure you check your route and see which bus to take in advance.
Here are some of the key bus routes that run through major tourist destinations in Busan.
1. Bus No. 1003 runs every 7 to 11 mins and passes through major tourist spots. (It also runs at night as a night bus!)
2. Bus No. 188 runs every 25 to 30 mins and you will be able to see the east coast and the areas nearby on this bus.
3. Bus No. 307 runs every 14~18 mins from Gimhae airport to Haeundae. Taking this bus can also help you cover most of the places across the city of Busan comprehensively.
Taking Busan City Tour Bus can be another great option. It is a budget-friendly and you can get around the city by hopping on and off wherever and whenever you like. Busan city tour bus runs different courses. For details, click here.
In big cities like Seoul and Busan, riding a bike can be dangerous, this is especially true if you have ever seen driving style of the people in Korea. In Haeundae district, there are dedicated bike lanes on many pavements which are relatively safe.
The city of Busan offers public bike-share program in several spots, including Haeundae Beach.
– Haeundae Beach has a free bike rental scheme between 9 am and 6 pm for foreigners (with a passport, ID card and accommodation voucher). If you don’t have insurance then a 2,000 KRW fee is required.
6. On foot
Walking around the entire city of Busan is impractical, but there are certain attractions clustered together in a way that makes walking around them possible.
If you want to take a trip to Busan from Seoul, Trazy is offering an exclusive tour package that will get you to Busan in the most convenient way- KTX (round-trip) and also will get you around Busan with Busan Hop On Hop Off City Tour Bus. For more information, click here.
OinK – Only in Korea Facebook group creator Travis Hull joins former Arirang employee Daniel Lee & KoreaFM.net‘s Chance Dorland to explain how a Facebook post criticizing the poor English of Arirang TV’s Aerial Korea: Ep 13: Busan video led to the removal of all “Aerial Korea” videos from the company’s YouTube channel.
The trio then discuss how rather than hiring based on English ability & actual experience in the field, the visa-centric hiring system used by many of South Korea’s English media companies creates the conditions that allow these & other mistakes to be made over & over again. The original Arirang video is still available on their website at http://www.arirang.co.kr/OtherVideos/Aerial_Korea.asp?F_KEY=3043.
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The monks’ dorms at Baekryeonam Hermitage near Tongdosa Temple in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do.
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Located southwest of Tongdosa Temple in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do, and in a cluster of hermitages directly associated with the famed temple, is Baekryeonam Hermitage. Alongside Samyeongam Hermitage, Okryeonam Hermitage, and Seounam Hermitage, these hermitages make for a really nice day around the picturesque grounds of Tongdosa Temple.
Down a forested road, you’ll eventually come to the outskirts of the hermitage grounds when you arrive at the hermitage parking lot. Past a stone marker that reads “Namu Amita-bul” in deference to the Buddha of the Western Paradise, as well as along a tall traditional stone wall, this wall helps guide you towards Baekryeonam Hermitage’s main courtyard.
With your feet firmly planted in the hermitage courtyard, you’ll have an unadorned visitors centre to your back with the monks’ dorms to both your right and left. It’s the long main hall in front of you that will most definitely grab your attention first. Stepping over the stepping stones that stand like mini islands in the centre of a gravel courtyard, you’ll be welcomed to the main hall by a long wooden corridor. Decorating the doorknobs to the main hall are brown wooden turtles. Stepping inside the main hall, you’ll be greeted by a lone Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise) on the main altar. To the far left of the spacious interior is a highly skilled guardian mural.
Between the main hall and the turtle-spouted water fountain at Baekryeonam Hermitage is a set of stairs that lead up to the second shrine hall at the hermitage. This elevated shrine hall is called the “Bright Light Hall” in English, or the Gwangmyeong-jeon in Korean. Adorning the exterior walls of this hall are various murals like Wonhyo-daesa’s enlightenment, as well as a mural dedicated to the monk Ichadon who helped bring Buddhism to the Silla Kingdom. As for the interior, and resting on the main altar, is a triad of statues centred by Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha). He’s joined on either side by Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) and Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). Completing the artwork in this hall are four more paintings of Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), Chilseong (The Lonely Saint), Dokseong (The Lonely Saint), and the guardian mural. All are done by the same artist and all are beautiful.
It’s from the heights of this hall that you get an amazing view of the valley down below. Also, the walk down the stairs are accompanied by well-manicured grounds and a towering cedar tree.
HOW TO GET THERE: To get to Baekryeonam Hermitage, you’ll first have to get to Tongdosa Temple. And to get to Tongdosa Temple you can take an intercity bus from Busan, Eonyang or Ulsan. Once you arrive in Yangsan, and facing the very small bus terminal, you should walk left and then turn right at the first corner. The temple entrance is past the numerous restaurants and shops. Walk up a 1.5 km path, sprinkled with ancient graffiti, and you will eventually arrive at the outskirts of the temple grounds. Once you get to the parking lot for Tongdosa Temple, keep walking up the road for cars to the left. Follow this road for about a kilometre. The road will fork to the right or go straight. Follow the road that leads straight. Continue up this road for another two kilometres and follow the signs as you go because there is more than one hermitage back there.
Admission to Baekryeonam Hermitage is free; however, to get into the grounds, you’ll have to pay 3,000 won at the Tongdosa Temple entrance gate.
OVERALL RATING: 4.5/10. Baekryeonam Hermitage is placed amongst some beautiful gardens and mature trees. Also, the artwork inside the Gwangmyeong-jeon Hall are some beautiful examples of some masterful Buddhist artwork.
The traditional Korean wall that guides your way towards the main hermitage courtyard.
A stone prayer to Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise) with the hermitage grounds behind it.
The main hall at Baekryeonam Hermitage.
The visitors’ centre that the main hall looks out towards.
The watering hole at the hermitage with a turtle spout.
The corridor out in front of the main hall’s entrance.
A turtle door knob that adorns one of the main hall’s doors.
A look inside the main hall at Amita-bul that sits all alone on the altar.
On the far left wall is this stunning guardian mural.
The main hall view of the beautifully kept grounds at Baekryeonam Hermitage.
The view as you make your way towards the hermitage’s Gwangmyeong-jeon Hall.
A beautiful pink flower along the way.
The Gwangmyeong-jeon Hall coming into focus.
The Wonhyo-daesa enlightenment painting that adorns an exterior wall to the Gwangmyeong-jeon Hall.
The Ichadon mural that adorns the Gwangmyeong-jeon Hall, as well.
The main altar inside the Gwangmyeong-jeon with Seokgamoni-bul in the centre. He’s joined on either side by Gwanseeum-bosal and Jijang-bosal.
The mural dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit)
As well as this up-close with Dokseong (The Lonely Saint).
The view from where Gwangmyeong-jeon Hall is housed.
A look out towards the neighbouring mountains and the rest of the hermitage.
The entry and exit to Baekryeonam Hermitage.
Time to get outside and enjoy the summer heat with cold desserts like ice cream beause it’s getting hot in South Korea. Sure Baskin Robbins, Natuur POP and Haagendaz are well-known brands, but if you are looking for inexpensive refreshments, head over to Korean convenience stores where you can find ice creams that are delicious and affordable.
Here are our picks for brand new ice creams you should try this summer in Korea!
1. Yours 25% Mango
GS Convenience Store has recently released a premium ice dessert called Yours 25% Mango. It is an upgraded version that has changed the ingredient from yellow mango to Apple Mango with more rich mango flavor and taste. With 25% of real mango juice and condensed milk, this sherbet is gaining huge popularity among mango lovers. The cost is 3000 KRW.
2. Akma (Devil) Bingsu
The combination of chocolate and mint are almost as perfect a match as can be. Referred to as devil’s food, this refreshing mixture of ice dessert called Akma Bingsu is a layered wonder that you must try this summer. Same as Yours 25% Mango, it costs 3,000 KRW.
3. Slice Pop
These two brand new fruit-flavored frozen treats made from real blueberries and kiwis are perfect refreshment if you prefer fruit flavors over sugary and heavy chocolate ice creams. Each cost 2,500 KRW.
4. Gyeondyo-bar (Hangover Ice Cream)
This unique hangover-fighting Korean ice cream, Gyeondyo-bar, has caught everyone’s attention recently. Try it for yourself to see if this extraordinary ice cream is really effective in curing your hangover! This hangover ice cream costs 1,200 KRW.
5. Cledor’s Salted Caramel & Choco Brownie
Cledor, one of the Korean premium ice cream brands, has always offered their ice cream products in cups and bars. But, they have newly released ice cream cones that have two flavors, Salted Caramel and Choco Brownie. Each cost 2,500 KRW.
6. Tiramisu Ice Cream
Along with Akma Bingsu, this Tiramisu Ice Cream emerged as one of the must-try treats from GS Convenience Store. This tiramisu flavored ice cream in a mini cup is so popular that it was sold out as soon as it went on sale in several parts of South Korea. The cost is 2,500 KRW.
7. CU Miss Mango & Miss Pineapple
These two ice bars with tropical fruit flavors are brand new products that are released from CU Convenience Store. You can choose from mango and pineapple flavors and each cost 1,500 KRW. Without any additives, these two products are perfect for those who are looking for organic and healthy ice desserts.
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“Dongdaemun“in Korean means the east gate while “Namdaemun“ means the south gate. These two gates used to surround the walls of city of Seoul in the past, and now they are home to two of the largest and most popular markets in Korea.
Even for Koreans, the difference between the two markets are not very obvious, and this article will attempt to collate and summarize the key differences between the two markets, and how you can make best use of your time and resources while you’re there.
Obviously, travelers will take price into their consideration when shopping. In general, Dongdaemun Market has a huge array of shopping malls such as Doota or Migliore, which offer much cleaner and modern facilities and display, but also higher prices compared to the street vendors.While Namdaemun Market also has indoor malls, they are nearly nowhere as modern as the ones in Dongdaemun Market and they are usually for wholesalers- hence prices are generally lower. As for street vendors or underground markets in both markets, prices are generally comparable, so make sure you bargain well (prices are usually fixed in shopping malls such as Doota, so less likelihood of bargaining there).
In addition, Namdaemun Market is generally targeted a bit towards wholesale shoppers (there are of course consumer retail items), while Dongdaemun Market is targeted slightly more towards retail shopping.
Namdaemun Market is located near Hoehyeon Station on Subway Line 4 (Exit #5) whereas Dongdaemun is directly connected to the subway station called Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station on Subway Line 4 and 1.Namdaemun Market is very close to Myeongdong (about 10 minutes by foot), so if you’d like to immerse in a full day of shopping, make sure you visit both places together since they’re nearby.Dongdaemun Market spans quite widely across the area so you can alight at either Dongdaemun Station (Lines 1 and 4), or the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (Lines 2, 4 and 5).
3. Getting Around
Both markets are incredibly large in scale and so it’s not that easy to get around, especially if you don’t speak or read Korean (many of the signs are in Korean).In general, Namdaemun Market is more “organized”. The streets and alleyways of the market are categorized and somewhat sorted so you can find what you want much faster, which makes it much easier for you to compare the price of the product that you would like to purchase. One thing to note, however, is that many of the shops at Namdaemun Market are not that interested in selling goods to tourists as they are more into bulk sales.
There are countless outdoor street vendors in both markets and they are more targeted toward retail sale.While Dongdaemun’s main market isn’t as organised or categorized, if you just stay within the shopping malls (Doota or Migliore), it will be a much more convenient for you to shop.
Within the malls, everything is much more organised and you can probably find things that you want much more easily.
In the end, it probably comes to what kind of experience you want. Namdaemun has much more of the “traditional market” feel, so if it’s more of the experience (or photographic opportunities) you’re after, Namdaemun is the ideal place for you. But if your main aim is to shop for more affordable Korean clothes and cosmetics, you’re probably better off visiting the malls at Dongdaemun.
4. Nearby Attractions
After looking around these two markets, stop by the attractions that are nearby. Near Namdaemun Market is “Sungnyemun Gate“, one of the three major gateways through the walls of Seoul in the past. It is designated as the first National Treasure of South Korea. For more information, click here.In the heart of Dongdaemun Market is Dondaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is an iconic landmark of Seoul, which has been designed as a cultural hub for people of all ages. For more information, click here.See Insider Shopping Tips for Dongdaemun Market You Won’t Find Elsewhere! or check out the ultimate list of shopping malls and shops in Dondaemun Market on Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop!
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Life is full of surprises and shocks, and being able to show your surprise is very important! One way to show your surprise is to say ‘oh my god’ or some variant of that phrase such as ‘oh my gosh’.
This article will show you how to say ‘oh my god’ in Korean. Like in English, there are several ways to say it. We’ll show you how!
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‘Oh my god!’ in Korean Overview
The most common way of saying ‘oh my god’ in Korean is 세상에 (sesange). This comes from the word 세상 (sesang), which means ‘world’ (another, more common word for ‘world’ is세계 [segye]). 세상에 can be interpreted more literally as something like ‘never in the whole world would I have expected that’.
Another expression sometimes used to say ‘oh my god’ is 맙소사! (mapsosa!). You may see this often in Korean subtitles in movies.
The word 이런 (ireon), which usually means ‘this’, can also be used to mean ‘oh my god’ in Korean. Its more literal meaning would be something like ‘how can this happen?’ or ‘how did it come to this?’
The English phrase ‘Oh my god’ is well known in Korean, and often it is used instead of a Korean word. When it is written in Korean, it becomes 오 마이 갓 (o mai gat) and it is pronounced in such a way by Koreans. This expression is also the basis of several Korean puns due to its similarity in sound to the word ‘mother’s’ (엄마의 – eommai). One example is the pun ‘엄마의 가스레인지’ (eommai gaseu reinji).
The sounds 오모 (omo) and 헐 (heol) can also sometimes be translated to ‘oh my god’ in some situations, often when there is some slight disappointment or concern due to something going wrong.
Standard ‘Oh My God’ in Korean
You should use this phrase when speaking to people you don’t know well or who are older than you.
맙소사! 전 몰라요. (Mapsosa! Jeon mollayo.)
Oh my god! I don’t know!
오 이런, 제가 이러지 마요. (O ireon, jega ireoji mayo)
Oh my God, don’t do this to me.
Informal ‘Oh My God’ in Korean
You can use this phrase with those younger than you or the same age who you are on familiar terms with.
세상에 내가 사람을 죽였어 (sesange naega sarameul jukyeosseo)
Oh my god, I just killed a man.
오 이런, 내가 방금 너의 칫솔을 사용했어. (o ireon, naega banggeum neoui chitsoleul sayonghaesseo)
Oh my god, I just used your toothbrush.
맙소사, 난 이 일 싫어 (mapsosa, nan I il shileo)
Oh my god, I hate this job.
오 이런, 너 진지한 거야? (o ireon, neo jinjihan geoya?)
Oh my god, are you serious?
A Word of Caution About Using Romanization
As you can see from the example of ‘oh my god’ when written in Korean, the sounds of the Korean language are different from the English language. The best way to be able to sound like a Korean is to learn the Korean Alphabet (Hangeul). That way, you can notice the different sounds used in Korean and get used to how Korean sounds. Learning Hangeul is very easy; it can be done in just a couple of hours!
‘Oh My God’ in Korean Wrap Up
Now that you know how to say ‘oh my god’ in Korean, let us know what things shock you and make you want to say ‘oh my god’ in Korean.
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Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
A UNESCO-designated cultural heritage site everyone must visit at least once in their lifetime.
Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Suwon City, in Gyeonggi Province that is just south of Seoul, to admire the beauty of Hwaseong Fortress. But if you visit this year, it is going to be even more fantastic!
In celebration of its 220th anniversary, the city has designated 2016 as the ‘Visit Suwon Hwaseong Year‘ and plenty of cultural events and programs will be held for both local and international visitors to Hwaseong Fortress.
Regarded as the most outstanding and well-preserved fortress in South Korea, the beauty and grandeur of Hwaseong Fortress is incomparable to other fortresses in the country.
Built in the late 18th century, this magnificent structure is treasured for its cultural and historical values and thus was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. For more details and directions, click here.Regarded as the most outstanding and well-preserved fortress in South Korea, its beauty and grandeur truly is incomparable to other fortresses in the country.
When the sun is still up, make sure you take your time to take in every aspect of Hwaseong Fortress. Learn about its historical background and what each structure is built for. Try various traditional activities like the traditional archery for instance. It costs 1,000 KRW per 5 arrows.And when the sun goes down, enjoy the Moonlight Tour!Just like the special night time openings of the royal palaces in Seoul, Suwon Hwaseong and Hwaseong Haenggung Palace (located inside the fortress), are open to public at night until July 17. The available dates for the Moonlight Tour in June are 16, 17, 18 and 19 and in July are 15, 16 and 17. Tickets cost 20,000 won and must be purchased in advance at interpark.com. If you need any help, call +82-1544-1555.During this special cultural period, you can take in the night view of the Haengggung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress and enjoy various traditional performances. The performances will be held from 19:50 until 22:10.
Now, if you are interested in visiting Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon and want to check out other attractions nearby, click here. If you need a transport service, it is available here.
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