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How To Meet Korean Friends Online

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So you’re planning to visit Korea soon and would love to have a local friend showing you around and spending time with you. Or maybe you would like to have some someone you know or a small support network already built up before you move here for your studies or work. Perhaps you are already living in Korea and are interested in making more friends, but at a bit of a loss with where and how to meet them.

Luckily for all of us, the advancement of technology has given us near limitless options to meet people from all over the world – without ever leaving the comfort of our homes! Whether you’re already in Korea or simply thinking about making connections with people in Korea, we’ve got good news for you: there’s several great ways that you can meet new Korean friends right now, from wherever you are!

“How” you ask? “Just get online!” Below, we will introduce you to a few great means through which you too can immediately make Korean friends online!


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The first way to make Korean friends online is through a site called This site is great, especially if you’re already in Seoul, as it is not a chatting app but instead a listing of events happening near you where you can go and make those new friends in person! But if you can’t make it to the event, they still have discussion boards where you can interact with the regular members and plan to meetup with them.



This chatting app has been gaining popularity lately, and for good reason. Its interface makes it quick and easy to get in touch with new people, and not just with Koreans in Korea, but with all sorts of people from all over the world! Through this app, you can find Korean friends online, with whom you can share stories, practice languages, and form connections that could lead to meeting them in person one day. Just search for MEEFF in your app store.



Though the purpose of this application is to practice and exchange languages with people from all over the world, it’s also proven to be a good tool for making Korean friends online. Unlike MEEFF, it is also easier to remain anonymous in that, while uploading a profile picture is needed, it is such a tiny thumbnail that it is not really the focus. After all, it is primarily a language exchange app! But it is also a way to protect your identity while still getting to meet new people. If the way MEEFF operates you makes you feel uncomfortable, give HelloTalk a try. Search HelloTalk in your app store.



Unlike HelloTalk and MEEFF, Interpals is a website as opposed to a mobile phone app. As such, it has also been around much longer. It’s a great way to not only meet new Korean friends online, but to meet new friends from every corner of the world! There are functions for simply chatting on the site, but in addition to that you can also become penpals with the people you talk to. So how about we all sign up on the site and make snail mail a thing again?


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Penpalkorea is another website operating in a similar way to Interpals. It advertises itself as a platform for making friends all around the globe, which will be a great plus for you! However, its main focus is to connect Koreans interested in making friends from other countries with people from those other countries looking to learn Korean as well as make Korean friends online. What a great way to squash two birds with one stone!



Hi! Penpal! is another website with the same idea as Penpalkorea and Interpals. Though it is not specifically concentrated on connecting people from all over the world with Koreans, you may notice that it is specifically popular with Koreans wanting to make connections with people from other countries. Thus, it would also make for a great opportunity for you to meet Korean friends online! If you want to connect with someone through this site, instead of sending them an instant message, you’ll be connected to them by sending them a message directly to their e-mail. If you’re on the younger side, you’ll also be glad to know that young people are fond of using this site.



Yet another great site to make Korean friends online is Mylanguageexchange! It’s geared towards those wanting to learn and practice languages by conversing with native speakers of their target language. As such, it’s perfect for someone like you who’s in the process of learning Korean right now! And what would be better than forming genuine friendships while also getting to learn a new language and about a new culture? It is not limited to just learning Korean but also many other languages are available, so you’ll be getting a whole bunch of value out of it.



Lastly, there is the website Conversationexchange. This site is similar to My Language Exchange, except its purpose is to try and find native speakers, in your case native Korean speakers, living in your area to meet and practice Korean with. So through this site, you could have the chance to make new Korean friends online AND offline!


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Above, we have introduced you to several sources through which you can make new Korean friends online, but also practice the Korean phrases you’ve learned with us. As we all have our own preferences, it is up to you to decide which site or application would be the best fit for you. If you are currently in Korea or planning to come here soon, the applications HelloTalk and MEEFF, as well as the website Meetup, would be our suggestions for a good place to start meeting your new Korean friends. Now, go on and have fun meeting Korean friends online!


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LTW: Revised FTA with the U.S.

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Pretty hectic two months in Korean peninsula. A few hundred separated families in S.Korea and N.Korea had a three day reunion in August while South Korean president Moon Jae-in took part time job to deliver N.Korean leader Kim Jong-un's love letter to Donald Trump after his car parade with Kim in Pyongyang in mid September. In a meeting with Donald Trump in New York on Sep 24, President Moon also signed a revised Free Trade Agreement in which the U.S. will extend 20 more years to impose 25% tax on Korean trucks until 2041, virtually barring Hyundai's entry into U.S. pick-up truck market, and US car makers can double their sales in Korea from 25K to 50K a year per manufacturer. It was a revision lopsided in favor of the U.S. in general. " The new agreement includes significant improvements to reduce our trade deficit and to expand opportunities to export American products to South Korea," said Donal Trump. Moon Jae-in responded by saying "With the swift conclusion of the revision, uncertainty surrounding our FTA has been eliminated." South Koreans have been worried the unpredictable Trump may scrap the whole FTA with South Korea. The U.S. is S.Korea's 2nd largest export market with 12.5% share, followed by China's 25%.

It is a good thing that Pres. Moon signed the revised deal, but a bit irony that Moon was an active opponent of FTA with the U.S. when original pact went effect six years ago in 2012. Moon was at the center of his opposition party that had waged massive protests in the streets in Seoul while his crazy fellow lawmaker detonated a tear gas canister at the National Assembly to thwart the voting process on the FTA bill, claiming the Korea-US FTA is a monster that will ultimately kill Korean economy. Uhm... "If you flirt with a woman, you are in sinful adultery. If I do, I am in beautiful romance. "

Arsenal Review

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Recently, I have been exploring a lot of new ways to take and edit photos using AI or artificial intelligence. The first piece of gear that I bought was Arsenal: The Intelligent Camera Assistant. I bought this off of Kickstarter and was eager to test it out. I wanted to see if the images it produced with its “smart capture” feature could really lived up to what the campaign said that it could do. So far, I have been impressed, but I think a few more updates would make Arsenal a lot better.

What Is It?

Essentially, Arsenal is a trigger that connects your camera to your phone or other device. It allows you to see what your camera sees and adjust the settings. Arsenal can set up and create timelapse video and at some point, actually record video. So far, the app has not let me record video using my Canon 5D MKiii. The main feature is that Arsenal AI in the smart capture setting to choose the best settings to get “what it thinks” is the best shot. You can also focus stack and bracket your images. Not to mention, focus by tapping a point on the screen of your phone or choose to focus the entire scene.

The unit is a small device that slips into your hotshoe on top of your camera and plugs into it via a cable. The device needs to be charged to use and that can be an issue if you forget as I have often done. However, once connected the app will let you know about the battery levels and all the other important information. With the tap of a button, Arsenal can focus stack or merge images all inside the app.

What Is It Good For?

Arsenal is great if you have an older camera that does not have any internet connectivity. Many of the newer camera models  do have this feature where you can download something like “canon connect” if you have the Canon 5D mk iv and you can have much the same experience. However, Arsenal does have a couple of features that makes it stand apart from the canon connect type apps.

The first big feature is the smart capture feature. Arsenal uses AI to figure out the best settings to use for the particular situation that you are shooting in. This is useful if you are a beginner and are wanting to achieve results slightly better than P-mode on your camera. Sadly, I was hoping for something a little smarter when I tried this feature during a number of shoots. For my tastes, it is just too balanced and it’s not yet intelligent enough to create images that require different techniques.

The timelapse feature is however, really good. The one major plus is that it compiles the shots into a video for you as the timelapse goes on. Meaning that you can check the progress of your timelapse in real time. Sadly, it does not create an actual mp4 file of the timelapse afterwards but that would be awesome if it did in the future.

Finally, the best feature for me is that you can edit and share the jpg directly from your device and also saw the raw image for later. This can save a lot of time if you are needing to send or share images right away. If you are travelling light, this make also save some space as you can have lightroom on your ipad and work on the photos from there.

What Issues Did You Have?

The biggest issue was connectivity. There were some times where it just would not connect no matter what I did. I spent a lot of time hoping that just once as I pressed the connect button that the little gadget will bring my camera to life. Many times this did not happen. I have had to also create a couple of “new devices” as well to connect to the camera. Not being able to remove these previous devices also serves as a reminder that the connections can be finicky at best.

The app itself is great but you really only have access to it once you connect it to your camera. Meaning that if you want to play around with the settings and features, it has to be connected to your camera. This may not seem like a big deal but for me it means that there is a lot more tinkering when I am in the field than I would like. Also if you can’t connect to your device, you can’t access your previous photos, change settings, or do anything with the thing.

The focusing seemed quite slow and often took a few moments to get the camera into focus, especially when using the multi-point or whole scene focus modes. I do like that there are a few different focussing features but,  it often it took awhile for the app to get the image into focus and at times it was not that sharp.

The only other issue that I had was just the ergonomics of the whole phone/DSLR set up. Arsenal is best used on a tripod (there is also a handheld mode) and thus, trying to adjust the tripod and constantly check the almost requires a third hand or an assistant. Their kickstarter video noted how Arsenal takes care of the setting to allow you to focus on the composition. However, that was the problem that I had. I had trouble finding the right composition while holding my phone at the same time as I adjusted my tripod and camera.  I found myself trying to look through the viewfinder which you can’t use when you are using the viewer in the app.

The bottomline

I really want Arsenal to succeed but I feel that it will take a number of updates before they do. If you know how to get the shots that you want from your camera already then this product may not be for you. If you are looking for something to connect your camera to your phone and make some decent timelapses then this could be an option. Once Arsenal gets the bugs worked out of their app, this will be a great product and one that would be amazing for timelapse photography especially when they release the holy grail feature that will adjust the settings as the light changes. I especially liked being able to adjust my camera settings with my phone and the freedom I had of being able to step back from the camera to see the scene for myself. Being able to edit and share them at the same time is a bonus for me. However, I would love to be able to access the photos without having to connect to the camera.

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Asking Koreans the Best Thing About Living in Korea

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I asked Koreans, "What do you think is the biggest advantage of living in Korea?” (한국에서 살 때 가장 큰 장점이 뭐라고 생각하세요?)

For me, I love the transportation whenever I'm there and the overall ease of traveling to anywhere I want in a reasonable amount of time. I also appreciate the availability of hospitals in every area. And finally I like being able to get Korean food for a fair price.

What's your opinion? If you've ever lived in Korea, what did you like best about being there?

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Yongjusa Temple – 용주사 (Changnyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do)

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Inside the main hall at Yongjusa Temple in Changnyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do.

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Yongjusa Temple, not to be confused with the more famous one in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do, is located in Changnyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do. Yongjusa Temple, in English, means “Dragon Jewel Temple.” There are two Yongjusa Temples in Changnyeong. This Yongjusa Temple is located in Gyeseong-myeon. The temple is beautifully framed by Mt. Guhyeonsan (579m). And just to the north is the more popular Samseongam Hermitage. Yongjusa Temple belongs to the Taego-jong Order, which allows its monks to marry.

You first approach Yongjusa Temple off the main highway and down a country road. The entry to the temple is wide and spacious, and the main hall just kind of sits there in a clearing. The first thing you’ll notice is the main hall, which points to the south. There are elaborate blue floral patterns that adorn the exterior walls to this hall, as well as large Shimu-do, Ox-Herding murals.

Stepping inside the main hall, you’ll notice a triad of statues seated on the main altar. Sitting in the centre is Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha). He’s joined on either side by Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom) and Bohyeon-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Power). To the right of the main altar is a shrine dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). And on the far right wall is another shrine; this time, it’s dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife). And to the left of the main altar hangs a beautiful Shinjung Taenghwa, guardian mural. The interior, much like the exterior, is decorated with simplistic Buddhist motif murals, which are somewhat in contrast to the murals you’ll find at Jogye-jong Order temples.

To the left rear of the main hall is the Sanshin-gak Hall. Inside is housed a simplistic painting dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), as well as a statue dedicated to Sanshin-dosa.

In front of the Sanshin-gak, and almost parallel with the main hall, is the Yongwang-dang. Housed inside this hall is another simplistic shaman painting; however this time, the painting is dedicated to Yongwang (The Dragon King). In front of this painting is a beautiful green dragon statue.

HOW TO GET THERE: If you’re attempting to get to Yongjusa Temple from Daegu, Busan, or Miryang, you can take a bus that heads to the city of Yeongsan. The bus to Yeongsan specifically says Yeongsan-haeng (영산행) on it. During this bus ride to Yeongsan, you’ll have to get off at Gyeseong. And from Gyeseong, you can take a local a taxi. You simply have to tell the taxi driver “Yongjusa” and they’ll know the rest, hopefully.

OVERALL RATING: 3/10. While smaller in size, Yongjusa Temple does have a few highlights to enjoy. First, it’s a Taego-jong Order temple, which has a different feel than a Jogye-jong Order temple (which are the majority of temples in Korea), or even Cheontae-jong Order temples. So it’s a great introduction to a different sect especially when looking at the various artwork. And seeing Yongjusa Temple and the neighbouring Samseongam Hermitage together can make for a nice little day trip.

The main hall as you first approach it.

Some beautiful flowers in bloom in and around the temple grounds.

One of the Shimu-do murals adorning the main hall.

And another of the paintings from the Ox-Herding mural set.

The main altar inside the main hall with Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha) sitting in the middle.

To the right of the main altar is this shrine dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion).

On the far right wall is this altar dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife).

And to the left of the main altar is this Shinjung Taenghwa (guardian mural).

The front facade to the main hall at Yongjusa Temple.

The Sanshin-gak at Yongjusa Temple.

Inside is this mural dedicated to Sanshin and a statue dedicated to Sanshin-dosa.

Inside the Yongwang-dang is a mural and statue dedicated to Yongwang (The Dragon King).

In front of Yongwang is this beautiful dragon statue.

And off in the distance is the neighbouring Samseongam Hermitage.

Some Late Thoughts on John McCain

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I was on vacation there for awhile, and while I wrote the following after the senator’s death, I did not post it here back then. I know everyone is talking about Kavanaugh and Trump’s ‘very, very large brain’ right now, but I wanted to put this up before it fades.

In short, I think McCain was a reasonably ok senator who was celebrated so heavily mostly as a rebuke to Trump rather than for his actual record in the Senate. No one questions McCain’s patriotism or commitment to America. The real issue was his foreign policy judgment, which quite honestly, became increasingly belligerent and risk-taking, if not openly militaristic, after 9/11. McCain, like Lindsey Graham, Robert Kagan, and too many other neocons, simply refused to learn from the disasters of the Bush administration – and that these disasters opened the door to a charlatan like Trump. But he is obviously head-and-shoulders above Trump, and that matters. RIP.

The full essay follows the jump:


The passing of US Senator John McCain has brought forth a wave of lavish eulogies. Some of this is justified. McCain’s experiences as a prisoner of war were extreme and demonstrate his patriotism. No one questions that. But the political focus will turn on his policy efforts, where his career was decidedly more mixed than the portraits now making the cable news rounds.

As Much a Republican as Bipartisan

McCain was a fairly typical Republican on many issues – taxes, the use of force, trade deals – rather than the ‘maverick’ image he so assiduously cultivated, and which the press loved to play up. His conservative voting record is not necessarily wrong, of course; that depends on one’s politics. But McCain reveled in the imagery that he was above party, and much of this week’s coverage will emphasize that – as a subtextual shot at current President Donald Trump. But that is not really correct.

Recall that on the most important decision of his political career – who would be qualified to be president of the United States? – he chose Sarah Palin, as his vice-presidential candidate in 2008. That is, he gave into the worst elements of the American right. Palin was the pre-Trump – grossly incompetent, trafficking in racially and culturally explosive tropes, sharply partisan. McCain never quite admitted this mistake, nor that he helped open the door for Trumpism by bringing the creepier elements of the US right – like InfoWars and the alt-right – closer to mainstream respectability through Palin. It is true that McCain nobly rejected a question about Obama as an ‘Arab’ in that campaign, but then it is unlikely that question would have come up had he chosen a different vice-presidential candidate.

More importantly for Lowy readers, McCain also lost himself in, well, militarism. As others have pointed out, McCain became almost a caricature of belligerent, militaristic neoconservatism. By the end of his career, he was practically robotic in his desire to use force in response to almost every crisis in the world which touched US interests. I cannot think of one time where McCain forcefully argued for trade, aid, diplomacy, regional multilateralism, UN peacekeepers, and so on in response to problems in the periphery of US hegemony. Force was so consistently his answer that one quickly realized that McCain did not actually know much about these places of intervention. Instead, it was American credibility, hegemony, prestige, and so on which were his real motivators.

For reasons never quite clear to me, this America-centric, knee-jerk hawkishness was understood in the media as ‘serious,’ ‘clear-eyed,’ ‘tough,’ and so on. Again and again McCain would go on the Sunday US political talk shows and insist on American arms or assistance in places like Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Georgia, Ukraine… It looked like ‘forever war,’ and by end of the Obama administration everyone was exhausted with this approach. One wonders if he would have counseled a red-line in the South China Sea, risking a major US war with China. That sort of recklessness might have broken his reputation as a foreign policy authority.

That this sort of relentless, semi-imperial over-extension helped generate the Trumpian backlash to standard Republican foreign policy never seemed to connect with him. When Trump ran in the GOP primary and said the Iraq War was a mistake, it was like a lightning bolt. Regular, downscale GOP voters – the bulk of the party now – never really knew why the US was in all these places. Trump tapped that, and the other candidates were at a loss. That Trump has not actually governed as a retrencher is another question. But Trump did successfully pose as the candidate who would end America’s growing list of stalemated conflicts. As with the Palin choice, McCain could never quite admit that the Iraq war, which he vocally supported, was an error.

Missing the Pre-Trump GOP

Given that Trump disliked McCain and sought initially to downplay his passing, the subtext of all the coverage is the contrast between the two. McCain, for all his flaws, was a demonstrably more serious, more civil, and more committed politician than Trump will ever be. This week’s media coverage of McCain lying in state and the funeral will challenge Trump. Will he be able to control himself? When George W. Bush and Barack Obama speak publicly about McCain, will Trump lash out at two more politicians he loathes? When much of the coverage emphasizes McCain’s patriotism, opposition to torture, anxiety over the growing racism of the GOP, internationalism, and civility toward political opponents, will Trump counter-punch?

Trump will certainly want to. Thin-skinned and petulant, he openly resents major political figures who defy him. And Trump is media-savvy enough to know that the Bush and Obama speeches will be filled with subtle digs at him, as will be the press coverage. The GOP base adores him, so he may figure, as he has so often, that he has nothing to lose by indulging his cheap shorts. I imagine he will explode on Twitter at some point.

And therein lies the root of the current hagiographic swooning. McCain represents an earlier GOP which, for all its faults, was at least tethered to reality, not openly racist and sexist, not blatantly corrupt, not frighteningly conspiratorial, and at least nominally committed to standards in public life. McCain was the avatar of the pre-Trump GOP which we know and now really, really miss. That a racist reality TV star with no grasp of policy, less competent than Palin, and neck-deep in corruption and self-dealing is president of the United States is still an enormous shock.

When I was at the Shangri-La Dialogue this spring and Secretary of Defense James Mattis gave a McCain-style, pre-Trump speech about the rules-based order, America’s commitment to Asia, US belief in democracy and rule of law, and so on, the applause lasted five minutes. Here was the America Asian elites knew and read about. McCain’s lying in state and interment will be similar – here is the ‘normal America’ the world, and a lot of Americans, miss: McCain, Bush, Obama – with Trump not invited. And all of that harkening Americans to repudiate the current wrecking-ball-in-chief. If that is a reason to over-eulogize McCain…well, that’s not so bad.

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




How To Say ‘United States’ In Korean

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If you are from the United States and visiting or living in South Korea, one of the first things that would be useful to learn is how to tell locals where you’re from. You may be able to do this in English as well, but they would certainly be impressed if you belted out some Korean with your introduction! That’s why, first and foremost, you should learn how to say the United States in Korean.

However, even if you are not from the United States, but just intend to stay in South Korea for a period of time, learning how to say United States in Korean will be beneficial to you.


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‘United States’ in Korean

The correct word for how to say the United States in Korean is 미국 (miguk). To say ‘an American’, as in an American person, add 사람 (saram) after the word 미국. In other words 미국 + 사람 = 미국사람 (miguksaram). Alternatively, you may also say 미국인 (migukin) to illustrate the same meaning, though this form is usually used when speaking of another person as opposed to when referring to yourself.

Essentially, whatever you wish to say in relation to the United States, whether it’s American politics, military, or something else, you may simply add the word 미국 in front of the noun needed. It’s really that simple!


A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?


Sample Sentences

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요즘 미국의 정치 풍토는 어떻게 되고있습니까? (yojeum miguke jeongchi phungthoneun eoddeokhe dwegoissseumnigga?)

How is the political climate in the United States these days?



저는 미국에서 왔어요. (jeoneun migukeseo wasseoyo.)

I came from the United States.


미국에 가본적 있어요? 어디 가봤어요? (miguke kabonjeok isseoyo? eodi gabwasseoyo?)

Have you ever been to the States? Where did you visit?



내 제일 친한 친구는 미국인이야. (nae jeil chinhan chinguneun migukiniya.)

My best friend is American.


난 미국에서 대학교를 다니고 싶어. (nan migukeseo daehakkyoreul danigo shipheo.)

I want to go to college in the United States.


Now that you know how to say “United States” in Korean, what other countries would you like to learn? Let us know in the comments below!


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Day 1 at Colorful Daegu: National Museum, Apsan Park & Suseong Lake

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Hello everyone! Hope you guys are having a wonderful week and people living in South Korea, hope you had a great Chuseok vacation! This year during Chuseok, my husband and I decided to go to Daegu, a city that is really close to Busan. We stayed there for two days and one night. For today I will write about day 1, and I promise day 2 is coming soon!

So in day 1, we went to Daegu National Museum first. It is a brick built two storied building. According to wikipedia it was first opened in 1994. There are different halls in the museum, however it has three main halls, the ancient culture hall, the medieval culture hall & clothing culture hall. The museum is quite big so make sure you have enough time in your hand.

Next we went to Apsan Park. Apsan park is one of the largest urban eco park in daegu covering a huge area. This park contains numerous walking trails, war memorial hall of Nakdonggang river and different temples and monuments. However the main attraction is the cable car that goes up to 790 meter high.

A little drawback of roaming around during chuseok is most of the restaurants are closed during the time, as it’s a national holiday. Those which were open, were only allowing takeout. For chain restaurants-bakeries not all outlets were open. We had to walk a long distance to get us a pizza.

We went to Suseong lake at night. There is a musical fountain show for 30 minutes during May to October at 8 and 9 pm. The show was just magical!

For more details please check my travel vlog here:

Actually my WordPress account is already full of different media files as it has a limited capacity. So it feels like a travel vlog is better. Although I am thinking about getting a premium account but I am not sure about if I will be able to continue after buying one as my PhD life is getting really busy.

Hope you enjoyed the post!

-Munira Chowdhury, 27/09/2018


K-Drama Words and Phrases: Signal

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At 90 Day Korean, it’s no surprise that we love all things Korean and Korean dramas are no exception! We’re big fans of studying Korean but also doing it in a fun and interesting way. Whether it’s studying with television, music, or movies, learning through a medium you enjoy is a surefire way to learn Korean fast! So for that reason, we’re going to start an article series of some of our favorite dramas and words you can look for to supplement your Korean studies while you watch.

So heat up your popcorn and grab a pencil because we’re reviewing the 2015 hit drama 시그널 (Shigeuneol) or in English, “Signal“. Let’s get started!



시그널 Signal Overview:

This drama is about 2 case profilers who live 15 years apart from each other. One of the profilers live in the year 2015 and the other one lives in the year 2000. They began to communicate through a mysterious walkie talkie which fell into the hands of Park Hae-young, the profiler living in 2015. As both of them became linked through the walkie talkie, they work together solving cases that were left unsolved or were questionable and even succeed in preventing some events from occurring. However, they can’t communicate to each other anytime they want. It’s only time and fate that make the old walkie talkie work. As they work together solving and preventing crimes, they will be lead to an even bigger case that they were unaware of.

Why you should watch it

This drama was a big hit in Korea when it aired in 2015. The plot of the drama was something unfamiliar to the Korean audience. It gives the vibe of breaking the barriers of time and dimension. Another factor that gave impact to the drama were the main actors. It was lead by Kim Hye-soo and Choi Jin-woong who were popular seasoned actors both on the small and big screens. To add the amazing line-up is Lee Je-hoon who’s not only handsome but also a skilled actor. This drama also got the title of the highest rated drama on a cable network having 13% of the viewership. This drama is also has a Japanese remake in the works.

Link to watch: Signal


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Episode 1 Overview:


The first episode of this popular drama kicks off with a kidnapping and murder case of a young girl named Yoon-Jung. One of the classmates of this girl happened to have seen her last when she was picked up by a woman wearing red lipstick and high-heel shoes. The young boy didn’t think anything of it as he thought she may be her guardian. To his surprise when he caught the evening news that night, it was about Yoon-Jung missing. He was even more baffled when the police declared that the prime suspect was a man when in fact he saw that the person who took Yoon-Jung from school was a woman. He tried telling the police of what he saw but they didn’t believe him. None of the police would hear him out.

This young boy would become a case profiler known as Park Hae-young. He gained a reputation for being a celebrity stalker due to his knowledge of most of the ins and outs of the entertainment industry. He one day meets detective Cha Soo-hyun who is a very upright veteran in the field. She reminded Park Hae-young that his actions are harming the reputation and dignity of the police force. Also in this episode, the mysterious walkie talkie would fall into the hands of Park Hae-young that would connect him to detective Lee Jae-han in the year 2000. As their communication began, Park Hae-young will be lead in unraveling the truth behind the case of Yoon-Jung, his childhood friend.


Korean Words and Phrases: 시그널 Signal Episode 1

K-Drama Vocabulary (한국어)How it SoundsEnglish Translation
약속시간yaksok shiganappointment time
쓰레기통sseuregitongtrash can
표정pyojeongfacial expression
K-Drama Phrases (한국어) Phrase in English
둘이 사귀는 거요Are the two dating?
duri saguineun geoyo
아니 그거말고No, not that.
ani geugeo malgo
다 끝나면, 그때 얘기하자If everything is finished, let’s talk at that time.
da kkeutnamyeon, geuttae yaegi haja


Episode 2 Overview

Episode 2 continues with the unsolved case of Yoon-Jung. This time, nurse Yoon who is now the prime suspect of the kidnapping and murder case of Yoon-Jung is in the custody of the police and is questioned by detective Cha Soo-hyun. On this day, the statutory limitation on the Yoon-Jung case is about to end. They need nurse Yoon to confess to the crime for it to be solved and they also need to have strong evidence that would allow them to prosecute her. However, the allotted time for them to prosecute her is winding down. Ultimately they are not able to squeeze out the truth from her. The statutory limitation on Yoon-Jung’s case has now ended and nurse Yoon confidently walks out from the investigation room. Fortunately, the forensic department calls with findings of evidence that could allow the officers to prosecute Yoon, not for Yoon Jung’s case but for another murder case.

As the news on Yoon-Jung’s case breaks, the law on the statutory limitation on cases particularly on homicide receive many complaints from the citizens. This chaos leads to the establishment of a cold case squad who will handle the cases which has been unresolved for so many years. The squad will be allowed to dig in to the old cases in order to bring justice for the victims’ families.

With the establishment of the cold case squad, profiler Park Hae-young and detective Lee Jae-han continue to communicate through the walkie talkie and help each other in solving the cases in their own times by providing key information to each other.


Korean Words and Phrases: 시그널 Signal Episode 2

K-Drama Vocabulary (한국어)How it SoundsEnglish Translation
눈빛nunbitlook in one’s eyes
하루종일harujongilall day
아무리amurino matter how/ however
K-Drama Phrases (한국어) Phrase in English
무슨 말씀이신지 모르겠어요I don’t know what you are saying.
museun malsseumishinji moreugesseoyo
왜 거짓말 했어요Why did you lie?
wae geojitmal haesseoyo


Episode 3 Overview


In this episode, the cold case squad with Park Hae-young and Cha Soo-hyun continue to solve the Gyeonggi serial murder case. As the team tries to solve it, Park Hae-young provides information to Lee Jae-han to help him prevent the serial killer from attacking his next victim.

The Gyeonggi serial murder case took place at the time when Lee Jae-han is new to his job. It was during this time that Lee Jae-han liked a girl who works at a district office. Because of the information Park Hae-young gives to him through the walkie talkie transmission, he tried to protect the girl he likes.

In the present time, the squad tries to go back to points which could have been missed by those who investigated the case in the past. However, as they are tracing down the path of the serial killer, they are not told by the section chief that this cold case should be handed over to the Gyeonggi department. This infuriates the cold case squad particularly Park Hae-young.


Korean Words and Phrases: 시그널 Signal Episode 3

K-Drama Vocabulary (한국어)How it SoundsEnglish Translation
순경sungyeonglowest rank police officer
K-Drama Phrases (한국어) Phrase in English
무슨 일이시죠What is it about? What’s the matter?
museun irishijyo
난 할 말 없어I have nothing to say.
nan hal mal eobseo

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