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Part-Time Model Wanted for Trazy’s Promotional Video (Part-time Job)

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Different Types of Beans Used in Korean Cooking

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Korean Food and Cooking

Different Types of Beans Used in Korean Cooking
by Debbie Wolfe, CKC Writer

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Korean Lunar New Year in Korea

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In Korea, there are two major holidays:

1. Korean Thanksgiving, known as Chuseok in Korean

2. Lunar New Year, known as Seollal in Korean

Seollal (설날) looks like seolnal, but is pronounced seollal in Korean. When an ㄴ sound follows a ㄹ sound, its pronunciation changes to ㄹ to make it easier to say.

Seollal falls on the first day of the Lunar New Year calendar. It is usually towards the end of January or beginning of February on the Western (solar) calendar.

In 2016, Seollal falls on February 8th; in 2017, it falls on January 28th; and in 2018, it falls on February 16th. Although Seollal itself is only one day long, the days either side of Seollal will also be public holidays. The exact number of days for the Seollal holiday depend on which day of the week it falls on.

While the Lunar New Year is celebrated in countries across Asia, each country has their own way of celebrating the event. Korean Lunar New Year also has its own unique customs and traditions.

While Christmas in Korea is usually a time for celebrating with friends or for going on dates; Seollal, like Chuseok, is more of a family based celebration. Many Koreans travel back to their family homes during this period. As a result, roads will be very busy during this time of year. Additionally, train, buts, and airplant tickets will either be sold out or very expensive. If you plan to come to Korea during Seollal, make sure you get a head start and book in advance!


What is sebae?

세배 (sebae) is the most important of all the Korean Lunar New Year traditions. Sebae is the act of kneeling on the ground and bowing deeply so that your hands are also on the ground. Younger people most bow deeply to their elders and wish them a happy new year People often wear 한복 (hanbok), traditional Korean clothes, whilst performing sebae.

To describe the act of sebae, the verb 드리다 (deurida) is used. For example 세배 드렸어요 (sebae deuryeosseoyo) would mean ‘I did the sebae bow’.

When bowing, you can say 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (Sehae bok manhi badeuseyo), which means ‘Have lots of luck in the new year’.

After receiving a bow from their youngers, the elders then say something along the lines of ‘I hope you stay healthy this year’ or ‘I hope you get married this year’ to their youngers. They will then give some money, known as 세뱃돈 (Sebae-don), to their youngers. This money is often given inside an envelope.


What is Charye?

Another important tradition is 차례 (charye). Charye is the term used for describing the worshiping of one’s ancestors during the Lunar New Year. Food is set out on a table as a gift for one’s ancestors, behind which are the family’s ancestral tablets. People perform deep bows to these tablets in order to show respect to their ancestors. This tradition is still performed by many Koreans but it isn’t quite as widespread as the other Seollal traditions.


Korean Lunar New Year Food

The most important food that is eaten during the Korean Lunar New Year is 떡국 (tteokguk). This soup is made using sliced ricecake, known as 떡 (tteok) in Korean. Tteokguk often also contains some meat and other things such as seaweed.

Traditionally, the act of eating tteokguk at New Year turns you one year older in Korean. Don’t worry though; you only get one year older if you eat it over the New Year period, not at other times of the year!

The white color of the tteok supposedly signifies purity. In the past, this meal was only eaten on Korean New Year. However, nowadays you can find in restaurants all year round.

Another common food that is eaten during the Lunar New Year is 전 (jeon). Jeon is a pancake-like dish which often contains green (spring) onions or 파 (pa). The two most common types of jeon are 김치전 (kimchijeon) and 해물파전 (haemul pajeon), which contain kimchi and seafood respectively. Sometimes jeon is also called 부침개 (buchimgae).

In addition to tteokguk and jeon, families often prepare many other foods and side dishes to eat at Lunar New Year.


Korean Lunar New Year Traditional Games

Just like how Western families often play board games at Christmas, Korean families often play traditional games together during Seollal.

One of the most popular games is 윷놀이, pronounced yut-nori or yunnori. This game is played between two teams, and requires four special sticks. These sticks are curved on one side and flat on the other.

Teams take it in turns to throw the four sticks in the air. The way that the sticks land determines how far the players move around the board.

As well as yut-nori, other traditional games are often played over Lunar New Year.


Things to do over Korean Lunar New Year

If you want to experience a traditional Korean Lunar New Year, then your best bet would be to get invited to a Korean family’s house. If you’re lucky enough to get an invite, you should take them up on the offer!

While traveling during Seollal, keep in mind that it’s the busiest time of the year in Korea. A large percentage of the population is trying to get back to their hometown. Plan accordingly!

Some people like to take advantage of the Lunar New Year holiday by visiting places that are usually crowded such as amusement parks. Seoul’s palaces are also a fantastic place for visiting during this time of year. That is because they often put on special shows and performances during the traditional holiday seasons.

Since many places are closed during Seollal, it is best to quickly check online to see if the place that you are planning to visit is open before you travel. Better safe than sorry!

What do you plan to do over the Korean Lunar New Year? Let us know by commenting below!

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Best Teashop in Town !!

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I've found what is indeed currently the best teashop in Busan for hardware ! The shop is called Dae-Dok Myung Cha.  Although they do have some tea on hand for sale, they far surpass all other teashops in town for hardware quality, variety ~and~ price ! Directions to which may be found @the bottom of this post. And now into the review :

When you first walk in the door you'll find right at the front stacks of Korean tea sets all selling for 40,000won and up ! They have everything you'd need for a Korean tea ceremony including the cloth teaset covers at the back in their tea cloth & towel department. (pictured above at the back left). For Japanese Tea Ceremony they have several natsume (powdered tea containers) some fine laquerware ones and also ! : ones for nodate-picnic style sets with tupperwear style lids hidden under their shiny tops.

They have sandalwood incense (best used for standard tea ceremonies unlike the other floral Buddhist temple blends that most shops carry).

They have a wide variety of Yixing teapots as well as western style teaware. Dae-Dok Myung Cha also has Koren style celodon teapots too.

While I was wandering around their store I was in a tizzy wondering what didn't they have and I discovered they had Shilla Dynasty style teacups two different kinds! Basically one kind looks like black ceramic shot glasses but twice as tall and with a long curved pouring lip like you'd see on western cream container. So they're like the Chinese but bigger yet smaller than a mug. Great for any kind of strong tea or even sake or soju !
The other kind of Shilla teacups they have look like mini cauldrons on tripods ! Ideal for a nice nighttime fireside tea.

Here's a teahouse on the 2f on the same street. It says Dawon on the sign (tea place in Korean). I haven't been in there as they seem to keep odd hours.  Keep going down the street (if you're coming from Sajick station Exit 3) to get to Dae-Dok Myung. And here it is pictured below :

Dae-Dok Myung Cha is open everyday from 9am-7pm except for Sundays. This shop makes it well worth the trip to Sajick to see it as they have all the hardware you'd need to make any kind of tea in style!

Dae-Dok Myung Cha Tea store:-Do find them on the map below; I marked it with a fire sign for the time being.
Till next time,
Stay steeped!

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Matthew William Thivierge has abandoned his PhD studies in Shakespeare and is now currently almost half-way through becoming a tea-master (Japanese,Korean & Chinese tea ceremony). He is a part time Ninjologist with some Jagaek studies (Korean 'ninja') and on occasion views the carrying on of pirates from his balcony mounted telescope.

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Best Korean Local Websites to Buy Korean Citron Tea

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Citron Tea (유자차)

My citron tea small video making


Sweet and tangy, almost lemon, flavor


A cup of citron tea
* Sweet and healthy without caffeine
* Great for coughs, helps relieves sore throats, helps treat the common cold
* Helps treat fevers
* Strong fatigue reliving effect
* A ton of vitamin C
* Calcium for strong bones
* Helps relieve seasickness
* Good for the skin
* Fights against decolorization
* Strengthens blood circulation
* Strengthens digestive stimulation

* Citron tea is a bright beautiful yellow drink made by what is closely known in western countries as marmalade. Except instead of oranges, the marmalade consists of asian citron fruits called yuja. This tea is largely popular for treating the common cold, strengthening blood circulation and strong skin de-aging oxidants. The citron tea is sweet, tangy and sour taste that is served with thinly sliced pulp inside the drink with a small spoon on the side.

A simple how-to-make citron preserve
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* Yuja preserve is very simple to make. The citron marmalade is made with citron and sugar in a 1 to 1 ratio and mixed until juices turn into sticky citron jelly. The jelly is then incased in a glass jar with two cups of sugar on the top. The jelly is then preserved for two to three months. On the left is a link of asimple how-to-make citron preserve photo reel.

* Korean food blog, Agrafood, stated the citron fruit is grown mainly in Korea, Japan and China but out of the three, Korean citron fruits are named to be the best high quality fruits (Chae). The blog further states that since the late 2000s, its exports have been increasing by 15-20 percent every year. There has been increasing popularity in the United States, Japan, other Asian countries but, mostly China. Although, China does export most of Korean grocery flee markets so, it's difficult to buy great yuja unless you live around the same area as the yuja farms. However, I listed below for Korean citron fruits and pre-made Korean citron marmalade.

A Korean Citron Regular Eater

Lee Soon Hae eating a air-dried citron slice
* Above is a woman who eats citron as a health benefit for her weak neck. Below is an English translation of this original video which you can click here.

English Translation of the Original Video
* Ever since she was young, a local Korean, Lee Soon Hae, was telecasted on MBN (Korean channel) for having a neck highly susceptible to neck colds and diseases. She also had a weak body since she was little where she had lots of fevers. She exercises her throat by playing the drums and singing. However, the true health benefit is the citron fruit she eats. How she takes care of herself is by her drying the fruit into a cracker and eating it daily. The first doctor claims that the yuja is rich in vitamin C and strengthens blood circulation which is helpful for colds. He further states the smell from the fruit also helps the coughing.

* Instead of just air-drying the skin of the fruit, the Korean lady makes yuja cracker slices. She first cleans and cuts the fruit into slices. She heats up a pan with a baking sheet on top where she lies the slices. There, she fries the slices and then air-dries the slices. She says the taste is better and the nutrition is packed inside the citron once air-dried. She eats the citron like a cracker or makes a tea out of it. In addiction to dried citron, she adds black tea leaves, dried ginseng, dried matrimony vine and ginger. The second doctor claims that those who have fevers regularly should drink yuja tea. For those who regularly have a cold body, adding ginger will help blood circulation in the body. He brings caution to the fact that those who have lots of diarrhoea, a feverish body or a cold body shouldn't drink a ton of yuja tea at once because of the citron's acidity.


Different Ways to Prepare Korean Citron

* The citron fruit is simply a healthy sweetener. Since the tea is largely popular in Korea, there are different ways to drink citron tea without the fruit being a preserve. Citron tea was originally served hot but the tea can also be served cold. Below is a simple citron cocktail video.
Honey citron with Korean pear cocktail

* You can also serve the citron preserve in a mojito.
A citron tea mojito recipe

* The ingredients are mint, tonic water, ice and citron preserve. (The bottle says fried yuja preserve but, it doesn't matter if the citron is fried or not.) You can find the original video here.

* The citron doesn't need to be in a preserve in order to make citron tea. Below is a video on how to make fried yuja tea without making a citron preserve and how to make hot yuja green tea.
A fried citron tea recipe

English Translation for Fried Citron Tea (흑유차)
1) The yuja is cleaned in water with a spoon of flour to clean up the fruit nicer from pesticides.
2) The fruits are taken onto a stir fry pan. The fruits need to be fried black for two to three hours. If you lay the fruit on the pan without flipping the fruit, the citron would explode. So every ten to fifteen minutes, flip the fruits around until they are nice and black.
3) Once cooled down, you can simply toss the fruit inside a pot of water and let the tea brew.

English Translation for Fried Citron Tea (유자단차)
1) The yuja is cleaned in water with a spoon of flour to clean up the fruit nicer from pesticides.
2) Cut the top piece of the fruit.
3) Scoop the insides out and squeeze the insides onto a stir fry pan.
4) Fry the juices with green leaves for three minutes.
5) Put in the fried green tea leaves into the citron carcass.
6) Put the top piece of the fruit back on.
7) Put the fruit inside a steam pot for three minutes.
8) Lay the fruit inside a pot of water and boil for five minutes.

*Citron preserve is a sweeter, afterall. The sweeter can be used in meals too. Below is a video on Korean stir fried chicken with citron preserve.
English Translation
* Chicken breast (400g)
* Thinly sliced green onions (2 tablespoons)
* Soy Sauce (6 tablespoons)
Korean Seasoned Alcohol (4 tablespoons, optional)
* Thinly sliced garlic (1 tablespoon)
* Seasame oil (1 tablespoon)
* Pepper (1 teaspoon)
* Citron Preserve (3 tablespoons) (The bottle says fried citron preserve but, you don't need it)

1) Slice chicken breasts into small chunks.
2) In a separate bowl, mix green onions, soy sauce, Korean seasoned alcohol, garlic, pepper and citron preserve. Mix well.
3) Add the raw chicken breasts in the mixture and mix well.
4) On a hot pan, pour the chicken mixture. Move around the chicken and the sauce every minute. The sugar can easily burn so move the sauce around well.


Where to Buy Online
The citrons and citron preserves are all from South Korea.
Shopping Dictionary:
유자: Citron
유자차: Citron Tea
유자청: Citron Marmalade
꿀유자차: Honey Citron Tea
뽁유자차: Fried Citron Tea
국내산: Domestic Food (Otherwise Food from Korean Farmers or Sea)
중국산: Chinese grown food
날짜: Date
선물: Gift
세트: Set (ex. Gift set)

If you're going to the market, I recommend Youja Tea.
Auction (You can also buy Youja Tea here)
Gmarket (Honey and Citron Preserve, 3rd option)
Gmarket (Citron only Preserve, 2015)
Tmon (Citron Preserve only, 2kg)
0808 (All the others are high quality and cheap citron marmalades. However, this site is focuses on getting the best domestic fruits, seafood, meats and more. If you can read some Korean, I recommend this site to buy food online. This is two 800mg bottles of marmalade. The prices go way up: the more bottles you buy. This site is really great for gifts as well.)
Emart (Citron Hagen Dazs ice cream!)

Citron fruit: (1.23.2016)
***Please read if you are considering on buying the citron fruit***: Buying fruits online is a big deal because freshness is a huge factor. Korea has a reputation for buying fruits in its seasons and has a reputation for genetically modified fruits. Homemade citron marmalades can go up to one hundred dollars or more. I did my best to find cheap domestic citron. However, buying citron on your own is better because of the dates stamped on the packaging. I suggest checking Tmon every fall or winter for the best citron. Tmon runs out of their fruit quickly because their fruit has a high quality reputation. I will try updating the sites every few months. But anyways, happy shopping! ( \^o^)/

Auction (This post doesn't close down so, you can buy it whenever) (This site is the best English-friendly site I could find for the fruit as well)
Wemakeprice (Hurry because this is in season and sale ends soon!) (There is 3kg and 5kg, 1st option is 3kg and 2nd option is 5kg)
Interpark (These are the type of citrons farmers take extra care of. Fruits that farmers take extra care of tastes and is better. If you have the money, buying pricier fruits is a good investment.) (This is also pretty English-friendly)
0808 (This is only the citron fruit from this site)

I checked Amazon for Korean citron preserves but, they are as expensive as forty dollars. I suggest these sites to buy your citron preserves.
Yazu+ (Different types of citron preserves)
11st (Citron only preserve, from Jeju island, 1st option) (2nd option is Jeju tangerine marinade also great for tea)
Gmarket (Citron only preservative, 1st option)
Gmarket (Honey Citron preservative only, 1st option)

* So that's it! I hope you get the chance to drink citron tea. It is such a relaxing and sweet tea best for this cold winter.  I believe the taste is friendly to any country so, give it a try! The health benefits are amazing for such a sweet and modest tea. If you have any questions on Korean citron tea or any other Korean teas, comment or email me! ��

Bibliography:,. "Citron Tea Is Easy To Make". N.p., 2015. Web. 17 Jan. 2016.

 복음자리 숙성유자차 - 데리야끼 유자소스 닭구이 레시피. Naver Tvcast: Home Cafe Bokum Jari, 2016. video.

  Chae, Ria. "Let’S Change To Organic Citron Tea!". N.p., 2016. Web. 17 Jan. 2016.

  "천기 누석". MBN, 2016. TV programme.

  Lee, Yoon Jin. "Nutritional Benefits Of Korean Citron Tea". General Mings - the delicious dynasty. N.p., 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2016.

  "오늘아침". MBC, 2016. TV programme.



5 Painfully Hot, Spicy Korean Foods You Should Challenge

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paprika-671961_1920How much do you know about Koreans’ love for spicy foods? Well, it’s easy to notice if you travel around South Korea, because tons of Korean foods either have chili pepper powder or paste in them. You will feel even more astounded because you’ll witness some Koreans enjoy these tongue-aching spicy foods and often challenge themselves!

So, today, we’ve put together a list of 5 insanely hot, spicy Korean foods that will make your tongue completely painful and even numb. Do not underestimate if you’ve only tried Kimchi, because these are burning hot!!

1. Dongdaemun Yeopgi Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice and Fish Cakes)toppokki-669635_1920

‘Tteokbokki‘ is probably the most popular dish (with rice and fish cakes and other recipes like egg or sausage) that Koreans love, and the original one already tastes quite spicy for first timers.img_hunting1But, for spicy lovers, we recommend this dish from a franchise called ‘Dongdaemun Yeopgi Tteokbokki,’ which will definitely burn your mouth! 5595f211adf2f6599b694bb6940d7bdcTip. Drink ‘Cool Piece’ or ‘Juicy Cool’, a sweet fruit flavor juice (refer to image above) and rice balls, that is served with the dish!

2. Buldak Bokkeum-myeon (Spicy Chicken Flavor Instant Noodle)

Critical but addictive! Watch out for this instant noodle with spicy chicken flavor called ‘Buldak Bokkeum-myeon‘. It tastes so tangy spicy that many people give up eating it in the middle of a challenge. We dare you to not cry

3. Maeundae Galbijjim (Braised Short-rib Stew)aaa_(3)

Galbijjim‘ is usually served in 2 flavors: sweet (similar taste to ‘Bulgogi’) and spicy. And the spicy Galbijjim from a franchise, ‘Maeundae‘, is a must-try spicy food. The boiling stew makes meat and vegetable even more unbearable, and your nose will not stop running!

4. Chakhan Nakji Bokkeum (Stir-fried Octopus)

subBimg1If you haven’t tried this spicy seafood dish made of ‘nakji’, or small octopus in Korean, yet, we recommend you to try it from ‘Chakhan Nakji‘, a franchise restaurant. It is very popular among spicy food lovers because not only it’s hot and spicy but also sweet and nutritious!

Tip. You’ll be served with rice and blanched bean sprout together when you order ‘nakji bokkeum’. Just take as much as you can handle and mix them all together with spoon (like ‘Bibimbap’). Another recommended menu here is ‘Nakji Pajeon (Korean style pancake topped with small octopus and welsh onion), which will help reduce pungency of spicy stir-fried octopus.subBimg6

5. Teumsae Ramyeon (Spicy Instant Noodle)틈새라면

Your mouth will be on fire when you try ‘Teumsae Ramyeon‘! If ‘Buldak Bokkeum-myeon’ is an instant noodle without soup, this one is with the soup that makes your tongue ache. This noodle, indeed, is ruthless. On its cover, it warns you that it is not going to give you any break!

Go ahead and challenge yourself with these insanely hot, spicy foods when you travel to South Korea! And don’t forget to take a look, Korea’s #1 travel guide, which offers a whole lot of fun experiences and latest, trendiest things to do in South Korea. button_main

Yeonmisa Temple – 연미사 (Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

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The Jebiwon Seokbul stone statue at Yeonmisa Temple in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

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North-east of the Andong city centre, in Gyeongsangbuk-do, and in Jebiwon, Icheon-dong, is Yeonmisa Temple. Yeonmisa Temple, which means “Swallow Tail Temple,” in English, was first founded in 634 A.D. by the monk Myeongdeok. There used to be a roof over top of the Jebiwon Seokbul statue, which made it look like a swallow’s beak. And because the monks’ dorms, the Yosahche, was located to the rear of the statue and looked like a swallow’s tail, the temple was called Yeonmisa Temple.

During the pro-Confucian period in Korean history during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), the temple fell into ruin. It was only during Japanese Colonial rule (1910-45) that Yeonmisa Temple was finally reconstructed in 1934. The temple halls were rebuilt on the original grounds of Yeonmisa Temple. In 1978, the main hall was extended and the temple paintings were added in 1986 completing the main halls current form.

There are several buildings at Yeonmisa Temple, but it’s only the Daeung-jeon Hall at the temple that has things to see for visitors. The exterior walls to this hall are adorned with various Buddhist inspired motifs, but the most noteworthy are the masterful Shimu-do, Ox-Herding, murals. Additionally, the front latticework, which is adorned with radiant wooden flowers, are something to keep an eye out for when exploring the Daeung-jeon Hall’s exterior walls.

As for the interior of the Daeung-jeon Hall, and resting on the main altar, are a triad of statues centred by Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha). This statue is joined by Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom) and Bohyun-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Power). To the right of this triad is the orangish hued Sanshin (Mountain Spirit) mural. And to the left of the main altar are two additional murals. The first is dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Stars), and the other is the temple’s guardian mural.

Down a short path to the left of the Daeung-jeon Hall is the main highlight to the temple: the Jebiwon Seokbul statue of Amita-bul. Along the way, there are several statuettes of various Buddhas, as well as a coin collecting statue of a jovial Podae-hwasang. Finally arriving at the twelve metre tall statue of Amita-bul, you’ll first be greeted by a intimidating statue of a Vajra warrior and a stone lantern.

The Jebiwon Seokbul image of Amita-bul is housed in a stone cul de sac. There is a prayer area in this part of the temple grounds that people can pray to the Buddha of the Western Paradise. Your neck will be strained as you look up at the image. The image was created in two stages. This was a common method during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). The head of the Buddha was first sculpted and then attached to the image carved on the rock wall. The image of Amita-bul stands on a lotus pedestal. There is still a little bit of orange paint left on the head, which indicates that the statue used to be painted. It’s believed that the image was carved sometime in the 11th century. You can get a better idea of the full size and scope of the statue if you stand in the nearby park from some distance. It’s also at the base of the rock that somewhat obscures the full image of the statue that you can read the inscription 아미타불 (Amita-bul), which identifies the specific image of the Buddha. The Jebiwon Seokbul statue is Treasure #115.

HOW TO GET THERE: From the Andong Intercity Bus Terminal, and to get to Yeonmisa Temple by bus, you’ll need to take Bus #56. After 13 stops, which will take 22 minutes, get off at the Icheon-dong Seokbulsang stop. Walk 167 metres, or three minutes, to get to the temple.

You can take a bus or you can simply take a taxi from the Andong Intercity Bus Terminal. The ride should last 12 minutes and cost 7,000 won.

OVERALL RATING: 6/10. By far, the main highlight to this temple is the 12 metre tall image of Amita-bul at Yeonmisa Temple. The Jebiwon Seokbul statue is easy to access, which only adds to its overall appeal. Other highlights at Yeonmisa Temple is the artwork in and around the Daeung-jeon Hall like the Sanshin mural and the flowery latticework.


The Daeung-jeon Hall at Yeonmisa Temple.


A look up at the intricate artwork adorning the main hall.


A beautiful flower that makes up part of the latticework on the Daeung-jeon Hall doors.


One of the paintings from the Shimu-do, Ox-Herding, mural set.


The main altar inside the Daeung-jeon Hall with Seokgamoni-bul front and centre.


The Sanshin mural to the right of the main altar inside the Daeung-jeon Hall.


The small trail that leads to the main highlight at the temple.


A diminutive coin collecting statue of Podae-hwasang along the trail.


A fiercely protective Vajra warrior in front of the Jebiwon Seokbul.


An up close of the 12 metre tall statue of Amita-bul.


A better look at the statue of Amita-bul at Yeonmisa Temple from a bit of distance.

Korean Shijo Poems : Book Reviews

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Much like the more famous Japanese Haiku Korean Shijo poems (also spelled Sijo) are syllable based but are a bit longer and a tad more challenging than haiku. Shijo poems are like higher level haiku poems if you will. If you're in South Korea now the English bookstore (located online as well as brick and mortar physical form in Seoul) has two sijo books on offer one of which is a children's book entitled Tap Dancing On the Roof by Linda Sue Park.

As Tap Dancing on the Roof @ WhatTheBook Bookstore's site explains :

"Sijo is a traditional Korean form of poetry. Sijo is syllabic, like Japanese haiku, with three lines of 14 to 16 syllables each: the first two introduce the topic, the third and fourth lines develop it, and the fifth and sixth lines contain an unexpected humorous or ironic twist. This collection contains 26 sijo, half on "Inside" and half on "Outside" themes, many humorous, all appealing to a child reader. The simplicity and accessibility of these poems will encourage children to try their hand at writing sijo".

I have heard only good things about Linda Sue Park's book as it is a good book to introduce Shijo to children. Haiku is taught in the west as a way of developing pronunciation through syllable counting. Well, Shijo is a more advanced version of this.

 One Sijo book I highly recommend is Sunset in a Spider Web. It contains poems by Chosun Dynasty writers (mostly Gisaeng, Monks and Yangban of that age). The illustrations by Minja Park Kim are wonderfully sublime ! So too are the fine and sometimes rare selections chosen for this volume.

Here are some excerpts :

Only white gull and I 
Know about the thirty-six peaks of Mount Chung-Ryang.
White gull will never tell anyone
But I am suspiciou of you, peach blossom.

You might fall into the stream
And, floating by, tell the fishermen about our secret place.
  -- Yi Hwang. 

Ten Years it took
To build my little cottage.
Now the cool wind inhabits half of it
And the rest is filled with moonlight.

There is no place left for the mountains and the stream
So I guess they will have to stay outside. 
  -- Song Soon. has several copies for it for rather cheap as they are connected to the rapidly multiplying thrift / goodwill stores across the United States. Here's's page for it
Also it may be found at an online small bookstore aggregate. The link for Abe Books page for Sunset in a Spider Web is, well, you got it. It is a wonderful book that I often turn to every few months for inspiration. The excerpts I have shown you are not exceptions to the others in the book as all the poems in the book are well chosen gems making this a book very well worth its purchase.

Learn Hangul (Part 2)

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Here's the second episode of the new "Learn Hangul" series - a series designed to help you learn the Korean alphabet from the very beginning to the end.

Part 1 introduced Hangul and talked about the basics.

Part 2 will teach you more of the alphabet, including 5 new consonants, 1 new vowel, and 1 new syllable block.


Stay tuned for more!

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