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The Korea File: Korea's Osaka Diaspora: Origins of the Zainichi

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On this episode of The Korea File podcast, a conversation with UCLA PhD candidate in Asian Languages and Cultures Tommy Tran about his research on Japan’s Korean diaspora, including: 

1) the colonial-era origins of Jeju migration to Osaka, 
2) the role of terror and violence in migration trends during the Korean Civil War and Jeju’s 4.3 Massacre and
3) the Osaka diaspora’s sense of identity as pre-division Koreans. 

This is the first of a two-part episode.

Music on this episode: Hwan Keum-sim's 'Cholibdong'

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Jaeseoksa Temple – 제석사 (Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

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Inside the Wonhyo shrine hall at Jaeseoksa Temple in Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

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Located just east of the Gyeongsan city centre, in Gyeongsangbuk-do, is Jaeseoksa Temple. This urban temple is also located in the famed Wonhyo-daesa’s hometown (more on that later).

You first approach the temple down a few narrow side-streets, until you stumble upon Jaeseoksa Temple almost by chance. The entrance gate that awaits you is beautifully painted with various images like Sanshin Dosa and a pair of intense Vajra Warriors adorning the temple doors.

Stepping inside the temple courtyard, you’ll first notice the temple buildings that line the exterior walls to the temple confines. These are the nuns’ living quarters, the visitors centre, as well as the temple kitchen. Straight ahead lies the temple’s main hall. This hall is beautifully decorated both inside and out. Around the exterior walls, there are the traditional Palsang-do set that depict the life of the Buddha. The front latticework consists of the Four Heavenly Kings. And there are some extremely descriptive Nathwi (Monster Mask) reliefs at the base of the latticework. As for inside the main hall, and resting on the main altar, there’s a triad of statues centred by Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha), who is joined on either side by Yaksayore-bul (The Medicine Buddha) and Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). The rest of the hall is filled with beautiful murals like the Dragon Ship of Wisdom and the guardian mural.

To the left of the main hall, and slightly elevated, is the smaller sized Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall. The exterior walls are adorned with the three most popular shaman deities in the Korean pantheon as is the interior. Resting in the centre of the main altar inside the Samseong-gak is an older, elaborate mural dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Stars). This painting is joined to the left by an older, longer ear lobed mural dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), who is joined by a leopard-looking tiger at his side. Rounding out the three is a more modern painting of Dokseong (The Lonely Saint).

The final hall that visitors can explore is one of the most original halls I’ve seen at a Korean temple. This hall is dedicated to the hometown monk, Wonhyo-daesa. The exterior walls are adorned with various murals from his life like the fish pointing scene from Oeosa Temple in Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do or his friendship with Uisang-daesa. As for the interior, there’s the highly original Palsang-do set of eight paintings. But instead of depicting the Buddha’s life from birth to death, they depict the life of Wonhyo-daesa. And resting on the main altar is a golden statue of Wonhyo-daesa.

HOW TO GET THERE: From the Gyeongsan Intercity Bus Terminal, you’ll need to walk about 300 metres, or five minutes, to get to the Gyeongsan Shijang (market) bus stop. From there, you’ll need to take Bus #990. After twenty stops, or twenty-two minutes, you’ll need to get off at the Jainmyeon Sahmuso (office).From there, walk about 450 metres, or seven minutes, to get to Jaeseoksa Temple.

You can take a bus, or you can simply take a taxi from the Gyeongsan Intercity Bus Terminal. If you do decide to take a taxi from there, it’ll last about 17 minutes and cost 11,000 won.

OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10. This is a difficult temple to rate. While smaller in size, Jaeseoksa Temple has quite a few highly original features like the stunning set of eight Palsang-do murals dedicated to Wonhyo-daesa. Also, the Four Heavenly Kings adorning the main hall’s front latticework, as well as the beautiful shaman murals, make this temple a must see if you’re in the Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do hometown of the famed Wonhyo-daesa.


The entry gate at Jaeseoksa Temple.


What appears to be a Sanshin Dosa painted on the entry gate.


One of the fierce Vajra warriors adorning the entry door at the temple.


A look towards the main hall and an arching tree that obscures the view.


One of the faces of the Four Heavenly Kings that adorns the lattices of the main hall.


One of the Nathwi adorning the main hall.


A giant ornamental dragon on the exterior of the main hall.


The main altar inside the main hall.


The guardian mural inside the main hall.


The Dragon Ship of Wisdom mural inside the main hall, as well.


The Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall at Jaeseoksa Temple.


The older looking, and elaborate, Chilseong mural inside the Samseong-gak.


As well as this amazing older looking mural dedicated to Sanshin.


The highly unique Wonhyo shrine hall at Jaeseoksa Temple.


The exterior painting on the Wonhyo shrine hall that commemorates the friendship between Wonhyo-daesa and Uisang-daesa.


An up close of Wonhyo-daesa’s birth from the Wonhyo-daesa Palsang-do set.


And a mural from the Wonhyo Palsang-do set that illustrates Wonhyo’s enlightenment.

2 Popular Weekend Getaways Near Seoul To Visit Right Now

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winter_04“Take vacations. Go as many as places as you can. You can always make money. You can’t always make memories.”

Every season is a fabulous time for adventure when it comes to 2 popular travel destinations near Seoul, Nami Island and Petite France. So, with your beloved ones go on an excursion to these wonderful places during weekend! Takes around an hour and half by drive, FYI. ;)

1. Nami Island

남이섬 (76)Situated 63 km from Seoul in the middle of the North Han River, appears the Nami Island, or Namisum, which resembles a half-moon in shape. For more details and directions, click here.남이섬 (3)Best known as a filming location of the popular K-drama ‘Winter Sonata,’ you can understand why this island was chosen for the setting, right? :)남이섬(1)See how beautiful the island is in winter. It’s truly a winter wonderland!

But not just the winter, but every season offers a reason to visit to Nami Island.

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Along with its beautiful natural scenery that changes in colors by season, Nami Island also provides various cultural facilities and leisure activities that anybody can enjoy.남이섬 (73)So, when you’re in Nami Island, either rent a bicycle or a cart. They are the best way to enjoy the nature of the island to the fullest! ;)

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allowto_freedownload_landscape_1470Near Nami Island, there are various attractions and activities like you may want to check out as well, such as Gangchon Rail Bike, the Garden of Morning Calm, Elysian Ski Resort, and  a strawberry-picking experience at a local farm.

2. Petite France

쁘띠프랑스 (15)Near Seoul, in Gapyeong, there’s a charming little French theme cultural village called Petite France, where you can spend a great time taking photos, watch marionette and puppet performances, and many more!

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This place is also well known as the filming location of popular Korean dramas: ‘Beethoven Virus (2008)’, ‘Secret Garden (2011)’ and ‘My Love from the Stars (2014)’. Plus, a popular Korean entertainment show called ‘Running Man’ was also filmed here. For directions, click here. :)

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From Orgel House, European Doll House, Marionette Museum, Antiques Museum, to Traditional French House, there are plenty of exhibitions halls and facilities where you can feel and explore about the culture of France!

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At Petite France, you may want to step inside the ‘Saint-Exupery Memorial Hall’. This is where you can appreciate the works of Saint Exubery, the French writer of “Petite Prince” and “Night Flight”.

쁘띠프랑스 (8)Boasting beautiful scenes all year round, every season is a fabulous time for a visit!
쁘띠프랑스 (14)In winter season, you will be able to see the starry lights all around the place! So, take your lover to Petite France this weekend, it’ll be absolutely romantic! ;)marionette_4.jpgFYI, here are what you can enjoy at Petite France: Guignol Puppet Performance, Marionette Performance, Orgel Demonstration & Explanation, Supernatural Power Time of Do Minjun, and Street Musician.photo_1And various cultural experience programs as well! Ex. Plaster Art & Powder Painting, Stamp Event, Petite Photo Zone, Traditional French Games, Caricature, Petite Cloche, and Instant Digital Oil Painting. For details, click here.

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Now, here’s the easiest way for travelers to go on an excursion to Nami Island and Petite France in one day. There’s a shuttle bus package that takes you to these two places all in one day. For more details, click here. Without having to worry about transportation you can enjoy both of the most popular suburbs destinations in South Korea!

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WPC : Alphabet

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In response to the weekly photo challenge, here’s my version of the alphabet. I present to you – Hangeul (한글), the Korean alphabet, which was created by King Sejong during the Joseon Dynasty.

OinK - Only In Korea Podcast: Konglish, Showry & Korean Winter Habits

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OinK - Only in Korea members chose this week's topics & one brave soul left a voice message. On today's episode, Travis & Chance discuss the wonderful world of Konglish, the Korean YouTube sensation Showry, & finish by going through the interesting & often a bit odd winter habits you encounter here in South Korea.

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A First-Time Traveler’s Guide To Seoul

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“You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.” – Ella Maillart

First time traveling in Seoul? If you have no ideas where to go or what to do in Seoul, South Korea, here we are to help you plan your itinerary and make your trip the best!allowto_freedownload_snap_1037Here, we’ve picked 4 not-to-be-missed sightseeing spots in Seoul, and you can visit all of them in one day! :D

1. Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Gyeongbokgung Palace, of all, is a must visit palace for first time Seoul visitors. It’s probably the most beautiful and the grandest of all five palaces remaining in Seoul.

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Built in 1395, this palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is the furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). seoul-364118_1920FYI, Gwanghwamun is the Southern main gate of the Gyeongbokgung Palace’s 4 gates!

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You can also find this amazing pavilion built on pond! It’s called Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion, where the king used to have joyous occasions and feasts. See more pics below. ;)

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The palace holds various events and ceremonies, so check out their website, here.

  • Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000KRW / Group (over 10): 2,400KRW
  • Children (ages 7-18): 1,500KRW / Group (over 10): 1,200KRW

*Tickets for Gyeongbokgung Palace are also valid at the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum.

2. Changdeokgung Palace

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The second spot we highly recommend for the first time travelers is a royal palace called Changdeokgung Palace, which is recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s reputed as a well-preserved palace, so you will be able to learn a lot about Korean palace architecture here. For details and directions, click here.

  • Regular Tour : Adults(3,000KRW) / Children(1,500KRW)
  • Tours for the Secret Garden : Adults(5,000KRW) / Children(2,500KRW)

3. National Folk Museum

IMG_1968As we’ve mentioned before, the National Folk Museum is located on the compound of Gyeongbokgung Palace. And this museum has 3 permanent exhibition halls with over 98,000 artifacts!! WOW! at the exterior of the building. Isn’t it beautiful?baekje-815067_1920In this museum, the retrospective of the traditional Korean lifestyle is exhibited, so try a visit and take a look!

namdaemun-326138_1280For those who wants to feel like a local in Seoul, here’s Namdaemun Market. It is the largest street market in Seoul, especially popular for shoppers looking for bargains! ;) This historical marketplace is well-reputed for its cheap price and wide variety of products!

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Try the delicious local street foods as well. The dumplings and steamed buns taste great! :) For directions, click here.

If you are looking for an easy, convenient way to look at all these spots and more, there’s a guided tour with 3 different options to make your day trip in Seoul better. The tour is available here!

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  • Full Day Tour (09:00~17:30)

    Hotel→Blue House (pass by)→Changing of the Guard ceremony→Gyeongbokgung Palace (Deoksugung Palace on Tuesdays)→National Folk Museum (History Museum on Tuesdays)→Jogyesa Buddhist Temple→Ginseng Center→Lunch→Changdeokgung Palace (Hanok Village on Mondays)→Insadong Antique Shop Alley→Amethyst Factory→Namdaemun Market→Hotel

See Mastering Seoul in 1 Day.seoul-410264_1920Of course, there are plenty of landmarks and attractions for travelers to visit in Seoul. So, check out Seoul Palace Tour or Top 10 Things To Do in Seoul to find out what kind of things you can do and make your trip the best!button3

Korean Phrases Ep. 38: 금상첨화

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This week we have a new "Korean Phrases" video, and we're going to be learning another useful idiom from 한자 (Chinese characters used in Korean).

We'll be learning about the idiom 금상첨화.

Check out the video below!

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Teaching English in a Korean University: How to Get the Job

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If there’s anything you can count on me for, it’s this: I’ll give it to you straight and not sugar-coat the hard stuff. If you’re looking for a job teaching English in a Korean university, this is the stuff that you might not want to hear:

#1: It’s Very Difficult to Get a Uni Job in Korea These Days

Everyone and their dog seems to want a university job in Korea and for good reason-they’re prime. Usually a decent amount of vacation (3-5 months), decent pay (2.5 million-ish) and not that many teaching hours. For more details, see: Is my Korean Uni Job too Good to be True?

10 years ago, there were plenty of uni jobs floating around but times are tougher these days. There are simply fewer university age students in Korea and there’s no sign that this will change in the future. And, more and more people have an MA in TESOL so you’re competing against some pretty qualified people.

#2: University Jobs in Korea = Dead-End Jobs

Now, I’m not being a total hater. I myself worked in Korean universities for nine years and had a fabulous time. Who wouldn’t with only nine teaching hours a week and five months of paid vacation?

However, if you want to get a university job in Korea, thinking it’s going to be good for your career, it’s not. That’s the harsh truth. There’s no room for advancement. Employers outside Korea don’t look favorably upon it. Even employers in Korea don’t look that favorably upon it. Koreans mostly think that the job we do is one that anyone who speaks English could do. That should give you some indication of the respect level for foreign teachers in a Korean university.

Aren’t Convinced?

So, despite these two things, you think to yourself, “I still want to get a university job in South Korea.” Well, I can help you. Here are a few resources that’ll get you started down the path towards 5-month vacation awesome.

#1: The Mother-list

103 Things to Do to Get a University Job in KoreaIt’s the super-list that’ll get you started. Follow even a 1/3 of the stuff on here and you’ll be well on your way. Level up to 1/2 or 2/3? How could you not get a uni job? Level up my readers! Go!

#2: University Jobs Korea Website

Check out University Jobs Korea. It has all kinds of resources and advice for you, including plenty of excerpts from the book that I mention below. There’s no other website dedicated specifically to helping you get a university job teaching English in South Korea.

#3: Profs Abroad

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Sure, Profs Abroad a paid site, but it’s also awesome. Don’t waste a ton of time searching for all those job ads when you can get them all in one place. Here’s my review of Profs Abroad for all the details. There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee so you really have nothing to lose by checking it out. I’ve heard from a ton of people that they found themselves a sweet job through Profs Abroad.

#4: How to Get a University Job in South Korea

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This book is going to be pure gold for you if you’re serious about teaching English in a Korean university. You can get: How to Get a University Job in South Korea on Amazon today. It’s the most comprehensive resource for those looking for a university job in Korea and it’s also something that will save you a ton of time. Get all the information in one single place without looking around all over the Internet for it. In my world, time is money.





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One of my favorite Korean foods is kimchi jjigae (김치찌개, kimchi...

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One of my favorite Korean foods is kimchi jjigae (김치찌개, kimchi stew). Once you have all the ingredients, it’s easy to make. 


  • 7 large dried anchovies, heads and guts removed
  • 1/3 cup Korean radish, thinly sliced
  • 4 x 5 inch dried kelp
  • 3 green onion roots
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound kimchi, cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup kimchi brine
  • ½ pound pork shoulder or belly
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons gochugaru (Korean hot pepper flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (hot pepper paste)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 small package of tofu, sliced into ½ inch thick bite size pieces
  • 1 small package of spam, sliced into ½ inch thick bite size pieces
  • 3 green onions, diced


1. Boil the dried anchovies, radish, dried kelp, onion roots, and water for 20 minutes on medium high heat and then 5 minutes on low heat.

2. Strain 2 cups of that stock into a pan with the kimchi, kimchi brine, pork, salt, sugar, hot pepper flakes, hot pepper paste, and sesame oil. Don’t stir. Cover and put on medium high heat for 10 minutes.

3. Uncover, mix, put tofu on top. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes.

4. Add spam (or any canned meat). Cover and cook for 5 more minutes.

5. Turn off heat. Put sliced green onions on top. Ready to serve.

Note: If you’ve never made it before, I suggest watching one of the many videos available online first.

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