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Crown Daisy Doenjang-guk: A Light Summer Soup With a Green Herbal Kick

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Ssukgat doenjang-guk: fermented soybean soup with crown daisy greens.

I am a fiend for soup and stews. I have a theory that there are two types of people in this world: those who eat ramen for the noodles and those who eat ramen for the broth. I fall into the latter category. I think there is something deeply, spiritually good about a delicious broth. It’s eye of newt and toe of frog — it’s the closest most of us will ever get to sorcery.

Stews and bone broths are my preferred poison, but I enjoy being forced to pull back and figure it out in the summer. There’s a lot to work with. While heavier soups are about time and technique, in the summer, it’s more about puzzling out combinations and bringing several light flavors into harmony with each other.

Ssukgat doenjang-guk: fermented soybean soup with crown daisy greens. 

Ssukgat doenjang-guk: fermented soybean soup with crown daisy greens. 

Crown daisy greens (ssukgat in Korean, also known as chrysanthemum greens in English) are slightly bitter, peppery, herbal — almost medicinal — in flavor. They are aromatic and full of antioxidants. I find that they play well with the briny flavor of dried shiitake mushrooms, which produce a broth slightly reminiscent of bone broth (the dried mushrooms themselves are strangely meaty), and doenjang (fermented soybean paste), which provides a foundational richness.

Ssukgat doenjang-guk: fermented soybean soup with crown daisy greens.

Doenjang is, in my opinion and along with gochujang, one of the best things Korea has ever produced. And I’m not being flippant there. Doenjang making is an art form. It can take upwards of a year and a half of constant maintenance to produce a single batch, and unlike kimchi, which can be made and left to ferment, doejang requires dozens of different stages, steps and procedures. Do yourself a favor and never, ever use the crap that comes in those green plastic tubs, if you can at all avoid it. The very best doenjang is sold at the traditional markets or passed between neighbors and often comes to you in a Russian-doll packaging of unmarked plastic bags. Like wine, no two batches ever taste the same, and there are dozens of variations — some is light and sweet, some is thick, dark and salty. If you’re outside of Korea, skip the shelves at your local Korean market and ask the owner if he or she has any real doenjang. The next best thing is anything marked “organic” (유기), “traditional” (전통) or “country” (시골),  usually sold in big, squat glass jars.

Ssukgat doenjang-guk: fermented soybean soup with crown daisy greens.

Dried anchovies, dasima (dried kelp, kombu in Japanese) and shiitake mushrooms form the base broth of this soup, and the broth commands the bulk of the cooking time. Unlike most jjigae (stew), which need to be simmered for about an hour, most guk (soup) come together relatively quickly, once you have the broth ready (this base broth can also be made in large batches and frozen for use in a whole host of other soups). The lighter flavor and consistency are nice in warmer weather, as is the shorter amount of time spent lingering over the stove in the kitchen. The tofu and crown daisy greens and spring onions go in at the last minute, after the other vegetables have cooked through.

Ssukgat doenjang-guk: fermented soybean soup with crown daisy greens.

Soups like this one are served as a side at most meals in Korea, but they often become the main at breakfast, and, as a chronic breakfast skipper, Korean soups are one of the few things I enjoy first thing in the morning (coffee, cigarettes and quiet being the current reigning champions). The light, bright flavors ease you awake while providing good sustenance to get you up and running without weighing you down from starting line.

Ssukgat doenjang-guk: fermented soybean soup with crown daisy greens.

At the moment, my fridge is packed to the brim with a mountain of early summer greens from the co-op, but crown daisy greens remain at the top of the pile. Right now I’m focusing on reining myself in, in the kitchen, and paring back to more simple flavors, finding new ways to let ingredients sing for themselves. Crown daisy greens are great practice, because they have their own voice but can easily be drowned out in a crowd. By dialing everything else back a bit in soups like this, I’m teaching myself how to myself how to make food that’s good but that doesn’t necessarily grab you by the throat and shout it in your face. I hope this soup works, there. I think it does, at least.

Ssukgat doenjang-guk: fermented soybean soup with crown daisy greens.

Ssukgat doenjang-guk: fermented soybean soup with crown daisy greens.


Ssukgat Doenjang-guk: Korean Fermented Soybean Soup With Crown Daisy Greens

Ssukgat Doenjang-guk: Korean Fermented Soybean Soup With Crown Daisy Greens


  • 10 cups water
  • 12 dried anchovies
  • 3 sheets dasima (dried kelp)
  • 1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
  • Soup
  • 1/2 Korean zucchini (aehobak) or Western zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup doenjang (fermented soybean paste)
  • 1 block of tofu, cubed
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 large bunch crown daisy greens (can substitute other aromatic greens), roughly chopped


  1. Add the water, anchovies, mushrooms and dasima to a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 25 minutes.
  2. Strain out the anchovies, dasima and mushrooms. Wash the pot and return the broth to the pot, bringing it to a boil. Whisk in the doenjang and then add the onions and zucchini. Reduce the heat to a gentle boil and simmer for until the vegetables are cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  3. Bring the soup up to a full rolling boil, turn off the heat and add the spring onion, tofu and green onion. Stir the ingredients through, cover the pot and allow it to sit for about two minutes. Serve the soup while it's hot.


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There are a bunch of lovely hot springs just 30-minutes to an...

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There are a bunch of lovely hot springs just 30-minutes to an hour away from Taipei, Taiwan.

I recommend going to the Beitou Hot Spring, which is just a 30-minute MRT subway ride from Taipei Station.

It’s super easy to get to, incredibly affordable, and beautiful. Lots of kind locals to help out and very comfortable for tourists to enjoy. The Beitou springs are known for their sulfur hot springs, which are said to be therapeutic for rheumatism, bodily aches and skin diseases.


Hi, I'm Stacy. I'm from Portland, Oregon, USA, and am currently living in Busan, South Korea. Check me out on: Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Lastfm, and Flickr.


The Bucket List: Round II

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Before moving to Korea, I made a Bucket List.  I wasn’t sure how long I’d be staying, and I had no idea that I’d be moving from Seoul down to Busan.  Of my initial list, I’ve managed to find Seokbulsa (Temple), Busan (obviously…), Gyeongju, The Jindo Sea Parting  and the Sea Parting Festival, and next weekend Expat and the City and I will be going to the DMZ!  I have yet to visit Jeju Island (the Hawaii of Korea, apparently), I missed the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival (I could and should have gone, but there’s always next year!), and Sun Cruise has taken a bit of a back seat to all the awesome things I’ve found and added to my list.

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On Saturday I participated in a press tour organized by the municipality of Seoul in collaboration with the Korean Food Foundation.  Seoul Bloggers and Photographers went for a meet, greet, walking tour of the old city, and lunch.  I’m so incredibly honoured to have been invited.  We had a wonderful day with a great tour guide and I managed to cross off even more places I had been hoping to visit.  Having lived in Korea for a year, I’d like to present Round II of my Bucket List, this edition being all Seoul.  As I’ve already managed to visit many of the places on my initial list, I’ll give a little information and/or an opinion on each, and then list the remainder at the end.  One thing’s for sure – it’s never a dull time living in Seoul!

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Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) is the centre of Seoul.  Near City Hall and the majority of the Press Centres, you’ll find starting here is a great way to see a large part of Seoul’s traditional and historic sites in a condensed amount of time.  This palace is a great place to visit when you’re feeling stressed or frazzled.  It’s also a great date spot!  After a great bulgogi lunch at a hole in the wall place around the corner, we wandered over to the palace and waited patiently in a long line for tickets.  There were plenty of cute couples in matching traditional Korean attire who would gain free admission to the palace simply for rockin’ a hanbok.  After some sake on date number 1, I had suggested (since he was really into exploring the culture of Korea) that we try some on in Insadong.  He agreed to it, but we were both pretty happy we didn’t go through with the plan.  Even with the fog of looming rain it was pretty hot for May!


We wandered around the pristine grounds for over an hour.  I could have easily spent the entire day there as there were a number of places to sit and enjoy the serene environment.  If you’re only in Seoul for a couple of days I would absolutely suggest checking out Gyeongbokgung not just because it’s a beautiful place, but also because of its proximity to Namdaemun, Insa-dong, Jogyesa, Bukchon Hanok Village, Dongdaemun, and Myeong-dong.  I love to walk around and soak up new cities, so this route was a real treat for me!

Toronto Seoulcialite Gyeongbokgung to Dongdaemun

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I’ve visited Namdaemun a couple of times.  The first time was in early February during Seollal (Lunar New Year) when we had dinner at a place called Machos.  It was basically Korean-American junk food fusion, and the dishes we shared were unhealthy (and very tasty)!  Still, I found there were more fresh vegetables in the dishes than most places here.

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Seeing as it was a major holiday, Namdaemun was almost completely empty.  It was quiet and serene, but we still had a great time.  Fast forward to the beginning of May when I visited once again.  This time we had already visited Gyeongbokgung and Insadong.  We wandered along on what turned out to be a beautiful spring Saturday afternoon.  If you visit Korea you’ll notice there’s a tendency to build up.  There are tons of restaurants on higher and higher levels, so there is no shortage of rooftop patios around the city.  We spent a nice chunk of time sipping on Premier OB Dunkel (a tasty variation on a relatively cheap Korean beer), talking, and playing darts.  I’m horrible at darts, but it’s a really popular game in Korea and I always manage to have fun playing!  Namdaemun is full of BBQ spots (galbi [meat – often beef/ steak], samgyeopsal [pork], etc.) and has tons of places for ChiMaek (Chicken and Beer).

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There are tons of places to shop, eat, drink, and be merry – there are clubs, noraebangs (singing rooms), and even a flair bartending bar (think “Cocktail”).  Namdaemun reminds me a lot of Seomyeon in Busan, then again so does my own neighbourhood of Sincheon!

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Cheonggyecheon Stream

Once a “neglected waterway hidden by an overpass”, Cheonggyecheon Stream is now a top spot for couples and hopeful romantics.  There are twenty-two bridges that cross the stream, allowing for easy access to historical and tourist attractions.  According to Visit Korea, there are two tours available and several activities in which to participate:

Tour Course Information
Route 1 (Distance: 2.9 ㎞/Duration: 3 hours)
Cheonggyecheon Plaza – Gwangtonggyo Bridge – Samilgyo Bridge (Jongno, Insadong) – Ogansugyo Bridge (Dongdaemun Fashion Town) – Saebyeokdari (Bridge of Dawn; Gwangjang Market, Bangsan Market) – Supyogyo Bridge

Route 2 (Distance: 2.6 ㎞/Duration: 2.5 hours)
Cheonggyecheon Culture Center – Gosanjagyo Bridge – Dumuldari Bridge – Malgeunnaedari Bridge – Ogansugyo Bridge (Dongdaemun Fashion Town)

Activity Information
* Ecology exploration, hands-on programs run all year round.
* Covered Structure Exploration – Exploration the inside of covered structures at Cheonggyecheon Stream (10 min with guide)
– Venue: 50m from Samilgyo Bridge at Cheonggycheon 2-ga

Reservation Info. for Foreigners
Walking tour (Inquiries: +82-2-397-5908)
Route: Cheonggye Plaza/Cheonggye Culture Center – Ogansugyo Bridge
(Schedule: 3 times daily / Languages: English, Japanese, Chinese)

I haven’t personally taken either of these tours, but I have seen the stream from Dongdaemun as well as from Namdaemun.  It is incredibly romantic, and any spot along the stream would make for a great picnic with friends, family, or loved ones.  I’d like to take one of these tours before the end of summer, but know that I’ll be headed there for the lantern festival in November as well.

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Insa-dong (인사동)

I’ve included the Hangeul writing for Insa-dong as it is a historic cultural area with many hanok restaurants and cafes.  Because of its historical significance, all signs must be written in Korean – even 스타박스 (Starbucks)!  This delightful area is a great place to rent a hanbok and wander through all the little alleyways and artistic streets.  This is the area where I would send you if you asked where to buy souvenirs.  There are some fantastic Korean and Indian restaurants (I had a first date at Indoro and we were very pleased with our food).  When I went with some gal pals from Busan, we ate little chocolate-filled pastries in the shape of a turd.  I kid you not, Korea is obsessed with adorable, animated, poop-shaped things.  There’s even a cafe in Insa-dong called the Poop Cafe where you’ll find more than just potty-mouths and toilet-humour.


The girls and I perused the items in the many traditional-style shops, but as I’m not much of a person for knick-knacks I didn’t buy anything.  We did, however, try on hanboks in a photo studio for cute Korean memory (in and out in 10 minutes for KRW 5,000 [$5].  Bring cash).

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Having recently visited Jogyesa the weekend of the Lotus Lantern Festival celebrating Buddha’s birthday, you may have already checked out my piece on this temple.  The festival and parade themselves weren’t all that exciting, but Jogyesa is right in Insa-dong and should not be missed, especially if you’re in town from mid-April to mid-May.  The temple grounds are really peaceful and beautiful, and with incense burning and hundreds of lanterns guiding your way, the experience is one I won’t soon forget.


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Bukchon Hanok Village

I expected the Bukchon Hanok Village to be a lot more like Jeonju than it actually was.  This area is right beside Gyeongbok Palace, and while there are many old-style houses and buildings, you’ll find all the modern stores of Itaewon (nothing big box, but there’s a massive Kiehl’s!).


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After the initial shock, I found myself really enjoying the winding streets.  It was also a really clean area with tons of trees.  I would certainly return for dinner (again, more rooftops!), pie (there’s an entire dessert shop dedicated to tarts and pies), and the smooth tunes from live jazz bar La Clé ).

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N Seoul Tower

It’s not as tall as the CN Tower, and it’s lower on my list of priorities, but geographically speaking it belongs in and around here on this list.  Seoul Tower opened in 1980.  I’ve seen many an instapost of darling couples clicking their love lock and throwing away the key.  Cute.  Didn’t Paris remove all the lovers padlocks from Pont des Arts recently?  As this is a quintessential part of the Seoul skyline, I will need to visit this spot at some point.  On the Seoul Press Tour we actually ate at POOM which is not exactly in N Seoul Tower, but it is part of the complex.  The service was phoenomenal, the decor and atmosphere were soothing, and the plating of each dish was a work of art.  On top of that, the chef was very friendly and chatted with us briefly before we left.  If you have friends in from out of town or a particularly special event on the books, head over to POOM.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Seoul City Wall (Fortress Wall of Seoul)

There are four main mountains which surround the centre of Seoul.  Initially constructed in 1396, Seoul City Wall stretches 18.6 km long and is the longest serving city wall of all the walled cities in the world (say that ten times fast!).  The wall has (obviously) been rebuilt several times, and parts were even closed off for a period of about 40 years.  You can see the reconstructed areas quite easily with the changing shapes of the stones denoting the time period and associated leader.  This part of our tour gave me the best views of Seoul I have seen to date, and I would highly recommend heading to the area of Seoul City Wall where you may access the Ihwa Mural Village to may the most of your trip.

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 Ihwa Mural Village

Much like Gamcheon Cultural Village in Busan, Ihwa Mural Village is an area which has been through a major redevelopment project.  Nearly 60 artists participated in the restoration, painting and installing art throughout.

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Sadly, much like in Gamcheon, the locals have become irritated by the noise and general inconsideration from tourists.  Many of the murals (including one particularly remarkable set of painted stairs) have been painted over by the residents.  I understand their frustrations, but it’s always devastating to see art destroyed.

Hyehwa Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), and Exit 2. Walk towards Marronnier Park.

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Dongdaemun Design Plaza (& Seoul Fashion Week)

Seeing Dongdaemun Design Plaza from Seoul City Wall was awe-inspiring.  The building designed by Dame Zaha Hadid makes me feel tiny and like I live on a completely different planet (well, that’s not unusual in Seoul, but visit the DDP and you’ll have a bit more of a sense of why I feel like a martian there.  It feels like home, even it really shouldn’t…

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Seoul Fashion Week was an exciting time!  Star, from, and I had planned to see some shows together, and going from seeing the DDP completely empty during the Lunar New Year to bustling with people in all kinds of crazy street styles was a trip.  At a sample sale the next week I asked one of the designers if I could be in his Spring/Summer 2017 show.  He said yes, but that he wouldn’t pay me (um…OKAY!), so if he’s good on his word you’ll see this waygook walking the Yohanix runway at the DDP in September 2016.

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Myeong-dong is a fabulous shopping area especially if you’re on the taller or bigger side of the foreigner scene.  As you can see above, they take their Christmas lights seriously and light up the whole area.  This area is very similar to Nampo-dong in Busan.  There are tons of foreign-friendly shops (there’s an H&M, a Forever21, Zara, Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, etc.), international cuisine (although it’s more Korean than Itaewon), and a beautiful cathedral.  I visited Myeong-dong briefly on my first trip to Seoul and in the summer heat there were just too many people for me.  At Christmas, it was the perfect time to stroll, window shop, and see the lights.

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National Museum of Korea

We visited the National Museum of Korea by mistake our first time, and with possibly the most boring people on the planet.  Friends: venture beyond the pre-historic era, I BEG of you!

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You’ll find some really interesting artifacts, Korean art and calligraphy, a beautiful pond, a great view of Seoul and Seoul N Tower, and if you’re lucky, the special exhibits building will be open.  I’ve visited twice now and am still waiting to get into that second building.  Don’t arrive hungry – the “Snack and Bar” is a real disappointment.

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People love to love and love to hate on Itaewon.  My first few times in Itaewon I really didn’t quite “get it”.  There are a bunch of stores and pubs along the main drag of Itaewon-ro, but once you head behind the Hamilton Hotel the world kind of opens up.  There are a variety of Mexican restaurants (no, Taco Bell is not what I’m talking about [although at 2 AM you’ll be glad it’s there!]) like Coreanos (delicious!) and Vatos (the most overrated restaurant in Seoul).

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There are several Thai and Indian spots I’m aching to try as well as tons of Southern BBQ Spots (I’ve visited Manimal a couple of times now.  Try the ribs and and pulled pork, avoid the chicken and the brisket), Tiki Bars, Clubs, “Canadian Bars” (Rocky Mountain Tavern is really popular, and there’s a new spot with wicked decor called Canucks.  The food?  erm…almost, but no), and brasseries.  Once you delve into some of the back-alley spots you’ll find superb places like Braii Republic (who knew I liked South African food so much?) and tons of great little Korean shops for cheap and cheerful clothes.  My advice? Don’t buy the first thing you like – there are plenty of stores selling the same items.  Find your best price and be prepared to walk away if it’s too much.  This is a foreigner area, so prices are a bit jacked.  Want to know my favourite places on a Saturday night out in the city?  Click here.

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Hongdae is a must-see for the college-style partier.  Apparently during the day it’s a place full of art and music, but I’ve just seen a bunch of drunk people having a great time drinking in the park (no open bottle policy) or wandering into many of the bars and clubs (many with aggressive “no foreigners” policies, which is infuriating).  There are tons of restaurants and shops there as well, and I want to explore this University area a lot more (you know, beyond the 2 locations of Thursday Party).

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Lotte World & Lotte World Mall

I went to Lotte World Amusement Park with the gang back in February.  Since then, it’s been my favourite complex for shopping (since I can walk there) and groceries.  Beyond the foreigner friendly shops (H&M, Zara, Nike, and two or three Adidas shops) there are two LotteMart locations, a Hi-Mart, a Lotte Department Store and Duty Free, and an underground shopping mall with tons of adorable, inexpensive clothes.  Personally I find some of the Korean shopkeepers get irritated with foreign shoppers, but just be prepared to pay cash and buy without trying and you’ll be alright.  I still have yet to ride the roller-coaster or experience the outdoor amusement park.  Interested?  Let me know!  I live right near the Magic Kingdom.  Wait a minute…

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Check out a Baseball Game!

My first game in Seoul was actually the Lotte Giants of Busan playing the LG Twins.  The Doosan Bears are the big hit here, but they play at the same stadium.  Having two teams constantly playing within walking distance makes me very happy.  I have a hard time saying “no” to going to a game (and haven’t, yet!).


I haven’t really had a chance to explore too much of Gangnam.  Literally meaning “South of the River”, it’s a huge area with tons of mammoths clubs and expensive places to shop.  It’s really close to where I live (I can walk to COEX), but I don’t really hang out there much.  This summer ‘d like to make a concentrated effort to spent more time seeking out hot spots and living that Gangnam Style life.

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Gangnam Style Statue

Speaking of Gangnam Style and COEX, SMT Town, and the surrounding area looks like yet another martian town, and has a number of statues and art installations including the above Gangnam Style statue dedicated to Psy.  It actually plays “Gangnam Style”, so if you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5 years or especially dig K-Pop this one’s for you!

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This was crossed off my list my first weekend actually living in Seoul.  After going for a casual walk to get coffee, we realised with could cross the bridge near our apartments on foot.  Suddenly I was in Gangnam and everything about my move from Busan to Seoul felt incredibly real.  We spent the afternoon wandering around COEX, a fancy underground shopping mall with tons of international food and great signage.  That’s where I spotted the sign for Bongeunsa.  Knowing that “sa” means “temple”, I had a sneaking suspicion that this was a temple I had Googled weeks prior.  Even though it was really dark out we decided to take a peek.  It must have been past 8 pm by that point, but the temple was still open.  With no entrance fee (I’m sure there was an area for donations, but we didn’t happen upon it) we walked right in and were able to enjoy the beauty of the temple just as lanterns were beginning to go up for Buddha’s birthday.  We wandered around uninhibited by other tourists, and climbed up a few hills to check out the sights.

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We found the massive Buddha through the trees on a small hill.  It was almost as though I was seeing the massive statue from the perspective shown in many Seoul brochures.  Having just moved here it’s one of those memories that means a little bit more.  I must say, I found it very funny watching Conan O’Brien in Korea.  He visits this temple and says it’s high in the mountains.  It’s straight up in Gangnam across from the COEX Convention Centre, ladies and gents.  No wonder the monk has the latest iPhone!

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All the specialty cafés

Back in February we visited a raccoon cafe!  Blind Alley was the perfect spot for me to conquer my natural fear as a Torontonian.  Beyond raccoons, you’ll find sheep cafés, Lego cafés, Barbie cafés, and Hello Kitty cafés.  kyungsubshinThe one I’m most excited to visit is the Christian Dior Café in Apgujeong.  Want to read more?  Check it out.

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Incheon – Central Park & Songdo

Special mention to Incheon, especially Songdo and Central Park.  The newest area of the city just west of Seoul reminds me of a combination of Mississauga (because of the open space and airport), City Place in Toronto (because of the high-rises and modern statues in the park), Hwamyeong in Busan (because of the massive park and style of bridge), and San Diego (because of the massive, swanky outdoor mall).  If you need a little time away from the city this is about an hour and a half away by subway.  I’m sure there’s a better way to get there (airport express bus, anyone?), but for now the subway will do.

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What’s next for The Toronto Seoulcialite?

Olympic Park (I know…I live right next door practically)

Seoul’s hidden Chinatown in Daerim

Independence Gate

The War Memorial of Korea

Changgyeonggung (Palace)

Huwon Secret Garden at Changdeokgung (Palace) – a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Olympic Park

Banpo Bridge & Hangang Floating Island (well, I’d like to have a picnic and watch the light show from the banks of the Han)

Myeongdong Cathedral (you know, to see the inside)

Hiking: Bukhansan and Seoraksan

Namsangol Hanok Village

Leeum, Samseong Museum of Art

Seodaemun Prison

Seoul Forest

Yeouido Island

Namhae Island

Nami Island

Ganghwado Island

Petite France & Seorae Village

What have I missed?  Any big suggestions?  Leave them in the comments!

SOL Taphouse: Gwangan

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Some of you may remember my review of Slice of Life in KSU, where I am a huge fan of the intimate décor, fantastic pizza, and good selection of craft beers. Imagine my excitement when I found out that they were opening a Taphouse overlooking Gwangan beach. To boot, they were having a big opening night, with free slices to all! I had to check this out.

The location is prime, a stroll along the promenade to the west end of Gwangan beach brings you to SOL Taphouse. It’s above a café on the 4th floor, and easy to spot if you look up. I’m a huge fan of the interior. The first thing that strikes you as you walk in is the range of taps lined along the far wall. For a lover of real ale this is a pleasing sight indeed. The seating is nicely varied. A single, large bench style seat dominates the center of the room, overhung by warm, cozy wrought iron and glass lighting. Around the walls there are a range of two persons and four person tables, perfect for casual drinks and dining with friends. All of this is lit warmly, and the wood paneling and muted colour scheme give it a similar, cozy intimacy to their KSU branch.

Outside there is a small terrace, which unfortunately doesn’t not have any seating. This is a shame as the view is wonderful (see picture below), but it’s still a nice area to bring your beer and enjoy the view.

Wasting no time, we went to the counter to order ourselves a beer. My fiancé went for the Magpie stout, and I plumped for an American weizen. The Magpie stout is a good one, exceptionally chocolatey and rich, and it went very well with the spicy pizza we were served. For 7,000 a glass, its par for the course in Busan. My weizen was also good, and it was one of the cheaper beers on the menu at 5,500. I also had a Magpie IPA, one of my favourite craft beers in Korea. This Seoul brewery has really nailed a quite classic IPA for me, and it’s one I can recommend. The beers range in price from 5,000 all the way up to 10,000+. This range of prices is welcome, as it suits people of every budget. I think it’s a smart move on their part.

Drinks in hand, we queued for pizza. The pizza was being served up by the slice, and you took whatever was ready at the time. SOL Pizza is the best pizza I’ve had in Korea. The freshness of the crust, the tangy sauce and the quality of the toppings all add up to a fantastic slice. The prices at the Gwangan establishment are between 4,000-4,800 a slice, and 21,900-25,900 for a whole pizza. it also come served in halves. This definitely represents a fair price for the quality of pizza you are getting.

First, we had the pepperoni. What sets this slice apart from other pepperonis is the quality of the meat. It’s delicious, slightly spicy, not overly oily, with the pleasant crisp edge you get when a pizza has been cooked hot and fast. Second we had the combination pizza. I didn’t try this one on my last visit, so was pleased I got to try it this time. It was of the same high standard as the rest of the pizza, but I’ve never been a big fan of combination. I like pizzas which focus on two or three complimentary ingredients! Last of all we got the white pie. I tried this on the last visit, and it was equally as good again. The richness of the ricotta and the hint of garlic oil is what makes it for me.

It’s another hit for Slice of Life. The décor, pizza and beer selection are all spot on, and it makes for a fantastic venue for an informal dinner with friends, or even grabbing a quick solo bite. I highly recommend you visiting whenever you’re around the area. Such is my love for the place, you might just see me there!



To get to SOL Taphouse, come out of Geumyongsan exit 1 and walk straight down the road towards the beach. When you get to the beach turn back around, and you should be able to see the SOl Taphouse sign on the fourth floor of the building.Photo 5-28-16, 19 36 37 Photo 5-28-16, 19 39 01 Photo 5-28-16, 19 14 37 Photo 5-28-16, 19 42 53 Photo 5-28-16, 19 14 31Photo 5-28-16, 20 01 47 (1)Photo 5-28-16, 19 42 49Photo 5-28-16, 19 50 21Photo 5-28-16, 19 50 12     Photo 5-28-16, 20 05 13Photo 5-28-16, 19 08 37 Photo 5-28-16, 20 12 20

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How to Say ‘I Need You’ in Korean

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Being able to tell people your wants and needs is a very useful skill. It’s especially important when you’re living in or visiting a foreign country!

Today we’re going to focus on how to say ‘I need you’ in Korean. Once you know how to say ‘I need you’, you will also be able to say ‘I need _____’ in Korean. Once you learn this, you’ll feel much more confident about begin in Korea.

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‘I Need You’ in Korean

I Need You in Korean

To Need

The verb ‘to need’ in Korean is 필요하다 (pilyohada). To use this verb in a sentence, you should first say the object that you need, followed by 이 (i) or 가 (ga) [depending on whether the word ends in a vowel or consonant], followed by 필요하다.

For example:

돈이 필요하다 (doni pilyohada) – to need money

커피가 필요하다 (keopiga pilyohada) – to need coffee

This verb is not used in the same way as its English equivalent, so you need to be careful.

In English, you can use the word ‘need’ to describe things that you must do. For example, you could say ‘I need to clean my car’.

In Korean, to describe an action that needs doing, the verb 필요하다 cannot be used. Instead, the sentence often ends in -야 하다 (-ya hada) or -야 되다 (-ya doeda).

For example:

세차해야 돼요 (sechahaeya dwaeyo)

I need to clean my car


Formal ‘I Need You’ in Korean

Formal I Need You in Korean

1. 당신이 필요합니다 (dangshini pilyohamnida)

당신 (dangshin) = you

You can use formal Korean in situations such as reports, presentations, and interviews.

Although 당신 means you, it should be replaced by the speaker’s name/position in society.


아저씨가 필요합니다 (ajossiga pilyohamnida)

I need you. (to an older man)

선생님이 필요합니다 (seonsaengnimi pilyohamnida)

I need you. (to a teacher or doctor)

돈이 필요합니다 (doni pilyohamnida)

I need some money.


Standard ‘I Need You’ in Korean

1. 당신이 필요해요 (dangshini pilyohaeyo)

Standard Korean is used when speaking to people who you don’t know well or who are older than you. As with formal Korean, you should replace 당신 with somebody’s name or title.


오빠가 필요해요 (oppaga pilyohaeyo)

I need you. (female speaking to a slightly older male friend)

도움이 필요해요 (doumi pilyohaeyo)

I need some help.

Informal ‘I Need You’ in Korean

1. 네가 필요해 (nega pilyohae)

You can use these expressions with people who are close to you and who are of a similar or younger age. You might use this with a spouse or significant other.


돈이 필요해 (doni pilyohae)

I need some money.

우산이 필요해 (usani pilyohae)

I need an umbrella.


A Word of Caution About Romanization

Although this article contains Romanization to make your studying easier, it is actually far quicker in the long term to learn the Korean alphabet (Hangeul) before continuing with your studies. Learning Hangeul is easy, and can be done in about an hour!

The benefits of being able to read Korean include being able to recognize grammar patterns and parts of words more easily. This makes the language far less confusing and improves the speed at which you can pick up new words.

If you are serious about learning Korean, take a look at our free list of Korean phrases or our full Korean course for all the help you will need when learning the language.


Now that you know how to say ‘I need you’ in Korean, start expressing what you need to others!


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Reading Eddie Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off the Boat will make...

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Reading Eddie Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off the Boat will make anyone want to go eating through Taiwan. And, I wish I could eat where Eddie eats. After two visits to the country, I’m still confused about the madness for Taiwanese food -especially the dumplings. Regardless, let’s talk about the world-famous soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung

In the middle of the day, you might wait 1-3 hours to visit one of these restaurants. I assume they’re better in Taiwan, but you can find their restaurants in 10 other countries, as well. Two of their restaurants have been awarded a Michelin star, so that gives you an idea about how great the food and experience can be. 

After waiting in line, you’ll go inside to see chefs in various stages of preparing xiao long bao and other dishes. The restaurant is constantly busy, but feels very nice and proper. Don’t worry, there are step-by-step directions at the table on how to eat the dumplings.

It’s definitely a place to visit while in Taiwan, but maybe try to beat the rush by having it for breakfast.

AAJA N3Con: Censorship, Crowdfunding & Virtual Reality Interviews

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On the final day of the Asian American Journalists Association’s New.Now.Next media conference in Seoul,’s Chance Dorland interviewed multiple reporters & experts to get their perspective on topics affecting journalism & the future of the industry.


In this audio podcast, you’ll find:

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“Censorship and the People’s Right to Know” interviews with New York Times Chinese website editor-in-chief Ching-Ching Ni, Bloomberg Japan managing editor Brian Fowler, Pusan National University media professor Nigel Callinan & Bloomberg Vietnam’s Oanh Ha

Crowdfunding Auto Color

“Money Behind Content: Fighting for the Right Balance” interviews with Radish & Byline cofounder Seungyoon Lee & Yonsei professor & NBC producer Stella Kim

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“Virtual Reality with Google” interview with YouTube team leader Taewon Park

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Looking for Caucasian Clinical Trial Participants in July

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There's a clinical trial for Caucasian in Inje University Busan Paik Hospital in July, 2016. This drug is already in the market after completing clinical trials. The objective of this trial is extending target to European countries. Please see the details below. If you have any enquiries, please contact

<Daewoong study detail>

STUDY DRUG: somatropin, growth hormone (subcutaneous injection, already on the market in Korea and many other countries)

SUBJECTS: Healthy 18 Male subjects (8 per each group)



Twice for 4 days and 3 nights: July 8-11 and July 15-18

(Hospitalization at 5~6pm and leaving hospital at 8~9am)

<OPD visit: 4 times>

Screening visit: please see the schedule below

OPD visits (Morning of each hospitalization day): July 8 and 15(around 7~8am)

Post study visit (final visit): choose one day from July 21, 22, 25 and 26 (around 7~8am)

Physical examination, vital sign/blood pressure, blood/urine test and ECG

COMPENSATION: The compensation will be paid in full after the normal completion of the clinical trial.

Study compensation: KRW 2,200,000 (before tax)

Visit compensation: KRW 150,000(before tax) per each visit (screening, hospitalization, follow-up)

Standby compensation: KRW 150,000 for standby subject (before tax)

  • Tax Information

People with Alien Registration Card: 4.4% tax --> 2,103,200KW after tax

People without Alien Registration Card: 22% tax --> 1,716,000 after tax


<Inclusion criteria>

* age 20 and 40 years

* BMI range: ≥18.5 and 27kg/m2 

* Caucasian with both parents Caucasian

**Can speak English or Spanish or Russian due to limited study document**


<Exclusion criteria>

* Chronic or relevant acute infection

* Intake of drug with a long half life within 21days/ half life within 7days 

* Blood donation of more than 100ml within 30days prior to study drug medication

* Partipation in other clinical trials within 3 months


Observed AE from previous trials: headache, localized myalgia, weakness, mild hyperglycemia

Those are the full range of side effects observed in previous trials, none of which are dangerous, just potentially uncomfortable (hence the high compensation). They occurred separately, in rare cases, in trials of a drug which is now in widespread use. Please don't misunderstand or misrepresent the degree of potential harm to subjects involved, this is how progress is made in medical science and it's done with the utmost care and maximal safety precautions.

Choose screening date:

A) 2016-06-18(SAT) 9am

B) 2016-06-20(Mon) 9am OR 1:30pm

C) 2016-06-21(TUE) 9am OR 1:30pm

D) 2016-06-22(WED) 9am OR 1:30pm

E) 2016-06-23(THU) 9am or 1:30pm

F) 2016-06-24(Fri) 9am or 1:30pm


Taipei 101 is the second tallest building in Asia and the fifth...

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Taipei 101 is the second tallest building in Asia and the fifth tallest in the world, standing at a whopping 1,667 feet (508 meters) from top to bottom. The building is a must-see for anyone visiting Taipei. Visitors pay a NT$400 entrance fee to reach the top of the tower for spectacular views of the city. 

Hours: Every day from 9 AM to 10 PM. Closing time of ticket sales and entrance at 9:15 PM.

Address: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

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