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School in Korean – Words and phrases related to education

Today we will teach you how to say school in Korean. You will also learn a variety of words and phrases related to all things school.

Being a student and attending school can be enjoyable as it’s where you can meet a lot of friends. If you’re currently studying in South Korea, these terms might come in handy.

Sit down comfortably with your notes open, and let’s get to studying!

How to say “school” in Korean

You can say “school” in Korean as 학교 (hakgyo). For each different level of schooling, from elementary school to university, the word 학교 is attached.

This lesson will primarily focus on the words related to school in Korean. However, there will be a separate article focusing more on schools in South Korea.

Vocabulary for school in Korean

Here is some common vocabulary related to school in Korean.

Words for schools in South Korea

There are different levels of education in South Korea. Here are some of them.

KoreanEnglish
초등학교 (chodeunghakgyo)elementary school
중학교 (junghakgyo) middle school
고등학교 (godeunghakgyo)high school
대학교 (daehakgyo)university
대학원 (daehagwon)graduate school
학원 (hagwon)cram school, private academy
유치원 (yuchiwon)kindergarten
전문대 (jeonmundae)college
어학원 (eohagwon)language school
어학당 (eohakdang)language school
기숙 학교 (gisuk hakgyo)boarding school

Words for people related to school in Korean

Here are some words for roles that people have related to school.

KoreanEnglish
교수 (gyosu)professor
교사 (gyosa)school teacher
선생님 (seonsaengnim)teacher
학생 (haksaeng)student
중학생 (junghaksaeng) middle school students
고등학생 (godeunghaksaeng) high school students
초등학교 선생님 or 초등학교 교사 (chodeunghakgyo seonsaengnim or chodeunghakgyo gyosa) primary school teacher
반 친구들 (ban chingudeul) classmates

Words for subjects in Korean

Different subjects are taught at school. Here are some of them in Korean.

KoreanEnglish
과목 (gwamok)subject
수학 (suhak)mathematics
과학 (gwahak)science

Verbs related to school in Korean

Below are some action words related to school in Korean.

KoreanEnglish
가르치다 (gareuchida) to teach
배우다 (baeuda)to learn
연습하다 (yeonseupada)to practice
공부하다 (gongbuhada)to study
교육하다 (gyoyukada)to educate

Other words related to school in Korean

We’ve also listed down additional essential vocabulary related to school in Korean.

KoreanEnglish
학부 (hakbu) department
수업 (sueop)class
시험 (siheom)exam
강당 (gangdang) auditorium, assembly hall
학교식당 (hakgyosikdang)school cafeteria
교실 (gyosil)classroom
학년 (hangnyeon)grade
교육 (gyoyuk)education
도서관 (doseogwan) library
학기 (hakgi)semester

Elementary school in Korean

Elementary school in Korean is called 초등학교 (chodeunghakgyo). The elementary school falls under primary education.

Middle school in Korean

Falling under secondary education, middle school in Korean is called 중학교 (junghakgyo). Middle school students are called 중학생 (junghaksaeng) in Korean.

High school in Korean

After middle school, the high school level comes next. The word for high school in Korean is 고등학교 (godeunghakgyo). A high school student is called 고등학생 (godeunghaksaeng) in Korean.

Graduate school in Korean

The word for graduate school in Korean is 대학원 (daehagwon).

Graduation in Korean

The word for graduation in Korean is 졸업 (joreop), and the verb “to graduate” is 졸업하다 (joreopada). The word for graduation ceremony is 졸업식 (joreopsik). The word for ceremony is 식 (sik).

University in Korean

The word for university in Korean is 대학교 (daehakgyo). Sometimes, when spoken of a specific university, for example, 한양대학교 (hanyangdaehakgyo), it may get shortened as 대 (dae). In other words, instead of saying the full 한양대학교, you may just say 한양대 (hanyangdae). Like this:

한양대에서 졸업했어요.

(hanyangdaeeseo joreopaesseoyo.)

I graduated from Hanyang University.

College in Korean

The word for college in Korean is 전문대 (jeonmundae). However, frequently the term 대학교 (daehakgyo) is used interchangeably or is shortened as 대학 (daehak). Typically the word 전문대 is used specifically for colleges with programs lasting 2-3 years, as opposed to a university’s 4-year degrees.

Teacher in Korean

There are two words for “teacher” in the Korean language. The first one is 교사 (gyosa) which translates to school teacher, and the other one is 선생님 (seonsaengnim) which literally means teacher. The difference between the two is that 선생님 (seonsaengnim) is an honorific, while 교사 (gyosa) isn’t.

In addressing your teachers directly, you should say 선생님 (seonsaengnim), not 교사 (gyosa).

For example, “Hello, teacher!” in Korean is 선생님, 안녕하세요! (seonsaengnim, annyeonghaseyo!) and not 교사, 안녕하세요! (gyosa, annyeonghaseyo!).

Student in Korean

When there’s a teacher, there’s also a student. And Korean students are generally called 학생 (haksaeng). As you learn Korean and improve your language skills, you can also consider yourself as 학생 (haksaeng).

Book in Korean

The word for book in Korean is 책 (chaek). However, for school book specifically, the words typically used are 교과서 (gyogwaseo) and 학교 도서 (hakgyo doseo).

Study in Korean

There are a few words for how to say study in Korean. Perhaps the most common one is 공부 (gongbu). You can also use it as the verb “to study” by attaching 하다 (hada) to the verb, like this 공부하다 (gongbuhada). Sometimes the word 학습 (hakseup) is also used. More specifically, this noun means “learning.”

Pencil in Korean

The word for pencil in Korean is 연필 (yeonpil). And the word for “pen” in Korean is 펜.

Go to School in Korean

Lastly, you will probably want to know how to say go to school in Korean. The phrase for this is 학교에 다니다 (hakgyoe danida). The word 학교 means “school,” and the verb 다니다 means “to go” and “to attend.” Based on the formality, you can drop 다 and add -녀(요) to use the verb in action.

The 에 attached to 학교 is an integral Korean particle, noting location or time. If you are still unfamiliar with this particle or Korean particles in general, we kindly ask you to refer to our particle guide.

Cartoon teacher with pupils, school kids sitting at desks in classroom. Elementary school children studying in class vector illustration. Children having geography test or exam, getting knowledge

Phrases related to school in Korean

Now that we’ve learned some Korean words related to school in Korean, let’s level it up to the Korean phrases below.

좋은 대학교에 입학하게 되기 위해서 열심히 공부해요. (joeun daehakgyoe ipakage doegi wihaeseo yeolsimhi gongbuhaeyo.)

I study hard because I want to get into a good university.

제가 제일 좋은 수업은 영어에요. (jega jeil joeun sueobeun yeongeoeyo. )

My favorite school subject is English.

지금 한국어학원을 다니고 있어요. (jigeum hangugeohagwoneul danigo isseoyo.)

I am currently attending Korean language school.

일주일에 학원에서 3개 수업을 들어요. (iljuire hagwoneseo 3gae sueobeul deureoyo.)

I take three classes a week in a private academy.

And now you should be ready to talk about school in Korean! Do you have plans to attend school in South Korea, or have you already attended school in Korea? How else can you make today’s material useful to you? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Conquered – The Gaya Confederacy (42 – 562 A.D.)

The Gaya Confederacy (Picture Courtesy of Wikipedia)

The Gaya Confederacy existed from 42 A.D. to 562 A.D. It was situated in the south-eastern corner of the Korean peninsula near the Nakdong River basin around present day Busan and the Gyeongsangnam-do area. The Gaya Confederacy was centred around Geungwan Gaya (present day Gimhae). It was a small confederacy of city-states that grew out of the Byeonhan Confederacy, which consisted of twelve states. In total, there were six loosely organized city-states in the Gaya Confederacy. The Gaya Confederacy gained its independence from the Byeonhan Confederacy sometime during the late 3rd century. And while there are very few written records that can point to a definitive transitional period in Gaya history, it was around the 3rd century that military activities increased and funeral rites changed for the confederacy. During its history, the Gaya Confederacy existed between the stronger Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C. – 660 A.D.) to the north-west and the fast growing Silla Kingdom (57 B.C. – 935 A.D.) to the north-east.

The economy of the Gaya Confederacy was centred around agriculture, fishing, and foreign trade. And with it being situated in the fertile Nakdong plains, as well as its proximity to the sea, it makes sense that these would be the core components to the Gaya Confederacy’s economy. Additionally, the Gaya Confederacy was situated on top of rich iron deposits, which it both used and exported to the Baekje Kingdom and the Wa of Japan. Also, archaeological evidence supports the idea that the Gaya Confederacy exported both culture and technology to the Kyushu area of Japan.

The tomb of King Suro of Geumgwan Gaya in Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do

The Gaya Confederacy has an interesting creation legend. As the legend goes, King Suro of Geumgwan Gaya (42? – 199 A.D.) was the first of six princes born from eggs. He had descended down from the sky in a golden bowl wrapped in red cloth. Being the first of the six born, he would go on to help form the Gaya Confederacy.

King Suro’s wife, Heo Hwang-ok (Yellow Jade), on the other hand, was from the Ayuta Kingdom. It’s unclear where Ayuta Kingdom is, as it is not identified in the Garakgukgi (The Record of Garak Kingdom), which is currently lost, or the Samguk Yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms) that cites the Garakgukgi. All that these sources cite is that the Ayuta Kingdom was a “distant kingdom.” There are a few theories as to where the Ayuta Kingdom might be like Ayodhya in India. However, there are no records of this legend in India. Another theory states that the Ayuta Kingdom is a transliteration of the Ay Kingdom in India. Either way, it’s unclear as to where Heo Hwang-ok was definitively from.

A painting of Queen Heo arriving on the Korean peninsula. Of note is the Pisa Seoktap at the back of the boat. The painting is from Haegwangsa Temple in Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do.

Either way, the legend of Heo Hwang-ok’s arrival on the Korean peninsula states that she arrived in 48 A.D. Upon her arrival, she told King Suro she was sixteen years old. She would go on to marry King Suro to become Queen Heo. And some six million people, especially the Gimhae Kim clan, Gimhae Heo clan, and Lee clan, in present day Korea, trace their lineage back to these legendary figures.

During her seaward journey, Heo Hwang-ok traveled with a five-story stone pagoda. The pagoda was used to help calm the potential stormy seas. This is also recorded in the Samguk Yusa. This pagoda is known as the Pisa Seoktap, which literally means “Pisa Stone Pagoda” in English. This pagoda is also called the Chimpungtap, which means “Wind Calming Pagoda” in English, for obvious reasons. The stones that make up the pagoda have exotic engravings on them, while the red patterns have understandably faded over time. Initially, this pagoda had no home. It wasn’t until 452 A.D., and through the creation of the newly built Wanghusa Temple (Queen’s Temple), which was probably an ancestral shrine, that the pagoda found a home. Later, its location was changed to Hogyesa Temple in Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do. Finally, it was relocated to its present location in 1993, under a wooden pavilion, on the grounds of Queen Heo’s burial site.

The tomb of Queen Heo in Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do.
The Pisa Seoktap (Pisa Stone Pagoda) that Queen Heo purportedly sailed with on her journey towards the Gaya Confederacy.

The Pisa Stone Pagoda is intriguing for a couple of reasons. Queen Heo potentially came from an area in India that was Buddhist. Additionally, she probably brought statues and texts to accompany the highly symbolic and meaningful Buddhist style pagoda. Also, the foreignness of the design, shape, and colour of the pagoda point to its alien origins. And while Buddhism didn’t become popular in the Gaya Confederacy, it would seem that Buddhism entered the Korean peninsula at a much earlier date than through the Goguryeo Kingdom (37 B.C. – 668 A.D.). However, with little documentation, because of the confederacy’s destruction at the hands of the Silla Kingdom, it’s hard to definitively state this in the absence of anything concrete outside the Pisa Seoktap.

After a period of decline, the Gaya Confederacy was revived once more during the 5th century around Daegaya (present day Goryeong, Gyeongsangbuk-do). Before this, the Goguryeo Kingdom put pressure on the Gaya Confederacy, which would result in their independence deteriorating. However, while the Gaya Confederacy’s power was slowly being eroded, they remained an autonomous state until they were completely conquered and annexed by the Silla Kingdom in 562 A.D. This happened as a result, and delivered as punishment, for having assisted the Baekje Kingdom against the Silla Kingdom. And so in 562 A.D., the Gaya Confederacy ceased to exist.

Top 10 Budget Hotels In Myeongdong: Best Stays Under $100

If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Seoul for a reasonable price, Myeongdong is the place for you. There are dozens of budget hotels in Myeongdong that offer a comfortable night’s sleep at prices that won’t break the bank.

Myeongdong is a melting pot of Korean and foreign culture and one of the best places for traveller’s to Seoul looking for an all-round Korean experience. There’s bustling street markets, delicious street food, shopping, and some of Seoul’s top sights & attractions.

When I visit Seoul, I almost always stay in Myeongdong due to its convenience – there are lots of connections to the rest of Seoul. It’s also one of Seoul’s special tourists districts that allows rooftop bars, offering up beautiful views of the N Seoul Tower.

Staying in Myeongdong is a great option for first-time travellers to Korea. This area caters to tourists and offers money-exchanges with the best rates, souvenirs shops, local goods at bargain prices, and a wide range of restaurants and cafes.

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Top 10 Budget Hotels In Myeongdong

Here are ten of the best places to stay in Myeongdong that will offer you a comfortable night’s rest for under $100.

I’m very picky when it comes to hotels and spend a long time checking reviews, looking at the options and prices, and finding the best bargains available.

I’ve personally stayed in most of these hotels and feel comfortable recommending them to people looking for good quality budget hotels in Myeongdong.

Now I want to share them with you.

If you’re looking to travel as a couple, family, or by yourself, these budget hotels in Myeongdong will all be perfect for you.

Please note: Prices might be above $100 during peak times, which include cherry blossom and autumn leaves season.

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1: L7 Myeongdong By Lotte

My favourite of these budget hotels in Myeongdong, I’ve stayed in the L7 Myeongdong several times and can definitely recommend it.

It’s got a fun modern design with lots of yellowy decorations. It’s right outside Myeongdong Station and gives easy access to the best shops and street food areas.

The hotel has a free rooftop foot spa where you can dip your feet whilst looking at the N Seoul Tower. This is a great way to enjoy a cold winter’s evening and provides a great place for taking pictures of Seoul.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 245 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Your pillow-top bed comes with down comforters and premium bedding.

Private bathrooms with showers feature designer toiletries and bidets. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment.

Amenities

Make use of convenient amenities, which include complimentary wireless Internet access, 24-hour front desk, and concierge services.

Dining

Enjoy a satisfying meal at an exclusive restaurant serving guests of L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE. Wrap up your day with a drink at the bar/lounge.

Address

37 Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

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2: ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun

Although this hotel is technically in Namdaemun, this area is a couple of minutes away from Myeongdong and gives you access to all of the areas attractions.

The ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun is tucked away in a quieter part of central Seoul, so if you’re looking for a modern budget hotel in the area that’s not as busy outside, this is a great option.

This hotel is perfect for visiting Deoksugung Palace and travelling to Hongdae from City Hall Station. There are also some nice cafes and bars in the area that are a bit quieter than in central Myeongdong.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 182 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.

Private bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities

Enjoy recreational amenities such as an indoor pool and a fitness centre. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, a banquet hall, 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. Limited parking is available onsite.

Dining

For lunch or dinner, stop by R.ENA, a restaurant that specialises in Italian cuisine. You can also grab snacks at the coffee shop/café.

Address

36 Sejong-daero 11-gil, Seosomun-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul

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3: Tmark Grand Hotel Myeongdong

The Tmark Grand Hotel Myeongdong has some great rates for comfortable rooms and is probably one of the best budget hotels in Myeongdong for those looking to save money.

What I like most about this hotel is the location. It towers above Hoehyeon Station and is within walking distance from Seoul Station – about 15 minutes away.

You can even take the Seoullo 7017 garden walkway from Seoul Station most of the way. It’s opposite Namdaemun Market, meaning you won’t have to carry your shopping far.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 576 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.

Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and designer toiletries. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, and you can also request irons/ironing boards.

Amenities

Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including an indoor pool and a fitness center. Additional amenities at this Art Deco hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. Limited parking is available onsite.

Dining

For lunch or dinner, stop by Tour de Goumet Buffet, a restaurant that specializes in international cuisine. You can also grab snacks at the coffee shop/café. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 7 AM to 10 AM for a fee.

Address

194-15 Hoehyeondong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

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4: Nine Tree Premier Hotel Myeongdong

Located in the heart of Myeongdong, just a few steps from Myeongdong Station, the Nine Tree Premier Hotel Myeongdong is a clean, comfortable and very affordable hotel that’s perfect for a wide range of travellers looking to explore Myeongdong.

Like other budget hotels in Myeongdong, this hotel offers great transportation links and is just two stops from Seoul Station. It’s also very convenient for the Incheon Airport limousine bus.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 144 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment.

Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities

Make use of convenient amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, a television in a common area, a 24-hour front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours).

Dining

Enjoy a meal at the restaurant or snacks in the hotel’s coffee shop/café.

Address

51 Myeongdong 10-gil, Chungmuro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

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5: LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong

Lotte Hotels have a strong reputation for comfort and modern conveniences and you can’t go wrong booking one of their hotels. As with the other Lotte hotel on this list, there’s a lovely rooftop area where you can eat and take in the sights of Seoul.

This iconic hotel, with the blue bowing man outside, is one of the most popular budget hotels in Myeongdong and enjoyed by travellers from around the world.

This hotel even offers a Muslim-friendly restaurant, Saffron, as well as the C-Cafe on the 27th floor.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 430 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and LED televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment.

Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities

Enjoy recreation amenities such as a health club or take in the view from a rooftop terrace. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Limited parking is available onsite.

Dining

Grab a bite to eat at C’cafe, one of the hotel’s many dining establishments, which include 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM for a fee.

Address

362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul South Korea

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6: Hotel Midcity Myeongdong

Budget-conscious travellers might want to consider Hotel Midcity Myeongdong, which offers cozy double rooms for as little as $50 per night and family rooms from $70 per night.

This is probably the best of these budget hotels in Myeongdong in terms of value for money. It’s located close to Cheonggyecheon Stream and a short walk from Gyeongbokgung Palace, making it perfect for sightseeing.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 140 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.

Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Amenities

Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness centre or take in the view from a rooftop terrace and a garden. Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage.

Dining

Individually-wrapped food options are available through room service.

Address

30, Dadong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul South Korea

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7: Philstay Myeongdong

Another great budget hotel option for those looking for a low-cost stay in Myeongdong in a convenient location. This hotel isn’t the most luxurious, but is very reasonably priced, has friendly management, and comes with a free (basic) breakfast.

You can get a good night’s rest in the city for as little as 40,000 KRW for a double room – the price of a BBQ dinner in one of the nearby restaurants. Close to Myeongdong Food Street and Myeongdong Cathedral for late night snacks or early morning church visits.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 25 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.

Private bathrooms with showers feature hair dryers and slippers. Housekeeping is provided daily, and both refrigerators and irons/ironing boards are available on request.

Amenities

Make use of convenient amenities, which include complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services. Featured amenities include a computer station, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff.

Dining

Not available within the hotel.

Address

17F 55, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul South Korea

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8: Myeongdong Rooftop Hostel

As you can see from the picture above, the draw of this hotel is definitely the view from the rooftop garden. The area surrounding Myeongdong offers some incredible sights, with mountains to the north and the iconic N Seoul Tower to the south.

This basic budget hotel is cheaper than most of the other tall hotels in the area, with double rooms from 50,000 KRW per night, even on the weekend. That gives you more money to spend on snacks and drinks to enjoy whilst taking in the night view.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 21 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.

Bathrooms feature showers, hair dryers, and slippers. Conveniences include desks and microwaves, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Amenities

This guesthouse offers designated smoking areas. Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and microwaves in a common area.

Dining

Not available within the hotel.

Address

47, Toegye-ro 20-gil, Seoul South Korea

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9: Metro Hotel Myeongdong

Located in the northern part of Myeongdong, away from the markets and night stalls but close to Euljiro 1-ga subway station, the Metro Hotel is an ideal budget hotel for those looking to stay away from the crowds.

However, that doesn’t mean that it’s in an inconvenient location. It’s closer to popular sights, such as the royal palaces, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Jogyesa Temple.

It’s also a few minutes away from the Jonggak Avenue of Youth – a popular place for eating and drinking at night that’s less touristy than the central Myeongdong.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 78 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment.

Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature bidets and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities

Enjoy recreation amenities such as a fitness centre or take in the view from a terrace. This hotel features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and express check-out.

Dining

Enjoy a meal at the restaurant or snacks in the hotel’s 2 coffee shops/cafés. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 7 AM to 10 AM for a fee.

Address

14, Myeongdong 9ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul South Korea

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10: Crown Park Hotel Seoul

The Crown Park Hotel is a large hotel situated close to the Lotte Department Store, Seoul City Hall, and Deoksugung Palace. This hotel strikes a good balance between being a budget friendly hotel and offering a premium service.

Close to the airport limousine bus stop, markets, and department stores, this is a great budget hotel in Myeongdong for those looking to spend less on accommodation and more on shopping. You can even buy extra suitcases nearby for some of the lowest prices in town.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 204 guestrooms featuring refrigerators. Your pillowtop bed comes with premium bedding.

Private bathrooms with showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment.

Amenities

Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Additional features at this hotel include a fireplace in the lobby and a banquet hall.

Dining

Enjoy a meal at The Park Dining or snacks in the hotel’s coffee shop/café.

Address

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Myeongdong Shopping Street, Seoul

Traveller’s Guide To Myeongdong

There are not only lots of budget hotels in Myeongdong, there are also lots of cheap eats, discounted goods, and cheap (or even free) attractions to explore.

If you’re not sure what there is to do in Myeongdong, here’s a quick guide to what to see, do, and eat in the area.

N Seoul Tower and Namsan Cable Car, Seoul

What To See In Myeongdong

Although not technically in Myeongdong, you can’t help but notice the colourful N Seoul Tower looking over the area from nearby Namsan Mountain.

Myeongdong is the best place to be if you want to visit this romantic lookout point that offers incredible views of Seoul in all directions.

To get to the N Seoul Tower, take the Namsan Cable Car or walk (it’s not really that far). You can get there by heading up the path behind Myeongdong Station.

Zaemiro Street in Myeongdong, Seoul

You’ll also see Zaemiro Street in the same area, a special area dedicated to Korea’s comic and cartoon industry. Watch as you walk through the area and try to notice famous Korean characters, including Pororo the Penguin and Red & Yellow Larva.

Visit Myeongdong Street Food Street and sample all the delicious snacks on offer. In the middle of this street, you’ll also see the Myeongdong Theatre.

East of the street food street is the Myeongdong Cathedral, a gothic cathedral designed by French missionaries to Korea in the 19th Century.

Myeongdong is primarily known for shopping, staying, and eating, however, there are many sights nearby. Here are some of the attractions close to Myeongdong:

There’s a lot more than this to see, of course. These are just some of the highlights of central Seoul.

If you want to know a few more things to see or do in Seoul, check out this article:

Best Things To Do In Seoul
Shops and malls in Myeongdong, Seoul

What To Do In Myeongdong

Myeongdong is known for one thing above all else – shopping.

There are a wide range of shops selling all kinds of goods, from luxury brands in department stores (and fakes in the street markets), to discounted Korean cosmetics, K-pop goods, clothing, souvenirs, and everything else.

Explore Myeongdong’s street markets or the busy Namdaemun Market (right next to Myeongdong) at all hours of the day, with shops open late into the night.

If you don’t want to shop, there’s also the Seoul Global Culture Centre to visit, where you can learn about Korean culture and try on Korean hanbok for free.

Looking for something different? Why not check out the Myeongdong Shooting Range, a popular shooting range designed by K-pop stars and featuring 100s of different guns used in Korean dramas and movies.

This places offers training on how to use the guns and has trained various Korean celebrities, including G Dragon, Kim Soo-hyun, and Lee Gi-kwang.

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What To Eat In Myeongdong

The other attraction in Myeongdong is food.

There are a lot of chimaek (chicken and beer) and samgyeopsal (Korean BBQ) restaurants to check out that have given millions of tourists their first unforgettable taste of Korean dining.

Koreans love to spend the evenings chatting and enjoying coffee and cake together, which is why you’ll find so many cafes in Myeongdong (and everywhere in Korea).

Check out the Korean desserts on offer, especially if you’re visiting in summer when you can enjoy one of Korea’s best treats – bingsu (shaved ice dessert).

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Of course, the best options are outside. That’s where you’ll find Myeongdong’s iconic street food. There’s a whole street dedicated to food stalls in the heart of Myeongdong.

Try out a variety of authentic Korean snacks, such as tteok-bokki, hotteok, and gyeran-ppang, as well as more modern treats such as tornado potato and cheesy lobster tails.

If you want more inspiration for what to eat, check out my top 20 traditional Korean dishes that you won’t want to miss:

Traditional Korean Dishes

Not sure where to eat? Why not book a meal at Myeongdong-jeong and try an authentic Korean meal with a range of mouthwatering main dishes and dozens of banchan (Korean side dishes).

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COVID-19 Travel Insurance

If you’re travelling to Korea these days, it’s good to get COVID-19 travel insurance, which will protect you from a number of problems, including cancellations, hospital care, and other unplanned problems.

A great provider of travel insurance that I personally use when travelling is World Nomads. They offer great cover and their prices are very reasonable. Click below to get a quote now.

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Learn More About Seoul

If you want to find out more about what to do, see, and explore in Seoul, then check out some of my other articles about Korea’s capital.

Free Activities In Seoul
Discover Seoul Pass
Seoul Indoor Activities

If this is your first time in Seoul or Korea, I’d recommend getting a T-Money card to help with transportation and paying for items in shops. It’s an essential accessory that works across Korea. Learn more from the link below:

T-Money Card In Korea

For other hotels in Seoul check out this article that covers Seoul’s top 7 neighbourhoods:

Where To Stay In Seoul
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A Quick Note About Hotel Prices

I’ve used Agoda.com for prices.

Other good hotel booking sites for Seoul and Korea include:

Hotellook.com
Booking.com
Klook.com

If you want to find the best prices, it’s worth taking a bit of time to check each of these sites and compare their prices.

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GIANT Suspension Bridge (소금산 출렁다리) | Wonju Tour Part 3/3 (원주)

This is the third and final part of my day in Wonju City. For our last activity together that day, we decided to go climbing up Sogeum Mountain (소금산) up to the giant, wobbly suspension bridge at the top.

Special thanks to my friend 의주 for showing me around Wonju City, and for giving me to some really fun memories there.

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Sujeongsa Temple – 수정사 (Ulju-gun, Ulsan)

Inside the Elaborate Daeung-jeon Hall at Sujeongsa Temple in Ulju-gun, Ulsan.

Temple History

Sujeongsa Temple is a modern temple that’s home to nuns. It’s located in the northwest part of Ulsan in Ulju-gun down a long valley. Sujeongsa Temple is also just some twenty minutes away from the famed Tongdosa Temple. Sujeongsa Temple is located in a very rural part of Korea; in fact, it almost feels like you fall off the edge of the map. But in the process of retreating from the sights and sounds of modern Korea, you find a beautiful Buddhist temple.

Temple Layout

You first approach Sujeongsa Temple up a narrow road down a long valley. After three kilometres, you’ll finally arrive at the Sujeongsa Temple grounds. The first building to greet you are the nuns’ dorms and visitors centre. Next to this building is a serene statue of Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha). Almost as beautiful in composition are the guardians that surround the base of the five metre tall statue dedicated to Mireuk-bul.

Past the statue to the left is the ornately decorated Daeung-jeon Hall at Sujeongsa Temple. The exterior walls to the main hall are adorned with Palsang-do (The Eight Scenes from the Buddha’s Life Murals). In addition to these elaborate murals is a collection of gorgeous latticework adorning the front doors of the temple shrine hall. The latticework is adorned with the Sibiji-shin (The Twelve Spirit Generals). And at the base of the main hall’s front doors are intricate Gwimyeon (Monster Mask) reliefs.

Stepping inside the Daeung-jeon Hall, you’ll be greeted by a beautiful interior made vibrant by its colours and designs. The main altar is occupied by three main altar statues centred by Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha). This central image is joined on either side by Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom) and Bohyeon-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Power). These three statues rest under an large, ornate, golden canopy. And the wooden altar that supports these three statues depicts the Palsang-do. To the right of main altar is a shrine dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife). Next to this shrine are sixteen statues dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). And to the left of the main altar, and hanging on the far left wall, is an elaborate Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural) relief. This relief is joined by an additional seventeen statues dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal. All thirty-three statues are vividly rendered and beautifully painted. These thirty-three statues of Gwanseeum-bosal are meant to represent the thirty-three incarnations of the Bodhisattva of Compassion. And when we spoke to the head-nun at Sujeongsa Temple, she told us how she had had a dream about the thirty-three Gwanseeum-bosal that inhabit Mt. Botasan in China. Thus, the inspiration for the interior of the Daeung-jeon Hall. And finally, and rounding out the astounding beauty inside the Daeung-jeon Hall, is the octagonal dragon crest in the centre of the ceiling of the main hall. And the gorgeous pink lotus lamp that hang from the ceiling are made from the same material as airplanes (yes, airplanes).

The second temple shrine hall at Sujeongsa Temple is the Samseong-gak Hall, which sits to the left of the main hall. What makes this shrine hall so special is that the Samseong-gak Hall is built around an older shaman shrine hall. According to the head-nun, and the reason that there’s a shell of a Samseong-gak Hall surrounding the former Sanshin-gak Hall, is that she had a dream. This time, her dream centred on Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit). Originally, the head-nun had planned to simply knock down the two hundred year old Sanshin-gak Hall and build a new one in its place. However, Sanshin appeared to the head-nun in a dream three times. Strangely, Sanshin also appeared to the head-nun during a ritual ceremony at the older Sanshin-gak Hall. A photographer captured a picture of a pine tree on the neighbouring mountain appear as though it was on fire. The head-nun took this as a sign, so she built a new protective Samseong-gak Hall around the older Sanshin-gak Hall. The reason she did this, as she explained it, is that if she didn’t, someone would die.

Finally, there’s an outdoor shrine dedicated to Yongwang (The Dragon King) to the left of the Samseong-gak Hall. Out in front of the Yongwang shrine is a rounded stone and rough rock that are placed in front of the Yongwang shrine. Interestingly, the head-nun told us a story about the stone and rock. She said that you can pick up the rounded stone from the rock without first praying; however, once you do in fact pray, you’re no longer able to pick the stone up from the rock. Testing this theory, I couldn’t in fact lift the stone from its rocky perch after praying.

How To Get There

Without a car, this temple is very difficult to get to. In fact, I don’t think I would even venture to find it without a trusty car and GPS system. This temple is located on the southwestern side of Ulsan in the countryside. Other than that, it’s next to impossible to explain its location so good luck!

Overall Rating: 8/10

Sujeongsa Temple is packed with originality and beauty starting with the Daeung-jeon Hall and continuing on to the two-in-one Samseong-gak Hall. Both the interior and exterior of the Daeung-jeon Hall are packed with vibrant colours, statues, and reliefs. Adding to the main hall’s artistic achievements is the highly original shaman shrine hall and the magical Yongwang outdoor shrine at Sujeongsa Temple. Sujeongsa Temple is an amazing place to visit for those that aren’t afraid of a little adventure.

The Mireuk-bul (Future Buddha) statue at the entry of the temple grounds.
The latticework adorning the Daeung-jeon Hall.
The main altar inside the Daeung-jeon Hall.
The beautiful golden canopy (datjib) above the main altar triad.
And the beautiful Palsang-do altar supporting the main altar triad.
Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) inside the Daeung-jeon Hall.
Three of the Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) statues inside the Daeung-jeon Hall.
And the ornate Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural).
The octagonal, blue dragon crest adorning the ceiling of the Daeung-jeon Hall.
The Daeung-jeon Hall and the Samseong-gak Hall together.
A closer look at the unpainted Samseong-gak Hall.
And a better look at the two-in-one shaman shrine hall.
A look towards the Yongwang outdoor shrine and the magical stone that fronts it.

The Emergence of a Dynasty – The Silla Kingdom (57 B.C. – 935 A.D.)

The Silla Kingdom in 576 A.D.

The Silla Kingdom, which was located in the east to southeastern portion of the Korean peninsula, was one of the longest sustained dynasties in all of Asian history. The kingdom spanned an astonishing 992 years in length from 57 B.C. to 935 A.D. The Silla Kingdom was founded by King Hyeokgeose of Silla (r. 57 B.C. – 4 A.D.) in 57 B.C.E. around present-day Gyeongju. It started as Saro-guk, which was a city-state within a twelve member confederacy known as Jinhan. By the 2nd century, Silla existed as a distinct state within the region. And by the 3rd century, the Silla Kingdom expanded its influence over the neighbouring city-states; however, during this time, Silla was probably still nothing more than a strong member of a city-state confederacy.

At the time of King Jijeung of Silla’s reign, which lasted from 500 – 514 A.D., the Silla Kingdom was still politically and militarily weak compared to the neighbouring kingdoms of the Baekje and Goguryeo Kingdoms. However, under King Jijeung of Silla’s reign, Silla achieved important advancements in agricultural technology like plowing by ox and extensive irrigation. These advancements resulted in social and cultural developments and reforms in Silla society. As a result of these advancements, the Silla Kingdom gained land. Finally, during the reign of King Jijeung of Silla’s successor, King Beopheung of Silla (r. 514 – 540 A.D.), the social and governmental reforms were fully in place with a centralized aristocratic state. With a strong monarchical central government, the Silla Kingdom was ready to expand both geographically and culturally.

Buddhism was first introduced to the Silla Kingdom in 263 A.D. by the Goguryeo monk Ado. However, when Ado first attempted to teach Buddhism, the Silla people almost killed him. Unfortunately, Ado had to hide at the Buddhist sympathizers’ house, Morye, who would help shelter future Buddhist monks like Ado and Mukhoja. Both would secretly teach Buddhism, while also curing royalty like the daughter of King Michu of Silla (r. 262 – 284 A.D.). Initially, people expected the miraculous from Buddhism like the curing of royal ailments. Other monks like the Goguryeo monks Chongbang and Myoguch weren’t as lucky as they were killed for their Buddhist beliefs and efforts.

For all these reasons, it is commonly accepted that the Silla Kingdom was the last of the Three Kingdoms on the Korean peninsula to accept Buddhism. The main reason for this delay in accepting Buddhism, and was hinted at before, was the lack of a strong central government and monarchy for the longest of time. This weak foundation resulted in the delay in the acceptance of Buddhism. Once more, a Goguryeo monk by the name of Ado, which simply refers to monk in general, helped further introduce Buddhism to the Silla Kingdom. This time, Ado heard that a foreign envoy had brought King Beopheung of Silla incense. Master Ado traveled to the royal palace, and when he was shown respect by the foreign envoy, the king realized just how much Buddhist monks were and should be revered. It was only after this meeting that King Beopheung allowed Buddhism to be accepted, perhaps for foreign political gain much like the Goguryeo Kingdom to the north. And while the Silla people were the first to accept Buddhism, it was still resisted by a considerable number in the Silla aristocracy.

The Martyrdom of Ichadon. This mural can be found at Heungnyunsa Temple in Gyeongju.

It was only after the martyrdom of Ichadon (501-527 A.D.), during the reign of King Beopheung of Silla (r. 514 – 540 A.D.), that Buddhism gradually gained the acceptance it would need to become recognized as the national Silla religion. According to the legend of Ichadon, and as recorded by both the Samguk Yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms) and the Samguk Sagi (History of the Three Kingdoms), Ichadon was the nephew of King Beopheung. For a long time, King Beopheung wanted to make Buddhism the national religion of Silla, but he continually met opposition and resistance from the powerful Silla aristocracy. Wanting to help his uncle, Ichadon concocted a plan to help King Beopheung. So he told the king secretly, “If you want to spread Buddhism, please kill me.” The king was surprised by such a shocking proposition, so he asked Ichadon, “How can I kill you and raise Buddhism?” Ichadon answered, “In a saint’s teaching, there is a secret dharma. If I die, there must be a miracle. Intrigued, the king asked, “My understanding of the way of spreading Buddhism is to perform good deeds. How then can I kill my faithful retainer?” As a result of such uncertainty, King Beopheung rejected Ichadon’s proposal. So Ichadon took it upon himself to force the hand of King Beopheung. Ichadon spread a false royal order that stated that the king wanted a Buddhist temple built in the Cheongyeongnim Forest. The king deemed the rumour treacherous, and he was forced to sentence Ichadon to death because at that time, if you confessed to being a Buddhist, it was punishable by death. Before his execution, Ichadon prophetically stated, “If Buddhism is good then when my head is cut off, the blood that flows will be white.” And when Ichadon was in fact executed, white blood flowed from his head. Taking this as a miraculous sign of Buddhism’s power, the aristocracy no longer objected to the new religion. Just one year later, in 528 A.D., King Beopheung ordered that no living thing should be killed, which included Buddhists. As a result, Buddhism was recognized as the official religion in the Silla Kingdom.

While Buddhism was recognized as a religion in 528 A.D., it wasn’t until 535 A.D. that it became a national religion. It was also in 535 A.D. that King Beopheung built Heungnyunsa Temple in Gyeongju. When parts of this temple were completed, King Beopheung became an ordained monk, and he took up residence at the new temple. He was followed by his queen, when Yongheungsa Temple was built, and she became a Buddhist nun under the name of Myobeop, which means “Marvelous Dharma” in English.

Present-day Heungnyunsa Temple in Gyeongju.

However, while tremendous strides were made during King Beopheung’s reign, it wouldn’t be until King Jinheung of Silla’s reign (r. 540 – 576 A.D.) that Buddhism, as a national religion, firmly took root. In 544 A.D., Heungnyunsa Temple was completed. In the spring of 549 A.D., a Liang Dynasty (502 – 557 A.D.) envoy brought Silla Master monk Gaktok back to the Silla Kingdom. With him, he brought about one thousand seven hundred volumes of Buddhist sutras. In 550 A.D., to show just how much Buddhism had become an integral part of Silla society, the king appointed Master Anjang, a Buddhist monk, to an important government post. Throughout this period, temples continued to spread like when the famous Hwangnyongsa Temple was completed after thirteen years of construction in 566 A.D. And like his predecessor before him, King Jinheung of Silla became an ordained Buddhist monk near the end of his life.

For the Silla Kingdom of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, Buddhism provided an ideology that would further help unify the nation behind a centralized Silla government. It was also at this time, coincidentally, that Silla started to become a mighty nation. In fact, the Silla Kingdom became so powerful that they unified the Korean peninsula and advanced Buddhism religiously, culturally, and artistically to unsurpassed heights. But more of that in a future post.

A computer image of Hwangnyongsa Temple from the Hwangnyongsa-ji Temple Site Museum in Gyeongju.

“To touch” in Korean | Korean FAQ

There are several common verbs that mean "to touch" in Korean, and each is used differently. In this video I'll show you how to use the most common ones that you'll need, including 만지다, 손(을) 대다, 건들다 (건드리다), 누르다, and 감동(을) 받다. I'll compare and contrast each of these, and also give you some examples of how you can use them.

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Clothing in South Korea

In this article, we’ll be talking about a very interesting aspect of culture: Clothing in South Korea.

One of the most important things of consideration, whenever you travel to a place, is not just how to put together the most fun and productive itinerary, but also what to wear whilst there. How do you plan your outfits for the season in place during your trip? And even more importantly: what not to wear when in South Korea, so you do not offend anyone?

In this article, we hope to answer some of your questions regarding Korean clothing, from traditional clothes to modern styles and where to purchase them. We hope this will answer your wonders of what type of clothes you should avoid wearing, and which of your outfits best correspond with each season South Korea has.

Clothing in South Korea

Why Learn About South Korean Clothing?

Your interest in local clothing styles and fashion may even go beyond the seasonal and cultural aspects.

You may wonder a lot what traditional clothes in South Korea are like, especially upon seeing a photo of a gorgeous hanbok online. Or you may drool after the pretty clothes or that Korean traditional hat that you see worn in Korean dramas, and wonder whether you can fill your suitcase with similar clothes before you head back home from Korea.

You might find yourself watching a historical drama with traditional Korean aesthetics and you might even imagine yourself wearing traditional Korean clothes, running around in villages with traditional Korean houses.

In fact, Korean fashion has been taking up the world like a storm, just like Korean popular culture has.

What do they wear in South Korea?

Although you see a lot of western clothing and influences in south Korea. There are notable differences in Korean fashion. You might have seen this unique style in music videos or your favorite Korean drama.

There are a lot of expected similarities with the fashion styles of the west, specifically those that also have four seasons. During winter, for example, it is obviously common to wear warm winter clothes. Summer is where clothing with high-grade lightweight materials becomes popular.

Korean Fashion

However, Korea has developed distinctive clothing styles that set it apart from the rest of the world. Although many young Koreans do still prefer clothes inspired by their western counterparts, there are a lot of elements in Korean fashion, both in formal and casual wear, that are quite unique.

Weather patterns have influenced differences in what the regional fashion industry can produce. For example, not only does South Korea has four distinct seasons, but each of their seasons also may not be directly comparable with your own country’s equivalent seasons. For example, for a Northern European, South Korea’s spring and fall seasons may already feel similar to summer up north. Alternatively, for someone from a tropical country, where seasons primarily alternate between dry and wet, South Korea’s diverse season may offer a lot of adapting to get used to. Koreans are quite fond of having four seasons that all come with their own distinct flare – and you’ll want to be prepared for them so that you can fall in love with them, too! Or, at the very least, manage them through.

What is the popular clothing style in general?

Essentially, there isn’t one specific clothing style, such as goth or preppy, that majority of Koreans would fall under. However, unless you are visiting a university’s engineering department during the finals season, or something equivalent, you likely won’t see many people dressed super casually, in sweats or the like. Koreans like to take care of their appearance from head to toe, and it shows clearly on the streets. For both formal clothing and casual wear, the clothing style is usually planned further than simply throwing on the first clothes they find in the closet.

Korean people are fond of enjoying colorful clothes. They’re not afraid to use various clothing materials to express themselves and their modern artistic sensibility. If you check out music videos or have watched a Korean drama, you see that there’s really a burst of colorful clothes.

One thing to note is that traditional Korean aesthetics are actually still trendy especially when younger designers reinterpret traditional Korean designs. Although a lot of today’s youth prefer clothes inspired by mostly modern western styles, some elements of Korea’s traditional clothing do still pop up in modern-day designs. You see special fashion events where designers reinterpret traditional Korean designs and make them more modern. They add a uniquely Korean artistic significance to fashion, while still keeping up with the times.

How conservative are Koreans in what they choose to wear?

While Koreans are not overly conservative, expecting you to cover yourself from head to toe, they are a lot more modest than for example many Western countries who adapt modern western styles. For men, this mainly means keeping your shirt on at all times.

For women, it’s a little bit more complex. It’s typically best to avoid wearing a low-cut top, or one that exposes your shoulders and/or stomach. Cold shoulder and off-shoulder tops, as well as even crop tops, are getting more popular among young Korean women today, but try to limit especially tops like tank tops in your wardrobe when in Korea. However, short skirts and shorts are OK.

There are also formal occasions and special family occasions that require distinct clothing styles. Korean people are usually mindful of the guests of whatever occasion they might be going to know what to wear on that specific occasion.

Are clothes cheap in South Korea?

It largely depends on where you shop for the clothes. If you are in South Korea, you will have access to all their street shops, where clothes are typically priced at their most affordable. Of course, there is then the trade-off in quality. Korean people are fond of affordable fashion items with great aesthetic taste so generally, you can find cheap and wonderful fashion finds in Korea.

When shopping online, whether you’re buying an everyday dress or even a wedding dress, the price of the clothes is often more expensive than if you shopped in the stores locally, but overall Korean fashion is reasonably priced in comparison to many international brands.

How to purchase Korean clothing for yourself?

South Korean Fashion is so popular that in fact, the regional fashion industry in Korea has gained international acclaim and has attracted foreign tourists and international fashionistas. Upon seeing how stylish many Koreans are and how much aesthetic taste they have, you may want to add some of that same sense of style and outfit choices onto your wardrobe repertoire.

But where can you shop for Korean clothes, if you are not in Korea? Or what if you are in Korea, but you don’t have the time and effort to brave Korea’s busiest fashion streets? Well, while it may have been an issue a few years ago, today it can be incredibly easy to find a Korean online store with international shipping! All it comes down to is sizing. Below we’ve listed some recommended online shops for purchasing Korean fashion.

What are popular clothing brands in South Korea?

And if you are in Korea, we highly recommend shopping there, from brands to street shops, as there are so many cute styles out there! Here are some brands and outlets that foreign tourists and locals are raving about:

  • YESSTYLERight off the bat, YesStyle is probably the most famous and longest-running online shop selling Korean brands. They do also sell clothes from other countries, as well as other items like cosmetics, art goods, and whatnot. Of all the shops on the list, they likely have some of the cheapest clothing on offer, but the quality of the clothing on their site may also vary the greatest from product to product.
  • CHUUCHUU’s shop is primarily focused on selling clothes from their own brand collection, some of which have been purchased from outside retailers, and some of which have been created by in-house designers. They are most famous for their jeans, but their shop is full of chic clothing that dances around the lines of cute, cool, and sensual, the majority of which are sold at a sensible price.
  • STHSWEETThis site is specifically engineered for an international audience. They also sell CHUU’s collection which has produced cool summer clothes to trendy warm winter clothes. This is in addition to around 20 other brands that they carry which features designs using various clothing materials. It’s an excellent selection of different types of brands, from cute, to elegant, to streetwear.
  • DABAGIRLOne of the brands sold on STHSWEET’s site, DABAGIRL also has its own online store. The majority of the clothes on their site are from their own brand, but some clothing items from other brands are also sold on the site. The style of DABAGIRL is versatile, including casual clothes, more feminine styles, and also some more hip streetwear outfit ideas.
  • KOODING – KOODING is quite similar to STHSWEET in that it sells a variety of different brands, many of which are similar to the brands on STHSWEET. They do have more brands on offer, but they also sell international brands such as Christian Dior and Estee Lauder, in addition to Korean clothing brands.
  • STYLENANDASTYLENANDA is one of the most famous Korean clothing brands, both locally and internationally. Much of what the site sells is from their own brand, which is focused on chic streetwear, but they also sell some clothes from other brands that fit their overall style.
  • MIXXMIX – This is another site that offers a variety of different Korean clothing brands for purchase. Plenty of their clothes start at affordable pricing, but you can also find extremely expensive clothes on the site. They have approximately a dozen different brands they sell in their collection, and their advertising seems to be largely geared towards the Western audience.

Korean Traditional Clothes

Along with unique and remarkable food, Clothing is a huge part of Korean culture. Typically made with plain and patterned silks and other fabrics with intricate designs typically featuring graceful lines and national symbols, Traditional Clothing in Korea is unique and rich with history.

A Korean Couple In Traditional Korean Hanbok

Traditional Korean Hanbok

The Hanbok(한복) is an article of distinctive clothing that’s unique to Korea. It has only been about 100 years or so that Koreans gave up on wearing hanbok daily. Up until then, there were different kinds of hanboks worn each day, depending on one’s class (upper classes wore a more colorful version), the time of year, whether it was a special event, and more. It is in fact, a huge part of Korean culture.

Today hanboks are reserved for special occasions only, like traditional holidays, which also means that most modern-day people only see one style of a hanbok being worn anymore.

The traditional hanbok does have a lot of the basic traditional features of clothing that are found in most East Asian countries. However, Korea developed distinctive clothing that set them apart from the rest of Asia.

What is a Hanbok?

You might have seen Korea’s traditional clothing in person during one of the Korean traditional holidays or you might have seen them in a historical Korean drama. This traditional Korean clothing comes with basic traditional features such as a bell-like shape, a slim-fitted top, and a wide bottom, especially the skirt for women. The top jacket for women is slim and cropped, creating an illusion of an exceptionally small upper body, while the wide skirt offers a full lower body in contrast, something that is seen as an attractive balance in Korea. This type of cut should be flattering on any type of body. The colorful variations are similar to what the upper classes wore in the olden days.

Every Korean has a hanbok in their closet. However, hanboks can also be rented for an hour or two in special shops near areas like Gyeongbok Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, and Jeonju Hanok Village in Jeonju. On these occasions, the hanboks are worn for fun.

Imagine yourself walking around in traditional Korean attire, strolling around the streets of a traditional Hanok village, walking past the traditional Korean houses, like a Korean person in the past would. This is a fun activity especially among Korean youth, but foreigners and tourists are welcome to it as well.

What is Hanbok made of?

The fabrics used in this traditional Korean clothing are light and usually vivid and vibrant in various colors, which have been created using natural dyes. You might see plain and patterned silks, cotton fabric, and other gorgeous fabrics. A Korean traditional hat that is worn with the hanbok along with hair accessories for women.

When do you wear a Hanbok?

Koreans may wear the hanbok for events where traditional Korean clothing is expected like Thanksgiving and Lunar New Year. Additionally, on a wedding day, the mothers of the bride and groom may also wear traditional Korean attire. And in a traditional wedding setting, the bride and groom will also get dolled up in special hanboks that are specifically worn during the wedding ceremony.

Children wear hanbok on special occasions as well and the parents are always ready to snap a picture of them.

These days, a modern hanbok exists as well. It follows the same guidelines as a traditional hanbok but is styled to fit use in daily life. It’s quite gorgeous as well, and you can even purchase one for yourself, along with other cute and affordable fashion items at The Korean in Me.

Dressing for Korea’s weather per season

As we mentioned above, Korea has four distinctive seasons, and you will want to think about your wardrobe accordingly for each of them. The weather can also change majorly in a short span of time, so you’ll want to be prepared for that as well. So before you hit Korea’s busiest fashion streets or the fashion district, make sure to check out the weather first!

Clothing for Spring

If cherry blossoms are your thing, then spring is the best season for you to visit Korea for that reason alone already. Spring also brings along the warmer temperatures. In March it may still be around the 10C degree mark, but by April and May, you may get to enjoy plenty of days with sunny weather and 20C degree temperatures. Since Koreans love enjoying colorful clothes, spring is usually a burst of color You’ll still want to wear those knitted cardigans, but you may not need a coat over them any longer. Or you may want to switch to a lighter coat, like a trench coat or another spring-fitted one. Because it may rain quite a bit, you’ll want to ensure your coat or jacket can handle the rain.

In general, including a lot of long-sleeved shirts, sweaters and hoodies, and long pants in your spring wardrobe in Korea is a sure-fire way to stay comfortable. For footwear, boots that won’t let the rain in are a good choice, as are some shoes and sneakers made for walking and hiking. And because especially evenings, nights, and mornings can remain quite cool, don’t forget to pack up a few pairs of warm socks as well!

Clothing for Summer

Summer in Korea is hot and humid and comes together with a month-lasting rainy season. That’s why cool summer clothes are usually in season during this time. You’ll want to wear clothes made with light fabrics that are breathable, such as linen or cotton fabric, and also focus on clothes that are loose-fitted. However, try not to fall into the trap of wearing tank tops or wifebeaters, as they are not common attire in Korea. Also, even at the beach, because of Korean tradition, you won’t see many people wearing bikinis; most Koreans will wear t-shirts or long-sleeved swim tops. As for shoes, it’s up to you whether you want to go for waterproof shoes or sandals.

Clothing for Fall

Once September hits, the temperatures slowly begin cooling again, giving much of the same degrees as the spring season would. Only, cherry blossoms are replaced with colorful autumn leaves. A layering tactic may be the way to go, as the day temperatures may still be around 20C, but then mornings and evenings will be much chillier. So even if you only need a t-shirt and a light jacket during the day, do keep a sweater or a cardigan tucked away in your bag waiting for the cooler temperatures that come around after sunset. You may even want to invest in a fleece jacket. For shoes, the same walking shoes and boots as you would wear during spring work excellently.

Clothing for Winter

Winter in Korea can get quite chilly, even when there is no snow on the ground. Especially if you come from a country that’s not like places like Canada or Northern Europe, you’ll probably feel the cold in your bones – even those from cold climates do! So it’s incredibly important to dress right if you’re in Korea in the wintertime; and considering how beautiful the country gets when there’s snow, you just may want to be. You’ll want to invest in a proper winter coat, have some cute sweaters underneath, and also protect your fingers and head with some gloves and winter hats. You may even want to consider a thermal layer in your wintertime outfits, and definitely also wear thick pants. For your feet, you want to put on warm socks and boots specific for winter wear.

Summary

Whether we’re talking about Korean traditional clothing or the modern styles of both Korean men and women, Koreans seem to have had a specific sense of style since the beginning of time. From a gorgeous traditional costume to today’s everyday wear, South Korea just may be one of the most stylish countries out there.

What do you think of Korean clothing and the everyday style of modern Koreans? Do you already own some Korean clothing or are you planning to make your first purchase? Let us know in the comments below! Your perfectly optimized content goes here!

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The Best HANWOO BEEF in Korea (횡성 한우) | Wonju Tour Part 2/3 (원주)

The most famous type of Korean beef or 한우 (Hanwoo) is located in the city of 원주 (Wonju). It's called 횡성 한우, and due to it being so famous and delicious, it also comes with a hefty price tag. But not to worry! Why? Because my friend said we can eat it for free. How? She had a coupon.

It definitely earns its name as the most famous Korean beef, but at the price tag and due to its location (a bit far from Seoul) in my opinion it's really only for the biggest 한우 fans out there.

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