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Should you avoid the TOPIK test? (feat. Forrest)

The Test of Proficiency in Korean (known as TOPIK) is the most popular test for the Korean language. It's used as a certificate to prove that someone knows Korean, and can be useful on a resume, or just to show other people what you can accomplish.

But while the TOPIK can definitely be useful to students of Korean, then why didn't I take it before?

So I sat down with Forrest (a fellow online Korean teacher) and we discussed why someone might not want to take the TOPIK, as well as why someone would want to. We discussed in-depth some of the pros and cons of the TOPIK.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Certification Information



Those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can request their vaccination certificate online and offline. Paper vaccination certificates are available online at or (Korean). Also, certificates can be issued at vaccination centers, co-signed medical institutions and community health centers where a person received a COVID-19 vaccination as well as community service centers.

The certificate includes the personal information of the vaccinated person (your name and date of birth), how many COVID-19 vaccine doses you received, the date(s) you received the dose(s), and where you received it.


The government has launched a blockchain-based electronic COVID-19 vaccination certification service. The vaccination certification service, named COOV (Corona Overcome), is available as a smartphone application. People can download the application through Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store by searching for "전자 예방접종증명서" or "질병관리청 COOV."


For more detailed information about the electronic COVID-19 vaccination certification service see (Korean)


코로나19 예방접종증명서 
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백신제조사 아스트라제네카
접종일자 2021.03.28
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How to make a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Online




COVID-19 vaccination appointments can be made online through the COVID-19 vaccination reservation system website (, accessible on PC and mobile devices. There are two steps to the process.

How to Make COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Online

  • 1. Verify identity : Mobile phone or joint certificate (공동인증서)
  • 2. Enter personal information : Select date and time and hospital/clinic
  • 3. Confirm appointment : Confirm appointment detail
  • 4. Send the appointment information : You can check appointment detail or cancel your appointment online.
Step 1 (Enter appointment information )

① Verify your identity

- Select one of the five ways to verify your identity.

- ① Naver certificate, ② Kakao certificate, ③ PASS, ④ Joint Certificate, ⑤ Mobile phone verification.


② Enter personal information

- After verifying your identity, enter your name, resident registration (foreigner registration) number, and mobile phone number and click the ‘Check Eligibility’ button.

- After checking eligibility, select the medical institution and appointment date and time, and click the “Reserve (or Make Appointment)“ button.

Step 2 (Notice of completed appointment)

① Appointment notification screen

- In Step 2, you can check the your appointment details that you entered in step 1.

② Send appointment information to mobile phone

- AYou can send your appointment details to your mobile phone. You can check orcancel the appointment by verifying your identity with name, resident registration number/alien registration number, or appointment number in the ‘Appointment Inquiry/Cancellation’ menu on the website.

※ You can log onto the appointment system on the date that corresponds to the last digit of your date of birth according to your resident registration number or alien registration number.

※ If you are not registered with the National Health Insurance, you will need to choose a nearby Vaccination Center for your appointment.

※ Please arrive on time for your vaccine appointment.

※ If you have any questions about COVID-19 vaccination, please contact Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) at ☎1339 or each local government’s COVID-19 vaccination call center*

* To check the phone number of your local government’s COVID-19 vaccination call center, visit NIP website -> Click ’Make a vaccine appointment (사전예약 바로가기)’ -> Click ’Notice (알림마당)’ -> ‘Call center information (콜센터 안내)' 【Korean only】

Rock-Carved Seated Buddha in Bulgok Valley of Namsan Mountain – 남산불곡석불좌상 (Gyeongju)

The Rock-Carved Seated Buddha in Bulgok Valley of Namsan Mountain in Gyeongju.

The History and Design of the Statue

Officially, this statue is known as the Rock-Carved Seated Buddha in Bulgok Valley of Namsan Mountain – 남산불곡석불좌상, and it’s located on the north-east side of the historic Mt. Namsan (494 m) in Gyeongju. In fact, the name of the valley, which means “Buddha Valley” in English, is named after this statue. This statue is also known as the Bucheogol Halmae, or the “Buddha Valley Grandmother” in English. While little visited, women continue to pray at this shrine to have their wishes come true.

You’ll first approach the one metre tall statue of the Buddha up a trail that leads through a bamboo grove. You’ll need to take this trail for three hundred metres, until you finally come to a clearing. In this clearing, and sitting all-alone among a cascade of strewn boulders, is a serenely seated statue of Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha). This statue is believed to date back to the 7th century, and it’s believed to be the oldest of its kind on Mt. Namsan, which is saying a lot considering the vast amount of Buddhist artifacts, temples, and former temples that remain on the mountain.

As for the design of the historic statue, it appears inside a large rock that’s 1.4 metres in height. The entrance to the rock shrine is arched, and during the early morning hours, when the sun appears in the east, it somewhat shades the eyes of the slightly concealed face of the stone statue. The face of the statue is slightly bent, and its hands are placed inside the sleeves of its monk’s robe. Additionally, the Buddha appears to be wearing a hood that covers its ears. The shape of the face is round, and it has a smile spread across its face. It appears to have slightly swollen eyes, and it has a deep mouth. Overall, it appears to have more feminine features. The clothing of the statue hangs from both shoulders. The clothing has a wave-like pattern.

The one metre tall statue was once located near a temple, but through the passage of time, the temple no longer exists; instead, all that remains of this temple is the Rock-Carved Seated Buddha in Bulgok Valley of Namsan Mountain. The Rock-Carved Seated Buddha in Bulgok Valley of Namsan Mountain is Korean Treasure #198.

How To Get There

To get to the Rock-Carved Seated Buddha in Bulgok Valley of Namsan Mountain from the Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal, you’ll need to hail a taxi. From the bus terminal to the shrine, it’ll take about fifteen minutes, and it’ll cost you about 6,000 won.

Overall Rating: 6/10

This statue is a bit hard to rate just because that’s all there is. With that being said, it’s an amazing little statue. The statue exudes a divine beauty that’s been gracing the Bulgok Valley since the end of the Silla Dynasty (57 B.C. – 935 A.D.). In addition, and if you’re up for it, both Borisa Temple and Bucheobawi are in the same general area as the Rock-Carved Seated Buddha in Bulgok Valley of Namsan Mountain. So get out there and explore lesser known parts of Gyeongju!

The trail that leads up to the Rock-Carved Seated Buddha in Bulgok Valley of Namsan Mountain.
As you first near, you can see that the statue is inset.
A look at the amazing statue of Seokgamoni-bul.
A closer look.
A closer look from a different angle.
And an up-close of the serene face of the Buddha, Seokgamoni-bul.
One last look at the amazing Rock-Carved Seated Buddha in Bulgok Valley of Namsan Mountain.

Guide to Korean Spacing (띄어쓰기) | Korean FAQ

Korean spacing rules can be pretty complicated - even for native Korean speakers. There are so many rules to learn, as well as a lot of exceptions.

I've compressed most of the important spacing rules in this video, and you can simply memorize them. Just with these, you'll already know spacing well enough for most purposes.

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Temporary Closure of Seven Beaches in Busan (August 10 - 22)


6월18일부터 광안리 해변에서 음주 및 취식 금지(18시-06시) 가까운 식당을 이용해주세요. 수영구 재난안전대책본부장 


The social distancing guidance level is raised to Level 4 and include additional enhanced quarantine measures for the Busan area starting Tuesday, August 10 until Sunday, August 22, 2201 due to the recent rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in Busan area.

The seven beaches in Busan will be temporarily closed from August 10 to August 22, 2021 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The beach convenient facilities including beach equipment rentals, showers and changing rooms will be all closed down. But disinfection and water safety management will be carried out as planned.


The following administration order on beach use in Busan area will remain effective.

The administrative order includes prohibiting night drinking and eating between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. at seven beaches, including Haeundae, Songjeong, Gwangalli, Songdo, Dadaepo, Ilgwang and Imnang, and imposes mandatory mask wearing on beaches, nearby parks and beach roads 24-hours a day. The private gatherings on the beaches of up to 4 people (between 5am and 6pm) and up to 2 people (between 6pm and 5 am the next day) are allowed.


For more information, please contact the Marine Leisure & Tourism Division at (051)888-5355. (Korean)

Pro Korean Archer vs 2 Amateurs

Have you ever heard of an archery cafe? In Korea there are several types of cafes, including cat or other animal cafes, escape room cafes, and even archery cafes where you can practice shooting arrows while enjoying a nice beverage. This time I visited 양궁카페 로빈훗 located in 신촌 in Korea (this wasn't sponsored at all) together with my friend Forrest. While we were there, we wanted to see who would win between the both of us versus one pro level archery player (our friend Woogi). Who do you think won?

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Business in Korean – Vocabulary To Learn Before Starting A Company

One of the reasons people come to Korea is for work, which makes learning business in Korean very essential. In this lesson, we will be learning exactly what you need before you embark on your plans for a business in Korea.

Business in Korean

Business culture in South Korea

Apart from the basic Korean vocabulary, another important subject that we need to discuss is the business etiquette of Koreans. Since this is essential in Korean business, we dedicated a separate article for this topic. If you would like to learn more about Korean work and business culture, visit our article on the topic. You’ll also want to know Korean business etiquette before doing any business with your Korean business partner.

Now that we’ve covered that let’s get down to business and learn words and phrases about business Korean!

Business in Korean

The words for “business” in Korean are 사업 (saeop) and 상업 (sangeop), and the word 영업 (yeongeop) is also sometimes used. There is little difference between these words, so you may use whichever comes naturally to you.

Company in Korean

The word for “company” in Korean is 회사 (hoesa). Regardless of the size or type of company, this is a word you can use to describe it.

Korean business vocabulary

Now you know how to say the Korean words for business and company. Let’s now learn more specific terms or languages revolving around business!

Words for Types of Companies in Korean

Company or businesses come in different types and sizes. Below are their terms Korean.

business사업 (saeop)
enterprise기업 (gieop)
large enterprise대기업 (daegieop)
small and medium-sized companies중소기업 (jungsogieop)
venture company벤처기업 (bencheogieop)
company회사 (hoesa)
corporation주식회사 (jusikhoesa)
limited company유한회사 (yuhanhoesa)
unlimited partnership합명회사 (habmyeonghoesa)
joint-stock company합자회사 (habjahoesa)
establishment of a company창업 (changeop)
partnership제휴 (jehyu)
corporate entity법인 (beobin)

Job Positions in Korean

These are some job positions that you’ll often encounter when dealing with businesses in Korea. For a more extensive list of job positions in Korean, we have a separate article you can find here.

department head부장 (bujang)
section manager과장 (gwajang)
CEO최고경영자 (choegogyeongyeongja)
deputy대리 (daeri)

Different Business Types in Korean

Businesses are categorized through the service they provide. Here are some of them in Korean.

service business서비스업 (seobiseueop)
hospitality숙박업 (sokbageop)
restaurant business음식점업 (eumsikjeomeop)
wholesale business도매업 (domaeeop)
logistics business물류업 (mullyueop)
manufacturing industry제조업 (jejoeop)
business owner

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Company Departments in Korean

A company or business is comprised of departments that specialize in specific tasks. Here are some of them:

management department관리부 (gwallibu)
general affairs department총무부 (chongmubu)
planning department기획부 (gihoekbu)
human resources인사부 (insabu)
accounting department회계부 (hoegyebu)
financing department재무부 (jaemubu)
sales department영업부 (yeongeopbu)
production department생산부 (saengsanbu)
logistics department물류부 (mullyubu)
IT department전산부 (jeonsanbu)
technology department기술부 (gisulbu)
research department연구부 (yeongubu)

Words Used for Business Meetings in Korean

When it comes to meeting with Korean business partners, it’s also helpful to learn these Korean words.

meeting회의 (hoeui)
deal거래 (georae)
trade교역 (gyoyeok)
negotiation협상 (hyeopsang)
business trip출장 (chuljang)
contract계약 (gyeyak)
business card명함 (myeongham)
Successful Business Meeting

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Payment-related Vocabulary in Korean

Payment is an essential part of businesses. Here are some terms related to payment and taxes.

payment, reward보상 (bosang)
method방법 (bangbeop) 
price가격 (gagyeok)
purchase구매 (gumae)
sale판매 (panmae)
income소득 (sodeuk)
profit이익 (iik)
loss손해 (sonhae)
loss손실 (sonsil)
non-payment부도 (budo)
bill어음 (eoeum)
debt채무 (chaemu)
liabilities부채 (buchae)
invoice대차 계정 (daecha gyejeong)
customs tax관세 (gwanse)
tax세금 (segeum)
surtax부가세 (bugase)

Common business vocabulary in Korean

There are plenty of other business terms in the Korean language, but these are the most common ones you’ll encounter.

stockholder주주 (juju)
transfer양도 (yangdo)
monopoly독점 (dokjeom)
bidding입찰 (ipchal)
export수출 (suchul)
import수입 (suip)
management경영 (gyeongyeong)
financial affairs재무 (jaemu)
tax affairs세무 (semu)
supply공급 (gonggeup)
demand수요 (suyo)
capital자본 (jabon)
bond채권 (chaegwon)
property자산 (jasan)
market시장 (sijang)
trademark상표 (sangpyo)
product상품 (sangpum)
item품목 (pummok)
patent, license특허 (teukeo)
deficit적자 (jeokja)
margin마진 (majin)
investment투자 (tuja)
advertisement광고 (gwanggo)
bank note지폐 (jipye)
check수표 (supyo)
account채무 명세서 (chaemu myeongseseo)
complaint불평 (bulpyeong)
customer고객 (gogaek)
interest이자 (ija)
law법 (beop)
share주식 (jusik)
Dialogs Conversations

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Sample Business Conversation

For the next level, we will be learning Korean phrases. These will especially be helpful when talking to or meeting with Korean clients.

만나서 반갑습니다. (mannaseo bangapseumnida)

Nice to meet you.

처음 뵙겠습니다. (cheoeum boepgetseumnida)

How do you do? (Asked upon meeting for the first time.)

여기 제 명함입니다. (yeogi je myeonghamimnida.)

Here’s my business card.

내일 회사에 계실 건가요? (naeil hoesae gyesil geongayo?)

Will you be at work tomorrow?

내일 찾아뵙고 싶은데요. (naeil chajaboepgo sipeundeyo.)

I would like to meet with you tomorrow.

무슨 요일이 괜찮으세요? (museun yoiri gwaenchaneuseyo?)

What day is good for you?

일정이 어떻게 되세요? (iljeongi eotteoke doeseyo?)

What does your schedule look like?

언제 만나고 싶으세요? (eonje mannago sipeuseyo?)

When do you want to meet?

어디에서 만나고 싶으세요? (eodieseo mannago sipeuseyo?)

Where do you want to meet?

그 날은 좀 안 될 것 같아요. (geu nareun jom an doel geot gatayo.)

That’s not a good day for me.

지금 시간 좀 있으세요? (jigeum sigan jom isseuseyo?)

Do you have time now?

무슨 일로 찾으셨어요? (museun illo chajeusyeosseoyo?)

What did you need to see me about?

회의를 다음 주로 시간을 변경할 수 있을까요? (hoeuireul daeum juro siganeul byeongyeonghal su isseulkkayo?)

Can we change the date of the meeting to next week?

더 정확히 말씀해주세요. (deo jeonghwaki malsseumhaejuseyo)

Please be more clear.

다시 한번 말씀해주시겠어요? (dasi hanbeon malsseumhaejusigesseoyo?)

Can you please say that one more time?

죄송하지만 안될 것 같습니다. (joesonghajiman andoel geot gatseumnida)

I’m sorry, but it doesn’t seem possible.

X씨와 통화할 수 있으세요? (Xssiwa tonghwahal su isseuseyo?)

May I speak with X?

전화주신 분 성함을 알 수 있을까요? (jeonhwajusin bun seonghameul al su isseulkkayo?)

May I ask who’s calling?

이따가 다시 전화해 주실 수 있으세요? (ittaga dasi jeonhwahae jusil su isseuseyo?)

Would you mind calling back later?

잘 부탁드립니다. (jal butakdeurimnida)

I look forward to your kind cooperation.

시간내주셔서 감사합니다. (sigannaejusyeoseo gamsahamnida)

Thank you for giving me your time.

와주셔서 감사합니다. (wajusyeoseo gamsahamnida)

Thank you for coming.

먼저 들어가보겠습니다. (meonjeo deureogabogetseumnida)

I will leave first.

죄송하지만 아직 한국어를 잘못하신데요. 영어로 말해도 괜찮을까요? (joesonghajiman ajik hangugeoreul jalmothasindeyo. yeongeoro malhaedo gwaenchaneulkkayo?)

I’m afraid I cannot speak Korean well yet. Is it possible to speak in English?

기다리시게 해서 정말 죄송합니다. (gidarisige haeseo jeongmal joesonghamnida)

I apologize for making you wait.

Should I learn Korean for business?

If you intend to conduct business in South Korea or work for a Korean firm, learning about business in Korean can be very helpful. Not only will it help you understand Korean business culture better, but it’s also a sure-fire way to wow all of the bosses, coworkers, and business partners.

Learning business Korean will come tremendously handy when you may be communicating with someone whose English isn’t as strong or where much of the conversation around you happens in Korean. It will be beneficial to set some time aside for some Korean language learning.

Well, that’s many phrases and vocabulary related to business in Korean that we’ve just learned! Although it may seem like a lot and complicated, this is such an important vocabulary to learn if you want to do business in Korea.

Through this language learning, building your business relationships will surely take a positive turn. Thankfully, after this lesson, you’re one step closer to doing a great job at it! If you want to keep learning with us, many more Korean lessons are available on our blog.

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Learn Korean Ep. 122: ~까 보다 “Worrying”

Keykat has been trying to plant something for a while, but I'm getting a bit suspicious of her. I wonder what she's up to.

In this lesson we'll learn about the grammar form ~까 보다 (used commonly as ~까 봐 or ~까 봐요). This is an Intermediate Korean grammar form you can add to your sentences to give them the meaning of "worry" or "concern" over something.

Also make sure to get your free PDF version of this lesson (and every lesson in the "Learn Korean" series) by clicking the download link right below this video~!

Click here to download a free PDF of this lesson!

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