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Reflections of a year spent living and teaching in Korea

Bringing Korea Home

Quite a few of my maties are in Korea at the moment- either on a trip, or doing their teaching year. Apart from being insanely jealous, I’ve also been thinking about what I’m going to ask them to bring back … Continue reading

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Symbols of JEJU

Like (probably) every other Korean destination, Jeju has its cute mascots. Let’s look at the meaning behind them. Hallabong This is a deliciously succulent orange / grapefruit type fruit that grows on the fresh soil of Jeju. Its ‘lump’ gives it a … Continue reading

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Catching the Wind in Jeju

Why was I constantly humming Donovan’s “Catch the Wind” during my recent trip to Jeju? Maybe the Kim Young Gap Gallery holds the answer. This is one of the least-publicised, least-touristy and best-hidden of Jeju’s museums. In fact I had never … Continue reading

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Puzzle Pieces: Seoul Old, Seoul New

During my first full day in Seoul, I was able to delve into Korea’s ancient history by exploring Deoksugung Palace and the National Museum of Korea. Absorbing tales of Seoul’s rich and intriguing past allowed me to build up a fuller … Continue reading

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My Korean Adventure

A bit like a dream, I’ve just returned from a whirlwind six days back in my beloved Korea. I was exploring Seoul and Jeju with The Korea Blog and fellow bloggers Alex, Asif, Chris, Eleonora, Paul and Suzy, who have been helping me keep in touch with Korea … Continue reading

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Happy Chuseok!

It’s apt that me, my friends and London itself have spent a very fun-filled and Korea-orientated weekend with Korea Calling at the Thames Festival, as today is Chuseok Day/ 추석 (traditionally called Hangawi/ 한가위), the biggest holiday in the Korean … Continue reading

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Do I like K-pop?

For someone as passionate about Korea as I am, it’s somewhat controversial to even muse such a thing, but I’m stuck on this one- do I actually like K-pop? When I first heard it, I simply dismissed it as “not … Continue reading

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