Category Archives: Fun

Boseong Tea Festival

Korea has all sorts of festivals and lately it seems like anything can become a festival to bring in more tourism (and it works too!). This weekend became a splendid 4-day weekend since it was also Children’s Day (a national holiday in Korea). As a lover of tea, and just to do something on a […]

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Where I Pretend I’m in a Historical Korean Drama

There are many famous hanok villages in Korea, but arguably one of the most famous and well-preserved is located in Jeonju (전주한옥마을). So what do you do on a Saturday when you have nothing planned? Take a bus ride to your nearest hanok village with a friend, convince her to wear hanbok with you so […]

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Traveling Japan (Part 1)

After the difficulty of negotiating dates throughout December and desk-warming for a week, I was excited to finally stretch my wings and go to my first planned winter destination: Japan (January 7 to 20). Overview Part 1 of the Winter Break: I spent five days visiting, Shiori, a good friend from college who had been […]

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Happy Lunar New Year!

새해 복 많이 받으세요~ Happy Lunar New Year! Throughout many Asian countries, today marked the start of the New Year of the Monkey! In Korea, it’s called Seollal (Hangul: 설날). This holiday is one of the most significant, including Chuseok. Here, the celebration lasts three days: the day before Korean New Year day, Korean New Year […]

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Christmas/New Years in Seoul

Since Christmas isn’t celebrated (although I kinda did celebrate it with my host family) we decided to celebrate together. Of course any meetup usually happens in Seoul. Most of my friends from Orientation are spread to all four corners: as far north as Hwacheon (it actually lies above the 38th parallel) and as far south […]

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Ending a Semester: Yeosu and Odongdo Island

Today was the last day of the “normal” semester. This past week of teaching has been crazy. For reasons beyond my comprehension, the finals aren’t the last week of school. There’s still 1-2 weeks after finals that students need to attend. During this time, the graduating 3rd students prepare watch movies, play games, practice dance […]

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A Ki-Family Christmas

  Similar to Thanksgiving, Christmas is celebrated really in South Korea. Since it is a religious holiday, it has not gained the secular-celebration as it has in the U.S. Except in the shopping centers, there was very little sign of Christmas. The only neighborhood decoration was the hanging of a star below the church behind […]

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Halloween from School to Seoul

This past Halloween weekend spent partying it up in Seoul with some friends, but not before I brought some of the Halloween spirit to my middle school! Funny enough, I wasn’t the only one. One student had his own hat too! (I should note that I hadn’t been able to find a good costume, but […]

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