All posts by Jon Dunbar

  • Looking straight up.
    White lanterns for Buddha’s Birthday
    May 4, 2014, No comments

    Every spring, the streets of Seoul are lined with colourful paper lanterns, lighting the streets after dark in commemoration of Buddha’s Birthday. This year, due to disastrous circumstances, the festivities…

  • Looking over the wall at Sungkyunkwan's Old Campus.
    Sungkyunkwan, the royal university of Joseon
    April 15, 2014, No comments

    If you’ve ever visited Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), you may have noticed some traditional Korean buildings peering over a stone wall. That is Sungkyunkwan, Korea’s first institute of higher education.…

  • yongma_land_firetruck
    The empty rides of Yongma Land
    December 26, 2013, No comments

    On the eastern mountain slopes of Seoul, hikers climb up to the summit of Yongmasan. But on the way, they may notice a strange sight just off the main path: a dilapidated amusement park, left for years to the cruelty of the…

  • I was surprised to notice this arcade once along the main strip of Insadong. Somehow I only noticed it night when most other businesses were closed.
    11 things disappearing from Korea
    December 17, 2013, No comments

    As we’ve covered before, Korean society is capable of very rapid changes. But while I’ve given attention to what’s new in Korea, I haven’t talked much about what’s being phased out,…

  • Dongnimmun Overpass, part of my daily commute
    10 vistas of urban Seoul
    September 30, 2013, No comments

    No matter how long I live in Korea, I will never become Korean; however, I am certainly a Seoul citizen. After visiting my hometown earlier this year, I discovered how much more comfortable I am in Seoul. Rather than dwell…

  • I guess if I'd never seen a stapler before, I'd assume that's the name for it.
    Foreign Loanwords in Korean
    September 17, 2013, No comments

    Like any other language, Korean has collected a lot of loanwords over the centuries. It doesn’t take long after learning a bit of Korean to start noticing the high number of foreign words all around you. You’ve…

  • Korean food is becoming more and more popular in Canada.
    Korean Food in Canada
    August 16, 2013, No comments

    If you follow my posts on here, in which case hi Mom, then you may remember I recently went back to Canada for the first time since 2008. One thing I was looking forward to during that trip was trying the Korean food that was…

  • Looking down on the heart of Edmonton, you can see Whyte Avenue directly below, just to the right of the wing, and downtown Edmonton to the right. The University of Alberta is a little more upwards, contained in that one bend in the river.
    Experiencing reverse culture shock in Canada
    August 1, 2013, No comments

    Returning to Canada last month, I anticipated feelings of culture shock, and I kept track of my encounters with culture shock in my own hometown. Culture shock is a condition of disorientation or total detachment brought…