All posts by Jessica Steele

A memorial Bridge for New Zealand's service in Korean War
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April 11, 2014

It’s my personal theory that the quirk that causes people to see faces in inanimate objects or identify human emotions in animals is probably the same factor that makes us look for the familiar in the foreign. When I…

Colourful paintings line the streets at Daegu's Bangcheon Market

Art in the Streets: Exploring Daegu’s Bangcheon Market

April 7, 2014, No comments

If you’re travelling in Korea, you’ve gotta get yourself to a traditional market! Filled with every snack and knick-knack you can imagine, the tra ...

Psy Gangnam Style hot tub scene

Baring it All: Inside the Jjimjilbang

March 10, 2014, 2 Comments

Fans of all things Korea will undoubtedly know about the jjimjilbang (찜질방), or public bathhouse. It’s a rite of initiation for foreign residen ...

Enjoying charcoal-grilled saeng samgyeopsal at my favourite pork restaurant!

So Tasty: Samgyeopsal!

February 28, 2014, No comments

Samgyeopsal (삼겹살) or barbecued pork is one of Korea’s best-known dishes and exports. I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this st ...

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    Korean Folk Tale: Three Years Hill (삼년고개)
    February 21, 2014, 1 Comment

    If you’re anything like me, you probably worry too much, and even though you worry, probably know that it doesn’t do you any good! Perhaps the cure for that is a good, old-fashioned folk tale! Folk tales are always…

  • Couples in Busan love going for seaside strolls
    Date Like Koreans!
    February 14, 2014, No comments

     I’ve written several articles about emulating Korean popular culture, discussing trends such as selca, emoticons, and gwiyomi and featured writer Suzy Chung has schooled us in all things Korea with her “How…

  • Movie theatres in Kofrea are high-tech, glitzy, and glamourous
    Take Me to the Movies!
    February 6, 2014, No comments

    Who doesn’t love a night out at the movies? Waiting anxiously in the ticket queue, scarfing buttery popcorn and washing it down with a big gulp of soda, leaning back in a comfy chair, and watching stories come to life…

  • Piping hot and ready to eat, bungeoppang will warm your tummy and your heart!
    Tasty Korean Winter Snacks
    February 3, 2014, No comments

    While there are many things to dread about winter – the cold, the dark, the long days spent indoors – there are also more than a few perks to enjoy. Snow, winter festivals and sports, and delicious winter snacks –…