All posts by Jessica Steele

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

    A winter snack vendor in Seoul making hotteok 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…

  • The Shakespeare in Busan troupe performing Much Ado About Nothing.
    Guide to English-Language Live Theatre in Korea
    January 15, 2014, No comments

    Shakespeare in Busan performing in “Twelfth Night” (2013) I love drama. Not the “fight-with-your-best-friend” kind of drama. The other kind. The “sob-loudly-in-public” and the “slap-your-knee-funny”…

  • What is Gwiyomi? Find out with The Korea Blog!
    Get Your Gwiyomi On!
    January 8, 2014, No comments

    What is Gwiyomi? Let’s add gwiyomi to the long list of things I enjoy about Korea but will never fully understand (including selca and cutesy emoticons). Gwiyomi is a Korean cuteness craze, sweeping…

  • The lovely Hwaeom Temple, tucked away in the mountains of Gurye
    A Weekend in Jirisan
    December 12, 2013, No comments

    Gorgeous streams inside Jirisan National Park I don’t think I ever would have chosen to travel to Jirisan on my own, but friends of mine invited me to go. Turns out, my friends have great taste. Jirisan is stunning. Jirisan…

  • Lee Seok-chul plays the impulisve Icheon in My Boy (Credit: BIFF Press Kit)
    5 Korean Films to Look For from BIFF 2013
    November 15, 2013, No comments

    A month has passed since the Busan International Film Festival wrapped up and I’ve finally had to time to decompress and reflect on my film bonanza. I watched 21 films over 13 days (and held down a day job and blogged and…

  • 04 Snowpiercer Chris Evans Battle
    BIFF Film Review: Snowpiercer
    November 5, 2013, No comments

    It’s twenty years into the next ice age and the future is bleak. Trapped aboard a train navigating the Earth’s circumference, the last remaining members of the human race struggle to survive… at least those who…

  • 04 Selca Noli
    Shall We Selca? Korean Camera Slang
    October 29, 2013, 2 Comments

    Moving to South Korea in 2010, I noticed that virtually everyone had a cell phone, even young children and the elderly, and something that caught me off-guard was how these cell phones were used. I would often see Koreans…

  • Open Talk with filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Bong Joon Ho, BIFF 2013
    Bye-Bye BIFF
    October 18, 2013, No comments

    BIFF Eve Ceremony at Haeundae BIFF Village(Credit: BIFF Press Service) I’m sad to say that the 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) wrapped last Saturday. BIFF is Asia’s largest film festival and one…