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  • Early Korean hanbok from the Three Kingdoms period. Photo by Brian Negin, cc-by-sa-3.0)
    Ten surprising tidbits from Korean history
    May 2, 2014, No comments

    We all love Korean historical dramas, and most of us are using this platform to learn more about Korean history. Dramas are good to study about culture, society, relationships but is not always a reliable source of facts,…

  • A memorial Bridge for New Zealand's service in Korean War
    Koreans and Kiwis: Finding Korea in New Zealand
    April 11, 2014, No comments

    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 …

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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 …

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    How did the Korean wave start?
    January 27, 2014, No comments

    It seems a little unbelievable but everyone’s favourite Korean wave of K-dramas, K-pop, K-fashion and K-tagged popular items all began with Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Not literally but it did…

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    Learning Korean: Which Program is Right for You?
    January 5, 2014, No comments

    Considering that fact that Korean is often regarded as one of the most difficult languages for native English speakers to learn, those that move to Korea might be intimidated to begin the arduous and often frustrating…

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    The Addresses They Are A Changin’
    December 31, 2013, No comments

    Have you been getting letters in the mail in Korean and you can’t read anything except that you see your address is printed in the center or at the bottom with an arrow to another address? Have you been getting emails from…