About us

· Read about Korea from people around the world!

The Korea Blog is an English-language blog run by Korea.net (www.korea.net) – the official webpage of the Republic of Korea, operated by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS). The aim of the Korea Blog is to show the contemporary side of Korea and its culture while opening up a space for community discussion. To deliver information on the young and hip side of Korea, including hot spots, fashion, the Korean wave, and other trends, KOCIS staff members and featured bloggers write and talk about Korean culture from their own perspectives. We are also looking for people from around the world who are willing to explore and present their views of Korea, while sharing their stories with others. Cultural officials working at Korean cultural centers around the globe also participate. Blog posts will go under the following categories:

· Worldwide Korea Bloggers: introducing blog posts about Korea by selected bloggers from around the globe
· Arts: exhibitions, performances, movies, arts, and other cultural activities
· Travel: natural scenery, tourist attractions, and geography of Korea
· Korean products: products made in Korea like clothes, gadgets, and food
· Lifestyle: aspects of everyday life in Korea, including hobbies, health, and sport activities
· Special reports: special events and current issues
· NY Reporters: Reports on Korean culture happening in the New York area

· About the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS)

KOCIS was inaugurated as the Overseas Information Center under the Ministry of Culture and Information in 1971 to introduce Korean culture to the world and help create and sustain a positive national image. KOCIS works to promote and share Korean knowledge in the areas of economic growth and scientific technology with the people of the world, along with Korean culture. As a strong advocate for Korea, KOCIS pursues communication with the people of the world and the promotion of Korean arts and culture to a global audience.

· About Korea.net

Run by KOCIS since 2001, Korea.net serves as an online gateway for information about Korea. You can read Korea.net news in English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Arabic. Within the year, you will also be able to read our German, French, Russian and Vietnamese editions. Korea.net aims to provide accurate and timely information on Korean history, culture, business, and life.

· Disclaimer

The Korea Blog is an open communication space that will encourage comments and feedback. We welcome all your constructive ideas. Korea.net reserves the right to edit or remove contents, including blog posts, comments, images and video clips without notice if they are deemed to contravene Korean law, be sexist, racist or otherwise discriminatory or defamatory or use crude language. We will not disclose personal information without permission.The Worldwide Korea Bloggers each maintain their own websites, and submit their articles for republishing on the Korea Blog. Some articles may be written differently from the style of Korea.net and may contain errors or variations in spelling, grammar, and romanization.

19 Comments on "About us"

  1. Jeremy July 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm · Reply


    I work for Bibimbap Soho in London.

    You did a piece on us: http://blog.korea.net/?p=15094

    Could you update the link to our restaurant please? It’s now http://www.bibimbapsoho.co.uk


  2. John Pak July 22, 2013 at 11:45 am · Reply

    Hi, my name is John Pak and I am a second generation Korean born and living in Canada. I recently fell in love with Korean webtoons and so I started up a new community website and forum for webtoonists and webtoon fans. I even linked one article from your website on mine about webtoons and learning Korean.

    My site went online only a few days ago and I am trying to find webtoon people, especially Koreans to join my community and support webtoons and webtoonists for the whole world to see in this community. I want people to know that webtoons are a great invention by the Korean people.

    Do you think you can help support our community somehow by sharing our website and information to the people who come visit your website? I would greatly appreciate the help and it will support Korean webtoonists. Thank you very much!

    • Admin
      Admin July 30, 2013 at 5:06 pm · Reply

      Hi. You might want to contact the writer for that particular post for any specific help you might need. We don’t usually do endorsements for websites here on our blog.

  3. Nicole Lee July 24, 2013 at 8:00 am · Reply

    Hi this is the SBS K-Pop Star team.

    SBS, Seoul Broadcasting System, is one of three major TV networks in South Korea. SBS K-Pop Star is one of the station’s flagship reality TV programs.

    Much like American Idol, SBS K-Pop Star searches worldwide for talented young people who have the skill and the passion to become a K-Pop Star. We have held auditions all over the globe from Asia, Europe, South America, and the US. For the past two seasons we have held auditions in LA and NY and this year we are holding auditions in LA, CHI, and ATL.

    Please visit our website for more information.

    The reason why we are writing to you is because we came across your blog and was truly captivated by the information, coverage, and most importantly the love you show for K-Pop. We were wondering, if possible, you would be interested in help promoting our upcoming auditions for Atlanta (Aug. 3), Chicago (Aug. 3), and Los Angeles (Aug. 10). We can provide for you our press release and graphic logos and in return, we can help promote your K-Pop blog through our facebook page.

    Our current sponsors include:
    SM Entertainment
    YG Entertainment
    JYP Entertainment

    Our past sponsors include:
    Radio Korea

    Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.
    SBS K-Pop Star Season 3 team

    • Admin
      Admin July 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm · Reply

      The Korea Blog is run by the Korean Government. It’s content is not limited to K-pop.
      I think if you can get in touch with one of our individual writers and ask them to write a post for the blog then we can run your stories here on the blog.
      Good luck!

  4. divine August 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm · Reply

    hi. where or how can we know the population of koreans here in the philippines.. this is for our school discussion. thank you

    • Admin
      Admin August 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm · Reply

      According to the statistics available at the Korean Embassy to the Philippines website, there are 88,102 Koreans residing there.(2012) Hope you find it informative. Thank you.

  5. Marie Flint November 4, 2013 at 6:25 am · Reply

    Photo Use Request

    I am writing a product review of instant Korean Ginseng Tea and would like permission to use photo 110_insam showing two roots of the ginseng plant.

    I will be linking the photo attribution to the Korea.net website.

    I hope for your favorable response.

    • Admin
      Admin November 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm · Reply

      Photos and quotes are allowed if they are to be used for noncommercial use. Please credit us and if needed we would also like a disclaimer that we haven’t endorsed your review. Thank you.

  6. Seulki Youn February 4, 2014 at 1:04 pm · Reply

    Hi this is the trickeye museum busan.

    Can I get a Jessica Steele who is your blog’s author e-mail or cantact?
    We want to correct this section. (http://blog.korea.net/?p=14865)
    Actually we moved from 온천장 to 자갈치.
    Some visitors confused because of old adress from this articles.

    Our location is now
    Tel. 051)557-1577 / E-mail.busan@trickeye.com / Fax. 051)557-1077
    85 Nampo-dong, Nampo Plaza 9F, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

    and Admission is
    ₩10,00 Adults; ₩8,000 for groups of 20 or more
    ₩8,000 Children under 16; ₩6,000 for groups

    Hours 10 am to 9 pm; admission until 8 pm. 7 days a week.

    thank you.

    • Admin
      Admin February 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm · Reply

      Hi, I’m the Korea Blog Admin. I have have made the changes to the address. Thank you for letting us know. We wish you the best of luck. Thanks.

  7. Jill April 22, 2014 at 9:21 am · Reply

    Hello! We are a professional photography company in Cancun, Mexico. We photograph many Korean honeymooners and would love to share our photography on your blog. Can you send me more information?

    • Admin
      Admin April 28, 2014 at 4:16 pm · Reply

      Hi, we have annual recruits for the ‘Worldwide Korea Bloggers’ team who are the main writers on the Korea Blog. This year we closed applications last March. We may have spots available later in the year, depends on how the current team moves. If you have any further ideas, suggestions etc.. you’d like to discuss with us, contact us via blog.korea.net@gmail.com Thank you. -Korea Blog Admin

  8. Scott Herder April 23, 2014 at 12:03 am · Reply

    Hi there, my name is Scott and we just stumbled upon the blog/website. Is there a way to contribute to the site. We love to travel throughout Korea, especially now that it is warm and Hike. Sorry if this isn’t the place to comment this, but didn’t see a contact us place. Thanks for your time,

    • Admin
      Admin April 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm · Reply

      Hi Scott, we have annual recruits for the ‘Worldwide Korea Bloggers’ team who are the main writers on the Korea Blog. This year we closed applications last March. We may have spots available later in the year, depends on how the current team moves. If you have any further ideas, suggestions etc.. you’d like to discuss with us, contact us via blog.korea.net@gmail.com Thank you. -Korea Blog Admin

  9. Yvonne August 29, 2014 at 3:34 pm · Reply

    Hi! My name is Yvonne and I’m the digital content editor of a travel agency. I recently blogged about my trip to Busan on our company blog and would like to share with you!

    Here’s the link! – http://www.seduniatravel.com/blog/reasons-why-i-would-visit-busan-again-and-again

    It was my 3rd time visiting South Korea and 1st to Busan, definitely captivated by the Korean charm and I’ll be back for the fourth time to Busan and Jeju soon!

  10. Shelley Quinn September 2, 2014 at 7:11 am · Reply

    Im from a New Zealand TV production company, we’ll be in Seoul in September shooting an episode of a travel series on Korean beauty industry, attitudes to beauty and beauty practices. Im looking for a young beauty blogger who might be able to help us.
    Are you able to suggest anyone, or would you have 5 minutes for a Skype,
    Please let me know,

  11. Evgeniia June 9, 2015 at 6:47 pm · Reply

    Hi! My name is Evgeniia, and I am writing a blog on cultural observations. I just wrote a post based on my recent travels around Korea. Here is the link- https://excultu.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/republic-great-han/

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