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

    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 (지리산) is part of the Sobaek mountain…

  • Sweets for the test taker...
    Suneung D-day
    November 7, 2013, No comments

    Suneung D-day is on November 7th! And we’re excited! My husband’s niece is one of the thousands of students who will take “suneung”.   What is “suneung”? 수능 (suneung)…

  • 3-Chuseok-main
    My first Chuseok 나의 첫 추석
    September 23, 2013, No comments

    Today I accompanied MJ and his family for Chuseok. Chuseok is a harvest festival & and respect is paid to the spirits of the ancestors. We went to visit his mother’s side of the family. It’s a little unusual…

  • Top: Our Chuseok table in 2005
Bottom: Our Chuseok table in 2012
    Chuseok: Before, During and After
    September 19, 2013, No comments

    This year marks my 11th Chuseok. My first one happened barely a month after I came to Korea. It was unforgettable as it was a new experience, but also stressful because I didn’t know what to do and I couldn’t…

  • Things that make you go, “Aaaaugghh!!!”
    What Koreans hate to hear on Holidays
    September 15, 2013, No comments

    It’s almost Chuseok! Although it is the biggest holiday in the second half of the year, a traditional holiday which is all about family, health, respect, love, and giving thanks for the bounty of good life, the holiday…

  • Part of my personal Korean library <3
    Buying Used Books in Korea
    June 12, 2013, No comments

    I’m a writer, so it kind of goes without saying that I’m also a big reader. When I first moved to Korea back in 2010 I had this naïve idea in my head that I would be giving up reading for a whole year and that I would just have…

  • Pine nuts, walnuts, and peanuts - bureom trio
    Bureom: going nutty under a full moon
    February 22, 2013, No comments

    The Lunar New Year has finally started and the moon has started its new cycle as well, with the first full moon of the New Year falling fifteen days after Seollal (설날, Lunar New Year’s Day.) This day in Korea is celebrated…

  • 2012dragonyearkoreablog
    Looking back – the Korea Blog 2012
    December 27, 2012, No comments

    So 2012 is on its way out. It was quite the eventful year; lots of memorable happenings in Korea and out, and it wasn’t an exception here on the Korea Blog. So what was it like here in 2012? What were the most popular posts?…