All posts tagged Korean Studies

  • Heo Jun (2013) Photo courtesy of www.imbc.com
    Heo Jun, the Legendary Doctor of Joseon
    March 27, 2013, No comments

    Know any famous doctors? Ask this question to a Korean and most likely the answer you’ll hear is “Heo Jun” (허준). Never mind that he was a physician of the Joseon Dynasty some centuries ago, Heo Jun is without…

  • King Euija from MBC’s drama “Gyebaek” (2011). Photo courtesy of MBC.
    The Last King of Baekje, Euija
    February 27, 2013, No comments

    They say history is written by the victors, which is easily proven by how little you learn of the “losing” nations during history class. The Korean history you learn in school, in particular, has a tendency to focus…

  • Baby Princess Deokhye
    The Last Princess of the Joseon Dynasty, Deokhye
    January 18, 2013, No comments

    At times, life can be more dramatic than any kind of fictional portrayal. At times, a person’s entire life can be more unusual than a theatrical presentation. Princess Deokhye’s life was like that: born the youngest…

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    2013, the Year of the Snake comes slithering in
    January 7, 2013, No comments

    Happy New Year! It is 2013, the Year of the Snake. Among all the 12 symbols of the zodiac, the snake is probably regarded as the most dubious; its flickering tongue, slimy skin, poisonous looking fangs and rather sneaky…

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    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?…

  • Can you see the rabbit in the moon?
    Korean folklore – the Rabbit in the Moon
    September 28, 2012, No comments

    Chuseok is soon to be upon us. If the biggest holiday of the first half of the year is Seollal (설날, Lunar New Year’s Day), then the biggest holiday of the second half of the year is undoubtedly Chuseok (추석). Chuseok…

  • kwang
    Koong koong kwang! – Korean onomatopoeia
    June 27, 2012, No comments

    A door slams: kwang(쾅)! A person slips and falls: koong(쿵)! A doorbell rings: dding dong~ (띵동~)! A child laughs delightedly: kkarurururu(까르르르르)! An ajumma laughs politely: hohohohoho(호호호호호)!…