Get your beers ready for kimchi bumchigae

One of the most recent food buzzword sounds something like “three-ingredient” and the Koreans have long been doing this with their kimchi buchmigae or kimchi pancake. This Korean dish is a favorite bar food and a popular banchan (side dish) for a regular Korean meal spread. With only three ingredients, you’re all set for a…

jinhae cherry blossom

The Festival of Cherry Blossoms

One of the most awaited festivals in Gyeongsang, and probably one of the most colorful and the best, the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is held in the area of Jungwon Rotary and downtown Jinhae with splendid cherry blossoms. Wanna check out the best cherry blossom spots? Participate in varied programs including a pre-event, cultural performances,…

haeinsa temple

The Temple of Enlightenment

A sacred temple, Haeinsa Tenple, which name has originated from the expression Haeinsammae of the Buddhist scripture which absolutely means the enlightened world of Buddha and our naturally undefiled mind, the Haeinsa Temple was founded by two righteous monks, Suneung and Ijung. The third year of King Ae-Jang’s reign was the original date of the…

mandu

Take extra care with mandu

There are several ways to cook mandu, which was once part of the royal cuisine. It was said to have found its way in Korea through the Mongolians which brought with them new ways of food consumption. But mandu is etymologically tied to Central Asian names for the same type of food, which lends credence…

DMZ Demilitarized Zone

The Border that Divides the North and South

Korea is known as a country of rich culture and of great history, but the fact still can’t be denied that it is a divided nation. With that, the DMZ Demilitarized Zone is established as a barrier that divides the North from the South and as a negotiation buffer to both sides. Military activities are…

bulgogi

Drooling over bulgogi

Bulgogi is easily one of the most recognizable Korean dishes in Korean restaurants overseas. The name bulgogi literally means ‘fire meat’, derived from the Korean root words ‘bul’ for fire and ‘gogi’ for meat. It’s been in the Korean food tradition for a very long time, dating back in the Goguryeo period and carrying a…

Dakbokkeumtang

Heating up the day with dakbokkeumtang

Korean food is awash with varying shades of red, suggesting levels of spiciness tinged with the usual suspects of flavor: vinegary sharp at times and sometimes sweet, made exciting by the nutritional science behind each serving. Dakbokkeumtang is, for what it’s worth with the imagery, is a shocking red-orange in color and topped with a…

Insadong Street

The Culture of the Past and the Present: Insadong Street

Seoul is indeed the haven of various streets and districts that centers both tradition and modern civilization. Insadong Street is a picture-perfect venue of the flourishing Korean culture. The streets of Insadong will surely make you feel like skipping specific times of history with its  unique combination of modern buildings and traditional establishments, some once…

Jeju Manjanggul Cave

The Lava Tunnels of Jeju Manjanggul Cave

Who would’ve thought that something yet so tragic ends up becoming a beautiful wonder? A designated natural monument and one of the finest lava tunnels in the world, Jeju Manjanggul Cave, measures for 14, 422m and is formed after lava coming from deep in the ground sprouts from the peak and flows to the surface.…