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2019 Korea Autumn Foliage Forecast

Korea Autumn Foliage season has officially kicked off! Soeraksan Mountain is the first place in Korea you can see foliage. The foliage has already started appearing at Seoraksan Mountain and will be in peak by the middle of October. Seoraksan Mountain is the most popular place in Korea for foliage and gets tens of thousands…

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A bulgogi hot pot stew in the dead of winter

With many vegetables as supporting characters to bulgogi jeongol, the crowd-favorite pan-grilled beef transforms into a delightful dish that’s perfect to share with friends over lengthy conversations in the dead of winter. That’s quite an image, but bulgogi jeongol, translated to Korean barbeque in a hot pot recipe, is more of a poem-inducing creation than…

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A humble fisherman’s food

The mulhoe or the raw seafood soup is another summer favorite where the ocean’s bounty is best served in its freshest form. In Korean cuisine, hoe (회) is food-speak for raw food dishes and under this category is the cold noodle soup that perfectly complements the hot weather where the mul (물) for the first…

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Bibimbap: a complete meal without the fuss

Think rice meal in Korean food and you’ll most likely end up with bibimbap as its quintessential representative. Bibimbap means mixed rice and while it can be understood as anything as toppings, there still is a set of standard ingredients for a standard bibimbap. It is quite easy to deviate from the original, but the…

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Bossam: a feast for all

Bossam, one of Korea’s popular pork dishes, is nothing short of a feast for many. Bossam, or boiled pork, is usually served with slated napa cabbage leaves, radish salad, and salted shrimp. If the mood strikes, oysters are included in this Korean dish and bossam is then called gul-bossam. The process requires attention to detail,…

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Bukhansan National Park: A Hike fit For Every Season

Hiking is a very challenging activity. Many daredevils would venture rocky and steep mountains carrying large gears in exchange for what they believe, a very promising and bold mountain experience. But an auspicious hiking experience doesn’t have to be extra dangerous to be considered ‘worth it’. All it takes is a little patience and perseverance.…

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Bulguksa Temple: The Representative Relic of Gyeongju

Designated as a World Cultural Asset for its historical origin, outstanding stone relics and high-value, ancient artifacts it still has in store, originally called ‘Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple’ or ‘Beopryusa Temple’, Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju was built in 528 during the Silla Kingdom, in the 15th year of King Beop-Heung's reign (514-540).…

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Celebrating Tangerine Season

The tangerine season is probably the best time of the year for orange lovers. In this season, everybody’s favorite oranges are never as delicate and as sweet. With that, Jeju is a perfect pick for this celebrated season. Let’s go through the orchards in search for the glorious fruit. This inexpensive yet very enjoyable activity…

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Cheongdokgung: The Prospering Virtue Palace

Considered as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO and one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of Joseon Dynasty, exploring the Changdeokgung palace will surely make you feel like a Joseon royalty. The beauty of this royal villa is very promising during autumn season, when the trees are close to…

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Chewy, spicy, delicious tteokbokki

Tteokbokki or stir-fried rice cakes are popular Korean street food; sold either in pojangmacha (street stalls). Spotting tteokbokki while on a crowded street isn’t that hard – the red, and soupy treat stands out from the rest of the stuff sold along the streets of Korea. The Korean dish is made from garatteok, or the…

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Chimaek for Happy Hours

When the malt hits your tongue, a long night of officially begins. Korea is country known for its drinking culture and its people are known to be heavy drinkers. It is deeply embedded in a culture that has valued relations within the family and with neighbors and colleagues. For the longest time, drinking has been…

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China within Korea: Incheon’s China Town

Ni Hao! Let’s explore little China seated within Incheon where you can find so many things to see, and of course to eat! Korea’s only Chinatown, and also the largest one, Incheon’s China Town features an 11-meter high Chinese style gateway or paifang. Back then, space is intended for trading Chinese goods, where stores and…

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