Sunday, December 27, 2009

Korea Headlines December 27

Seoul regrets Tokyo's claims over Dokdo

Korea Herald

Lee Chung-yong At Bolton Wanderers

Soccerphile

Forced Laborers Seek Due Compensation

Korea Times

How to Make the Most of Hot Spring Baths

Chosun Ilbo

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Korea Headlines December 20

North Korea and South Korea engage in swine flu diplomacy

BBC

Drunk driving on the increase in South Korea

Korea Herald

Pohang Steelers lose to Estudiantes at FIFA World Club Cup

Soccerphile

K-Pop Girls Generation live on sparse diet of water and cucumber

Korea Times

One in every five men is likely to have trouble finding a spouse by 2014

Chosun Ilbo

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Soju & Makgeolli

The traditional Korean drinks of soju and makgeolli are both enjoying a renaissance amongst drinkers in Seoul.

Makgeolli

Makgeolli is a milky-colored rice wine with a taste somewhere between Japanese sake and beer. Baekseju Village (1317-11 Seocho-Dong, Seocho-Gu near Gangnam subway station Tel: +82 2 595 1003) offers a range of specially prepared Korean traditional wines from the company's own brewery, together with some delicious side dishes. The roasted pork slices (bossam) braised with red pepper paste (gochujang) come highly recommended.

Soju is a distilled liquor similar to Japanese shochu and packs a real kick. Chungdam Ann Sojubang (118-19 Chungdam-Dong, Gagnam-Gu / +82 2 541 6381) offers excellent king ribs and pan-broiled octopus with your deceptively alcoholic fruit soju cocktails.

Soju

Cheers!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Korea Headlines December 13

North Korea agrees nuclear 'co-operation' with US

BBC

Ozawa apologizes for Japanese wartime atrocities

Korea Herald

Pohang Steelers win first game in FIFA World Club Cup

Soccerphile

Sejong City Project to Be Completed by 2020

Korea Times

Lee Offers to Help North Korea with H1N1 Flu

Chosun Ilbo

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Choral Singing In Pyongyang

Female voices raised in revolutionary fervor are a Pyongyang favorite, always propaganda, always praising the leadership.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Bulguksa Temple Guardians

Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju is a Korean national icon. Bulguksa was completed in 774 in the Silla dynasty but was unfortunately destroyed by an invading Japanese army in the early 17th century.



These huge temple guardians are a common feature in temples in China, Korea and Japan and are related to ancient Hindu demi-gods or devas (cheon in Korean). Their job is to prevent evil spirits from entering the sacred grounds of th temple's inner sanctum.

Image © Daniel Allen

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Korea Headlines December 6

North Korea currency change sparks panic

BBC

2010 no fun as weekends eat up public holidays

Korea Herald

Pohang Steelers in FIFA World Club Cup

Soccerphile

Transsexual Model Fights Prejudice

Korea Times

Skepticism Lingers Over Honam KTX Line

Chosun Ilbo

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