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Film Talk: Fun Facts about Okja the Movie

On July 11th, I went to watch Seoul Cinema’s screening of Okja. Director Bong Joon-ho’s latest film is about a little girl’s attempt to rescue her pet, Okja, the super pig bred by a mega-corporation as a source of future food product. This was a special screening because the movie was followed
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Life in Korea: Kimchi Workshop

Another late posting as this happened back in November. One Saturday morning I invited over a few friends and we made kimchi from scratch – yes, we have officially done  gimjang.  Gimjang is an annual tradition for typical Korean family that seems to be dying these days like many other traditions.  Back in the
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[Hiking in Korea] Sikjangsan in Snow

Daejeon Hiking Group‘s February 2016 hiking took place in eastern part of the city.  Sikjangsan (식장산) is an easy access from public transit and has several hiking courses that are far from a challenge. Our group on Sunday had beginning hikers so it was a perfect opportunity to try out this neighborhood mountain.
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Gyeryongsan Winter Hiking

After a self-satisfying attempt at a winter hiking in Sutonggol, the hiking group’s next target was naturally the extension of our most recent achievement.  As I mentioned in previous post, Sutonggol Valley, although extremely convenient and popular hiking destination for locals, is a mere tip of a chain of peaks known as Gyeryongsan
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Winter Hiking in Sutonggol, Daejeon

Here’s a bit of a late posting on my recent hiking in Daejeon, South Korea. This was my first winter hiking and needless to say that I’ve enjoyed it more than the times I came to Sutonggol (수통골) in spring.  So far, the winter of 15/16 has been unusually warm and when we
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Korean Lunar New Year at Our Home

For our family, the morning of February 19, 2015 has actually started few days before.  The preparation for Lunar New Year takes great deal of time and energy.  The house needed to be fresh and clean for the guests and so many kinds of food needed to be made for traditional Lunar
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Getting Around in Korea: T-Money Card

If you live in Seoul then you should be familiar with one and only transportation card T-Money.  The Smart Card system has been used in Metropolitan Seoul for decade and finally in 2011 was integrated in Daejeon’s public transit.  The card can be used on city bus, subway, taxi and also as
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After Watching the Korean Movie 국제시장 (Ode to My Father), 2014

국제시장 (pronounced Gook-Jae-Si-Jang) was indeed another great Korean masterpiece to begin the new year with.  A heart-warming drama that makes you laugh and cry throughout the film.  The press is already making a fuss about how 국제시장 will join the Ten Million Club (refers to Korean films that sold over 10,000,000 box office tickets) within
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