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7 Korean Drinks You Need To Try Immediately

Koreabridge - Tue, 2016-09-20 05:00
7 Korean Drinks You Need To Try Immediately

There are an infinite number of reasons to visit Korea – whether it’s the art, the fashion, or the food, there’s truly something for every visitor to make a trip to Korea an amazing experience. What people don’t often talk about, however, are the amazing drinks that are found throughout Korea.

Like Korean meals and Korean snacks, Korean drinks are all insanely interesting and wildly different from one another. Whether you’re looking for something warm, something sweet, or something that’ll fill you up, read through our list below to figure out which Korean drink is perfect for you!

Korean Drink #1: Banana Milk

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Banana milk is one of the most popular beverages on this list by far – nearly one million bottles of banana milk are sold per day in South Korea! While it sounds kind of boring in theory (it truly is just banana flavored milk), something about the combination of sweet and savory notes in this Korean drink have ensured it has risen to popularity very quickly.

Initially, banana milk became popular because the government wanted to encourage South Koreans to drink more milk for their health. Pick up a banana milk the next time you see it so that you understand what all of the fuss is about!


Korean Drink #2: Sikhye

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Sikhye is a traditional Korean rice drink that’s as sweet as it is traditional – so sweet, in fact, that it’s often served as a dessert! This Korean drink contains cooked rice, which gives it an interesting texture as you get to the bottom, and has been served in Korean for centuries as a traditional end to a meal.

Drinking sikhye is such a rite of passage that you can even find it in bottles or cans in most Korean supermarkets! Pick up a can of sikhye (or order it in a restaurant) and treat yourself after your next big meal – you won’t be disappointed!


Korean Drink #3: Coffee Milk

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Oh, coffee milk. Where would we be without you? Coffee milk is pretty straightforward as far as Korean drinks go – literally coffee infused milk. It’s chock full of caffeine and is the perfect drink for when you have a long day ahead of you and need some extra energy. Not to mention, it’s sold in the cool packages in the photo above – how fun is that?

Pick up a couple of packages of coffee milk the next time you have a long week ahead of you (or if you need some extra energy to explore Seoul) – just remember to throw the packages out when you’re done playing with them!


Korean Drink #4: Milkis

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The milkis tagline, “new feeling of soda beverage,” is NOT lying — milkis is definitely unlike any drink you’ve ever had up until this point. Milkis is a Korean drink that combines carbonation, milk, and corn syrup, so what you’re left with is a fizzy, sweet drink that’s oddly refreshing at the same time.

Although the classic, unflavored milkis is great on its own, you can also find this Korean drink in a variety of fruit flavors ranging from strawberry to banana to keep things interesting. You can find milkis in eclectic grocery stores around the world, so you don’t even have to wait until your next trip to Korea to try this Korean drink! Be sure to let us know what you think of your first milkis experience in the comments below.


Korean Drink #5: Omija tea

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The omija berry is named for its unique blend of flavors (‘omija’ literally translates to five-flavor), so it’s no surprise that tea made from the omija berry is versatile as well. While it can be enjoyed on its own or with honey as a sweetener, omija tea can also be flavored with mung beans or flowers to turn it into a variety of punches.

This tea is perfect for when you feel a cold or the flu coming on – it supposedly has a range of medicinal properties that keep colds at bay. According to traditional Korean medicine, omija tea may even help restore the liver over time! I recommend you try classic omija tea before trying one of its variations so you can get a feel for the unique flavor profile of the omija berry.


Korean Drink #6: Chrysanthemum Tea

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Yes, you read that correctly! Chrysanthemum tea is a popular (and incredibly beautiful) Korean drink that’s a crowd favorite for good reason. To make this very visually appealing tea, dried flowers are steeped in honey for several months and then brewed with hot water, producing a light and slightly sweet tea full of flower blossoms.

Both delicious and fun to look at, this tea is a huge hit in the cold winter months while colds are running rampant. We’re not sure if there are actual medicinal properties or if drinking something beautiful makes you feel awesome – either way, we’ll take it! Pour yourself a cup of chrysanthemum tea and experience a Korean drink you won’t want to miss.


Korean Drink #7: Bacchus

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If you need a pick-me-up and coffee milk isn’t cutting it, give Bacchus a try! Bacchus is an energy drink often compared to Red Bull – though its creators originally intended for it to be used as a way to combat hangovers, it’s now marketed as a hardcore energy drink for people who really need a boost. Grab a bottle of Bacchus the next time you’re in a convenience store that sells it – you’ll have a hard time sitting still for the rest of the day, but you certainly won’t complain about being too tired!


Have you tried all of the Korean drinks on this list? Be sure to tell us all about your favorite in the comments below (or all about your favorite Korean drink if it’s not featured in the article)! We’re always excited to try something new.

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South Korea’s Earthquake Risk & Possible Damage Scenarios

Koreabridge - Tue, 2016-09-13 02:18
South Korea’s Earthquake Risk & Possible Damage Scenarios

This week, South Korea experienced two strong earthquakes centered near Gyeongju city, including a magnitude-5.8 quake that was the largest ever recorded in the ROK. Before these events, due to seismic activity earlier this year in Japan, as well as aftershocks felt in South Korea, some were beginning to ask if a whether a major seismic event could also hit the ROK & if buildings, bridges & other infrastructure could survive. To answer these questions, Korea FM host Chance Dorland spoke with Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources (KIGAM) senior researcher Dr. Taesung Kim & Tae-Hyung Lee, a Konkuk University department of civil engineering professor & member of the Korean Earthquake Engineering Society.

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GAME OF MINDS - Busan's Escape Room - New Rooms in Gwangan & Seomyeon!

Koreabridge - Mon, 2016-09-12 05:05
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What is the Game of Minds?

Before proving yourself in the project “Game of Minds”, it is good to learn first, what the reality of the quest is.

History of the title

It is good to start with the terminology. The word “quest” itself is well-known and we frequently use it in life, when we search for the meaning of any object. Actually, the word “quest” means the searching for an object. But the roots of “Game of Minds” and other similar projects come from computer games of the same-name genre. Virtual quests, also called “adventures”, distinguish themselves by the presence of tasks that require mental effort from the players. These are not violent slasher games or one-on-one fighting games that we see today. Computer quests appeared at the dawn of the video game revolution (in the start of 1980s) and are still popular today. The classic example of the quest game can be the video game based on the Indiana Jones movies.

From virtual to reality

The situation with real quests is much more interesting. It is not certain when and where this form of entertainment appeared, but many believe it to be Japan. According to popular belief, it was in the Land of Rising Sun in 2007 where the first quest in reality was opened. The publisher of entertainment magazine in Kyoto arranged for the citizens of the city unusual adventures in clubs and bars when they had to find all the codes and hints within one hour. Then he began conducting quests in gardens and abandoned hospitals, in large stadiums and even in churches.

The public liked the new kind of entertainment, and therefore, the quests spread into Asia (Thailand, Singapore, China), Europe and the USA. At the present moment the largest centers of the quests in reality are Beijing (China) and Budapest (Hungary), where more than hundred rooms are based. It is remarkable that in Asia for the fixed time (they get only 56 minutes there) only 10% of participants are able to complete the quest. However in the USA only 2% are able to complete the quests.

So, what's the point?

So, what is «Game of Minds»? The game represents itself as full immersion in imaginary reality: everything looks totally the same as in computer games, but the action is conducted in real room with tangible objects. The mission for the players consists of escaping the room they are locked in. For this purpose they must use their logic and sanity, as the players will be solving brainteasers, searching hiding-places, getting hints they have to interpret correctly, and ultimately obtaining the key which will open the door to the freedom.

Players will have only one hour to complete the quest. After the time is up, the doors of the room will open even if the team does not complete the task. If at first you don’t succeed in the completion of the quest, a second attempt may be purchased. The team may consist of two, three, or four persons.

You can get acquainted with the rules here, but the major thing that the players of “Game of Minds” should remember is that if they want to overcome the enclosed space they should use not the “strength of Hercules” (it is better not to use force at all, because the items have the way to broken) and not the wisdom of King Salomon, but ordinary logic, gumption and imagination.

At the present moment of the project “Game of Minds”, seven quests are open and ready to be played: “Jail”, “Polar station”, "Interstellar" and "Nautilus" - located on Gwangalli Beach and "Harra Potter", "Da Vinci", "Cannibal" - located on Seomyeon



Address of game locations in your Busan:




Busan, Busanjin-gu, ChungangDAERO 680Beonga gil 11-5, 2nd floor (Bujeon-dong, 198-10)





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Don’t Fear Trumpism too Much, East Asia – You’re Already Governed by It

Koreabridge - Thu, 2016-09-08 00:44
Don’t Fear Trumpism too Much, East Asia -You’re Already Governed by It


The following is a local re-up of an essay I wrote for The National Interest recently. That essay was edited. The original is below, and I think it is better.  

The text in the picture is Chinese and reads: “Donald J. Trump super fan nation, Full and unconditional support for Donald J. Trump to be elected U.S. president.”

That Trump has sympathizers out here makes sense – even though he bashes the region all the time – because he obviously got a lot of his political ideas from East Asia: Mercantilism, race nationalism, hostility to immigration, huge distrust of Islam, oligopolistic mega-corporations dominated by interlocking family and crony networks, soft authoritarianism, manipulating the state to benefit politically-connected insiders, golf – that’s Trumpism. But it’s also the de facto governing ideology of contemporary Sinic-Confucian East Asia.

I remained convinced that Trump learned about East Asia primarily through the ‘declinist’ school of the 1980s. The popularized version of that argument was Michael Crichton’s 1992 novel Rising Sun. Given that this is Trump we are talking about though, he probably just watched the movie instead. This is why he talks about Japan so much.

What just amazes me is that Trump simultaneously has a 35-year history attacking the East Asian (mostly Japanese) nationalist-developmentalist model while pretty much proposing to bring it to the United States now if he gets elected. Trump is basically acting like what he thinks Japanese businessmen acted like in 1985 – just with an extra thick layer of idiocy and know-nothingness on top . Why does no one else see this? So if you are Japanese, maybe you can be proud in a weird way (lol): Trump thinks he’s you, just turning the tables.

The full essay follows the jump.



One of the (many) ironies of Donald Trump’s emergence is the general dislike for him in East Asia, especially among American allies, who clearly want Hillary Clinton to win the presidency. For ‘Trumpism’ actually channels pretty well how much of East Asia is governed in practice. To be sure, East Asian elites are not much like Trump himself – thankfully. They are business-like (to the point of leaden), not prone to outbursts, far more serious and better versed, and so on. But Trumpism will likely outlive its bizarre tribune this year, and once shorn of the Orange One’s shenanigans, East Asian elites should find its message quite familiar. Trumpism – nationalism tinged with racism, trade mercantilism, hostility to immigration and Islam, border control, disdain for the media and transparency, family-based business oligarchy, semi-authoritarian political style, and so on – is more or less the unstated ruling consensus in places like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and China. Consider a few issues:

Immigration & Ethnicity

Japan and South Korea have some of the lowest immigration rates in the developed world. This is by design; it is difficult to obtain long-term visas for anyone who is not an English teacher. The non-native populations of South Korea and Japan are in the low single-digits. And those that do live there are almost always an out-group rarely occupying positions of authority in the private or public sector. China, technically with over fifty distinct ethnicities, has ‘Han-washed’ these cultures and standardized languages and customs throughout their borders. It has ‘encouraged’ Han internal immigration to non-Han areas, most famously Tibet, and enforces standardized Mandarin in public schools to compel integration.

Trump has called for a complete ban on Muslims entering the country, and has questioned accepting Syrian refugees. Like Trump’s base, East Asia is intensely critical of Islam and has accepted virtually no refugees the Middle East. The select few that do make it face discrimination and diminished expectations, and even in democracies like Japan and Korea, they are treated poorly. Muslims in China are repressed and suspect; in Singapore they are informally locked-out of power.

Trade & Mercantilism

In addition to congruent views on immigration, Japan, Korea, and China share similar Trumpian views on trade: there is a finite amount of pie on the table and a bigger slice for others means a smaller slice for us. Trump’s evaluation of agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as “bad deals” that allow the other to “take advantage of us” mirrors mercantilist attitudes in East Asian agricultural and manufacturing industries. Even democracies like Japan and Korea continue to throw up NTBs to protect their national champions: take for example the half trillion in government subsidies dished out to Korea’s biggest conglomerates last year – Samsung, LG, and Hyundai to name a few.

China, of course, is worse. The difficulty foreign firms have there – with corrupt officials, politicized investigations or tax treatments, corporate espionage, and so on – are well-known. Some of the world’s largest tech companies – arguably America’s foremost export – have limited footprints in the country, ceding market share to Chinese domestic alternatives. When deals are completed for foreign company expansion, there are often the result of joint ventures between Chinese firms and private international entities. These arrangements frequently insist on tech transfers and other concessionary privileges in exchange for market access. This sounds much like what Trump wants to do.

China also uses trade as a geopolitical weapon as Trump proposes. When the Philippines tangled with China over the Scarborough Shoal in 2012, China immediately stopped accepting bananas, mangos, and other tropical fruits that represent a significant portion of Filipino exports. Only once Manila backed down and withdrew their complaint did trade flows resume.

Semi-Authoritarianism and Dislike for Free Media

Trump’s authoritarian flirtation is also reflective of East Asia’s political style, where executives are very powerful, legislatures are weak, media are crippled by libel laws and ties to state actors or corporations, rule of law is often bent to accommodate wealthy businessmen and nationalist pressure, and so on. Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan all have outsized executives only weakly constrained by legislatures. I have had students refer to the South Korean presidency as an elected monarch. In these system, decision-making comes from the top, and there is little the opposition can do in key areas such as foreign policy or criminal justice.

Civil liberties in China, South Korea, and Japan are relatively weak. Mr. Trump, in his calls to deport 11 million people without due process and his removal of journalists from events are eerily similar to South Korea revoking the passport of a Japanese reporter and trying him for defamation. Large parts of the internet are entirely blocked in China. Japan has dropped to 72 out 180 nations on the World Press Freedom Index, behind such countries as Madagascar, Georgia, and Niger.



Trump is arguably a reaction to multiculturalization of America. He speaks to those looking for a traditional nationalism of race and soil. This has always sat uncomfortably with America’s formal constitutional tradition of credal nationalism, but in East Asia this paradox scarcely exists. To be sure, biracial Japanese, Koreans, and so on exist, but discrimination against this small minority is genuine problem. Instead, race and language are broadly still the populist determinants of nationality, and nationalism, often with racial and grievance overtones westerners find reminiscent of the 19th century Europe, is the overwhelming regional ideology. To be sure, much of this is Hegelian myth-making – the building of nationalist historiography for contemporary state purposes. But the point is that East Asia is very much of the modernist-nationalist mind-set regarding the state and its borders, much as Trump voters are. When Trump says, ‘if you want to have a country, you have to have borders,’ East Asia embodies that today probably more than any other part of the world.

Since the 1980s, Trump has followed – as much as he as able to, I suppose – Asia; he was an original Japan-basher back in the day. What an irony that, for as much as he dislikes the region, he is now importing its mercantilist-nationalist trade model to the US.

Robert E. Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Pusan National University. More of his work may be found at his website: https://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/.

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Korean Business Etiquette and Business Practices

Koreabridge - Wed, 2016-09-07 04:44
Korean Business Etiquette and Business Practices

As a person who might be interested in working for a company in South Korea, it’s important to know the local customs for doing business and experiencing company life. Just like any other country, South Korea has their own particular working and business culture. Thus everyone planning to work or do business in Korea should be aware of the Korean business etiquette before their first meeting.

Let’s cover what you need to know!


Meeting for the first time

In Korea it’s common to be introduced to a new business person by a third party as opposed to introducing yourself. These days it’s become more normal in Korea to shake hands when you meet someone for the first time. However, that hasn’t entirely taken the place of bowing, which might still take place before the handshake.

You should also not go into a first meeting without having your business card ready to be given to the person you are meeting. When receiving a business card from someone else, you should read it carefully before placing it on the table to show the utmost respect. When presenting and receiving business cards, you should also try to use both of your hands.


Business meetings

Do make the appointment for the business meeting ahead of time, perhaps even a few weeks beforehand. Schedule it somewhere in the mid-morning or mid-afternoon, without cutting into anyone’s lunch time.

Be aware of the reality that if these business meetings get cancelled, it often happens with little or no advance notice. If it happens once, it’s probably of no malicious intent but because something unavoidable simply popped up. However, if the same person repeatedly cancels on you, it might be a sign. It could indicate that they’re not that interested in doing business with you or doing business with you must be postponed for some other reasons.

If you’d like to reduce the possibilities of a misunderstanding during a meeting, sending out written materials prior to the meeting is a useful trick. When showing up to the meeting, be punctual and bring a gift with you. Punctuality is a sign of respect. Gift-giving helps in building relationships, thus easing your way to get the result you want out of the meetings.


Business contracts

Koreans prefer contracts to be flexible with room for adjustments and view the interpersonal relationships of the companies as more important than the contract itself. The contract is seen more as simply an outline of the working relationship more so than a binding agreement. Be aware of this and communicate about it clearly with whomever you’ll be signing those contracts with.


Addressing your business partners

While the amount of Koreans using Western names when doing business with you is rapidly growing, they will likely be delighted if you know their Korean name as well. Try to be fully knowledgeable of their title and department, and address them with their title and family name, if applicable.


Building business relationships

Keep nurturing a relationship with your Korean business partner or client after contact has already been made. Some ways to do this is by giving gifts to them on their big national holidays (Korean Thanksgiving and Lunar New Year) or by contacting them and visiting them on your business trips to Korea (even when your business is unrelated to theirs).

It’s very important to show them that you are interested in a long-term relationship and commitment with them instead of just wanting to make profit off of them. Don’t be afraid to bond through personal conversations, though remember not get too personal with them.


Other Korean business etiquette to note

Some other things that you might want to know about Korean people and their business culture is that it’s of high value to be as modest and humble as you can. You might not want to completely undersell your company, but it’s also best to keep your boasting about your company and its achievements to the minimum.

Also, although Koreans in general might want to avoid making eye-contact with someone as a sign of respect, in the business world it’s important to keep eye-contact with whom you’re doing business with to show your sincerity and trustworthiness. When expressing your opinions or possible criticism, try to be as delicate as possible instead of being too direct. Saving face is a big thing in Korea, and being opposed by someone in public can be deemed as greatly embarrassing.

If you’re from the Western world, you might be accustomed to fast decision-making. However, it’s a little bit different in a country like Korea where the sense of hierarchy and collectivity is stronger.

Try to stay patient, as hard as it may be, and don’t expect any conclusions to be made in the first meeting. Maybe even learn a few words of Korean, or at least keep your English as clear and simple as possible for your business partners to understand, as not every Korean business person you’ll meet is confident in their English skills.

There’s a high chance that at least one of your business meetings will take place in a restaurant or a bar. Eating and drinking (especially drinking) are a big part of Korean culture, so participating in drinking with your potential business partner is a great way to help form that interpersonal working relationship with them.

However, if for some reason you can’t drink – such as religious reasons – be honest with them about it. If you’re just not a fan of alcohol, be honest about that, too.


Korean business etiquette wrap-up

The two keywords to end your “lesson” on Korean business etiquette with are ‘Confucian values’ and ‘Kibun’ (기분). ‘Confucian values’ are still very much integrated in Korean culture. This means that respecting authority, collectivity, harmony, working hard, and staying modest are all greatly valued virtues.

‘Kibun’ is another expression for ‘face’, something that’s important to maintain in Korea. Koreans often seek harmonious relationships in both work life and personal life. This might take a while for a straightforward Westerner to grasp as you might often not get a direct ‘no’ as an answer to a question or a request, though it’s subtly implied.


Now that you’re more knowledgeable about Korean business etiquette, you can walk into that meeting with confidence!

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Muévete y recupera Energía

Puentes al Mundo - Sat, 2016-09-03 16:25

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Why Do You Go Away? So You Can Come Back

Koreabridge - Thu, 2016-09-01 06:14
Why Do You Go Away? So You Can Come Back
Well, I've been there and back again as Tolkien would put it, and with the customary chests of gold to prove it, so long as chests can be suitcases and gold can consist of quinoa, clothing, candles, and many other things that don't start with /k/, if you can believe it. Allow me my alliteration, alright?

Anyway (sorry, sorry, I promise I'll stop), I've been back from vacation for about three weeks, which means I finally have the energy and presence of mind to write about, well, anything. Jetlag is rough, kids. Add that to the horrendously hot weather, and my sleep has been, in a word, crappy.

Each trip home has been weird in a different way. The first year it was mostly exciting and a bit surreal. My life in Korea started to feel like a dream, and I was surprised upon coming back to find everything exactly where I'd left it. My second visit was just odd and stressful and unsettled- I feel like I never really got my balance. And this year?

This year was the first time I felt any strong desire to move back home. I met my friends, and saw the lives they were living, and for a moment I thought...this could be me. Do I want this to be me?

I've been in Korea long enough now that a lot of the great things have become invisible, which puts the negative things up in sharp contrast. Some things are specific to Korea, while others are things that come with living in a country where you don't speak the language fluently. It's dumb, but the the Korea-specific complaint that I always go back to is bars. I used to love just popping into a local place around 5 or 6 PM, not to get drunk, but to sip on a drink at the bar and write or meet people. One time I talked for an hour with a guy who owned a company that cleaned up houses of hoarders or after a dead body wasn't found for a long time. Gross but fascinating.
It's also much harder to make friends and develop relationships, partially because of cultural differences, but also because of the language barrier. I wouldn't say it's necessarily difficult, but it's certainly more of a challenge. That's probably one of the biggest lures of moving back to Seattle or the US. Not only do I have a preexisting collection of friends, I know the rules of social engagement much better. 
However, for every positive outcome I could get by moving back the US, there is an equal and opposite negative outcome. Whenever I imagine moving, I forget that I won't be able to bring my well-paying job and rent-free living situation with me. I'd have to deal with the horrible US healthcare situation again. I'd go back to cat-calling and gun violence and an inability to afford an apartment of my own. That's a big one, I must admit. Living alone is a gift I'm not sure I'm willing to part with just yet.

I'm lucky to have the job that I have, to be able to support myself at 26, debt-free, with the ability to travel on my own dime, and not have to stress about the bill at a fancy restaurant most of the time. Any time I start to complain, I try to remind myself of that. Not in a "there are STARVING CHILDREN in [insert stereotypical poor country] so EAT your green beans for crissakes" but in a more...count your blessings sort of way. Visiting home every summer is a great way to remind me of that.

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Graphic Cigarette Warnings Begin In South Korea This December

Koreabridge - Tue, 2016-08-30 16:22
Graphic Cigarette Warnings Begin In South Korea This December

Despite an ongoing fight from tobacco companies, the South Korean government says starting in December, health-warning text & images must be included on the upper part of all cigarette packaging for sale in the ROK. Canada was the first country to make the change about 15 years ago, & Korea FM host Chance Dorland recently spoke about that first of its kind transition with Canadian Cancer Society Senior Policy Analyst Rob Cunningham & Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada Executive Director Cynthia Callard to discuss how the new rules went into effect, the opposition they faced from tobacco companies, & how similar regulations could work here in South Korea.

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7 Spicy Korean Foods That Will Turn You Red

Koreabridge - Sat, 2016-08-27 06:30
7 Spicy Korean Foods That Will Turn You Red

Do you have a passion for a life full of spice? Do you love to take a walk on the wild side? If that sounds like you, then read on, because we’ve put together a list of our favorite spicy Korean foods that are NOT for the faint of heart!

If “too spicy” isn’t in your vocabulary and you’re not afraid of food that’ll make your eyes well up with tears, try the tasty dishes on this list. If you live to tell the tale, be sure to let us know which of these spicy Korean foods is your favorite in the comments below!


Spicy Korean Food #1: Chicken feet (닭발)

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Korea isn’t the only Asian country in which chicken feet is a popular dish, but they do take a unique approach to preparation that sets Korean chicken feet apart from other variations. This Korean dish is an intimidating dish for a couple of reasons – first of all, you have to get over the fact that you’re eating chicken feet (talons and all). After that initial shock, though, you also have to be willing to eat one of the spiciest Korean dishes out there – that’s what makes this dish one for the true food adventurists!

If you’re brave enough to try chicken feet, we commend you AND you’ll have bragging rights for the rest of your life. Give this a try the next time you’re out with somebody special you’d like to impress!


Spicy Korean Food #2: Spicy Jokbal (매운족발)

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Spicy Jokbal is the spicy version of jokbal, a popular snack in Seoul eateries. This dish features tender, steamed pork that melts in your mouth tossed in a super spicy sauce and topped with scallions and sesame seeds for added texture.

Not quite as intense as chicken feet, this is a dish for anyone who loves spice but doesn’t want to feel like they were punched in the face by the spice content of their meal. Give this a try the next time you’ve been out with friends enjoying some alcoholic beverages – for some reason, the spice pairs very well with sake!


Spicy Korean Food #3: Ramyeon (라면)

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Oh, ramyeon. Ramyeon is a dish that all Koreans are VERY well acquainted with – it’s easy to make, can be dressed up with anything in your fridge, and is very inexpensive, which makes it the perfect “It’s only Wednesday and I don’t get paid until Friday” meal!

Although there are nine million ways to prepare and enjoy ramyeon, most Koreans like their ramyeon as spicy as possible. Something about the combination of the tender noodles and the intense spice of popular brands like Shin Ramyeon make this snack an easy one to love. Pick up some ramyeon the next time you want a low-maintenance meal that’ll still take your taste buds for a whirl – for extra spice, add some Korean hot sauce to make things really interesting!


Spicy Korean Food #4: Tteokbokki (떡볶이)

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Tteokbokki is a crowd favorite when it comes to Korean street food: featuring fish cakes and rice cakes covered in an aromatic sweet and spicy sauce, there’s a lot to love about this dish. It’s no surprise that it’s as popular as it is!

While most tteokbokki incorporates a sauce that has a good mix of spicy and sweet elements, some tteokbokki vendors crank up the heat and produce a snack that’s sure to make your eyes water. Tteokbokki can be found at restaurants and street food trucks alike, so it’s easy to find if you’re up to try this beloved Korean dish. Pick up some tteokbokki the next time you want a simple but filling snack and find out what all of the fuss is about! We promise you won’t be disappointed.


Spicy Korean Food #5: Buldak (불닭)

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Buldak rose to fame about ten years ago as an extremely spicy dish that Korean eaters can’t seem to stay away from. Often served covered in melted cheese, buldak is a very seasoned chicken marinated in a fiery sauce that will make you feel like your stomach is on fire.

Buldak is usually served over rice cakes or steamed egg casserole to help counteract the spiciness, this dish is not for the faint of heart. Pick up some buldak if you’re a glutton for punishment and feel the burn!


Spicy Korean Food #6: Donkatsu (돈까스)

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Your tongue has never experienced anything like the spice factor of donkatsu! This dish features an out-of-this-world spicy pork cutlet covered in dark red chili sauce that looks kind of like blood – talk about intimidating!

You can find a dish called ‘Donkatsu of Death’ at Onnuriye Donkatsu in Seoul, which is just as frighteningly spicy as it sounds. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, and make sure you bring a gallon of milk (or two) to help you cope with the spiciness. Let us know in the comments below if you were brave enough to try the Donkatsu of Death (and lived to tell the tale)!


Spicy Korean Food #7: Galbi Jjim (갈비찜)

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Another extremely popular Korean dish, galbi jjim is a stew of braised short ribs that are served tender enough that they’ll fall apart in your mouth. Though there are savory and sweet elements incorporated to balance the dish out, galbi jjim is served spicy enough that a couple of bites are all you’ll need before you start feeling the heat. In fact, it’s so spicy that if you order this dish at a restaurant, your server will often recommend also ordering a steamed egg alongside the stew to counteract the heat!

This dish is a popular one to make at home on special occasions, so bust out your Korean recipe knowledge and make some galbi jjim the next time you’re headed to a party or holiday celebration. You’ll be sure to ‘wow’ the other guests!


Do you have a favorite spicy Korean food that isn’t on this list? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!

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A Fusion of K-Pop and Food Brings The Best Collaboration Ever

Koreabridge - Thu, 2016-08-18 06:01
A Fusion of K-Pop and Food Brings The Best Collaboration Ever

K-Pop fans, prepare to be strapped for cash as you blow all your money on these goodies from this awesome collaboration. SM Entertainment already has multiple stores open to the public selling exclusive goods and merchandise as seen here as well as a surround viewing concert,hologram concert,and hologram musical.

This time E-Mart, the biggest discount mall in Korea has teamed up with SM Entertainment to stock the shelves with an array of food and drink items featuring your favorite stars such as Super Junior, TVXQ, EXO and Girl’s Generation.For those of you looking to take home something featuring your favorite K-pop star while also satisfying your taste buds, read on!

1. SHINee

Featuring aqua blue packaging that’s as refreshing and fresh-faced as SHINee themselves, this collection features sautéed red pepper paste in seafood, nut, and beef flavors, sweet and salt flavored popcorn, lemon flavored sparkling water and finally cheese and snack sausages.

The red pepper pastes are not only perfect for mixing with rice and sesame oil to produce a simple meal but also feature the member’s beautiful faces. Now that’s killing two birds with one stone.

2. Super Junior

One of SM’s earliest formed and still active groups, Super Junior is endorsing ddeokbokki (spicy rice cake) sauce, sea salt and pepper corn flavored potato chips, sweet and peanut flavored popcorn, sea salt flavored popcorn, Habanero ramyeon and jjamppong(spicy Korean-Chinese noodle) .

The jjamppong is very popular,with the flakes you sprinkle over the chewy noodles packed with squid, onions, red peppers, beef and even shrimp. The sea salt flavored popcorn is another favorite. You definitely won’t be”sorry sorry” for purchasing them.

3. EXO

Need we really say more? Packaged in sleek black and white with their futuristic cubic logo as a finishing touch, this range features sparkling water and the already famous jjajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles) and jjamppong which have been blowing up on social media with fans purchasing boxes of them in bulk to take home.


Much like their masculine and sexy image, the TVXQ range features spicy and barbecue flavored popcorn, almond and caramel flavored popcorn, truffle chocolates, and lobster flavored chips. There’s even health food-6 -year- old red ginseng extract available in stick, capsule and tablet form for your convenience. The striking black and gold packaging is sure to catch your eye in stores.

5. Girl’s Generation

With their exemplary ruling status among female K-Pop groups,this collection has gorgeous and girly packaging featuring Thai sweet chili flavored chips, cheese caramel mix popcorn,and powdered vitamins.The packaging on the vitamins is so pretty that it almost looks like an album!

6. Red Velvet

Just like how their group name combines the strong and fierce image of red with the soft and feminine image of velvet,this sparkling water is a delicious blend of fizzling soda and smooth grapefruit.

7. F(x)

Red light? Nope, you’ll definitely be hitting the green light as you race to sweep up these purchases with F(x). Enjoy cheddar cheese and onion flavored chips, butter and coconut flavored popcorn and rainbow gum. There’s even an anti-drowsiness gum with caffeine in it, perfect for preventing your eyelids from drooping as you drive late at night, cram for finals or work overtime

If you want to purchase K-Pop goods aside from these, check out our post on where to buy K-Pop goods in Seoul here. For more awesome finds like this one and the latest, trendiest and newest things to do in South Korea, visit Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, Trazy.com!




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Stricter South Korean Drunk Driving Laws Being Considered

Koreabridge - Tue, 2016-08-16 14:04
Stricter South Korean Drunk Driving Laws Being Considered

This spring South Korea’s National Police Agency began conducting a nationwide survey to gather opinions for how to punish drunk drivers & if the country’s blood alcohol limit for drunk driving should be lowered from .05 to .03 percent. Such changes in other countries have led to a decrease in road fatalities, & Korea FM host Chance Dorland spoke with Jonathon Passmore, technical lead for the World Health Organization’s violence & injury prevention in the Western Pacific Regional Office, & Yours – Youth for Road Safety Executive Director Floor Lieshout, to learn more about the issue.

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The Best Beaches in Korea

Koreabridge - Tue, 2016-08-09 12:33
The Best Beaches in Korea

It’s summer, the weather outside is hot, sunny and beautiful, and it’s time to plan your vacation. However, you may still be wondering where are the best beaches in Korea.

We’ve put together this list to get you started on ideas on where to go to get your tan and water fun at. Mind you that during the peak time of the year, these beaches tend to get very crowded. Therefore, the earlier in the day you get there the better the available spots will be.

Pack your sunscreen and your coolers, because it’s beach time in Korea!

Korean Beach #1: Haeundae, Busan

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The first one on the list is naturally the most famous one in all of Korea: Haeundae. It’s located in the southeastern side of Busan, and packed with lots of other activities to do besides tanning and swimming. Some of the famous spots include great places to eat, comfortable guesthouses, Busan Aquarium, and even a spa! It’s perhaps also the busiest beach on the peninsula. It gets quieter towards the end of August, and the water still remains warm enough to swim in. Sometimes the tide gets too strong for swimming, so keep that in mind when planning your summer fun!


Korean Beach #2: Jungmun, Jeju

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This southernmost beach is located on the grounds of Jungmun Resort in the southern part of Jeju Island. It’s a bit of a walk to get there, especially if you’re not staying right at Jungmun Resort, but it’s worth the effort! It’s a nice beach with beautiful water.

While it’s quite a popular beach, due to its lack of accessibility compared to other beaches on the island, it doesn’t get excessively crowded. Be prepared for some additional cardio once you leave the beach as it’s all uphill to get back and out of the resort.


Korean Beach #3: Daecheon, Boryeong

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Easily accessible from the city of Boryeong, and famous for its yearly mud festival, this beach is especially popular among families and groups of friends. If you get there early enough in the morning, the beach will be practically all yours. However, as the tide gets higher and lunch time passes, it will suddenly get packed with people ready for summer beach fun. Even though it can get crowded, it’s still an excellent spot for an afternoon of swimming, tanning, and people watching!


Korean Beach #4: Jumunjin, Gangneung

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When the topic of beaches in Gangneung is being discussed, usually you’ll be recommended to go to Gyeongpo Beach. Jumunjin definitely is smaller and further from the center in comparison. However, it’s an excellent location for those who would rather go to a quieter and less crowded beach, while still enjoying nice sand and clean water. Right in the vicinity of the beach there are also rooms available for rent if one wants to stay overnight.


Korean Beach #5: Myeongsashimni, Shinji

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The trip to Myeongsashimnie may be long and perhaps even gruesome, but simply the arrival to the beach will be reward enough! This four kilometer long beach not only allows great spots for tanning, but also an awesome space for swimming all the way until early October. This is rare, as it can’t be said for many of the other beaches Korea houses. To get to the island for this beach, first head to Wando, and then take a ferry from there.


Korean Beach #6: Seonyudo, Gunsan

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From Gunsan, you can take a ferry to this archipelago housing some twenty islands, of which four are connected with foot and bike bridges. This area is especially popular for its biking and walking routes. The beach is top quality, making Seonyudo a fantastic spot for a weekend trip.

 Korean Beach #7: Hyeopjae, Jeju

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Although it’s a bit of a way from Jeju City, the clear and shallow water is particularly appealing for families. It’s a great place to stay late into the evening, and perhaps even until the next morning, as the sunset here is incredibly stunning. The nearby Hallim Park is also good for an afternoon stroll when staying under the sun gets to be too much.


Korean Beach #8: Deokjeokdo, Incheon

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To reach the ultimate levels of remoteness among beaches you visit, Deokjokdo is the place to go to. During low tide, one can walk far from the shoreline before reaching waters that are beyond ankle deep. However, just staying on the beach for some tanning is a fun activity all the same.

To get to the beach, you’ll likely want to rent a bike, although walking is also an option. And for those wanting to get the most out of their visit to the beach, on the same island lies a 300-meter high Bijong Peak that will provide great views of the whole island for those who are willing to hike it up.


Korean Beach #9: Hanagae, Muuido

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This is another incredibly hard to reach but fun beach to visit off the coast of Incheon. In the mornings the tide is so low you can walk at least a kilometer into where you’d just seen water the previous day and not even get wet. Because of how tough it is to get there, it’s recommended to stay there overnight. The good thing is that it’s actually half the fun as there are pensions and lodges right by the beach. There are also several restaurants, one of which is right on the sand with a nice view of the sunset.


Korean Beach #10: Woljeongri, Jeju

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If you’re looking for a quiet beach with clean sand and crystal clear water while on Jeju, Woljeongri Beach is the place to go! The scenery of the beach and its surroundings is stunning, with a street of cafes nearby. As it’s not officially registered as a beach, not many people know of it or go there. That means that you get lots of space for yourself to enjoy and cool down during the sunny summer days.


Those are some of the best beaches in Korea. Which one’s the first on your bucket list to visit?

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Essential Travel Tips & Guide | Korea Autumn Travel in 2016

Koreabridge - Sun, 2016-08-07 08:13
Essential Travel Tips & Guide | Korea Autumn Travel in 2016

If you have been to South Korea several times but never in the fall, you are missing out BIG time.

Every season is a reason to visit Korea, but autumn is indeed the best season to travel and fully take in the beauty of the country. When fall foliage begins, the gardens of royal palaces in the city of Seoul and the mountain ranges in the countryside are dyed with beautifully colored leaves. It’s a season where you can witness some of the unbelievable sights across the country. So go, if you haven’t! If you are planning to, read this guide before you go.

1. Weather

South Korea’s autumn season usually lasts from September until November. The sky is clear and the weather is cool. It’s still a bit hot during the daytime in September, but it’s cool in the morning and evening.

Refer to this year’s weather forecast for Seoul in September:In October, it’s less humid than in September and the weather is cool. For this reason, many go out for outdoor activities and plenty of festivals take place during this month.Around the late Oct and early Nov, the temperature drops below 15 degrees Celcius and autumn gradually turns into an early winter season. Since the weather and temperature change every year, we advise you to check the weather forecast regularly for the updates.

2. What to Pack & Wear

It’s easy to catch a cold easily during the change of seasons, especially in autumn, because the temperature difference between the daytime and morning and evening is quite big.

We advise you to bring thin and light outerwear such as a cardigan, a jacket, and thin coat. Bringing a scarf or wearing a thick knitwear are strongly recommended as well.

3. What to Do & Where to Go

During the 3-month period, travelers will be able to enjoy the rich colors of scarlet, crimson red and yellow leaves and nature.

For this reason, you should go hiking in the mountains and catch autumn leaves at some of the best fall foliage paths in the country.

If you’re figuring out when to catch peak foliage, here’s the autumn foliage forecast from last year. This will help you plan your autumn travel itinerary.In the autumn season, beautiful yellow gingko trees and vast fields of cosmos, sunflowers, Eulalia and reeds are some of the things that South Korea has to offer.

You should try hiking at the country’s best hiking destinations such as Mt.Bukhansan and Seoraksan National Park, or just enjoy taking a walk at parks like Namsan Park.

Since the weather’s pleasant, experiencing a temple stay in Korea can be a great activity to add your itinerary.

Read our previous blog post on Top 3 Fall Foliage Trails in Korea or see Best Autumn/Fall Foliage Paths in Seoul.

You can enjoy Eulalia and reeds within the city at the annual Eulalia Festival, which is one of the most popular autumn festivals in South Korea. It takes place at the World Cup Park Stadium in Seoul every October. For directions, click here.Suncheonman Bay, located in Jeolla Province, the southern part of Korea, is also a famous travel destination where you can enjoy a scenic panorama of wetlands covered by reeds. For details and directions, click here.Jeju Island is also another must-visit travel destination that you shouldn’t miss in autumn. In autumn, many people go for the famous Olle trail, which are the most scenic routes of Jeju Island. If you want to experience the Jeju Olle trails, there’s a guided tour. For more info, click here.

For more places to enjoy the beauty of autumn in Jeju Island, check out our travel guide to how to Enjoy Korea’s real autumn in Jeju Island.Here are other recommended activities you can try with Trazy for your 2016 Autumn in South Korea:

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Best Korean Ice Cream Places in Korea

Koreabridge - Fri, 2016-07-29 07:29
Best Korean Ice Cream Places in Korea

These days it’s sweltering hot all over Korea, and especially if you are in Seoul, a quick dip in the ocean isn’t exactly an option to cool down your body for a moment. But do you know what is? Korean ice cream!

You might have already tried out several different kinds of convenience store ice cream bars, but wouldn’t you also like to know which shops offer the most delicious ice cream in Korea, especially in the Seoul area? After all, ice cream is a popular summertime dessert in South Korea as well.

Forget about Baskin & Robbins, here’s the perfect guide for you for finding the best ice cream in Korea, whether you are here as a tourist or a long-time Seoulite!

Korean Ice Cream #1: Softree : Honeycomb Ice Cream

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Website: Softree

Not too long ago, honeycomb ice cream was everyone’s favorite dessert. It was originally Softree’s creation, but it spread quickly to other ice cream joints, and even new ones specializing in honeycomb ice cream opened up.

Softree’s honeycomb ice cream consists of soft vanilla ice cream, combined with honeycomb on top. You can either eat it just as is, or mix the ice cream and the honey together for an upgraded dessert experience. Although Korea has since then moved onto other food trends, many ice cream places still serve ice cream with honeycomb today.


Korean Ice Cream #2: Fell + Cole

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Fell + Cole has spread as a chain to many different locations in Seoul, and perhaps other parts of Korea as well, but initially it was just a small ice cream shop in Hongdae. What made it different from others was not only its quirky selection of ice cream flavors (including even makgeolli-flavored ice cream!), but the fact that they change the selection available on a daily basis. Not only is the ice cream from Fell + Cole tasty, but their business model ensures you will never have a dull dessert experience with them!


Korean Ice Cream #3: Myeongdong’s Ice Cream Machine

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Even in the dead of winter, there are still people lining up to get the super affordable, giant ice cream cone off the streets of Myeongdong. The texture of the ice cream isn’t as soft as Softree’s and it pales in comparison to other ice cream shops with its small selection to choose from. However, this bargain ice cream is definitely worth experiencing at least once!


Korean Ice Cream #4: Penguin Macaron

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Website: Penguin Macaron

This little chain, which you can find at least in Hyehwa and Insadong, specializes in ice cream macarons. They are colorful, affordable, and tasty. You are allowed to choose your own combination from the different macarons and ice cream flavors available. It is quite easy to spill it on yourself, so grab plenty of napkins!


Korean Ice Cream #5: King’s Cream: Red Velvet Ice Cream

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King’s Cream’s red velvet ice cream is likely the least famous addition on this list, though by no means the least tasty one. Unlike many other shops mentioned here, King’s Cream operates only from one small location, in between Cheonho and Gangdong. There are several different additional toppings to choose from to mix your red velvet ice cream with, each one as delicious as the next!


Korean Ice Cream #6: Kiss the Tiramisu: Tiramisu Ice Cream

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Want to know what the current rage in Seoul is when it comes to ice cream? It’s this little ice cream shop in the center of Hongdae specializing in tiramisu ice cream! Since its inception earlier this year, they’ve opened up another small shop in Lotte Department Store in Myeongdong. However, all the cool kids want to visit the original one. Prepare to wait in line for a good while before getting yours, and then spending the rest of your afternoon happy that you did!

We gave you some great spots to start with, but the list of best Korean ice cream can’t simply end here! Although these ones didn’t quite make the cut, they’re still worth a visit. After you’ve already tried all the other places on this list, cool down this summer with these ice cream options:

1. Ice cream shops specializing in nitrogen ice cream.

This was the craze back in just 2014. Monster Lab in Hongdae was the front runner in creating all sorts of intriguing and delicious ice cream eating experiences with the quirky element of adding nitrogen in the making of ice cream. As is typical in Korea, once the trend took wind, several other ice cream shops with similar menus and tactics started opening up. While the craze has long since died down, you might still be lucky enough to find one of these shops open.

2. Coffeenie’s macaron ice cream mint choco frappe.

Just reading the name aloud will give you quite the sugar rush, but, trust me, it’s worth it! As it’s technically more of a frappe than an ice cream, it’s been placed in the list of honorable mentions. The base of this dessert is the mint choco frappe. On top of that, there’s a big scoop of whipped cream, further topped off by vanilla ice cream and choco chips, surrounded by several different flavors of macarons – all of which you can choose yourself!

3. O’Shake.

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It’s a popular but still fairly small chain from where you can find an interesting variety of not just ice cream, but also different kinds of shakes. Just like Coffeenie’s frappe, they are likely to induce quite the sugar high, but at least you’ll go down smiling and happy from all the deliciousness.

4. Remicone’s eccentric ice cream options.

If you happen to be visiting Garosugil, stop by one of its backstreets, namely the one right by Skinfood, to find this small ice cream shop selling all sorts of wacky ice cream desserts. If you’re feeling adventurous, give the one with a huge cotton candy cloud a try!

If you’re still hungry for ice cream in Korea after all this, don’t worry, there are even more icy treats available all over Korea than what was listed on this list. Now go on and get your tummy full of yummy!

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Making Kimbab rice rolls

Koreabridge - Thu, 2016-07-28 03:42
Making Kimbab rice rolls

Kimbab Rice Rolls


Kimbab consists of seaweed laver sheets and rice. For the most basic kimbab, you’ll need ‘kimbab’ kim and steamed rice.

It’s a convenient meal that can stay fresh all day, making it perfect for lunch at the office or a meal at the top of a mountain.

The most difficult part of making kimbab is rolling, but once you get that down, it’ll be easy to make whatever you want.


The following are needed for the most basic kimbab:

  • Kimbab ‘Kim’
  • Short-grain white rice (can substitute brown rice… 4:1 white:brown rice is a good ratio to maintain stickiness needed to keep the roll intact)
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt for seasoning (use Bamboo Salt (Jug-yeom 죽염) as a healthy alternative)

These are filler ingredients for the traditional Korean ‘street’ kimbab:

  • Crab meat
  • Ham
  • eggs
  • carrots
  • cucumber
  • Danmuji (단무지) Pickled Korean radish
  • Oo-eong-jo-rim (우엉조림) Seasoned Burdock root




The first step is cooking rice. If you have a rice cooker, just follow the directions. If you are cooking on the stovetop, follow a 4:3 water-to-rice ratio. So, if you have 1½ cups rice, use 2 cups water.

Rinse and strain the rice well to remove any dirt or pesticides. In a cooking pot, add the rice and water and let it soak for 30 minutes. Now turn on the heat and cover the pot. Once it starts boiling, turn down the heat to low and continue to cook for about 15~20 minutes. Once it’s cooked, mix the rice to prevent it from caking together.

If you are using brown rice, add up to a quarter brown rice to white rice (ex. ½ cup brown rice and 1-½ cup white rice). Brown rice, while healthier due to being a lower glycemic option, doesn’t stick together.


Once the rice is cooked, move a few scoops to a mixing bowl. Add a dash of salt and a few drops of sesame oil. Mix well and cover until you are ready to make rolls.

Mixed Rice


Egg Omelet Strips

Beat a two or three eggs and heat a frying pan. Add some oil once the pan is hot and pour the eggs into the pan. With a cooking spatula, work the egg, moving the top runny part to the pan surface. Roll the pan so eggs spread over the whole surface. Once the egg is just a little runny, lift one end and start to roll and fold the egg until you have one wide strip. Press the omelet down and flip so both sides are slightly brown. Move to a plate to cool.

Once the omelet is cool, cut it into thin strips about ¼-to-½ inch wide.


Filler ingredient preparation’

All of the other ingredients should be cut into thin strips.

Rolling the Kimbab

If you have a bamboo or wood kimbab roller, set that on your counter. Take a sheet of kim and lay it on the counter (or wooden roller, if you have it).

Take a rice spatula and dip it in water. Now take a scoop of rice and place it on the sheet of kim on the side closest to you. Spread the rice out evenly, but leave the top quarter empty. This is done so the roll with stay together.

Lay out the other ingredients, placing just a strip or two of each on the bottom (again, side closest to you). Now lift the bottom end and start to roll it up, pressing down and squeezing the roll until you reach the top (this will be the ‘seam’ side of the roll).

Move the roll seam-side down to a plate and repeat the rolling for however many rolls you want to make.

Cutting the Rolls

Once you are finished rolling, take a cooking brush and dip it lightly in sesame oil. Brush the tops of all the rolls. This will give the rolls a nice sheen and also serves to improve the flavor and texture of the rolls.

Keeping the rolls seam-side down, move one roll to a cutting board. Hold the roll just before each cut and make ½-inch cuts.

And now you have Korean kimbab, ready to pack or serve.

Be sure to keep the rolls covered so the rice doesn’t dry out and become hard.

You can try any combination of filler ingredients. It’s even possible to replace the rice with noodles to make ‘kim-guksu’ for an unique, unusual meal.

Let us know if you tried making kimbab and how it turned out. If you have any questions, post them below.




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Sexual Healing: Teacher gets Tested

Koreabridge - Thu, 2016-07-21 09:47
Sexual Healing: Teacher gets Tested Free and Anonymous rapid HIV/ AIDS and STI Testing in Seoul

I belong to several KakaoTalk group chats and groups on Facebook for Expats and specifically Expat Women in Korea.  Recently the topic of some gentlemen within the foreigner community being less than faithful to their counterparts has left me feeling a whole bunch of emotions.  As someone who has recently dated a big ol’ phoney-bologne, I feel a sad sense of kinship with these women.  I usually feel like ignorance is bliss.  I would rather be ignorant to the truth and happy that someone wants to parade me around and ask me about my passions, my interests, and quite simply my day.  When reading about others who are experiencing things like pregnancy and STI scares, it hit me that if I were in those shoes I wouldn’t just want to know, I would need to know.

Photographer: Adriana Velasquez

When I was growing up in Canada we had regular sexual education classes.  It always struck me as strange when the teacher would rhyme off how often you needed a Pap Smear and how often to be checked for Sexually Transmitted Infections.  They’d always add “more often if you engage in risky sexual behaviour”.  Isn’t all sexual behaviour “risky”?  I mean, even if you are in a committed relationship now, nearly everyone has baggage.  It’s important to look out for your physical (and mental) health as well as that of your partner’s.

Photographer: Imani Clovis

Last Sunday I went to the KHAP – the Korea Federation for HIV/ AIDS Prevention for their Free and Anonymous HIV/AIDS & STI screening.  This is available to all foreigners living and working in Korea regardless of visa status.  They offer a variety of languages as well.  The website is available in English, Chinese, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Thai, Tagalog, Indonesian, and Korean, and it states that services are available in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Korean.  While they offer screenings without a reservation from time to time in Itaewon, I went ahead and booked my appointment here.  I loved that it was available online (who has time for potentially uncomfortable phone calls, really?) and within a few days I had a confirmation e-mail.  I booked nearly 2 weeks ahead of time, so if you’re worried and on a time crunch I would suggest you call to ensure you get an appointment.

My confirmation e-mail:

Dear –

Greetings from Korea Federation for HIV/AIDS Prevention(KHAP).
This is a KHAP Seoul center.

Thanks for your reservation.  It is available HIV rapid or STD testing or both.
Your appointment is at 11:40am (It is Free and Anonymous; your number is *******-06) /Please don’t be late. 

(STD test available : HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Urethritis)

The test result of HIV rapid is within 20minutes, and STDs takes 3~4days later.When you need to cancel your appointment, please call or email us. 

When you arrive at KHAP, please tell us your number and/or nickname. Other forms and identificationa are not necessary.

The test requires about for 30 minutes. Appointments are rigid, so please be on time.
If you have trouble finding us at the test day, call us at 02-927-4322.

Thank you for your cooperation.

You may have noticed that there’s no mention of infections such as chlamydia,herpes, hepatitis, or the other slew of potential things one might contract.  There is a clinic in Itaewon which offers a variety of different packages (some inclusive of pap smears and blood drawing).  The cost is high in comparison to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), but isn’t your health and your peace of mind worth it?

Photographer: Dan Watson

I found the KHAP incredibly easy to find.  I walked out of Gireum Station (Exit 7) and walked straight.  I crossed a bridge, passed a gas station, and was there.  I had hoped to buy some water along the way as it’s typically tough to find a big enough vein with me.  I donated blood regularly in Canada and always came out black and blue on both sides.  Drink water before you go!  Upon arrival, you’ll be presented with a paper cup and a plastic sample vial.  I immediately started guzzling cup after cup of water (they’ve got a cute little corner with information, free condoms, and some candy surrounding the water cooler) and almost thought I’d be faced with performance anxiety.  My veins, on the other hand, played their regular hide-and-seek game.

Isn’t all sexual behaviour “risky”? I mean, even if you are in a committed relationship now, nearly everyone has baggage. It’s important to look out for your physical (and mental) health as well as that of your partner’s.

After the urine sample I was directed to a small room with a doctor and someone whom I believe to be a nurse or a technician (sorry guys – I have no medical background and totally let a stranger in a lab coat draw my blood).  The rapid-HIV test was administered by pricking my finger and drawing blood.  The results were provided within 15 minutes.  Less than one full vial of blood was taken for the remaining tests.  I was shown and talked through the new gloves and new syringes which were being opened in front of me.  We had a rough start finding a vein, but after a couple of tries it was pretty quick and easy.  After I was told that I tested negative for HIV, I was given a small piece of paper with my sample number, my alias (you use an alias when booking your appointment to remain anonymous), and that I would be able to call and receive my results over the phone after July 20th.  You’ll be pleased to hear that when I called yesterday I was informed that I tested negative for everything that was tested and that “everything’s good”.

If you visit the KHAP and can afford to donate I would really encourage you to do so.  This is an invaluable service for all foreigners in Korea, and I’m sure not everyone can afford this type of medical care.  Let’s look out for one-another and keep services like these alive in a country where sex is both taboo and in your face (more on that as this “Sexual Healing” series continues).

Photographer: Kristopher Roller

If you or someone you know has been tested at another facility while living abroad, please be sure to mention it in the comments section!  I can’t stress how easy it was to have this screening done and how professional my experience was getting tested for HIV & STIs in Korea.


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Pokémon Takes Over Korea As Gamers Travel Hours To Play New Pokémon Go App

Koreabridge - Tue, 2016-07-19 04:22
Pokémon Takes Over Korea As Gamers Travel Hours To Play New Pokémon Go

For Pokémon fans in South Korea, the success of the new Pokémon Go app has been bittersweet as the game has not yet been officially released in the ROK. However, people from across the country are already traveling to Sokcho, the first area where the game works due to a mapping oddity, to play the game & prepare for a time when it will be available across the country. Korea FM host Chance Dorland spoke with ‘Pokémon Go Korea‘ Facebook group creator & Gangnam Gamers player Wilfred Lee & EXBC live streamer Esco to hear how they & others have traveled hours to play Pokémon Go & what the experience has shown them about the game & dedication of South Korean fans.

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***MISSING PERSON*** LyLii Tinem Huynh: Last Seen on Haeundae Beach

Koreabridge - Sat, 2016-07-16 09:24



Our dear friend LyLii Tinem Huynh has not been seen since Thursday July 14th, at approximately 600 am. She was last seen on Haeundae Beach near tower 7 with 2 others. The 2 people she was with went swimming and when they came out Lylii was no longer on the beach. Her clothes and tablet however were still there.
The police and French embassy are investigating and going over cctv footage.
We ask that anyone who has ANY information about her whereabouts or who may have seen her on the morning of Thursday July 14th contact us immediately.
Her family has been contacted and are making their way to Korea.

Matt: 010 3263 9463 english
Mattb2015 kakao english
Yuni: 010 8579 6838 korean
Or message Laura on facebook.

***please tag share and repost this as much as possible, i am sure someone saw something***

***실종자를 찾습니다***
저의 친구 LyLii이 7월 14일 오전 약 6시 경 이후로 실종 되었습니다.

해운대 해변 타워7 근처에서 다른 2명과 함께 마지막으로 목격 되었습니다. 
함께있던 2명은 수영을 갔고, 돌아 왔을 때는 해변에서 Lylii를 찾을 수 없었습니다. 그녀의 옷가지와 타블렛은 그 자리에 있었습니다.

경찰과 프랑스 대사관이 현재 조사중이고, cctv 흔적을 찾고 있습니다. 
그녀가 어디있는지 어떤 정보라도 아시는 분 혹은 7/14일 오전 그녀를 목격한 분이 계시다면 저희에게 바로 연락을 부탁 드립니다. 
현재 소식을 들은 가족들이 한국으로 오는 중 입니다.

Yuni : 010 8579 6838 (한국인 제보 연락처)
혹은 페이스북 메세지 부탁 드립니다.

**부디 많은 태그 및 공유 부탁 드리며, 목격자가 있을거라 믿습니다**





저의 친구 LyLii이 7월 14일 오전 약 6시 경 이후로 실종 되었습니다.

해운대 해변 타워7 근처에서 다른 2명과 함께 마지막으로 목격 되었습니다. 
함께있던 2명은 수영을 갔고, 돌아 왔을 때는 해변에서 Lylii를 찾을 수 없었습니다. 그녀의 옷가지와 타블렛은 그 자리에 있었습니다.

경찰과 프랑스 대사관이 현재 조사중이고, cctv 흔적을 찾고 있습니다. 
그녀가 어디있는지 어떤 정보라도 아시는 분 혹은 7/14일 오전 그녀를 목격한 분이 계시다면 저희에게 바로 연락을 부탁 드립니다. 
현재 소식을 들은 가족들이 한국으로 오는 중 입니다.

Yuni : 010 8579 6838 (한국인 제보 연락처)
혹은 페이스북 메세지 부탁 드립니다.

**부디 많은 태그 및 공유 부탁 드리며, 목격자가 있을거라 믿습니다**





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Korean Summer Poems for Rainy Season

Koreabridge - Sat, 2016-07-16 01:58
Korean Summer Poems for Rainy Season With rainy season upon us these days I've been spending my leisure time back here in Thunder Bay Canada reading and drinking tea. Lapsang Souchong with milk is usually my rainy day tea, most especially when it's a bit on the cool side out.  
I have recently started a new venture doing tea ceremonies here in Thunder Bay a few times each month in various locations around town. Mostly outdoors in summer in local park where you can drop by and see and even sample some tea if you like. Details for which can be found at my Where Wisk Way Blog or better still on my FaceBook group page Travelling TeaTime also to be found in the sidebar on this page.  
Pondering the various parks in town and talking with my friends about their favorite park places and experiences I'm reminded of this poem below about this poem below written about a peach orchard high up in the mountains that a Korean poet had discovered :  
Only white gull and IKnow about the thirty-six peaks of Mount Chung-Ryang.White gull will never tell anyoneBut I am suspicious of you, peach blossom.
You might fall into the streamAnd, floating by, tell the fishermen about our secret place.--Yi Hwang  

Upon my moving back to Canada I had come across a Tea Ceremony water container online. I was window shopping :-) It reminded me of the poem below
When a shadow appeared on the water,I looked up to see a monk crossing the bridge.Stay, I said, so I could askWhere he was going.
But, pointing at white clouds, he moved on,Answering without words. --Anonymous
(Both the above from Sunset in a Spider Web Sijo Poetry of Ancient Korea Virginia Olsen Baron, Minja Park Kim)
Here are two poems for a rainy day : 
Rainstorm at a Mountain Temple
The gale howling in the valleystears out the trees by their roots.The downpour washes over every peak,loosening rocks to tumble down the slopes.The boom of a temple bellopens the air, in waves.-- Cho Eun 1900-196?
It is Raining
It is raining, incessantly fallinglike tears streaming over sorrow,Thinking you will be comingsoaked in the rain,I push my window openand hold a potted plant in my arms.
It is raining, incessantly fallingwhile I am expecting you.I imagine seeing yousmiling in the misty woods before I am sent to sleepby the sound of rain dripping from the eaves. --Yi U-Chul 1923-1984
(Both of the above taken from Modern Korean Verse in Sijo Form by Jaihiun Kim)
Well now I'm off to sip more tea and read away until I drift off recalling the rain dripping from the eaves of the garage I'd seen earlier today.... Best wishes and until next time, stay youthfully minded : for that is where inspiration often comes.

About the Author

Matthew William Thivierge has abandoned his PhD studies in Shakespeare and is now currently almost half-way through becoming a tea-master (Japanese,Korean & Chinese tea ceremony). He is a part time Ninjologist with some Jagaek studies (Korean 'ninja') and on occasion views the carrying on of pirates from his balcony mounted telescope.

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