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Billy Go’s Korean Conversation Course | #2: Subway Station – 지하철역

Thu, 2024-04-11 14:25

In the second episode of my free "Korean Conversation Course" you'll hear a natural conversation about asking for directions, as well as one of the most common things you might hear if you're a Korean learner - "Your Korean is so good!" There are 20 episodes in this course, so we're at 2/20 so far. Every week I'll post a new episode in this course.

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How He Became an International Student in Korea

Wed, 2024-04-10 05:11

I interviewed my friend Forrest about how he learned Korean and became an international student at Sogang University, and what it’s like attending school in Seoul – both the pros and the cons.

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Revitalize Your Skin with Esther Formula's Elastin Supplement!

Mon, 2024-04-08 17:58
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The Most Misused Sentence Connector | Korean FAQ

Mon, 2024-04-08 15:19

I wanted to make a summarized video about the ~데 form, because the ~데 form is the most misused sentence connector that I see learners using. I also misused this a ton when I was a beginner because I didn't understand when it was used. It's only after years of studying and practice that I realized how the ~데 form is used to make comparisons, and how it has a different nuance than saying just "and" or "but."

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BGN Eye Hospital April event

Mon, 2024-04-08 01:38
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Let your vision bloom this April!

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How Much Do Foreigners In Korea Make? [Seoul] | Street Interview

Sat, 2024-04-06 08:30

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Rock show: Unchained, Comemos Nuvem & Barbie Dolls @Ovantgarde

Fri, 2024-04-05 22:55
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 20:00Location: Event Type: 

OVGD LIVE [꼬메무스 누벵 / 바비돌스 / 언체인드]

2024. 04. 06 토 Sat @Ovantgarde

(부산시 남구 용소로 7번길 15-1, B1)

입장 Door Open 7pm / 시작 Start 8pm

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예매 RSV 15,000₩ / 현매 COVER 20,000₩

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2024년 4월 OVGD LIVE!

생기 돋는 봄을 맞이하여 겨우내 잔뜩 움츠렸던 몸을 신나는 개러지-펑크-그런지 리듬에 맡기며 흔들어 봅시다.

Let‘s Rock!

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부산에서 결성한 개러지 펑크 락 밴드, Bluesy Swampy Garage Art Punk!

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Billy Go’s Korean Conversation Course | #1: Weather – 날씨

Thu, 2024-04-04 15:42

It's time for a BRAND NEW COURSE! If you've already learned the basics (such as with my Beginner Korean Course), or you just want to start jumping into 100% real, native-level, and natural Korean conversations, then what are you waiting for? Try my new free course, "Korean Conversation Course."

This free course will have 20 episodes, each with full explanations of grammar, vocabulary, and expressions. It also includes plenty of spoken-only language - the kind of stuff you'll only hear in real conversations, and not in most courses. Because of that, I recommend that you already have a basic understanding of the language before starting this course so that you can get the most out of it.

Each week I'll be posting one new lesson, for the next 19 weeks until the course is finished. There's also a book version of this course with 5 extra conversations, but this video course is free and does not require anything else to use it.

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F6 Visa ESL Teacher Looking for a Tuesday Job

Thu, 2024-04-04 13:23
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Hi everyone,

I am an enthusiastic and highly motivated ESL teacher with a F6 Visa, 2 masters degrees and plenty of experience teaching elementary school and university students.

I am currently looking for a Tuesday job in Busan.

Do not hesitate to message me or email me if you are interested.

I will look forward to hearing from you.

Kindly ^^

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Student requirements for Hakwans and Kindy

Wed, 2024-04-03 14:18

The legislation seems quite nebulous here.

I read(very hard to find as usual) that an international degree(D2 or 4) student on a student visa can be employed in an establishment provided that it isn't associated with English, with examples such as Hakwans, Kindergartens teaching English, Kids' Cafes and institutes.

This was in the restrictions area in visas(published online).

 

I am wondering,,,,,,,, what are the rules ->what is the point of "Jumping through hoops to qualify for the Board of Education and Immigrations regs?

So, we can do what we want to, not register, not do medicals, and work where we please from now on. Why should we meet any of the legal requirements for E2, Board of Education requirements? If a student can do any ESL job without the same checks, etc. Are students allowed to work in ESL institutes in any form?

 

As per norm, the information is convoluted.

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~던지 "So" | Live Stream Abridged

Tue, 2024-04-02 14:51

~던지 is an advanced level grammar form that means "so," and is used for emphasizing the verb it's used with. This form is different than ~든지 (which I also compare it with in the lesson).

Although it's an advanced topic because it requires a large amount of advanced grammar forms and a high level of Korean in order to use it fully - it's often used in longer sentences - the form itself is actually quite simple and straightforward. It's a simpler version of the ~서 form ("because") and means "because (verb) so...."

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Korean classes in April!

Tue, 2024-04-02 07:44
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Busan's Korean Language Institute For Foreigners (KLIFF) is offering classes for everyone.  Make a change by learning Korean this season.  The teachers at KLIFF can help!

Think it takes a year to speak Korean well?  Think again!  In just a  month we can get you speaking with the locals! 

KLIFF is located in two convenient locations: PNU and Haeundae. 

We have as many as 9 levels of Korean ability for you to choose from.  We also offer special lectures targeted toward the Korean proficiency test.

We're open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and available Sunday, too!

Questions or need directions?  Feel free to call us any time at 010-9108-6594, or email to [email protected].  You can also check us out at www.kliff.co.kr
See the map below to our PNU location, call or see our website for Haeundae classes.

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Busan's Korean Language Institute For Foreigners (KLIFF) is offering classes for everyone.  Make a change by learning Korean this season.  The teachers at KLIFF can help!

Think it takes a year to speak Korean well?  Think again!  In just a  month we can get you speaking with the locals! 

KLIFF is located in two convenient locations: PNU and Haeundae. 

We have as many as 9 levels of Korean ability for you to choose from.  We also offer special lectures targeted toward the Korean proficiency test.

We're open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and available Sunday, too!

Questions or need directions?  Feel free to call us any time at 010-9108-6594, or email to [email protected].  You can also check us out at www.kliff.co.kr
See the map below to our PNU location, call or see our website for Haeundae classes.

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UCLA graduate

Tue, 2024-04-02 05:31
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Experience teaching: Literature, physics, chemistry, SAT and certain AP subjects. Able to give college counseling and give guidance on college essays. Experienced in preparing students for interview for new jobs or promotions. Versatile.

Pedagogy: I believe more in preparing and training the minds of students to be able to learn self sufficiently with independence and creativity. Instead of rote memorization or simply practicing endlessly, it is necessary to challenge and struggle to accomplish a goal and ceaselessly improve. Much of this is missing from the korean education system that only emphasizes results, and students are increasingly trained to be highly skilled but dependent workers. The goal is constant improvement and development.

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[Busan Startups] Ai x Art

Mon, 2024-04-01 11:11
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024 - 12:00Location: Event Type: 

--✨ AI Meets Art: A Fusion of Creativity and Technology in Busan! ✨--

​Get ready to be dazzled by the intersection of artificial intelligence and artistic expression at our panel discussion event in Busan! Join us on April 13, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM for an unforgettable journey exploring how AI is reshaping the art world. Engage with leading artists, technologists, and innovators as they delve into the dynamic relationship between AI and creativity. Whether you're an art enthusiast, tech geek, or curious mind, this event promises a vibrant blend of insights, discussions, and networking opportunities. Don't miss out on this unique blend of art and technology – where the future of creativity unfolds!

Location: Busan Haeundae-gu Songjeongang-ro-5-beongil 67 2nd floor

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Jangnaksa Temple – 장락사 (Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do)

Mon, 2024-04-01 02:37
Jangnaksa Temple and the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” in Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do. Temple History

Jangnaksa Temple is located in the eastern part of Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do in the western foothills of Mt. Wangbaksan (597.5 m). Jangnaksa Temple was first built during the Three Kingdoms of Korea Period (18 B.C. – 660 A.D.). In total, Jangnaksa Temple was rebuilt a total of five times, and it was a prosperous temple during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). The temple remained as a fully functioning temple until the mid-Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The temple would eventually fall into disrepair in the 17th century.

For the longest time, all that remained of the temple was the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong,” which is Korean Treasure #459. It isn’t until 1971 that the monk Noh Seung Beophae rebuilt the temple in order to protect the brick pagoda, while also continuing the tradition of the former temple. The current configuration of Jangnaksa Temple is much smaller than the original temple found at the Jangnaksa-ji Temple Site; to which, the current temple is located just to the east.

An excavation was conducted on the Jangnaksa-ji Temple Site from 2003 to 2008. This excavation revealed many artifacts including roof tiles, earthenware, pottery, clay molds, tombstones, and bronze spoons. In total, there were 34 buildings discovered on the temple site.

Temple Layout

As you first approach Jangnaksa Temple up a pathway to the south of the Jangnaksa-ji Temple Site, you’ll first find the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong.” For the longest time, this is all that remained of the ancient temple. The pagoda is a rare historic brick pagoda that’s one of only about a dozen still in existence in Korea. The pagoda is made of grayish black clay-slate stone that was made into bricks. The very first layer of the stylobate is made from natural stone. And it’s on top of this stone that the seven-story main pagoda of the structure stands. The base has granite pillars on each of the four corners with bricks filling in the caps between these granite pillars. Traditionally, there’s a door fitted inside a niche on both the south and north sides of a brick pagoda. However, the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” only has a south side door. The north door, for whatever reason, has long since disappeared. Both the south and east sides of the first story of the structure are heavily damaged. The roof stones covering the centre body stones of the main body are made completely of bricks. The eaves of the roof stones are short and horizontal. And the four edges to these roof stones have holes in them that formerly allowed bells to hang from them. Of the upper portion of the brick pagoda, only the base of the finial still remains.

During restoration work conducted in 1967, a bronze piece engraved with a flower pattern was found on the upper part of the roof stone of the seventh story. It’s assumed to have once been a part of the pagoda’s former finial. Additionally, there are traces of the surface of the pagoda having been plastered in parts. Currently, the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” is being restored, once more.

To the north of the this pagoda is the temple site grounds; while to the east, you’ll find the newest iteration of Jangnaksa Temple. In total, there are only a couple of shrine halls that visitors can explore. To the far left are the monks’ dorms, while straight ahead of you is the main hall at Jangnaksa Temple. This is the Geukrak-jeon Hall. The exterior walls of the main hall are adorned with realistic images of the Shimu-do (The Ox-Herding Murals), as well as flowers and Bicheon (Flying Heavenly Deities). Between the monks’ dorms and the Geukrak-jeon Hall, and to the rear, you’ll find an outdoor shrine dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). This three metre tall stone statue dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal is quite elegant in appearance.

Stepping inside the Geukrak-jeon Hall, you’ll find a triad of images on the main altar. In the centre sits Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise), who is joined on either side by Gwanseeum-bosal and Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife). The triad rests under a large, red canopy. And joining this main altar triad inside the main hall is a modern Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural) hanging on the far right wall.

To the right of the Geukrak-jeon Hall is the other temple shrine hall at Jangnaksa Temple. This is the Gwaneum-jeon Hall. The exterior walls have yet to be painted to this newly built shrine hall. Stepping inside the Gwaneum-jeon Hall, you’ll find a solitary image dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) on the main altar. And between the Geukrak-jeon Hall and the Gwaneum-jeon Hall is another outdoor shrine dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal. This one is slightly overgrown with a standing image of the Bodhisattva of Compassion holding a vase with a lotus flower in it. And on either side of the statue are two slender seokdeung (stone lanterns).

How To Get There

You can simply take a taxi from the Jecheon Bus Terminal to get to Jangnaksa Temple and the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong.” The taxi ride will take 8 minutes, or 2.6 km, and it’ll cost you 4,600 won (one way). Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can simply walk.

Overall Rating: 3/10

Jangnaksa Temple definitely isn’t the most impressive temple that you’ll visit in Korea; however, with the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” standing out in front of the temple grounds, as well as the Jangnaksa-ji Temple Site next to it, all three can make for quite a nice little adventure in Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do. The main highlights to Jangnaksa Temple are the realistic and highly original Shimu-do (Ox-Herding Murals) that adorn the exterior of the Geukrak-jeon Hall, as well as the pair of outdoor Gwanseeum-bosal statues on either side of the main hall.

Jangnaksa Temple as you first approach it. The Geukrak-jeon Hall at the temple. One of the outdoor shrines dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) to the left of the Geukrak-jeon Hall. One of the Shimu-do (Ox-Herding Murals) that adorns the exterior of the Geukrak-jeon Hall. This is the second mural entitled “Seeing the Tracks.” Here is the eighth mural from the Shimu-do (The Ox-Herding Murals). This painting is entitled “Both the Ox and the Ox-Herder are Transcended (or Forgotten).” And here is the tenth mural from the Shimu-do (The Ox-Herding Murals). This painting is entitled “In the World (or Return to Society).” What’s interesting about this mural is the white figure on the left who appears to be Sanshin-dosa (The Mountain Passes Spirit). A beautiful lotus flower painting that adorns the Geukrak-jeon Hall. And a Gongmyeongjo (Jivamjivaka) painting that also adorns the main hall. The main altar inside the Geukrak-jeon Hall. The modern Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural) also housed inside the main hall. The view from the Geukrak-jeon Hall out towards the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” and the city of Jecheon. The outdoor shrine dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal located between the Geukrak-jeon Hall and the Gwaneum-jeon Hall. The Gwaneum-jeon Hall. And the main altar inside the Gwaneum-jeon Hall.—

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Books By Andrew Lawrence Crown

Fri, 2024-03-29 08:06
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Here is the Amazon link for three books, which took me about ten years to write, and all of which I published in 2023. My two short story collections would make great additions to your 2024 reading list. The titles are, Adoration of the Korean: Expatriate Tales Made in Korea, and For the Love of Time: Tales From Home and Abroad. Fiction, quasi-fiction, and creative non-fiction are all intertwined in these stories inspired by both life in my hometown of Chicago and its suburbs, and my experiences living overseas for fourteen years. There is also a book of essays of political theory and literary criticism written in the distinctive tradition of writing I acquired during my graduate studies at The University of Chicago. The title is, Theory and Criticism in the Chicago Tradition: Ten Essays Composed Abroad. Follow the link to my Amazon page to find out more about these books and to purchase one, two or all three of them. Best of luck to you and thank you for reading.

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How He Became an International Student in Korea

Thu, 2024-03-28 16:01

For those of you who are interested in becoming an international student in Korea, I met up with Forrest and we talked about his experience as a student in a Korean university (Sogang University). He also shared tips for how he became an international student in Korea, as well as what are the steps to becoming a student, and how everything has been going. Special thanks to Forrest for being interviewed and sharing his experiences.

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Yeonggot – The Lotus Flower: 연꽃

Wed, 2024-03-27 23:42
A Lotus Flower at Gamsansa Temple in Gyeongju. The Lotus Flower and Korea

In Korean Buddhism, and Buddhism more broadly, the lotus flower is arguably the most popular symbol used. In Korean Buddhism, it can appear almost anywhere including in paintings, latticework, altars, nimbus, mandorla, statues, bells and pedestals.

In general, the lotus flower is associated with faithfulness, spiritual awakening, and purity. Additionally, the lotus flower is also known to symbolize purity of speech, body, and of the mind. The reason for this is that the lotus flower emerges from the muddy and murky water perfectly clean. This symbolism is manifested in the purity of the enlightened mind rising above the muddy midst of the suffering of Samsara.

The different colours of the lotus flower have different meanings. The white lotus flower symbolizes mental purity and spiritual perfection. The red lotus flower represents compassion. The blue lotus flower symbolizes wisdom and intelligence; and thus, it’s typically the colour of the lotus flower that Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom) holds. Also, the blue lotus flower is typically depicted as being partially opened. And finally, the gold/yellow lotus flower represents the completion of enlightenment.

A blue lotus flower painting at Haegwangsa Temple in Gijang-gun, Busan. A whitish-pink lotus flower painting from Naewonsa Temple in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do.

In addition to all of this symbolic meaning, the lotus flower has a bit of a paradoxical existence in Korean Buddhism. While it is venerated as a symbol of Korean Buddhism, it is also used in daily life, as well. Seeds are used for cooking rice, leaves to brew tea, lotus roots to cook, and the fibers are made to use thread. Thus, a lotus flower has a dual purpose: that of symbolism and that of a practical purpose.

Another interesting fact about the lotus flower outside this dual purpose is in Korean society, in general. In Korea, nearly all ponds are referred to as “yeonmot – 연못” in Korean, which literally means “lotus pond” in English. It’s yet another example of just of pervasive Buddhist language is in Korean.

A painting from inside the Ajanta Caves in India with Padmasambhava holding a lotus flower. (Picture courtesy of here). The Lotus Flower and India

But before the lotus flower came to symbolize what it does in Korean Buddhism, and in Buddhism more generally, it’s important to take a look at its origins. And for the lotus flower, its origins start in India.

In Buddhist history, the lotus flower made its first appearance when the Hindu deity Brahma visited the Buddha, Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha) shortly after his enlightenment. At first, the Buddha, Seokgamoni-bul, decided to keep his enlightenment a secret and not share it with any other living beings. However, Brahma urged the Buddha to reconsider, explaining his viewpoint through the usage of the lotus flower as a metaphor.

The metaphor that Brahma would employ when using the lotus flower was to categorize beings into three distinct groups. The first of these groups consists of lotus flowers submerged underwater and seen as beyond redemption. The second symbolic category has the lotus flower growing towards the water’s surface and struggling to break through. This, in effect, represents beings in need of the Buddha’s teachings. And finally, the third group features the lotus flower soaring high above the murky water and into the open air. This symbolizes beings as fully self-sufficient and not requiring salvation having gained enlightenment. While this metaphor might have a bit of a controversy attached to it because of its potential support of the theory of three inherent natures, it also highlights the central significance that the lotus flower plays in Buddhism.

Another interesting feature in Buddhism is that the Buddha, Seokgamoni-bul, never explicitly describes the lotus flower as a noble symbol of spiritual growth in any of the sutras. Instead, the closest we get is the connection to the Lotus Sutra.

Thus, the very transformation of the lotus flower symbol to represent original purity can be attributed to the influence of Indian culture.

The Lotus Flower and China

What’s interesting about the symbolic origins in India is that it didn’t seem to be transferred over to other nations as Buddhism migrated eastward. Instead, it was the Chinese that elevated and appreciated the lotus flower’s ability to remain clean in its muddy surroundings. Indians, on the other hand, considered it commonplace.

Zhou Dunyi (1017-1073). (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia).

In fact, it’s Zhou Dunyi (1017-1073) who is credited with elevating the lotus flower to a revered position in China. His teachings would greatly influence Cheng Hao (1032-1085) and Cheng Yi (1033-1107) both of whom were central to shaping Neo-Confucian thought. Along with Cheng Hao and Cheng Yi, Zhou Dunyi also worked with Shao Yong (1011-1077) and Zhang Zai (1020-1077). All would work towards integrating Confucian philosophy with Buddhist thought. This group of scholars would become known as the “Five Great Masters of the Northern Song Dynasty.”

Of all their work, it’s the “Ai Lian Shuo,” or “On Loving the Lotus Flower” in English, that’s the most celebrated and connected to the lotus flower. The text presents the lotus flower as a symbol to help portray the ideal character of a Confucian scholar, elevating it to a position above Tao Yuanming’s (365-427 A.D) chrysanthemum or the Tang Dynasty’s (618–690, 705–907 A.D.) reverence for the peony. In his depiction, Zhou Dunyi emphasizes the lotus flower emerging from murky waters, yet remaining pure, and its fragrant scent spreading far and wide.

Part of the ceiling from the Daegwangbo-jeon Hall at Magoksa Temple in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do. You can see white cranes, peonies, and lotus flowers. The Daegwangbo-jeon Hall is Korean Treasure #801. Conclusion

The high regard for the symbolic value of the lotus flower traveled eastward towards the Korean Peninsula. Like so much of Chinese Buddhism that migrated eastward, Korean Buddhism would absorb, incorporate, and then make it artistically and/or doctrinally its own. Such is the case with the lotus flower and all of its various manifestations at Korean Buddhist temples, whether it’s in a painting, a statue, or latticework. They are both stunning and profound in their graceful beauty. So the next time you’re at a Korean Buddhist temple look around at all that the temple has to offer artistically, and you might just be surprised when you spot a lotus flower.

The “Stone Lotus Basin of Beopjusa Temple” at Beopjusa Temple in Boeun, Chungcheongbuk-do, which is National Treasure #64. The “Flagpole Supports with Lotus Design at Bomunsa Temple Site” in Gyeongju, which is Korean Treasure #910. The lotus altar seats underneath the “Seated Amitabha Buddha Triad of Muwisa Temple” in Gangjin, Jeollanam-do. The triad is Korean Treasure #1312. The lotus flower stairs leading up to the Daeung-jeon Hall at Tongdosa Temple in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do. They are symbolically lifting the main hall above the mire of the everyday world. Part of the altar inside the Daeung-jeon Hall at Hwanseongsa Temple in Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do. Above the Gareungbinga (Kalavinka) are two lotus flowers. The Daeung-jeon Hall is Korean Treasure #562. The “Sacred Bell of Great King Seongdeok” that’s located at the Gyeongju National Museum. The historic bell is National Treasure #29.—

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모습 Appearance | Live Class Abridged

Wed, 2024-03-27 15:18

Sunday during my recent live stream I talked about the word 모습. This word means "appearance," "figure," "form," or "image." It's used as a noun (since it is a noun), but it's also used together with verbs (such as action verbs). The full live stream was over two hours, but you can learn about it in just six minutes.

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Plants (palms) for sale

Wed, 2024-03-27 07:22
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: 대연동

20,000 and 30,000 won each.

(40,000 if purchased together)

- The larger one measures about 80cm high from floor to leaf tips.

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