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Drink Like a Korean: Must Know Alcohol Etiquette in South Korea

Koreans consume the most amount of alcohol in the world. It’s no surprise given that drinking is part of work culture and cheap liquor can be bought 24 hours a day in your nearest convenience store. However, did you know that Korea also has a lot of etiquette when it comes to drinking? Some of these rules are more liberal than others, so it’s up to you to decide...

Busan’s Plea de Blanc Hotel: The Story of an Ex-Housewife Beating the Bullies to Build her Dream

Tony is a Korean-born US citizen. His mother recently moved back to Korea after living for 18 years in America. This is the inspiring story of how she has found a way to flourish in the new and frantic business world of South Korea with her beautiful hotel Plea de Blanc, told in Tony’s own touching words. There and Back Again I’m a firm believer that the Asian...

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Out Late in Seoul, Korea? Five Ways to Get Home Safely.

Seoul is a vibrant city known for its nightlife. Whether you end up in Gangnam, Itaewon, Hongdae, or somewhere else, you are sure to have a good time. But, when you’re ready to call it a night, what do you do? Where do you go? Luckily, Seoul has many safe options after a long night of partying. Here are some options that’ll get you home or find you somewhere to...

May/June 2018: New and Exciting Asian Fiction

Welcome to our new bi-monthly run down of the newest books coming out of Asia. There are some really great books out soon and we’re excited to share them with you. Full reviews of several of the novels below will be coming out shortly so sign up at the bottom for notifications and be the first to receive the July/August list. The Last Children of Tokyo Japanese...

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Your Complete Guide to Bathing Etiquette in Korea: Visiting the Jimjilbang (찜질방)

Bathhouse Culture When you think of a sauna, the first thing that comes to mind is the sweltering-hot Turkish and Swedish saunas popular among Europeans, or the Japanese hot springs. However, Koreans have also mastered the art of unwinding and cleaning their bodies. If you are visiting Korea, a visit to a jimjilbang is a must! Just about everyone goes to Korean...

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We Like to Party: Your Crash Course on Seoul’s Top 3 Party Districts

Pop quiz! It’s Saturday night in Seoul. What are you going to do? Hit up your nearby convenience store and stock up on soju so you can watch Netflix in your cozy bed Go to the local 24-hour PC room and play some Overwatch or BattleGrounds Or… Ride the Seoul subway to one of its party neighbourhoods for a night of fun If you answered C, then you’re in luck. Most...