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Interview With the Translator — Mattho Mandersloot (Korean to English)

Mattho Mandersloot is a translator from Amsterdam. He holds a degree in Classics from King’s College London and one in Translation from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Formerly a competitive taekwondo athlete, he now spends most of his time translating Korean fiction. In 2018, he won the World Literature Today Translation Prize and …

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Ten Cute Cafes in South Korea: From Seoul to Busan

Korea’s cafe culture is something to be reckoned with and it’s only when you head elsewhere you realise quite how impressive it is.  From themed cafes to hipster joints, to cosy nooks, you could easily make a top-ten list for every city in South Korea and you still wouldn’t scratch the surface. Nonetheless, if you’re …

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Review: The Underground Village by Kang Kyeong-ae

Even if The Underground Village were to be underwhelming, it is worth attention for being perhaps the only collection of stories to come out of Japanese-occupied Manchuria (written by a lower-class female Korean   communist born in what is now North Korea) that you’ll ever read. Fortunately, thanks in no small part to some witty …

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Bookstores Around the World: Itaewon Foreign Bookstore (Seoul, Korea)

Itaewon Foreign Bookstore (이태원 외국서점) When we travel or move abroad, there are often specific home comforts we seek out. For me, it’s English books. And so, what a delight it was to find the excellent Itaewon Foreign Bookstore in the heart of Korea’s capital.   A post shared by Jaylen (@jaylenjoy) on May 19, …

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South Korean Must-See Films That Aren’t Oldboy

Some of the best films (certainly some of the best horror) have been coming out of South Korea for years now. With so many places you could start, how do you know you’ll jump in on the right note for you? Oldboy and The Vengeance Trilogy are often people’s introduction to South Korean cinema and …

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Review: Oh my Oppa! Tour Seoul With a Handsome Korean Guy

The world is taking notice of South Korea with the explosion of K-pop groups like BTS. While there is a slim chance you will meet Jungkook, Jimin, or J-Hope in Korea, you can book a private Seoul tour with a just as equally-handsome man. First, make sure you know ‘how to date an oppa’ with …

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Food Etiquette in Korea: Eat Korean Barbecue Like a Local

Eat Korean Barbeque Like a Pro Korean Barbeque is an internationally-popular dish. But what is the best way to eat it? It’s one of the best meals to enjoy on any trip to Korea and has become popular world over from London to New York City but do you know all the rules when it …

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