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Review: The Court Dancer – “The Things that Move the Heart Never Change”

Kyung-sook Shin | Translated by Anton Hur Kyung-sook Shin is a giant in the world of Korean literature, and rightly so. In fact, her own translator for this novel, the wonderful Anton Hur, mentioned in an interview (for Matthew Sciarappa’s YouTube channel) that her novel The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness is a ‘perfect microcosm of Korean society’. This kind of praise has...

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...