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Education in Korea

November 30, 2009

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Education in Korea is not just important, it is a number one priority for every individual. And there are several reasons for that. Firstly, the Korean society is still very influenced by Confucianism, which stresses the importance of education (it is almost shameful to be uneducated). Secondly, the competition in the Korean labour market is […]

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K-pop

November 20, 2009

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Korean pop culture has been extremely successful in gaining popularity in Asia. So successful, that this phenomenon even has its own name. It’s called the Korean wave and according to Wikipedia, it “refers to the significantly increased popularity of South Korean culture around the world. It is also referred to as Hallyu (Hangul:한류), from the […]

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DMZ trip

November 2, 2009

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I have been interested in North Korea and situation in the Korean peninsula for a long time. Although I feel to know a lot about the country, I sometimes still get surprised by the insanity and cruelty of the North’s ruling regime. It seems that North Korea is probably the last country in the world, […]

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Understanding the division of Koreas

November 1, 2009

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Mr. Shin, who was our professor at Kyung Hee for International Business and Marketing Strategy, organised a few guest lectures about North Korea, which provided me with the much needed background information regarding the division of Koreas. Most people, including me, simplify the situation too much and regard the North as an absolute evil and […]

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Seoraksan (Seorak mountain)

September 26, 2009

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Satellite photo of the Seoraksan national park The weekend following our fantastic trip to Jejudo we took an overnight hiking trip in the Seoraksan national park. Seoraksan (Seorak mountain) is the third highest mountain in South Korea (1708m) after Hallasan (which we visited during our trip to Jejudo) and Jirisan. This trip was organised entirely […]

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Jejudo (Jeju island)

September 21, 2009

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After finishing the week at the university we were all set to go to Jejudo (Jeju island) for a weekend. Already before coming to Korea I knew that Jejudo was an absolute must-see in Korea. The island is located roughly 450km south of Seoul and about an hour’s flight from Gimpo, Seoul’s second airport serving […]

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Cycling trip with the Climbing in Korea Club

September 13, 2009

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During the introductory lecture in Kyung Hee, organised by the International Office, I found myself sitting next to a girl from Lithuania, which was again surprising. (I’ve lived and travelled in many countries, but I can’t remember a country where I hadn’t met a Lithuanian. It seems to me that Lithuanians, although there are only […]

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First week in Seoul

September 5, 2009

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On my first night in Seoul I slept like a dead man. I guess it was all too much for me: an 18 hour journey, taking a taxi to the dormitory, going to the centre of Seoul for dinner and meeting a few new people (also my roommate, who is a Korean from Kazakhstan). My […]

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