Strange times to travel Korea! We have to learn to live with covid. Putin invaded Ukraine and the world has the cold war temperature again. At the same time, Kim Jong-un starts a bromance with outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Kim's sister threatens to nuke South Korea. Rockets fly through the air. The North … Continue reading Can I travel to Korea?
by: Hugo J. Smal In the first episode of the Korean television drama The Arthdal Chronicles, it becomes clear that the myth of Dangun is being reinterpreted. Arthdal is a corruption of Asadal, the capital of Go-Joseon. Dangun, a shaman probably from Siberia established this state in 2333 BC. According to the myth. Dangun is … Continue reading Dangun and The Arthdal Chronicles
By Robert Neff previously published: The Korea Times featured picture: Mrs Emberley and her garden in Seoul, circa 1900. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the descriptions of Seoul were filled with complaints of streets packed with oxen, ponies and people all trying to avoid falling into the open sewers or stepping in … Continue reading Odors give way to fragrance in 19th century
written by Hugo J. Smal How to watch Hallyu drama. I love to watch and explain Korean movies and television series. For a long time, non of my friends could not cope with that. They simply did not understand Korean culture. And they do not as Korean drama explained. Yes, during drinking evenings, I talked … Continue reading Korean drama explained
The Roots of Modern K-pop The Influence of the US Military and Underground Clubs By Kyuhee Baik Photos by Namjin Kim & Aston Husumu Hwang Amidst the 25 sprawling districts of Seoul lies a colourful neighbourhood called Itaewon and it is the country’s crossroads for all things foreign. The roots of K-pop are here. Accordingly, the area is home to most … Continue reading Roots of K-pop
The KOREA Times Posted: 2021-04-19 13:41 By Kwon Mee-yoo Special relation South Korea - the Netherlands. I am happy that I take a tiny, little part in this Special relation South Korea - the Netherlands. I am visiting South Korea now since 2003 and it was a real adventure. So, almost one-third of the 60 … Continue reading Netherlands seeks sustainable future with Korea
Travel Kit East Asia, Korea, Japan, Korea. When you are in Korea, Japan or China it would be nice when you are up to date. On this page, we give you some easy to use links. Let's call it an "information travel kit".
The Korean Koi or hangug ing-eo (한국 잉어) written by: Hugo J. Smal Seollal 설날 2021 has passed, Korean Lunar new year. The year of the Ox sets in. In normal times family members come together on Seollal. In the morning people bow to their ancestors and look ahead and hope for a year full … Continue reading Korean Koi in the year of the Ox
An inside in her beautiful mind writer: Mudang Mugungwha Bosal The Mudang Life Gods and traditions I slowly rose from performing my bows in the temple room. Sunbeams shone through the blinds during the summer. The incense smoke gently wafted through the open window. To the average person, the room was tranquil, quiet and peaceful. But to … Continue reading Mudang’s pantheon of gods and spirits