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Things to do in Seoraksan

We are visiting Seoraksan, Korea this summer. We are looking for information about hiking and things to do in Seoraksan and Sokcho. [more inside]
posted by molla on May 9, 2014 - 1 answer

I Can Name That Movie In One Film Set....

Time-Sensitive filter, Name-that-Movie filter, Korea filter: Can anyone confirm what movie this abandoned set in Korea was built for? And fast? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Apr 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me find *English* novelizations of Korean TV shows.

Librarian here, trying to help a patron who enjoys Korean television shows find their novelized versions in English. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Mar 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Ideas for fun trip to South Korea?

I'm thinking about taking a trip to South Korea. Can you help me with trip suggestions? Details within! [more inside]
posted by bluecore on Jan 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Looking for clandestine news website about DPRK that I read about

A month or two ago I read about a network of clandestine reporters who use old cell phones to collect information inside North Korea and then publish it to the internet. What is the name of that website, and where did I see that article? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Dec 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Teach me how to cook congee.

I've searched previous instances of congee showing up in comments on the Green, but very few actual recipes. None of the recipes I've found online even agree on the rice-to-water ratio or cooking time. Recipes from any nation, savory or sweet and any serving tips or suggestions most welcome!
posted by digitalprimate on Nov 21, 2013 - 8 answers

What to do about a friend who is becoming a hater?

Someone close to me (a man) is developing an increasingly conservative, even bigoted, viewpoint on a number of topics. Please help me figure out what the hell is going on and what I can do about it. [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Oct 13, 2013 - 38 answers

I'm looking for an original copy of the South Korean film Snowpiercer.

The film Snowpiercer is set to release in the US, but with twenty minutes shaved for American audiences. I am looking for a copy, online, or elsewhere, where I might procure a copy of the original film from South Korea. Thanks!
posted by captainsohler on Sep 4, 2013 - 2 answers

"Bong," "Joon-ho," or "Bong Joon-ho"?

How does one refer to people in the third person in Korea? [more inside]
posted by eugenen on Aug 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Hotel, trip length, and transportation in Seoul

I'm going to Korea for the first time. It'll be a very short trip because I'm just attending/presenting at a conference at Yonsei University. I need help figuring out a reasonable trip length, a place to stay, and which of the many airport-city transportation choices is best. And uh, some other stuff. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Jul 26, 2013 - 11 answers

애교살

Is the interest in the bag directly under the eyes, aegyosal, as a beauty symbol purely a Korean phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Jul 9, 2013 - 6 answers

I'll be in Seoul for about 11 hours, what to do?

Hey! I have a long layover in Seoul (landing at Incheon, 5:20AM, departing, 4:30PM, about 11 hours) this Thursday, June 27th. Is it reasonable to head into the city (or somewhere) for food or drink or other amusement in this short span? Can you suggest a micro-itinerary that seems fun to you? I'm also interested in other options, including walking around the city with MeFites.
posted by fake on Jun 23, 2013 - 20 answers

Can You Help Me Find Korean Edition Ebooks?

I live in Korea, but I'm finding it difficult to obtain Korean edition ebooks through Yes24, Aladdin, Kyobo, or even Google Play, because I have a US credit card. Does anyone know of other, hassle-free sources? Thanks in advance.
posted by Chasuk on Apr 21, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I use my new Korean 220v rice cooker in the US?

I just returned (to the US) from a trip to Korea, where I was given a really nice gift: a fancy Cuckoo Induction Heating Korean rice cooker just like this one. That page is in Korean, but the technical details are universal: 220V/60Hz, 3.7A, 824W. What jiggery-pokery will I need to do to make awesome rice here in the States? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Apr 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Please Recommend Books on North Korea

Please share your recommendations on books about North Korea. I have seen this question from 2007 but I'd like books about history and culture as well as modern day North Korea. Fiction recommendations are also welcome. I have already read and enjoyed Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. My only request is that they're available as an eBook - preferably as an ePub.
posted by poxandplague on Apr 6, 2013 - 16 answers

WinXP Debug, Difficulty: Korean

What does this Korean localized WinXP error dialogue say and how can I fix it (optional). [more inside]
posted by roue on Feb 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Sydney to LA/Chicago with a layover in... China or Korea?

Why do all (or at least, the vast majority) of flights between Sydney and the U.S. this July/August have layovers in China or Korea? How can I best go about finding a budget ticket that takes a more direct route? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jan 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Teaching resources for a newbie TEFL teacher

I need some online teaching resources for an inexperienced new TEFL teacher [more inside]
posted by kwes on Jan 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Where've I heard this chanted chorus before?

The chanted chorus of this Korean song (at about 1min) sounds very familiar to me. What song does it remind me of?
posted by stebulus on Dec 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Good experience with cheap menswear by buying from China or Korea?

I've decided that I want to buy new, "smart" and/or "fashion-forward" clothes, and in my travels through sites like Pinterest I've discovered the phenomenon of the online Far-East retailer (sites like theleesshop.com and top-dresses.com). Specifically for menswear, has anyone bought from places like this, and how have the results been? Buying a nice-looking coat for $22 plus shipping almost seems too good to be true, but I'm sure that's still profitable for the manufacturer and saves on all the uplift that gets added by the retail universe (and western world in general).
posted by clicking the 'Post Comment' button on Nov 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me find Korean pop culture

I'm starting a Korean class next week, and I'd like to get a broader exposure to modern Korean media. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Sep 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Joining the 21st century.

iPad in South Korea? Buy it here in America or in SK? [more inside]
posted by bardic on Aug 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Brief solo visit to Seoul

Forty-something woman traveling to Seoul solo for work. Advice needed-- etiquette, dining, shopping, sightseeing. [more inside]
posted by picklebird on Aug 10, 2012 - 12 answers

How does one get an apostille for a background check?

A friend asked me for help getting an apostille of her daughter's background check for a job in Korea- I haven't a clue where to start, but I've included her question inside. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jul 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Memory lapse and I need help

Trying to connect to the past [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Jun 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Southeast Asia travel suggestions

Southeast Asia travel advice desired. Where should two vegetarians who speak English go for a 5 day vacation in mid December? [more inside]
posted by holyrood on Apr 21, 2012 - 7 answers

September in Seoul?

Talk to me. Don't be afraid to be long-winded. I welcome oversharers. I've done reams of research on teaching in South Korea, but I still have lots of questions. And the only people I really trust to answer them are you. Spill, please. What's your Korean story? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Mar 27, 2012 - 13 answers

Recommendations for a Korean stock broker.

Asking for a friend: I'm in the U.S. and require the services of a stock broker licensed in Korea who speaks English and has experience handling U.S. clients. I'm looking for any referrals to firms or individuals who work with well known firms. Feel free to MeFi Mail me if you'd rather not post publicly. Bonus question: For circumstances beyond my control I need to take direct ownership of an interest I have in what will become a publicly traded Korean company. I plan to speak to my tax adviser, but are there any particular considerations I need to be aware of in obtaining and holding this investment? My understanding is that I need a licensed broker to take custody for me. I also understand that South Korea is a relatively friendly place for U.S. foreign investment. Thanks!
posted by chaiwawa on Feb 16, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me find this K-POP / J-POP video I vaguely remember seeing!

I really want to share this video I saw a while ago with a friend, for injoke purposes. But I dunno how to find it! Help! I believe it to be either Korean or Japanese pop music. I have little to no memory of the actual song, just the video. 3, maybe 4 East-Asian ladies. Strolling along a sidewalk, holding shopping bags, walking past upscale store windows. The sidewalk moves underneath them, kind of like an omnidirectional conveyor belt. I can remember no other details, really. Other than it was filmed in a studio (obviously), yet gives the impression of being filmed outside via lighting, and there were a lot of pastel shades going on. Oh, and the women are wearing heels. [more inside]
posted by TheTorns on Feb 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Make mine Makgeolli

When I visited my brother in Korea, I fell in love with Maekgeolli. I liked the crisper, almost tart stuff, with more carbonation. Now I'm trying to buy it in Korean markets here in LA, and while they've got a lot of it, I can't seem to navigate the varieties. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jan 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Ferries between Japan and South Korea?

I want to take a ferry from Shimonoseki, Japan to Busan, South Korea, and then later from Busan to Fukuoka—but how do I book tickets? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 11, 2012 - 2 answers

Documenting on a Budget When You're Also a Unique Snowflake

What makes more sense for documenting my trip to South Korea and Vietnam, an HD video camera or a digital still camera? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jan 2, 2012 - 14 answers

What will happen in Korea?

The recent event in North Korea has got me going on a Korea jag. Specifically, I'm wondering what's next for the two Koreas. Googling just gets me a bunch of blog entries. . . [more inside]
posted by TheTingTangTong on Dec 27, 2011 - 13 answers

Join the Army! See Korea...I Mean See Germany!!!

Would the Army have kept my father in Germany if he was supposed to go to Korea? The whole story is inside... [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Dec 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Is there a service in Korea that would write and locally mail a greeting card for me?

Is there a personalized greeting card service in Korea? I'd like to have a company send on my behalf a holiday card to a household with my own custom message inside. [more inside]
posted by ccl6yl on Dec 18, 2011 - 3 answers

OHHHH-HOOO said the King of Bekjae

Emperor Wang Gun. It is one of the best TV shows you have never seen. Unfortunately, I have only seen parts of it. Is there any way I can purchase this show at a reasonable price? All I can find is a heartbreakingly priced $300 DVD set.
posted by furiousxgeorge on Dec 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Anyone read a book about Korea, the Baltic States, and Saladin?

I'm trying to find out the title and author of a near-future geopolitical thriller written sometime back in the 90's. [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Dec 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Is there an ancient Korean equivalent to Japanese samurai?

I'm taking a class this year studying the history of samurai and was wondering why I didn't know of a Korean equivalent. I know we Koreans love martial arts and fighting just like the Japanese, judging by the dozens of sageuks produced every year. [more inside]
posted by qvinx on Dec 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Is there a Korean version of Chinasmack?

Is there a Korean version of Chinasmack (nsfw here and there)? That is, is there a site that provides English summaries and translations of popular Korean sites? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Dec 4, 2011 - 6 answers

I Need My Korean Birth Certificate

How can I get a copy of my South Korean birth certificate? I was born in Seoul, became a naturalized US citizen as a child. My parents never had a copy (it was apparently lost). I don't even know what hospital I was born in, and have no easy way to find out. I tried contacting the Korean embassy but received no response. I live in New Mexico and don't believe there is any Korean embassy near here. What can I do?
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Nov 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Seoul advice other than food

I'm going to be in Seoul next week with my husband and my parents. My parents are Korean and will probably take the helm for showing us around and feeding us, but I'd like some suggestions for things that they wouldn't necessarily now much about, mainly: nightlife and shopping. [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Oct 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Kentucky to Korea, on the cheap!

Help me fly from Kentucky, to California, to Korea, back to Kentucky! It'll be fun!! [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Sep 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Quality and origins of the National or Ambassador brands of lamb sold in Korea?

Can anyone tell me about the National or Ambassador brands of frozen lamb sold in Korea, but from elsewhere in Asia - origins, quality etc? Anyone enough of a web detective to find more info, or can make an educated guess from what you know? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Aug 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Birds do it, bees do it. Even educated fleas do it...oh and your grandmama.

Old people have sex? Please help me find media representations of geriatric sexuality in various media such as in commercials, movies, posters, television, newspapers, and so on. [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Aug 16, 2011 - 30 answers

Flying to Korea on my first international trip. Advice?

I'm flying to South Korea (JFK to PEK to ICN) in two weeks for my first international trip in years. I need some advice on preparation, the flight, and the subsequent two months I'll spend in Korea. [more inside]
posted by jykmf on Aug 8, 2011 - 9 answers

How can my friend attend art school in the US?

I have a friend living in Korea. She's a freshman in college but wants to study art history here in the US. She's worried about paying for it all and wonders if another country might be better. I know nothing about this. What's the best course of action? [more inside]
posted by jykmf on Jul 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Okay, no upskirt shots, got it. What else?

What are the photography laws in South Korea? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Jul 20, 2011 - 4 answers

He finally got his head examined

What's the magic word to get long-term depression and Parkinson's Disease accepted as Service Related for the purpose of securing a Veterans Administration pension for an 80-plus-year-old Korea Conflict veteran? [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on May 24, 2011 - 11 answers

What happens if Korean immigration refuses my tourist visa?

What happens if Korean immigration refuses my tourist visa? I am a Canadian living in Korea using tourist visas. I am doing online university from Canada and I am not working illegally. I have an apartment in Korea and I am worried that if I get rejected for some reason, I will have no way to get my things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Using US-based iPhone during trip to Korea for web, Skype, etc?

My husband and I are visiting Korea soon. Is the famous WiFi in Korea ubiquitous enough to use his iPhone 4 for web browsing and Skype? We're also renting an SKTelecom cellphone, but we'd like to use the iPhone for data-related tasks and travel apps. Is it just a matter of his iPhone jumping on any Wifi network (without incurring any roaming charges)? We're coming from the US (AT&T), and staying in Jeju and Seoul. [more inside]
posted by yeoja on Apr 10, 2011 - 7 answers

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