Category : Korea

The Ultimate Korean Gift List: Best Gifts for Your Yourself, Friends and Family

Korean gifts

Korean gifts

I’ve been living in Korea for a little over 7 years now and I often get asked by friends and family to bring them back Korean gifts when I visit home during the vacations. My mom loves the green tea and although I’m not really into Kpop or dramas hardcore, some of my friends are and I’ll bring them back a poster or trinket of some sort. I also have several friends who love the variety of snacks and instant noodles.

However, some of you may not have friends or family in Korea or you may not be going anytime soon, so I’ve made a list of some of my favorite things that you can find online or at your local Korean mart to satisfy that need.

Most of these can be found on Amazon and some on other great sites. So without further ado, let’s get started!

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Food

Korean Clothing/Wall Art/Stationery

  • Korean flag themed hats Amazon
  • Posters from the Dom & Hyo Store
  • Hangul Periodic Table Poster Amazon
  • Keyboard stickers for Hangul Amazon
  • This cool weekly and monthly planner Amazon
  • Kakao Friends gift set Amazon
  • Kakao friends slipper (Ryan) Amazon
  • Kakao Friends Ryan big stuffed doll Amazon
  • The Korean Flag to hang on a wall or outside Amazon

Traditional/Cultural/Cooking

Kdrama/Kpop

Learning Korean

Beauty/Cosmetics

So as you can see, there is lots of variety to cater to all tastes. If you find something unique that you don’t see here, just shoot us an email and we will add it asap.

 

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Korean Flag Meaning: What do all the Symbols Mean?

Korean Flag Meaning

Korean Flag Meaning

The South Korean flag is probably one of the more immediately recognizable flags of the world. It has a very simple and easy to notice design. However, there are deeper meaning behind the colors and symbols on the flag.

The first things you might notice on the flag are the blue and red colors that make up the circle in the middle of the flag. Most of you might realize it looks like the commonly known yin/yang symbol and that’s because it is.

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Winter in Korea be Like…

Winter in Korea

Winter in Korea

It’s been super cold the past few days with a big fat Siberian high bringing down cold air from Russia. It seems like in Korea, we have to choose between slightly warmer temps above freezing with dirty air, or clear blue skies and bone chilling temps.

I’m thinking I prefer the latter.

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How to Say Cat in Korean

How to Say Cat in Korean

How to Say Cat in Korean

Korea is known for it’s animal cafes. There are plenty of dog and cat cafes around so check them out if you’re ever in Seoul.

The word cat in Korean is 고양이 (go-yang-i) and sounds very similar to another word ‘고향’  (go-gyang) which is a running joke among many Koreans. Many Korean kids who are just starting to learn Korean and form sentences often get the two confused.

Meow in Korean

If you want to describe the sound of a cat meowing, you would say 야옹 (ya-ong). It’s actually pretty interesting how Korean and all languages differ in how they describe the sound a certain animal makes.

For instance, woof woof for dogs is 멍멍 (meong-meong) in Korean which to me, sounds nothing like a dog barking. Click here for more on animal sounds in Korean.

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Best Books to Learn Korean: Our Best 7

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Ready to take your Korean studies to The next level?

Whether you’re a beginner, or intermediate and higher looking to up your game, we’ve compiled the perfect list of textbooks for learning the Korean language.

Our list consists of books that are very simple, yet thorough in how they teach you Korean. Sometimes it’s hard finding that perfect textbooks that doesn’t bore you to death or seem so hard that you just want to give up.

Although I still have some work to do to become fluent (help me out Hyo!), I’ve used several of the books below to help get me from no nothing beginner to where I’m able to hold most conversations now. Some of the others are books that many of my friends have used. I’ve asked their opinions and compiled some of them into reviews.

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How to Say Star in Korean

How to Say Star in Korean

How to Say Star in Korean

We did a post on the solar system awhile back, but never got around to some of the other space vocabulary we intended to do. So today, we’re going to start off with just simple one. The word for ‘star’ in Korean.

The word for star is 별.

It’s a very simple and easy to remember word.

Korean like English is great in a sense that other vocabulary words that are related to one word use the same base. So for example with 별,  you could use it to make other words like:

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