Category: History

Korea Without The Chili Pepper!

It is surprising to realize how many people believe that the chili pepper is native to lands where it was in fact unknown of until about 500 years ago. Korean, Indian, Thai, Hungarian and all other Old World cuisines which are famous nowadays for…

Yeon Nalligi: Korean Kite Flying, part 1.

China, Korea, and Japan each have a long history of flying kites and from time to time each one will assert that they invented the kite, however the most likely inventor seems to be China. China had all the ingredients on hand, silk for…

Seoul City Gates.

The city of Seoul, once known as Hanyang, became the royal capital during the early years of the Joseon Dynasty. (1392-1897) The city of Hanyang already had some walls and gates, but in order to be a fitting capital city for the new Kingdom…

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple: In Photos.

The Korean Dragon Palace Temple, which is more commonly called Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is known as being one of the most striking Buddhist temples in Korea. Much of this may have to do with its amazing location on the edge of the coastline of…

Bongeunsa Temple, Seoul.

In the heart of the nouveau riche area south of the Han River known as Gangnam-gu lies the peaceful oasis that is Bongeunsa Temple. Surrounded by the glitzy haunts of the fashionistas and Kpop idols, and across the street from COEX mall, it is…

KBS Studio Tour.

If you have a spare hour or so, a visit to the Korean Broadcasting System building in Yeouido, Seoul, is a good option for anyone who is into Kdramas, Korean variety shows, and any of the other content that is produced by KBS. From…

Neolttwigi: A Korean Seesaw Game.

Neolttwigi is a traditional Korean pastime for women and girls that usually happens around the holidays and during the winter months. It is often called a Korean seesaw, but it differs from the usual playground version in that the fulcrum, or pivot point, is…

Paengi: Korean Spinning Tops.

Spinning tops were once popular all over the world and have a very long history. No one knows when or where the first ‘top’ was spun, but we do know that the ancient Egyptians spun tops. One hypothesis as to their invention is based…

Korean Tea.

Tea is technically made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis tree, but around the world the designation ‘tea’ often encompasses so much more. In Korea the word for tea, ‘cha’ can mean an infusion of almost anything, including the leaves of the camellia…

The Stone Men of Jeju Island.

The Dol Hareubang, or stone grandfathers, are perhaps the most recognised symbol of Korea’s Jeju Island. We’ve seen them on Kdramas, variety shows, advertising campaigns, and stamps. Although they look like they’ve been around forever, it is thought that they originated in the mid…