Category: Korean Culture

Ramie: “Wings Of A Dragonfly.”

Ramie, which is known as mosi or moshi in Korea, is a bast fiber crop that is used to make cloth. That cloth is then made into a variety of cool summer weight clothes both traditional and modern. The fabric can be so light…

Reviewing a Korean Movie.

I watch a lot of foreign films, particularly those from South Korea, and I have noticed that when I recommend foreign movies to my friends some question my choices. They ask what was so funny, or sad, or they even completely miss aspects of…

Hanji: The Paper of Korea.

  Hanji is traditional Korean handmade paper that has such amazing qualities that it has been sought after by Emperors of China, Buddhist monks, and modern artists alike. It is made from the inner bark of the Dak, or Paper Mulberry tree, and mucilage…

Seoul: In Photos.

A few of my friends have asked me why I’m heading back to South Korea for the second year in a row, when I’m known for always going somewhere new and different. I’ve come up with a few different answers for them, but they…

Jegi Chagi: A Korean Hackysack/Shuttlecock Type Game.

Jegi Chagi is a traditional Korean game in the hackysack/shuttlecock family. It probably descended from Cuju, an ancient Chinese ball kicking game, which is also an ancestor game to Soccer. Cuju led to the Chinese game of Jianzi which was popular during the Han…

Rice: Feeding Half The World Every Day.

As my regular readers have no doubt noticed, I have started to think a lot more about the food I eat. We have so many food choices here in the west and I think sometimes we just buy ingredients and make or eat our…

Hwarang: The Flower Boys of Silla.

Please note that although the article is a little old now, the information on the Hwarang is still valid. Those of us who follow Korean Dramas have probably already heard news of the upcoming sageuk, Hwarang, the Beginning which is already in production. The…