[Uniquely Korean] Find Mr. Right for the second time

How do people meet their future spouses? No matter how many times it is asked, this constitutes just one of the numerous questions that cannot be answered with utmost certainty. When the same questio...

Updated : 2014.05.21 20:43

[Uniquely Korean] Shuttle buses show Korea’s educational zeal

A long line of shuttle buses in front of an elementary school gate waiting for students is a typical after-school scene. These vehicles will take them to private institutes teaching various subjects ...

Updated : 2014.05.14 21:10

[Uniquely Korean] Fast or slow, Korean time runs at own pace

The concept of time may be a difficult one to grasp, but for everyday purposes there is a standardized system that keeps the world ticking. In Korea, however, some things run on a different scale, K...

Updated : 2014.05.07 20:42

[Uniquely Korean] Cash the ultimate gift for Koreans

Thirty-year-old web designer Kim Jung-wan recently gave 300,000 won ($290) to her close friend for her wedding. “I would normally give about 50,000 won at most weddings, but she is a dear childhood ...

Updated : 2014.04.30 21:03

[Uniquely Korean] Street food evolves

Kim Hee-sook and her husband came up with a recipe for a crispy sweet pancake, a variation of hotteok, a traditional Korean pancake stuffed with sugar, 18 years ago. They set up a food stall on a str...

Updated : 2014.04.23 20:13

[Uniquely Korean] Pro-North Korean forces: Legacy of divided peninsula

Last June, Rep. Lim Su-kyung of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy was at the center of a sour ideological debate after calling North Korean defectors “apostates.” A former hi...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:43

[Uniquely Korean] Military culture in Korean society

For Kim Tae-jin, an employee of a conglomerate in Seoul, his division’s leader is no different from a military company commander. Kim always toes the line without talking back, knowing that his boss...

Updated : 2014.04.09 20:58

[Uniquely Korean] ‘Seonbae’ takes precedence in Korea

A number of foreigners in Korea, including celebrities such as Australian comedian Sam Hammington, U.S. baseball player Mike Loree and French model and actor Fabien Yoon, have confessed that the most...

Updated : 2014.04.02 20:57

[Uniquely Korean] K-pop trainees’ hard-knock life

It is certainly no secret in Korea that the training process to debut as a K-pop star is no quick or simple venture. Often referred to as music “boot camp,” K-pop training among some of the nation’...

Updated : 2014.03.26 21:03

[Uniquely Korean] Pledging allegiance and saluting the flag

The pledge of allegiance and ceremonial salute to the national flag are practices commonly seen at Korean schools and events hosted by state organizations. The pledge of allegiance reads as follows:...

Updated : 2014.03.19 20:02

[Uniquely Korean] Cheap replacement driver services

South Koreans’ heavy alcohol consumption is well-known, and drinking is an almost integral part of doing business here. Company dinners often involve round after round of “boilermakers” ― hard l...

Updated : 2014.03.05 20:11

[Uniquely Korean] Checking gunghap before marriage

A fortune-teller analyzes a person’s “saju,” the year, month, date and time of birth. “Gunghap,” a couple’s marital harmony, is related to their saju, according to fortune-tellers. (The Korea H...

Updated : 2014.02.26 20:17

[Uniquely Korean] Noraebang: Singing relieves stress, smoothes relationships

Two women sing forgets it all at a noraebang in Hongdae, Seoul, Wednesday. (Yoon Byung-chan/The Korea Herald) For less than 20,000 won ($18), Park Min-joo, 25, can relieve her stress in an hour. Vis...

Updated : 2014.02.12 20:07

[Uniquely Korean] Bomb-drink cocktails help smooth relationships

A man pours soju into a beer glass to make somaek, a popular local cocktail. (Korea Herald file photo) When it comes to booze, Koreans know what they are dealing with. Just as the term “let’s have...

Updated : 2014.02.05 20:28

[Uniquely Korean] Property market changing course

A panoramic view of apartments in southern Seoul. (Korea Herald file photo) Korea’s real estate sector has grown along with its economy. During this time, the market has also dramatically changed. ...

Updated : 2014.01.22 20:19
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