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So how do Koreans celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day in the West can be a very stressful ordeal for everyone involved. Couples, particularly men, are put under a lot of pressure. In contrast, Valentine’s Day in Korea is an altogether more straightforward affair (particularly for men).

It may be due to the fact that there…

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Korean Events of the Week: 11th -17th February

An interesting mix of events this week with another couple of exhibitions coming to an end and more events happening outside of London. There is another K-pop event, though not quite on the same scale as the (admittedly fairly empty) TEEN TOP concert, some film screenings and an opportunity…

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Expanding Korean food in the UK: Korean Home Cooking interview

Until now, Korean food and events in the UK have been centred almost exclusively in London with only a few Korean restaurants existing outside of the capital and despite London’s vibrant scene, very few cultural events taking place. Thankfully, this seems to be changing gradually and recently we managed…

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Korean Events of the Week: 4th -10th February

We’re sure lots of Korean households will be busy this week in the run up to Seollal on Sunday, one of Korea’s most important holidays and it seems like it will be a busy week for Korean events happening in the UK too. There  is a diverse range…

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Finding new respect for Eat Your Kimchi’s Simon and Martina

Yesterday, while browsing through YouTube I came across a recent interview from The Silk Road with Simon and Martina of Eat Your Kimchi. In case you are not aware of them, Simon and Martina Stawski are a married couple living in Seoul who do a weekly review of a K…

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Korean Events of the Week: 28th January – 3rd February

We are launching a weekly round-up of all the Korea-related events coming up in the week ahead. We hope this will help you keep up-to-date with what is going on so that you don’t miss anything of interest to you. It’s a busy week…

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Sleepy Sundays: Songs for a lazy day – BH Playlist

We’re back again with another playlist! This time it’s a much more chilled out affair for all those Sundays when you feel like lying in bed all day or snuggling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book. Perhaps it’s raining outside…

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Korean Language Learning Tip #3 Surround yourself with spoken language

Often when I come across tips about how to teach yourself another language there will be lots of advice about surrounding yourself with written words as a kind of constant reinforcement of the vocabulary you are trying to learn. This might be by putting sticky labels on all your stuff…

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Is Reply 1997 the best drama of the year?

I have to say I haven’t watched a huge number of dramas from this year but I was disappointed by a few that I did see. ‘Big’, despite two talented and likeable lead actors and a fairly strong performance from Miss A’s Suzy, was predictable and unconvincing and…

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