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Recoomended Reading - The Calligrapher’s Daughter: A Novel by Eugenia Kim

Calligrapher's Daughter
Recoomended Reading - The Calligrapher’s Daughter: A Novel by Eugenia Kim
In early-twentieth-century Korea, Najin Han, the privileged daughter of a calligrapher, longs to choose her own destiny, though her country―newly occupied by Japan―is crumbling, and her family, led by her stern father, is facing difficulties that seem insurmountable.  Narrowly escaping an arranged marriage, Najin takes up a new role as a companion to a young princess. But the king is soon assassinated, and the centuries-old dynastic culture comes to its end. Najin pursues a coveted…

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Regional Recipe - Pajeon (Korean pancake with green onions)

Pajeon
Regional Recipe - Pajeon (Korean pancake with green onions)
This Korean green onion pancake (pajeon) recipe is easy to make and is always a big crowd-pleaser. It works as a hearty snack, an appetizer, or a side dish in a Korean or Asian meal.  As with most Korean recipes and dishes, you can tweak it to your own tastes by adding sliced red chili peppers, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, or kimchi. Ingredients: • 2 cups flour • 2 eggs (beaten) • 1 1/2 cups water • 1 bunch green onions (halved and cut into 2- to 3-inch lengths) • 1 teaspoon…

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Haenyeo - the women free divers of Jeju Island

Haenyeo diver
Haenyeo - the women free divers of Jeju Island
Until about 15 years ago, there were fears that the Haenyeo - also known as the Grannies of the Sea - were a dying breed, but the South Korean government – and social media – have rekindled support for this unique way of life.  Jeju is a subtropical island off the Korean Peninsula’s southern tip, easily accessed from the mainland by direct flights and ferries. The island has maintained its distinct culture, dialect and shamanistic traditions, and is well worth visiting for those…

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Beyond Seoul – a traveler’s guide

Bulguksa Temple Gyeongyu
Beyond Seoul – a traveler’s guide
Seoul is a round-the-clock powerhouse city whose inhabitants have a firm work hard, play hard mentality. With that much energy propelling the city forward, it’s not surprising that South Korea is Asia’s 3rd largest economy.  Away from the city, however, tranquility is within easy reach. Here are our recommendations for those who revel in elegance and a slower pace. Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Silla (57 BC – 935 AD) and the fourth largest city in the…

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