Pyeongchang, the place you just heard of

Not to be confused with Pyeongyang (평양), the similarly named North Korean capital, Pyeongchang is a small town where the main occupation is farming and kimchi making. It does not look like a place preparing to host a major sporting event, or at least not one that is aware it is going to do so. Outside the largely vacant downtown, the cabbage fields stretch out from small houses all the way back to the nearby mountains.... Read More

The Growth of Hallyu: K-Star Road

Coming out of the Korean War, Korean pop culture, like that of many countries, was heavily influenced by the United States. American trends dictated which genres were relevant and popular. Now, however, Korea’s pop culture has evolved into a completely new monster, attracting the attention of millennials from around the world and asserting its unique influence with hits like Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and more recently, the rise of BTS or Beyond The Scenes, a K-Pop band that even changed its name to appeal to growing American demand.... Read More

Places to Visit: Real Seoul

You are ready to become a real local and feel comfortable calling Seoul your home. Unfortunately, the elusive places that only locals know are hard to just search up, and I'm not about to name my favorite hidden spots. In fact, I find it a bit paradoxical. Those pockets that only the locals know are special because they know the area so well and stumbled upon it themselves. Being a local is not something you can shortcut.... Read More

Seoul Sites: First-Timers

Finding spots that only a select few are aware of can make the city feel more exclusively yours — yet I discourage you from only doing that upon your first arrival in a new city (in this case Seoul). Tourist destinations are popular for a reason: They give those unfamiliar with the area a direct peek into essential parts of that city’s cultural being.... Read More