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The 4 Best Korean Dramas for Learning Korean

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If you’re in the process of learning Korean, you’re probably aware that there are seemingly infinite methods of learning. You can work through Korean textbooks, listen to audio clips of conversation, or work through challenges like our own 90 Minute Challenge to learn Hangul, the Korean alphabet. You can mix and match these different activities to come up with a learning method that works best for you, but the most important thing is that you’re consistent and motivated to stay engaged with the learning process.

What better way is there to keep your motivation for learning Korean high than to have fun while you’re learning? Grab your popcorn, because Korean dramas are about to make learning way more entertaining!

Korean dramas are some of the most entertaining shows on television — whether you’re after tragedy, heartbreak, comedy, or all of the above, the Korean dramas on this list will deliver. However, not all Korean dramas are created equal if you’re in the beginning stages of learning Korean. Some are ideal for learning Korean conversational skills, and some use more complicated dialogue that can be tricky to parse for beginners.

Read on for a list of the best Korean dramas to get you started with learning the Korean language. Be sure to let us know which is your favorite in the comments below! Also check out our useful Korean drama phrases to help with your study.

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연애시대 (Alone in Love)

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Alone in Love is a great Korean drama to dive into if you’re just getting started with learning Korean. It’s very approachable as far as Korean dramas go — the story follows a married couple that splits up after the death of their baby, and what their lives look like after they begin dating other people. It’s heart wrenching, it’s (relatively) realistic, and you’ll get emotionally invested very quickly!

The dialogue in this drama is straightforward and easy to follow, which makes it great for learning Korean. The conversations can be a little harder to follow when emotions run high between the main characters and they begin speaking quickly, but the majority of the conversations are realistic day-to-day Korean conversations and are full of vocabulary words that will serve you well.

식객 (Gourmet)

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If you’re already a fan of Korean food (and really, who isn’t? Korea has tons of delicious dishes!), you are going to love Gourmet, a Korean drama that follows sibling rivalry between two sons fighting to inherit their father’s restaurant.

Of course, this drama has all of the elements that make Korean dramas so great — there’s rivalry, there’s heartbreak, and there are definitely moments that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. What this drama has that others don’t have, however, is a focus on traditional Korean cooking.

Not only will you get to learn the meaning and history of a variety of Korean dishes as you’re watching this drama (as well as how to make the dishes), but you’ll also pick up useful vocabulary words that you’ll use in future conversations at restaurants and about Korean food.

Get your Korean food fix and your Korean entertainment fix at the same time — check out Gourmet today!

커피 프린스 1호점 (Coffee Prince)

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Coffee Prince was one of the Korean dramas that was so popular that it raised awareness for how wonderful Korean dramas are to viewers outside of Korea. Once you start watching, you’ll see why it helped spread the word about Korean dramas — it’s addicting, and it’s very hard to stop once you get started!

This drama follows the off-beat romance between a clumsy tomboy, Go Eun-Chan, (who is actually mistaken for a boy!) and a well-off gentleman who isn’t interested in the women he has been set up with by his family.

These two hit it off and form an unlikely friendship, and viewers are left wondering when it will progress to be more and what that could even look like, considering Choi Han-Gyul, the male protagonist, thinks that Go Eun-Chan is a boy. Will he ever learn her true identity? Will his trust be shattered, or will they fall in love? Start watching to find out!

Part of what makes Coffee Prince so great to follow when you’re learning Korean is how easy it is to get invested in the characters and the story. Even if you miss some of the more difficult conversational elements the first time watching, you’ll be hooked and you’ll feel as if you need to keep watching to find out what happens to the main characters.

Turn on Coffee Prince the next time you sit down to study Korean and you’ll quickly see why we consider it one of the best Korean dramas!

별에서 온 그대 (My Love from Another Star)

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If you’re a fan of television shows and movies that have fantastical elements, you’re in for a treat! My Love from Another Star is not your typical Korean drama. This drama follows a superhuman alien that landed on planet Earth hundreds of years ago. Think of it as Doctor Who meets Twilight… kind of? You’ll understand when you check it out for yourself!

This alien, Do Min-joon, has had several superhuman gifts bestowed upon him — he has out of this world good looks, he has super speed, and he can hear even the faintest of sounds, which makes spying on conversations very easy.

As you can imagine, he becomes disillusioned with humans very quickly as a result of all of the hatred and malice he picks up on through listening and paying attention. Imagine his surprise when he falls in love with human woman!

This drama really does have something for every viewer — whether you’re a fan of alien story lines, true love, or period pieces, you’ll enjoy watching My Love From Another Star.

It’s also great for viewers who are just beginning to pick up Korean, because the dialogue is all written in a very deliberate way. Being an alien, Do Min-joon uses formal Korean dialogue for most of the show, but the script writers do a great job of having him transition slowly to more casual dialogue as he becomes comfortable around other characters.

 

Do you have a favorite Korean drama that has helped you learn the language? Let us know in the comments below so we can add it to our list!

 

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Love Bombs: Cuffing Season is Year-Round

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Photographer: Ezra Jeffrey

Cuffing Season is Year-Round for Love Bombs

The notions of “ghosting” (going out with someone then dropping off the face of the Earth completely) or “bread-crumbing” (dropping short messages here and there to keep the other person around, but not a priority) are common, especially for expats.  In the interest of keeping current on the trends explaining outside elements of my tormented love life, I read an article about a toxic dating trend.  “8 signs you’re being “love bombed” – it might be the most toxic dating trend yet“.

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Photographer: Ryan Franco

The concept of love bombs is one I’ve seen particularly frequently in Korea.  The gist is that you meet a partner and it’s an explosion of feelings, but also commitments one or both parties have no intention of keeping.  You have what you think are open and honest conversations about your emotions, about your goals, about the future.  You travel together, meet your partner’s family, buy one another lavish gifts.  In the blink of an eye, it’s over and done.  Love Bombs.  And what’s cuffing season? “Cuffing season is that period of time between fall and the dead of winter when people start looking for someone they can spend those long, frigid months with,” -Sameera Sullivan.

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Expat Love Bombs

I can’t speak for expats in other countries, but I would venture to guess our issues of loneliness are all pretty similar.  We leave our families and (for most of us) our friends and support systems back home.  While social groups in Korea form quickly, they’re often made up of people with whom we’d probably never be friends back home.  Romantic relationships are different.  Expats often have “light-hearted” trysts, but once a connection is made, exclusive relationships are locked down very quickly.  Everything is intensified when you feel instantly loved and cared for.  I think most of us crave that adrenaline rush of passion.  Unfortunately you can’t call a house a home without a little work, time, and attention.  Most of us are only contributing one of the three in a new relationship while living abroad.

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Photographer: Christopher Campbell

My Last Love Bombs

My last two serious (albeit short-lived) relationships were definitely love bombs.  I knew right from the start that these should be enjoyable little flings and that I shouldn’t invest my time or emotions too much.  In Thailand, H dropped everything, flew with me from Phuket to Chiang Mai, and started making comments about ring shopping and spending the remainder of our vacation pretending we were engaged.

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Ex-Co-P was quick to start calling me his “Seoulmate”.  He would call my apartment “Our City House” and his room on base “Our Country Home”.  He shared what was his eagerly by bringing me goodie bags of things he thought I wouldn’t be able to buy (off post) in Korea.  I was still getting over my last love bomb where the ye-olde-Adonis, H, actually gave up Bali to move into my shitty little studio apartment in Sincheon.  I could see through Ex-Co-P’s bullshit immediately, but I chose to ignore it because he did all the things that H stubbornly refused to do.

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Photographer: William Stitt

Blind Beyond the Art of Seduction

On our 3rd date (coincidentally the 3rd day after we finally met in person), he snapped a selfie of us to post on Facebook calling me his KECH (a play on my initials).  He asked me to be exclusive about an hour later.  FINALLY!  Finally I had someone who wasn’t afraid to show off to the world that he liked me.  I didn’t need any of the expensive gifts he had brought me on our first few dates.  All I needed was someone who wanted to be close to me.  That was my version of having a guy jump up and down on a couch on Oprah.  Finally someone wasn’t ashamed was proud to be with me.  Everything seemed different.  He even put together an outfit to accompany me to Seoul Fashion Week.  He invited his family and friends into our life together.  Sparks flew.

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Photographer: Priscilla Westra

Within weeks he was asking me my plans for the future (immediately by piggy-backing onto my Taipei and Tokyo trips), telling me his goals and dreams, and asking how we could fit into one another’s lives moving forward.  He used to joke about me moving in with him on the base, but there was an underlying truth and neediness to it all.  He made me actually want to have an easy life in the boonies running track on Sunday mornings, meal-prepping for the week in the afternoon, and cozying up with a movie Sunday nights.  It seemed so simple.  I couldn’t hear the tick-tock of the bomb because it had already detonated.  Our simple, little, careless, time-sensitive relationship had immediately broken its contract and gone off the rails the moment I said “yes” to being his girlfriend.

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Photographer: Mitchell Hollander

Man-ipulation & Subconscious Un-Coupling

I can’t pinpoint the moment it all changed.  In hindsight I think he continued to slowly chip away at my confidence by maintaining past drama.  Ex-Co-P loved to drudge up his past relationships, telling me just how crazy his most recent lady was.  He would tell me each time she would write e-mails to him.  At one point he went so far as to read me a message from her mother where she called me the devil.  That was fun.  He continuously brought up the issues he created for me in the workplace.  He would perpetuate drama by inserting himself in issues I had had to rectify on his behalf that were having an effect on my life.

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Photographer: Snufkin

After our one, and only, major argument, I coughed all night.  The next day he demanded we run 6 km (round-trip) up and down Namsan Tower.  He knew full well that I was a sprinter working on endurance and had a bad cough.  He was testing me and patronizing me.  It was clear that he was looking for a fight.  When we got to the base of Namsan Tower, he asked me was if I wanted to go find his “Pont-des-Arts”-style love lock from two girlfriends ago.  This was the girlfriend who was still friends with some of my friends. She even lived in the area of town I desperately missed.  Had I not been dating this loser, we’d probably be friends.

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“Cuffing Season” is Bullshit

I wrote the 7 Worst Guys an Expat can Date nearly a year ago.  Hundreds of comments came pouring in.  Many said I sounded like a jaded woman scorned.  I think most of those qualities identified in the article still hold true.  Elements of each character can be found in both men and women.  As a cisgendered, straight woman, I write about my own personal experiences.  The list is not comprehensive.  Let’s say I wrote about the “7 Treasures Every Expat Woman Should Seek Out”.  You better bet your bottom dollar there would be no more use for this site at all.  You see, if I was any good at taking my own advice, ThatGirlCartier would cease to exist.  My Grandmother was RAF and my Grandfather was RCAF.  It’s like I walk around with a giant AF magnet on my heart and “US AIR FORCE” tattooed across my forehead.  Am I supposed to avoid every Military Man I meet?  Who knows – you already know I can’t follow my own advice!

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Right now I’m talking to several men.  I’m actually just dating and getting to know them on a personal, platonic level.  No more intense situations right off the bat.  No more instances of watching him pull the pin, drop the grenade and run away.  Certainly no more “fuckboys in sheep’s clothing” (as so aptly a fellow Seoul Blogger described Ex-Co-P).  I met H in August and Ex-Co-P at the beginning of March.  Cuffing season is clearly not limited to the dark, cold, lonely, winter months…especially when it comes to sociopaths “love-bombs”.  When someone shows you who they truly are, believe them the first time.  Don’t let love bombs’ smoke get in your eyes.

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Seoul’s list of Michelin Restaurants

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[SEOUL, KOREA] General impressions of food in Seoul may have been restricted to street food, and the likes of barbecue, Korean fried chicken, ginseng chicken and bibimbap.

With the Michelin Guide reaching Seoul, the dining scene may be shaken a little, with travellers knowing more options from the fine dining arena. (Also Read: Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide 2016 – 34 Eateries That Make The Cut)

 

24 restaurants in Seoul are awarded stars in the inaugural guide, with Gaon in Gangam and La Yeon at The Shilla Hotel. (Read: Review of La Yeon)

May be comforting to know that instead of a European restaurant (or more precisely a French restaurant), 2 Korean restaurants have taken the top honours.

Gaon operated by Korean ceramics group GwangJuYo is a traditional Korean restaurant serving high-end, elegant cuisine, while La Yeon takes a contemporary approach to Korean cuisine.

 

 

3 Michelin stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
Gaon (Korean)
La Yeon (Korean)

2 Michelin stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour
Gotgan (Korean)
Kwon Sook Soo (Korean)
Pierre Gagnaire (French Contemporary)

 

1 Michelin star: A very good restaurant in its category
Alla Prima (Innovative)
Balwoo Gongyang (Temple Cuisine)
Bicena (Korean)
Bo Reum Soei (Barbecue)
Dining in Space (French Contemporary)
Hamo (Korean)
Jin Jin (Chnese)
Jungsik (Korean Contemporary)
Kojima (Sushi)
Kuenkiwajip (Gejang)
L’Amitié (French)
Mingles (Korean Contemporary)
Poom (Korean)
Ristorante Eo (Italian Contemporary)
Soigné (Innovative)
Twenty Four Seasons (Korean Contemporary)
Votre Maison (French Contemporary)
Yu Yuan (Chinese)
Zero Complex (Innovative)

 

Other Related Entries
La Yeon (Seoul)
Jungsik (Seoul)
Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide 2016 – 34 Eateries That Make The Cut
Tokyo Michelin Guide 2016
Hong Kong Michelin Guide 2016

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[SEOUL, KOREA] General impressions of food in Seoul may have been restricted to street food, and the likes of barbecue, Korean fried chicken, ginseng chicken and bibimbap.

With the Michelin Guide reaching Seoul, the dining scene may be shaken a little, with travellers knowing more options from the fine dining arena. (Also Read: Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide 2016 – 34 Eateries That Make The Cut)

 

24 restaurants in Seoul are awarded stars in the inaugural guide, with Gaon in Gangam and La Yeon at The Shilla Hotel. (Read: Review of La Yeon)

May be comforting to know that instead of a European restaurant (or more precisely a French restaurant), 2 Korean restaurants have taken the top honours.

Gaon operated by Korean ceramics group GwangJuYo is a traditional Korean restaurant serving high-end, elegant cuisine, while La Yeon takes a contemporary approach to Korean cuisine.

 

 

3 Michelin stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
Gaon (Korean)
La Yeon (Korean)

2 Michelin stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour
Gotgan (Korean)
Kwon Sook Soo (Korean)
Pierre Gagnaire (French Contemporary)

 

1 Michelin star: A very good restaurant in its category
Alla Prima (Innovative)
Balwoo Gongyang (Temple Cuisine)
Bicena (Korean)
Bo Reum Soei (Barbecue)
Dining in Space (French Contemporary)
Hamo (Korean)
Jin Jin (Chnese)
Jungsik (Korean Contemporary)
Kojima (Sushi)
Kuenkiwajip (Gejang)
L’Amitié (French)
Mingles (Korean Contemporary)
Poom (Korean)
Ristorante Eo (Italian Contemporary)
Soigné (Innovative)
Twenty Four Seasons (Korean Contemporary)
Votre Maison (French Contemporary)
Yu Yuan (Chinese)
Zero Complex (Innovative)

 

Other Related Entries
La Yeon (Seoul)
Jungsik (Seoul)
Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide 2016 – 34 Eateries That Make The Cut
Tokyo Michelin Guide 2016
Hong Kong Michelin Guide 2016

 

 

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Seoulcialite Stay: Twin Towers View Room Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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Room Review Deluxe Petronas Twin Tower View Room at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Toronto Seoulcialite

A Seoulcialite Stay at Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

I booked a flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the middle of the night during a particularly strange bout of insomnia.  Not knowing the city, I wanted to be in a central location close to all the amenities.  When in a new city, I usually prefer to walk everywhere I can.  Kuala Lumpur is not exactly a pedestrian-friendly locale.  I was so relieved to stay at a luxury hotel in the heart of the city: Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur!

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The Petronas Towers View @ Traders Hotel

When I arrived in Kuala Lumpur it was around 10 PM, but I didn’t arrive at Traders until about midnight.  Once I got through the horrendous line at Malaysian customs/ immigration, I took a GrabCar as I was told it’s cheaper than Uber.  My driver was chatty.  I usually dislike too much talking in a taxi, but the driver was local and knowledgeable.  When we approached Traders Hotel, I got a view of the Petronas Towers, KL Tower, and the city skyline lit up at night.  The Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004.  They are still the tallest twin towers in the world.  My shots from the car were horrible.  With the rain, my night shots from the hotel room weren’t fantastic either (see above).  In the morning it was spitting, too.  The towers and surrounding gardens were pretty epic from our Traders Hotel Deluxe Twin Tower View Room.  On the 29th floor, we had access to executive amenities as well.

About Traders Club

Traders Club guest rooms are equipped with:

  • Free Wi-Fi and wired data port / broadband Internet access
  • Built-in international adaptors
  • Extra power points
  • Glass-topped desk with stationery
  • Chair with castors for easier movement

Traders Club Lounge offers:

  • Check-in and check-out on the club floor
  • Wi-Fi Internet access (Free)
  • Breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails at the Traders Club Lounge* (Free)
  • Beverages throughout the day at the Traders Club Lounge (Free)
  • Fresh fruits available on a daily basis
  • Local newspapers available upon request
  • Free suit pressing and shoeshine service
  • Free 2-hour use of a meeting room
  • Concierge service

*Traders Club Lounge’s Evening Cocktail Hours are from 5pm to 7pm. Please dress appropriately (no bathrobes, house slippers or swimwear allowed).

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Traders Hotel: First Impressions

Check in on the 5th floor was a breeze.  My friend had already checked in and put down the deposit clearance on the room.  I was assigned an additional 2 keys then was off to the races.  The elevators at the hotel are plentiful, but a bit on the slow side.  We found ourselves taking the “milk run” floor to floor frequently.  The room itself was smaller than I had imagined, especially being that I was paying a media rate rather than enjoying a room in kind for an honest review.  The beds were quite small.  They were also on the firm side, which didn’t initially please me.  The bed actually helped my back after having lugged 2 carry-ons from Seoul to Kuala Lumpur.  I was a big fan of the huge pillows, but felt the linens could be softer and a comforter more plush.  We were welcomed with fresh fruit and adorable cupcakes.  The cupcakes had real, thick, chocolate ganache on a vanilla cupcake I could have done without (it was quite dry).  There was a box of chocolates awaiting our arrival, and we gobbled up those delicious sweet treats in a hurry!

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Luxurious Bathroom in our Traders Hotel Room

The bathroom was the star of our room at the Traders Hotel.  While the view of the Petronas Towers from bed was great, the rain shower was even better.  There was plenty of room for 2 gals’ cosmetics, etc.  Toothbrushes, Colgate toothpaste, a razor and shaving cream, an emery board, epsom salts (for that lovely soaker tub), q-tips, shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion were all ready for us.  I hate bringing a oothbrush and toothpaste from home (it always seems to explode!) so having everything already there was quite handy!

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Traders Hotel in-room Eats

The room service menu at Traders Hotel is actually pretty reasonably-priced…for food.  The price for alcoholic beverages is kind of out of this world considering how cheap it is to buy from a restaurant or corner store.  In fact, on Monday night when we went out in Jalon Alor it was ladies night.  We didn’t pay for a drink the entire night!  Make sure to check out the night market, food street, bars, and clubs in that area as we met some great people and danced til the whee hours.  If you can make it back to the room before midnight, you’ll be able to order room service.  Otherwise, make sure to pick somethingup from one of the many night market stalls offering Chinese, Middle Eastern (Arabic), and Malaysian fare.

Room Review Deluxe Petronas Twin Tower View Room at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Toronto Seoulcialite

I always jump for joy when I get to review a hotel in a new locale.  Traders Hotel did not sponsor my trip, but the room was provided at a discounted media rate.  While this article has been written in partnership, all reviews are honest and opinions are my own.

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Asking Koreans Why People Learn Korean | 외국인들이 한국어를 배우는 이유

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So many more people are learning Korean these days than ten years ago. When I first started learning Korean, it wasn't popular at all, and I had no other friends who were interested in it. But just a few years later, I started seeing Korean courses pop up online, new books appear in stores, and study groups focusing on learning Korean at my local college.

Why did Korean suddenly become a lot more popular then, around ten years ago (give or take a few years)? Was it due to Kpop? Is it because of the delicious Korean food, or the culture? I had some of my own ideas, but I wanted to find out what Koreans themselves thought was the reason so many people are learning their language.

This summer I flew to Korea to ask Koreans directly what they thought about this. Here's what they said~

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6 Fantastic Tips for Dating a Korean Girl

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Have you set your sights on a lovely Korean lady? You’re not alone — Korean women are absolutely sought after, and for good reason! While obviously everyone is different, it’s safe to say that there are plenty of beautiful, intelligent, interesting Korean women around the world, so more than likely you’ll fall pretty hard for a Korean woman at some point in your life.

There’s even a dating phenomenon called “Korean Fever” — supposedly, once you date a Korean woman, you’ll never want to go back to dating women from any other country. You’ll have to see for yourself if there’s truth to that!

If you’re planning on dating a Korean girl, there are some general dating practices and tips you should be aware of beforehand. While every girl is different, in general many Korean girls have similar expectations when dating and will utilize similar dating rituals and techniques. Familiarize yourself with these expectations, and you’ll be that far ahead of the game! No one likes to be turned down, so you may as well make it as likely as possible that you’ll succeed if you’re planning on approaching a Korean girl.

Read on for our best tips and techniques for making your dreams of dating your Korean crush a reality!

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If you’re a foreigner, you’re an instant playboy

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If you’re visiting Korea from another country on vacation or as a new resident of Korea, beware that you will instantly have some dating misconceptions assigned to you whether you like it or not.

In Korean dating culture, the assumption of visitors from other countries (especially young white men) is that you’re a player or a womanizer. It doesn’t matter if this couldn’t be further from the truth — it’s an instant association that gets made, so you’re pretty much walking around with the label “CAUTION: playboy” above your head as you make your way through Korea.

Fear not! This is not an instant deal breaker, and if you ask out a Korean woman that you have chemistry with, there’s a very good chance she’ll accept your invitation and go out with you. That being said, if you begin dating each other, she’ll also treat you as guilty until proven otherwise.

It’s more than likely that she’ll want to look through your texts and chat history, and she’ll probably comb through your social media to see if there is even a tiny bit of evidence that suggests that you’re a womanizer. If there is, you’re done. If there isn’t, she’ll slowly but surely begin to trust your intentions and your interest in her (and only her).

If your new girlfriend wants to go through your phone, don’t deny her request based on principle. It’s not that she doesn’t trust you, it’s that Korean culture is telling her you’re probably talking to other girls. If it makes her feel more comfortable, you should consider it.

They’re worried about you thinking they’re ‘easy’

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In Korean dating culture, something that women worry about is being perceived as an easy target by foreign men. If you’ve recently started dating a Korean woman, there’s a good chance that she’s apprehensive about whether or not you consider her ‘easy.’

To help reassure your new lady that you don’t see her that way, make sure you treat her with respect and that you respect her boundaries. She’ll probably want to take the beginning stages of your relationship slowly until she’s sure that you’re committed to her and not just looking for a quick fling.

Slow down, treat her right, and you’ll have no problem!

Be prepared to pull out your wallet

dating a Korean girl

Ah, the age old question — who should pay at the end of the date? Everyone has an opinion one way or another, and Korean women are no different in that regard.

For decades, the norm has been that the man pays for not only the first date, but also the vast majority of dates that couple goes on. Splitting the bill was extremely uncommon, and the woman on the date was not expected to pay for any portion of the date — not even after dinner drinks or dessert.

While this has been considered normal and still is by many, Korean dating culture has begun to shift to a new, more modern paradigm. The man is still expected to pay for dinner, but if she’d like to, the woman on the date might pay for after dinner soju or ice cream. The couple would then take turns paying for each stop of the evening — so, for example, if the man paid for dinner, the woman would then pay for soju, then the man could pay for ice cream, etc.

The moral of the story is assume that you’ll need to pay, but don’t keep your new girlfriend or date from paying if she’s like to pick up the tab for dessert or coffee. If that happens, then you’d pick up the next check. If she doesn’t offer, assume that if you’d like to continue this relationship you’ll need to pay for everything the two of you do socially.

As far as gifts go, most Korean women will be receptive to you conveying your affections with lavish gifts and tokens of your love (and honestly, most Korean girls will expect it). Be prepared to spend big on birthday gifts, and be prepared to also purchase gifts for each of the love-centric Korean holidays. There’s one every month on the 11th (yes, seriously), so these don’t have to be as large as a birthday or anniversary gift.

Korean women are good at dating

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If you’re crushing on a Korean cutie, you’ve already proven this next point for us — Korean girls are good at dating. While anyone can go on dates, dating itself can also be a sport if you’re good at it, and Korean women are champions. So be prepared to compete!

When a Korean girl becomes your girlfriend, of course she’ll demonstrate loyalty and commit to you. But until that happens, be prepared to be at her mercy. She’ll likely know how to turn on the charm and somehow be cute, mysterious, and seductive all at once — you’ll be wrapped around her finger before you know it.

Before you consider approaching a Korean girl, be warned! If she sets her sights on you, you’re going nowhere. Enjoy it — they call it ‘Korean Fever’ for a reason, and you’ll catch that fever soon enough.

You’re competing through social media

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When you’re dating a Korean girl, you’re competing with everyone constantly, whether you like it or not. How is that even possible, you ask? You can thank social media.

Social media is huge all over the world, but in Korea it’s larger than life. When you take your Korean girlfriend to a fancy dinner or buy her a lavish gift, she will photograph it and post it to every social media platform and instant messaging platform that she uses so that her friends can see it instantly. Get used to being on a chat app to keep her attention!

While social media can be great because it lets you keep in touch with friends from afar and stay connected to your social circle, it can also cause a lot of pressure and anxiety for both the girl and the guy in the relationships. If you’re sharing everything with everybody, it means that you’re comparing yourself to everybody.

As a result, your girlfriend will likely feel the need to measure up to what her friends are displaying from their lives — if someone else is on a nice vacation, you’ll probably want to start planning one as well. Similarly, you’ll feel the need to blow your girlfriend away with the gifts and dates you plan so you give her something to really be excited about.

While it sounds exhausting, this also means a lot of fun! You’ll be enjoying beautiful restaurants and making your new girlfriend happy with beautiful gifts. You also always have the ability to remind your girlfriend that social media only highlights the absolute best from her friends’ lives — they’re not posting about arguments they’re having or bad days, they’re only posting the highlights. (That doesn’t mean she’s guaranteed to listen to that logic, though!)

Korean girls are educated, and expect you to be, too

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If you’re currently dating a Korean girl, one of the things that probably attracted you to her initially was her intelligence and her quick wit. Three quarters of the adult women in Korea have a university education, so you’ll definitely be having high-minded conversations with your lady.

This also means you need to make sure your Korean language skills are sharp so you can keep up and so you don’t bore her conversationally! Nobody wants a boring date (or a boring boyfriend).

If your Korean language skills aren’t where they should be and you want to brush up on them quickly, check out our 90 Minute Challenge and learn the Korean alphabet in just an hour and a half! It’s a small investment to make for all the return you’ll get — the ability to ask out the Korean girl you have your eye on. Good luck!

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Basic Workflows for Luminar

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Since my last post about Luminar, I have altered how I process a lot of my images. The reason being that Luminar has for the most part provided such a creative solution to making photos pop in every way possible. However, if you are new to photography and editing, Luminar may seem a little complicated. Trust me, it gets easier with practice. However, to get you going I have chosen two very simple workflows for you that can help you get your photos looking amazing!

Start with a Preset

If you absolutely have no idea what you want from your image then I would suggest starting with a preset and see where that takes you. The reason that I say that is because at times, we just don’t know the capabilities of our image and the presets not only give a starting point but the set up the workspace as well. From here you can tweak the settings, as many times the initial preset effects may not be the desired result. Often adjusting and deleting some of the filters will be all that is required.

You can pick up  a number of filters online from people like Jim Nix and whatnot. I find that if you are looking for just a simple solution or some quick edits then presets (just like in lightroom) are the way to go. However the drawback is that many (if not all), do not exactly match the look that you are trying to achieve. This is why I suggest using them as a starting point to get your image most of the way there and then tweaking after.

If you are looking for more presets click on the “+more” button on the bottom of the preset panel inside of Luminar or head there directly with this link.

If you are looking for some really good presets then check out Jim Nix’s preset packs. I have just picked up his cityscapes pack for $10 and it is great! You can check out all of his presets here.

Start with a Workspace

If you have an idea of where to start then you can choose a workspace that best suits you. I typically go with “landscape” because I feel that it gives a good assortment of overall filters that I use on a regular basis. From there it is just a matter of working your way down the screen and adjusting as you go. If you reach the bottom and you feel that you need another filter, then just click that “add filter” button and choose the filter that you need from the drop down menu.

This workflow is best use when you have an idea of a particular look or you are wanting to apply some basic edits outside of lightroom. Typically, all I need for most landscapes is the “landscape” workspace, but sometimes I like to add in a few favourite filters like HSL and Golden Hour. If you find yourself using the same few filters over and over again, I would highly suggest making your own custom workspace.

 


The bottomline here is that Luminar may seem a little complicated when you start out but as you learn the program it gets a lot easier to use. These two basic workflows will not only get you comfortable with using the program but will get your images looking amazing as well.

Click here! if you want your own copy of Luminar

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LTW: The Barking War

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Good morning,

A series of bellicose rhetoric exchange between North Korea and Donald Trump keeps raising tension in Korean Peninsula. North Korean Foreign Minister threw the first punch on Aug 7, declaring his country will “teach the U.S. a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force.” Trump countered on Aug 8, saying “North Korea best not make any more threats to the U.S. They will be met with fire and fury the world has never seen.” The commander of North Korean Army responded on Aug 10, threatening they can fire four Hwasung-12 ICBMs over Japan to lfall 30km (19 miles) away from Guam with the final order from Kim Jung-un. Donald Trump then tweeted on Aug 11 that U.S. military plans are “locked and loaded” and ready to go “should North Korea act unwisely.” Gen.Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff met with President Moon Jae-in Seoul on Aug 14.

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While the rest of the world is watching Korean Peninsula in worries, South Koreans are not really feeling the tension. South Koreans have lived under Kim family’s verbal threats since Korean War ended in 1953. If South Koreans cannot sleep because of Kim Jung-un’s recent bad words from his mouth, neither can Japanese because of earthquakes. My wife can be more concerned about possible Louis Vuitton store pullout from Lotte Department Store than possible North Korean ICBMs flying over Japan to Guam. The recent exchange of menacing words between Kim Jung-un and Donald Trump fits below scenes to many South Koreans.

Regards,
H.S.



Escape: Top Reasons Why Bali’s the Perfect Getaway to RELAX!

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Bali: Your Relaxation Destination!

Guest Post by: Wander with Jo!

The mere mention of the word Bali, is bound to instantly conjure up visions of an island paradise, surrounded by party beaches and resorts, big and small. The real Bali, however, is much more than just a happening destination, it is an aspiration about the mood and essence of the Balinese that sets this tropical retreat apart from the other usual tourist hot spots.

Smile, Work, Happy, Holiday, Sweet, Bali

The generous, smiling and lovely people of Bali, along with the rich diverse culture and amazing sights, really take Bali to another level. At the end of the day, a vacation to Bali is sheer fun, no matter who you are or which part of the world you are from.

Morning Glow, Sawarna Coast, Java, Indonesia

For the tourist who is looking for relaxation and wants to get away from the chaos of Kuta or the pleasures of Seminyak, there are many lavish resorts and wellness retreats on the Bukit Peninsula. These excellent villas and hotels have one thing in common, that they allow the guest to relax and unwind in some of Asia’s best environment. With the world becoming an increasing stressful place, day by day, a demand for such retreats is on the rise.

Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, Holiday, Leisure, Night

Bali has a great reputation for making the art of wellness combine equally well with the special luxury spas that adopt the most unique and beneficial natural therapies. This growth in popularity can be gauged by the increasing number of airlines, from all over the world, offering direct connections to Bali. Over the years this Island of the Gods has managed to master the exotic art of healing and relaxation using traditional Asian techniques.

Golf Club, The Village, Agriculture, Canyons

As more and more travelers head to the health and wellness retreats of Bali, to find a balance in their busy lives, the local travel industry has geared itself for this phenomenal rise in medical and cosmetic tourism. Resorts such as the Chill House, in Canggu, provide delicious organic food, surfing, biking, yoga and other soul and body treatments. For those with a penchant to spend good money, some of the most well equipped and luxurious hotels can be found in Bali. Apart from excellent hospitality, guests can relax in lush gardens, have access to multiple swimming pools and spend quality time with families on private beach fronts.

Bali, Tropics, Tropical, Palm Trees, Forest, Sky

Bali has plenty of cliff-side resorts, which offer stunning views, seemingly perched on an edge. In case you intend to enjoy the cuisine in the privacy of your room, a personal butler will be on hand to prepare a fresh meal whenever you please. Then there are private villas available, each with a private plunge pool and dedicated butler service for the entire duration of your stay. Some high end hotels in Ubud have top- notch yoga experts and fitness classes which incorporate cycling through paddy fields or trekking up to volcano peaks. Stunning overflowing infinity pools are everywhere as are gushing waterfalls and cascading rivers. Another ideal way to embrace the expanding health trend is by going on nature walks in the scenic rice fields and tropical ravines of Ubud. There is no better way to stay fit and at the same time get up close to the culture, folklore and herbal medicine as you are introduced to trees with therapeutic properties.

Monkey, Animal, Love, Baby, Wildlife, Mammal, Nature

There are exclusive super deluxe spa villas located within dense jungles from where you can enjoy a spa treatment in the privacy of your room which overlooks the lush green forest. A tropical garden and an enchanting waterfall, makes for a magical place to relax and meditate.  The ultimate in luxury are the retreats which cater to a very limited number of people in order to provide top class service. These spacious  Balinese huts, come with a 25m pool, hanging vines to create a jungle like environment.

Sunrise, Girl, Bali, Sun

Women have expressed their eagerness to visit Bali for wellness and yoga because of the number of high class retreats which cater to only women. The seven day packages offered here include exclusive spa treatments, yoga classes, health programs and outdoor activities like snorkeling, Indonesian cooking classes,rafting and market tours among others. For those who can stand up, adrenaline pumping surfing sessions are included.

Bali, Indonesia, Culture, Aroma, Religion, Hindu

The special treatments include Ayurveda, reflexology, stone massage and acupuncture. Dietitians and doctors are on hand to offer constant advice. Heated hydrotherapy pools are in place for relaxing the sore body parts. The main reason why people flock to Bali is that they can have the best of both worlds in one destination – party and relaxation. There are so many wellness resorts, that one can easily slip away from the island’s party scene and revive the body doing yoga, meditation or simply communing with nature.

Buddhist, Temple, Buddhism, Religion, Worship, Buddha

Bali is the most popular destination with travelers from all corners of the planet. Beautiful beaches, warm climate all make an ideal backdrop for that perfect spa holiday. This is the only place where you can incorporate the Balinese way of life and their philosophies by detoxing the mind in these beautiful surroundings.   

Surfer, Wave, Sunset, The Indian Ocean

With just 900 odd inhabited islands, out of a total of over 17,000, Bali and Indonesia can claim to be the number one destination for holiday and relaxation.  Think infinity pools, yoga retreats, luxury villas with pools, beach yoga, surfing, meditating to sound of the waves and all these things can give you instant feeling of rejuvenation. You can easily say Bali is the ultimate place to unwind.  

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