The front of entrance of a Korean Buddhist temple with colorful lanterns hanging above to honor Buddha’s birthday.

Celebrating Buddha’s Birthday in Korea

Walking into a Buddhist temple for the first time, I was blown away by the blanket of color hanging overhead. The sun bounced off endless rows of paper lanterns, creating an ethereal kaledioscope of color that swayed gently in the May breeze. With such a vibrant atmosphere, everyone’s spirits seemed to lift as they entered…

Gwansang: Guide to Korean Face Reading

Like water is shaped by its container, we also form our destiny to some degree. The face is a living form and keeps changing through our lifestyle and mindset. Everyone’s face is unique. Gwansang, or the ancient Korean practice of face reading, contends that people’s capabilities, qualifications, and even destinies can be ascertained by interpreting faces.…

Celebrating Pepero Day, November 11

Pepero Day (빼빼로 데이) is a beloved annual gifting tradition in Korea that is observed on November 11th (11/11). Originated by the maker of Pepero (빼빼로), the Lotte Corporation, Pepero Day is more celebrated by Koreans than Valentine’s Day or White Day since those days are for romantic partners whereas this celebratory day is for…

Jeju

Jeju Island: Top 10 Places You Must See

To countless devotees, Jeju Island is, without a doubt, the best vacation spot in Korea.  Known as the Hawaii of Korea, Jeju Island makes people feel as if they are worlds away from the Korean peninsula with its beautiful tropical landscapes. Jeju Island has everything you need or want for your perfect vacation escape from magnificent…