Hangeul Day

Happy Hangeul Day! October 9th is the day Koreans celebrate their alphabet. It’s one of the best in the world and it’s definitely something to be proud of. Each letter has only one sound so if you really want to learn to read Korean, it only takes a few hours. I learned to read Korean in about 6 months, with practically no studying. I just kind of absorbed it.

I celebrated Hangeul Daywith my awesome Korean tutor. We went to 5 different temples. I learned a lot about the places we visited and a few new Korean words and phrases. One of the highlights of the day was seeing a flock of peacocks at one of the temples. They were so cute and it was such a nice surprise!

peacock temple korea

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Hello Kitty + Taiwan = Love!

I’m writing this from Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea. Dave and I are heading to Taipei, Taiwan for a long weekend and we are about to board one of the world’s cutest planes! It’s a Hello Kitty plane. Even the boarding passes have the cute little Sanrio diva on them.

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I can’t wait to see what the inside looks like!

Say WHAT?!

As an elementary school teacher in South Korea, I was often shocked at some of the clothes my students would wear. Curse words or obscenities didn’t bother anyone!

I asked some of my teacher friends if they had any examples of kids wearing messed up stuff to school and my friend Jenny sent me this.

funny English clothes Korea

 

Can you guess what it says?

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Art Village in Namhae, South Korea

After our stay at the Hi Class Pension in Namhae, we had breakfast at the Hilton and then set out for some sightseeing. If we hadn’t been going to the Hilton, we might have never noticed the art village, but we are so glad that we stumbled across it.

Namhae Korea Art Village

Can you spot the Hilton in the background?

Namhae Island is a really rural area full of rice and garlic fields. As we pulled out of the Hilton, we spotted a mural of The Simpsons.

Namhae Korea Art Village

I decided I wanted to explore further so we drove up the narrow street through the village.

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Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)

The Busan International Film Festival started back in 1996 and now it’s one of the best film festivals in the world. Up until 2011 it was called PIFF, but they finally changed it from Pusan to Busan. They also changed the location from PIFF Square in Nampo-dong to the Haeundae area (Centum City/Shensegae). They built the new Busan Cinema Center especially for BIFF. It is really spectacular!

The festival runs every year in October and the opening film sold out in 7 seconds this year! Weekend tickets are also hard to come by. Your best bet might be trying to go to a film during the week. Getting tickets can prove difficult for foreigners so it’s helpful to have a Korean friend buy tickets for you.

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Say WHAT?!

At Haeundae Beach in Busan, South Korea there is some wall art that left me amazed and confused. I have to admit, I did think it was a bit ridikiles.

Funny English - Engrish in Korea

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Dave spotted this shirt at our local grocery store.

“Parachuting it seem to be casual.”

Do you agree??

Funny English shirt