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[25 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

Effective July 1, 2006, Jeju was designated by the central government as a special self-governing province. Since this time, the island has had 2 years to utilize its special status and implement its corresponding legislative mandate. Ostensibly, the purpose was to individuate Jeju as an autonomous provincial entity, but what was the impetus for this in the first place?
Jeju-do accounts for roughly 1% of the Korean population, but is, by all accounts, a geographically and culturally distinct part of the Korean peninsula. Beginning in the late 60s and early …

Jeju & Korean Culture »

[24 Oct 2008 | 5 Comments | ]

Bong Seon Hwa: A traditional Korean custom for your nails
Story by Sherrin Hibbard | Photos by Alison Crump
Recently, you may have noticed that a lot of women, and maybe some of your students, have orange coloured fingertips and nails. No, they are not nicotine stains! This is the time of year, after the rains, when women and children dye their nails with the bong seon hwa plant.
Spelled “bong seon hwa” (봉 선 화), traditionally dyed nails are considered to be very beautiful and it is said that if your nails …

Outlying Islands, Things to Do, Things to See »

[19 Oct 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

In the distance I see two weather beaten, elderly ladies bracing themselves against a tall, stone wall, lost in a squawking conversation about some mundane topic. As I get closer and louder, empty seashells crunching under foot, their heads jerk up. Suddenly I’m the topic of conversation. It’s a foreigner! I give a small wave and say “Annyeong Hayseo”. More astonishment from the ladies – the foreigner speaks Korean! This is Gapado, the last but one islet on the far southern reaches of South Korea. And this is the reaction …

Places to Eat »

[19 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

One of the first Korean expressions that my Canadian vegan friend learned to say when she came to Jeju Island was ‘Gogi Bbaego’ (고기 빼고). Translation: “take out the meat.” Being almost a strict vegetarian (she sometimes chooses to eat eggs), she had to be wary whenever she went to a new restaurant. She consequently perfected the art of saying it just like a native speaker with the right amount of nuance and emphasis because she had to say it so many times. The rest of her Korean was …