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[7 Jan 2009 | One Comment | ]
Still Crazy About Starcraft, Jeju, South Korea

10-year-old video game is a national fixation in South Korea
Story by Alex Cybulski

Love is like the Protoss, Zerg and Terran duking it out | Credit: KBS Broadcasting
It is not unusual to turn on the television and see this commercial: decked out in matching leather jackets, with clear skin and perfectly groomed hair, a group of teenage boys pose for the camera. Punk pop plays in the background, telling of their youthful virility. Who are these heartthrobs? With their sponsors labeled on their motorcycle jackets ranging from Shinhan Bank to Samsung, …

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[18 Dec 2008 | One Comment | ]

Chonja-am temple is worth the trek
Story and photos by Marcie Miller

The Yeongshil hermitage rests in the late afternoon light | Credit: Marcie Miller
Looking for a truly unique Buddhist temple experience? Then take a hike. Really. Chonja-am temple is located 1,200 meters above sea level, at the foot of Pollae oreum, and is accessed by foot only from the Yeongsil trail lower parking lot.
After about a 20 minute leisurely uphill stroll through the open forest, the temple suddenly pops out of the trees, an imposing structure built and decorated in the …

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[11 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Jeju’s mythical past still alive and well
Story and photo by Brian MillerFor many in Jeju, this island is a haunted place. It’s home to 18,000 gods, and nearly every rock, tree, mountain, pond and home is claimed by one kind of spirit or another. If you want to communicate with these spirits and gods, you can either visit one of the island’s many shrines, or contact a simbang. The ‘simbang’ (or shaman) is a man endowed with supernatural powers. He’s a conduit between gods and humans who uses his psychic …

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[8 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Pastoral present belies airfield’s dark past Story by Jim Saunders
Winding down the window of the car, we shouted across to the farmer tending her field in the late afternoon sun.
“Which way to Alddreu Airfield?” we asked.
Straightening up a little and turning to look at us: “You’re in it!” came the reply. “And, to see the hangers, you have to keep following this road straight!” she added while waving the tool in her hand a little.
We looked around slightly incredulously. Fields of crops stretched in every direction with only …