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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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[27 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

New Halla Library has books in English
Story and photos by Jenie Hahn

The new Halla library | Credit: Jenie Hahn
Are you a book lover? Do you have that insatiable craving where you want to read more books but don’t really have the money or know a place to buy new books in English? Well, here is the best news ever for all English-speaking book lovers out there. A brand new Western style library opened in Jeju-si recently, nestled in a serene forest setting.
Library offers wide range of media
The basement contains mostly …

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[19 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Off the 1132 highway, a winding coastal road makes for memorable bicycle tour
Story and photo by Marcus KaulbackBeing an English teacher at a hagwon, you don’t get too many holidays. So, when you find yourself being given a full four days off from cultivating future Ban Ki-Moons, you make the most of it. For our summer holiday, my best friend and I thought the choice was never in question: Jeju-do, but with a twist. We were going to spend our days on bicycles and our nights in a tent.

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[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 …