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 …

Books »

[19 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

‘Whatthebook.com.’ Based in Seoul. Run by Chris Chiavetta. Web site is available in both English and Korean. Domestic bank-to-bank transfers and Paypal available. Free shipping on most orders of two books or more, but there are exceptions. It is essentially Amazon.com for Korea. Books priced on What the Book will be three or four thousand won more than on Amazon to cover the per-book shipping cost. There are certain combinations of books and certain order sizes that are cheaper through What the Book while some are cheaper through Amazon – …

Art Galleries & Museums »

[13 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

Jeju Island offers so many hidden treasures that it can be a bit overwhelming. Looking at a map strewn with such enticements as Psyche Butterfly World, Love Land, and Nakcheon Village of Nine Guts (Shamanistic Ritual), it can leave one feeling that there certainly isn’t enough time in a year, much less a weekend, to take it all in. Thus, when spotting a rather nondescript sign for Jeju Art Park, you could be forgiven for driving right by. After all, it sounds like it might be a retired farm couple …

Jeju & Korean Culture, Things to Do »

[27 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

It is a woman. It can swim and dive very well under the sea. It catches shells, seaweed, and octopi. What is it? You may be thinking a mermaid, but, from the perspective of a Jejuite, it is actually a haenyeo.
Haenyeo is a word that literally means “sea women”. These women dive to catch turban shells, ear shells, and other marine goodies without the aid of underwater breathing apparatuses. They have a very unique job that is native only to Korea and some regions of Japan, though haenyeo originate …

English Speaking Physicians »

[27 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Doctors can be a scary thing to deal with when living in a foreign country. How do you know who to see for what and if they’re any good? Word of mouth has always been a safe method when seeking these individuals, so here are my recommendations of reliable English speaking physicians for you.
1. Dr. Wha Young Chung (정화영)—General Practitioner, Dr. Chung’s Pediatric Clinic
Dr. Chung is actually a pediatrician, but I have been seeing him for over three years as a general practitioner. His bedside manner and …