Tag Archives: South Korea

Foreign Language Tip 2 #27 | “Should I Visit South Korea?”

Today’s post will be relatively short since I have a nice video that I found that’ll help you make your decision on this matter. Remember, this is your decision and it’s not mandatory to do this, especially since travel and lodging is really expensive. But let’s say you do decide to visit South Korea, what should you do when you get there?

Let’s start first with the main question, “should you go?”

Yes and maybe.

I say yes because, if you’re serious about learning the language and potentially moving to Korea, it’s a good idea to visit a few times before moving permanently. It’s better to go and immerse yourself physically in the culture and the different cities and also to figure out if this is really a move that’s right for you.

Maybe. Well, if you’re serious about learning but only plan on living in the United States, even though it’d be great if you can go, you don’t have to. Travel is expensive and takes a lot of planning and coordination. And then once you get there, you do need money for a place to stay, taxi rides, food, emergency money, etc. So with all that in mind, if you know you can afford to go than I say go, if nothing more than just to have the experience. But if you can’t afford it, it’s not mandatory.

Now, what to do when you get there?

You’ve made the decision to go. You’ve planned out your expenses, where you’ll stay, where you’ll go and what you’ll eat, etc. Now all you need to know is… what now? Well remember, even though this is a great and fun vacation, it’s still a learning experience!

  • Interact with people. | Even if you’re just saying basic greetings and asking/answering basic questions, this is a prime time to use your Korean! Only use English for things you sincerely just don’t understand. This is a good way to test your knowledge and have full conversations in Korean.
  • Try the local food. | Yes there are fast food restaurants but make sure you’re trying to local food too. And I mean, come on, you know you’ve always wondered what it’d be like to have the restaurant experience you’ve seen in k-dramas.

Either way, if you can go, enjoy yourself! And if you’re also wondering what to expect, check out the video below!

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South Korean Beauty Standards | Tattoos – Jay Park Interview (i-D) [video]

So I guess today was supposed to be a Weekend Kpop Update but to be honest, I don’t really feel like talking kpop news today. I want to talk about another video I found that was discussing a topic that’s kinda important to a lot of you. I know this because it’s one of my most looked at posts and that is, Tattoos in South Korea. We’ve briefly talked about this before but today I’m going to go a little bit more in depth on the topic. I guess consider today a cultural post.

Though once considered extremely taboo and not something seen in an everyday setting, tattoos among the youth in South Korea have become increasingly popular. With idols etching as much skin as possible with various types of tattoos, the youth are following along. There is still a protocol that has to be followed in order to get a tattoo for health regulation purposes. For example, you can’t just walk into any random tattoo parlor on the street you have to go to specific places. (Although I’m sure there are some back-alley parlors.)

But why don’t you ever see these idol/celebrity tattoos on television? Why is it strictly social media?

Check out the clip below as Jay Park explains Korean beauty standards and the effect on tattoos.

Street Foods in Korea | [video]

Ok so by now I think you guys know I love talking about music, food and make up! And today is no different. Thursdays are all about tips on learning Korean but also about cultural aspects of the language.

One of the biggest parts of learning a new language is in fact immersion. Although I can’t physically take you all to South Korea, I can expose you to parts of it.

Check out the video below on Street Food in Korea!

Soltattoo | Tattoos in S.Korea

Alright so I ran across a story on a few websites that looked pretty familiar to me. This is me not trying to persuade you to go get a tattoo (I personally don’t have any and won’t get any), but introducing you to another aspect of what is sometimes called, “youth culture” and that is, the Art of Tattoos.

I’ve been seeing a bit on tattoos in South Korea and how they’re illegal. It was really curious to me because I keep seeing all these idols, rappers, and actors with tattoos and my thought was, “how can they be illegal and nobody gets in trouble for having them?” So my investigative instincts kicked in and I discovered the truth on the matter.

Tattoos are not illegal in Korea. However, it depends on who is doing the tattoo, that is what determines the legality of getting a tattoo. Apparently, the law states that they must be done by medical practitioners only. In layman’s terms, only a doctor can give you a tattoo. So unless this doctor has a tattoo parlor, going to one to get a tattoo is illegal.

But that doesn’t stop them from cropping up nor does it stop people from going and getting them. Afterall, once you get one, who’s to say that you didn’t go to a doctor? Not telling you to break the law here but I can see how it could potentially fly under the radar of police or whoever does the prosecution on this. And there’s the whole thing of tattoos still being a bit taboo.

However, the tattoo lovers in Korea are trying to change this on all aspects by acting to make it legal and by making it more mainstream and less of a taboo. Enter, Soltattoo. It’s a tattoo shop that gained a lot of fame a few months ago for offering cat tattoos to cat owners. Though the “cat tats” were nice, they do so much more than that.