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Hanbok Photoshoot at Unhyeongung Palace

Hanbok Photoshoot at Unhyeongung Palace

Professor Oh December 21, 2013 17

On my way to Insadong I spontaneously decided to visit the Unhyeongung Palace (운현궁). Little did I expect to end up having a hanbok photoshoot. For only 3,3000 won in fact. That’s approximately $3

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Arirang Lyrics – Korean, English, Romanization

Arirang Lyrics – Korean, English, Romanization

Professor Oh December 5, 2013 8

There are many versions of the Arirang. Here are the lyrics to the commonly known one: Korean 아리랑, 아리랑, 아라리요… 아리랑 고개로 넘어간다. 나를 버리고 가시는 님은 십리도 못가서 발병난다. Romanization Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo…

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5 Versions of Korea’s “Arirang”

5 Versions of Korea’s “Arirang”

Professor Oh December 5, 2013 2

As we learned in KWOW #112, Arirang is Korea’s popular folk song. Every region has their own version. The “standard version” is the Seoul Arirang. Every generation sings it with a different vibe depending

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12 Fun & Easy Korean Expressions & Sounds

12 Fun & Easy Korean Expressions & Sounds

Professor Oh November 14, 2013 4

Want to sound like a native Korean? Or just plain desire to understand more of your favorite Korean dramas? Watch KWOW #110 to learn some popular Korean expressions and sounds (below). There are tons,

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Before Kpop there was Pansori

Before Kpop there was Pansori

Professor Oh October 26, 2013 0

In KWOW ep. 107 we learned about the music scene in Korea that existed before Kpop: pansori. To say pansori is the Korean version of opera is not completely accurate. It’s the traditional storytelling

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Watch “Pulgasari” (North Korea’s own “Godzilla”)

Watch “Pulgasari” (North Korea’s own “Godzilla”)

Professor Oh October 9, 2013 0

Former leader Kim Jong-Il once kidnapped a famous director (Shin Sang-Ok). When Shin was told to direct a propaganda film, he said no and tried to escape North Korea. He was put in jail

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Exotic Korean Drum Dances

Exotic Korean Drum Dances

Professor Oh August 15, 2013 2

This week on KWOW, Professor Oh explains the drum dancing featured in 2NE1′s “I’m the Best” and “Gu Family Book.” Feel the beat of the vibrant 5-drum dance (ogomu/오고무). The female players spin, jump,

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29 South Korean Movies You Must Watch

29 South Korean Movies You Must Watch

Professor Oh August 8, 2013 20

In this week’s episode of KWOW, we share our favorite South Korean films. We’ve also included ones popular amongst the general audience. Watch the video. It’s more colorful than the list :) The movies

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Dangers of Escaping North Korea

Dangers of Escaping North Korea

Professor Oh July 31, 2013 5

You can never be too careful when plotting an escape from North Korea. Even immediate family members may report you. Watch KWOW #97 to find out the perils of making it to South Korea.

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8 American Celebrities Wearing Hanbok

8 American Celebrities Wearing Hanbok

Professor Oh July 25, 2013 2

Britney Spears wearing hanbok by Park Sul-nyeo. Paris Hilton with the cast members of “Infinity Challenge.” The person all the way to the right is a man (Park Myeongsu) dressed as a female! Nicholas

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