[Weekender] Back in the day: Sweet memories of picnics

In South Korea, spring outings are a grand, communal affair that bring people together. Schools, churches, companies and various social clubs and communities start planning way before spring arrives....

Updated : 2019.05.03 10:19

[Weekender] Picnic rentals: Skip the hassle, enjoy the season

Sometimes, the best picnics happen on the spur of the moment. And South Korea’s thriving picnic rental services, conveniently clustered near popular destinations, make last-minute outings a breeze....

Updated : 2019.05.03 10:17

[Weekender] Branded pop-ups liven up retail scene

Branded pop-up stores play an increasingly important role in South Korea’s retail scene as a source of creativity, innovation and a brand new consumer experience. Many customers associate pop-ups w...

Updated : 2019.04.26 10:03

[Weekender] Spring in full bloom at open-air markets

It is the best season for outdoor markets right now -- whether they are flea markets, farmers’ markets or art markets. On weekends, stalls sprout up on streets and in parks, beckoning visitors to c...

Updated : 2019.04.26 09:54

[Weekender] Night market gets glam makeover in Yeouido

Seoul’s Bamdokkaebi Night Market, which runs every Friday and Saturday at four locations in the city, is perfect for those who want a casual night out. At Cheonggye Stream, Dongdaemun Design Plaza,...

Updated : 2019.04.26 09:15

[Weekender] ASMR, the art of anti-stimulation

Technology is taking its toll on the digital generation, evidenced in the rise of ASMR, or particular videos designed for listening. ASMR -- autonomous sensory meridian response -- is a relatively n...

Updated : 2019.04.19 13:08

[Weekender] ASMR: The feel-good world made of unexpected sounds

If you haven’t heard of ASMR, believe us, it is huge. On YouTube, videos of people whispering in their microphone, or creating certain sounds that are supposed to trigger an “autonomous sensory me...

Updated : 2019.04.19 10:03

[Weekender] Buddhist chef Ven. Jeongkwan on spring sprouts, cooking and nature

For Ven. Jeongkwan, spring sprouts are the very essence of spring. Every tiny shoot has come to be what it is by enduring the cold winter months. “It is that energy of nature that we’re sharing to...

Updated : 2019.04.12 10:11

[Weekender] Bring spring to the table with bom namul

In South Korea, now is the time to enjoy fresh spring greens, or bom namul. Found everywhere from mountain slopes to roadsides, these wild plants come in many varieties and each has its own unique c...

Updated : 2019.04.12 09:52

[Weekender] Eat your namul, for your health and the Earth’s

Plant-based eating is emerging as a healthier and more sustainable alternative amid repeated global warnings about climate change. For most South Koreans, however, the concept is pretty familiar. D...

Updated : 2019.04.12 09:49

[Weekender] From vintage to sportswear, retro is in vogue

The retro fever can be best felt at the Dongmyo market, one of the biggest flea markets in Korea where fashionista visitors have sharply increased since last year. “Visitors surged suddenly after S...

Updated : 2019.04.05 10:20

[Weekender] In love with #retro

Fashion trends come and go. What was once old-fashioned suddenly comes back in style, as nostalgia for the good old days brings back elements of the past. But the latest retro trend here is being fu...

Updated : 2019.04.05 10:14

[Weekender] Sejong Institute looks beyond classroom walls

Aspiring Korean speakers are virtually all over the world now, thanks to the borderless travel of Korean pop culture. To reach them, the King Sejong Institute plans to go beyond its physical limitat...

Updated : 2019.03.29 09:26

[Weekender] Korean: A rising language

When King Sejong invented Hangeul, the Korean alphabet and writing system, hoping to “broadly benefit mankind,” he couldn’t have possibly meant people on the other side of the planet. But five ce...

Updated : 2019.03.29 09:16

[Weekender] Fan translators break through K-pop’s language barrier

K-pop speaks Korean -- for the most part -- but not all its fans. In addition to K-pop’s nonverbal appeal, the language barrier is being broken down by a network of fans who translate Korean conten...

Updated : 2019.03.28 18:15