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Jun 25

Episode 004: Pack Your Bags Show Notes

There is a ton of info from this episode. We talked about a lot of places for traveling in the show. He’s the list if you want to google for more information.

Jeju Island
Busan for the beaches.
Waterparks like California Beach and Caribbean Bay
The Bosung green tea plantations
Mt. Sorak in Gangwon province
Seoul for it’s exhaustive list of cultural locations such as parks, museums, castles, and shopping.
The Toilet Museum in Suwon

If you want to book a ticket on Korea’s fast and efficient bullet train, check out their website. You can also search the iTunes store or the Google Play store for the Korail app. It’s only in Korean at this time, but they do have the option of buying sale tickets if you book about a month in advance. Save up to 30%!

The song you hear in the segment opener is 여행을 떠나요 (Yuh-hang-eul Dduh-na-yo) by 조용필 (Jo-Yong-Pil). Here’s a Youtube video of the full song.

Also, if you’re interested in doing group travel around Korea, don’t forget to check out our friends at Waegook Travel.

If the heat is getting to you, the food we mentioned, sometimes referred to as Korean ice cream, is called 빙수 (bing-soo). The chicken soup that Koreans like to eat on the hottest days of the year is called 삼계탕 (sam-gyea-tang).

In this episode’s installment of Hallyu Doing! Teresa gave us a load of trivia and info about Korea’s World Cup activities. Here’s a quick rundown of what we talked about:

1. They’re called the Taeguk Warriors aka The Reds/Red Devils, hence red t-shirts all over the place.
2. They first appears in the World Cup in 1954
3. They’ve qualified for the cup 9 times in total, which makes them the Asian country who has qualified the most for the games.
4. The 2002 mascots for the co-hosted World Cup with Japan were three gooey looking creatures, colored orange, purple and blue called Ato, Kaz and Nik – The Spheriks.  They’re supposed to be futuristic creatures, with the names coming from shortlists made by netizens and .. McDonalds outlets! Fail. Check them out.  Ugly to say the least.
5. Korea came 4th in 2002.
6. They most famous player in Korea of all time is Hong Myung-Bo, who is also the coach this year.
7. They’re part of group H this year.  With Russia, Belgium and Algeria.
8. One of the newest stars is forward, 28 yr old Park Chu-Young.
9. Up and rising star, striker Son Heung-min.
10. Their Jersey is specially designed by Nike – the jersey references the interlocking shapes of the Taegeuk- the yin yang shape at the center of Korea’s flag, at the top of each sleeve. It’s also got a collar inspired by traditional Korean clothing, and a tab inside the back of the neck with Korean calligraphy that translates to “fighting spirit.”

All that, plus a lot more.

Here are the links for the two stories we talked about on In The News.

Korea’s Grandmothers Who Sell Sex

Korean Girl Who Killed a Guy So She Could Go Shopping

If you any further questions about things we talked about on the show, or about anything else pertaining to life in Korea, be sure to ask.

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