How to Enjoy Korean Spas (Jjimjilbang) Like a Pro

Lingua Asia_The Complete Guide to Korean Spas

Korean spas have something for everyone.

Imagine a palace of relaxation with every type of sauna, steam room and hot/cold bath under the sun. Korean spas are that and more. They’re the most fun place to go for digital detox, me-time and glowing skin.

It’s no surprise that Korean spa culture is a big hit around the world. There are ones in Irvine, California that look exactly like jjimjilbang you’ll find in Seoul.

They’re simply the best place for full relaxation no matter where you live. Best of all, you’ll overcome your fear of being nude in front of strangers!

Lingua Asia_The Complete Guide to Korean Spas

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12 Best Korean Tea Brands for a Healthier Mind and Body

Lingua Asia_Best Korean Tea Brands You Can Get in the USA and Elsewhere

If I told you there’s a zero-calorie drink that tastes great and is healthy, you wouldn’t believe me.

Guess what, there is. Korean tea! ๐Ÿต

Korean teas are made from every root, herb and flower imaginable with rich and unique flavors. After a few thousand years of experimenting, they really whittled it down to the gems. Some lower blood pressure, boost immunity and help you lose weight too.

But which ones are the best?

I’m going to cover Korean tea brands by which tea variety they do best. I also include the region most famous for each tea type.

Get ready for some tasty, high-quality and (sometimes) affordable Korean teas.

Lingua Asia_Best Korean Tea Brands You Can Get in the USA and Elsewhere

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33 Popular Korean Apps you Need to Try [2022]

The Top 29 Korean Apps

Just when you thought you had enough apps, here’s 33 more from Korea to add to your collection!

These popular apps and websites are used the most in South Korea to do all kinds of cool things.

They’re great for discovering cute cafes, getting deals on hotels and finding discounts on Airpods in Korea. Once you’ve tried these apps, you won’t know how you lived without them.

Iโ€™ve categorized them by travel, living, health and entertainment.

Letโ€™s check them out!

The Top 29 Korean Apps

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Korean Email Etiquette to Wow Your Reader

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Writing an email in Korean the first time feels like taking the training wheels off.

You have to get the grammar right, while understanding Korean cultural norms.

No need to worry! This guide will show you exactly how to write an email in Korean.

It covers both formal and casual levels of speech with a handy template at the end.

I learned email etiquette at my first job like most Koreans.

Let’s dive right in!

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The Complete Guide to Korean Business Fashion and Stylish Office Outfits [2022]

Guide-to-Korean-Business-Fashion

Koreans take that “clothes make the man” saying to the next level. The style of outfits you wear at work can actually shape your destiny.

This post covers everything you need to know about Korean office fashion and dress codes.

I’ll explain which outfits are appropriate for men and women and what to avoid.

I learned about dress codes during my first corporate gig in South Korea.

Let’s dive right in!

The Complete Guide to Korean Business Fashion

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How Koreans Celebrate Hwangap (ํ™˜๊ฐ‘): the 60th Birthday to Remember

Korean Celebrations How Koreans Celebrate Hwangap (ํ™˜๊ฐ‘)

Want to do something special for your parent’s 60th birthday?

Make the most out of that once-in-a-lifetime event with some tips from a hwangap veteran!

I’ll cover:

  • definition of hwangap
  • reason for hwangap party
  • gift ideas
  • what to wear
  • and more!

Hwangap janchi is a fun part of celebrating Korean heritage.

I’ve been through two of them. Here’s how they went!

Korean Celebrations How Koreans Celebrate Hwangap (ํ™˜๊ฐ‘)

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The Longest List of Korean Gift Ideas for each Holiday and Occasion [2022]

Lingua Asia_Korean Shopping Tips Perfect Gift Ideas

Need some cultural Korean gift ideas that are sure to please (or maybe something yourself ^^)?

This post will help you find the right gift for Koreans and anyone interested in their culture.

I grew up in South Korea and have been known to give a gift or two.

I’ll cover what to give in each situation by age group and gender.

Let’s get started!

Lingua Asia_Korean Shopping Tips Perfect Gift Ideas

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The Easy Way to Make Your First Blog a Success [2022]

The Easy Way to Make Your First Blog a Success

Want to start your blog today?

This guide covers everything you need to know about how to start a blog as a beginner.

Whether you want a hobby, side hustle or business blog, you’ll find the best way to set one up along with:

  • how to choose topics for your blog and get people to read it
  • inside tips on how to fast track your blog to financial freedom
  • why you shouldn’t use Bluehost, Elementor, Yoast or Jetpack

I’ve grown my blog from 300 to 30,000 monthly users in half a year with little experience.

Here’s how I’ve done it!

The Easy Way to Make Your First Blog a Success

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The Easiest Way to Get a Tax Refund in Korea: Step-by-step Guide [2022]

A Step-by-step Guide to Korean Tax Refunds 2020

Want to get in on that sweet tax refund action while visiting Korea?

This post shows you how!

It covers:

  • How much Korean tax refund is
  • How they work
  • Where to get a refund
  • How to get an immediate refund
  • And more!

Tax refunds overseas are complicated by design, and Korea is no exception (I had to read instructions in Korean and English to understand).

Strap yourself in and prepare to be confused, but hopefully get one in the end.

Let’s check it out!

A Step-by-step Guide to Korean Tax Refunds 2020

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How to Survive in South Korea as an Expat [2022]

The Ultimate Survival Guide for Expats Living in Korea

Korea, amirite?

Full of some great and not so great things.

This post is all about doing more than just surviving as an expat in the Land of Morning Calm.

Find out how to blend in (as best you can) and thrive!

It has helpful tips on:

  • Adapting
  • Food
  • Medicine
  • Clothing
  • Nightlife
  • and more!

I’ve lived everywhere in Korea from the capital to the countryside.

Here are things I wish someone told me before I moved in 2006.

Let’s check them out!

The Ultimate Survival Guide for Expats Living in Korea

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The Ultimate Guide to Doing Business in South Korea [2022]

modern Korean business etiquette

This post covers everything you need to know about Korean Business Etiquette.

It explains how to have a successful business meeting including:

  • What to wear
  • What to say
  • What to bring
  • How to act
  • and more!

I worked at a Korean company for 5 years and started a business I’ve been running since 2013.

Here’s what I’ve learned!

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The Best Gifts to Wow Koreans Visiting on a Business Trip [2022]

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Need to make a good impression on a Korean business visitor?

This guide will help you find the perfect gift for them.

I’ve used these tips to build relationships with dozens of companies in Korea.

The gifts are categorized by gender and title of the recipient.

Let’s get to it!

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The Complete List of Koreatowns in North America

Lingua Asia_The Complete List of Koreatowns in North America

Want to experience Korea in your own backyard? Just keep driving until you see hangul in signage. If you live in Los Angeles, New York or Dallas, you’ll do just fine.

Or you can check out this list!

Here are the biggest and bestest Koreatowns in North America along with some you’ve never heard of.

Lingua Asia_The Complete List of Koreatowns in North America

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4 Meanings of Dongsaeng (๋™์ƒ) and How to Use Them Right

Dongsaeng Explained by a Korean

Dongsaeng are the proverbial “low man on the totem pole”. This can be good or bad depending on who’s above them.

This post explains the word dongsaeng from a Korean perspective.

It covers:

  • definition of dongsaeng
  • how to use it in different situations
  • pros and cons of being dongsaeng
  • pros and cons of having dongsaeng
  • and more

I have a lot of experience being dongsaeng since I’m the youngest in my family.

Let’s get started!

Dongsaeng Explained by a Korean

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Korean Business Essentials: How to Start a Company in South Korea [2022]

How to Start a Business in South Korea [2021]

This step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about starting a business in South Korea as an expat.

You’ll learn how to increase your chances of success as well as:

  • which Visa you need
  • what industries to target
  • how to get clients
  • how to be successful

I’ve been running a company in Korea since 2013.

Here’s how I’ve done it!

How to Start a Business in South Korea [2021]

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9 Surprising Things about the Meaning of Jeong (์ •) in Korean

Understanding Jeong (์ •) and How to Build it

To understand jeong is to better understand Korea.

This post explains this unique and sometimes vague meanings of this concept using examples.

So if you want to:

  • understand what jeong means
  • know when it comes in handy
  • find out how to build jeong
  • learn some useful phrases

Then we’ve got you covered.

Jeong is one of my favorite parts of Korean culture.

Let’s get started!

Understanding Jeong (์ •) and How to Build it

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The Ultimate Guide to Jobs in Korea for Foreigners [2022]

The Ultimate Guide to Jobs in Korea

Looking for a fresh start?

This post covers all you need to know about jobs in Korea for foreigners.

It includes:

  • How to find your first job
  • The pros and cons of working in Korea
  • When to apply
  • Which Visa to get

I got my first job in South Korea in 2006 and worked in 8 different industries. Here’s what I learned from my experience.

Let’s dive right in!

The Ultimate Guide to Jobs in Korea

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21 Famous Korean Female Models You Need to See to Believe

Lingua Asia_Famous Korean Female Models You Need to See to Believe

Lingua Asia_Famous Korean Female Models You Need to See to Believe

Glitz, glamour and sometimes tragedy, Korean female models are some of the most popular in Asia.

With appearances in Vogue and ad campaigns with famous brands like D&G, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, they’re making waves all over the place.

Here are the top 21 Korean female models from the past 25 years and:

  • their Instagram ID
  • agency
  • why they’re popular

Let’s get started!

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How to Throw a Doljanchi (๋Œ์ž”์น˜) to Remember and What to Do as a Guest

Easy Korean Culture Doljanchi (๋Œ์ž”์น˜) Explained

Getting ready for your first doljanchi?

In a culture with fun celebrations for babies, doljanchi is the big one.

Whether in the US, UK, Canada or Korea, make the most out of the special day with tips from a doljanchi veteran!

This post includes:

  • what a doljanchi is
  • reason for doljanchi ceremonies
  • doljabi
  • dolsang
  • what to wear and bring as a gift
  • and more!
Easy Korean Culture Doljanchi (๋Œ์ž”์น˜) Explained
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I’m a Korean female in my 30s so I’ve been going to my share of doljanchi lately.

Find out how to do it right!

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7 Meanings of Unnie (์–ธ๋‹ˆ): the Art of Having a Fun Sister in Korea

Unnie Explained by a Korean

Unnie Explained by a Korean
Refund Sisters. The ultimate unnie team.

Not sure when to call someone unnie?

Find out its many meanings and how to use them below!

We also cover:

  • cultural background of unnie
  • how to keep a good unnie
  • and more

Unnie can like or dislike you regardless of what you do. Good ones are fun female friends who have your back in tough times. Some will treat you like their own younger sister.

Let’s get started!

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21 Korean American Actresses Who’ve Got it Going on

Lingua Asia_Korean American Actresses in Hollywood

Lingua Asia_Korean American Actresses in Hollywood

Want to know which Korean American actresses are big in Hollywood?

These ladies are just as comfortable throwing high kicks as they are strutting the catwalk.

On top of acting, you can add Broadway musicals, rapping, standup comedy, directing and activism to their list of talents. (ยดโ–ฝ`สƒโ™กฦช)

Here are some actresses you might not know were Korean!

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Top Modeling Agencies in South Korea (and Ones That Hire Foreigners)

Top Modeling Agencies in South Korea

Top Modeling Agencies  in South Korea

Modeling in Korea as a local or foreigner can lead to tons of unique opportunities. You get to try on stylish clothes for a living and meet all sorts of interesting people from around the world. Best of all, modeling agencies are always looking for new talent in Korea.

But with opportunity comes risk. We’ll cover how to avoid pitfalls and:

  • a brief history of the best Korean modeling agencies
  • Korean model agencies for foreigners

Let’s get started!

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The 11 Best Places to Live in Seoul and Around South Korea [2022]

Where to Live Your Best Life in South Korea

Where to Live Your Best Life in South Korea

Location, location, location. This post will show you the perfect place to live in South Korea.

It includes the best areas for:

  • Recent college grads
  • Families
  • Career-oriented workaholics
  • and more!

I’ve lived in six cities and countless neighborhoods in Korea in 10 years.

Here’s what I’ve learned!

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7 Meanings of Oppa (์˜ค๋น ) That Will Surprise You: Explained by a Korean Girl

Oppa Explained by a Korean

Oppa Explained by a Korean

Oppa is the chameleon of Korean words. You can call the same guy oppa and the meaning changes based on your relationship.

You’ve heard women scream “oppa” in K-dramas and Psy rap it in Gangnam Style.

This guide explains what oppa means in each situation and how to use it.

After reading this post, you’ll be able to use oppa properly, and also have a deeper understanding of Korean culture.

We also cover:

  • what oppa does for you
  • what church oppa style is
  • how to tell if a girl has an “oppa oppa” or just an oppa
  • and more!

I grew up with an actual oppa and met many throughout my life.

Let’s get into it!

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Fun Korean Wedding Traditions You Need to Experience

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From wooden ducks to beautiful outfits, Korean wedding traditions are full of fun surprises.

This post covers everything you need to make that special day unforgettable.

It includes:

  • what to expect at the ceremony
  • differences between modern and traditional Korean weddings
  • how to have your own Korean wedding 

Let’s find out more!

The Complete Guide to Korean Wedding Traditions

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How to Haggle in South Korea like a Local and Save Tons of Money [2022]

How to Haggle in South Korea like a Local

How to Haggle in South Korea like a Local

This guide shows how to save hundreds of dollars shopping in South Korea.

It includes:

  • Getting discounts at traditional markets
  • Finding deals at department stores
  • Asking for free samples and gifts while being polite
  • And more!

I grew up haggling in South Korea.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

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What’s the Deal with Ajeossi (์•„์ €์”จ)? The Real Meaning Might Surprise You

Why Ajeossi Exist

Why Ajeossi Exist
Spoiler Alert: This hot ajeossi only exists in the movie, “Ajeossi”

Want to know what’s going on with ajeossi?

Find out what it means and how to spot one!

We also cover:

  • how to get along with them
  • Korean movies and K-dramas featuring ajeossi
  • and more

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Hahm (ํ•จ), the Most Fun Korean Tradition You’ve Never Heard of

Lingua Asia_Korean Wedding Traditions Hahm (ํ•จ) Explained

Want to get double the Christmas and Birthday gifts this year?

Hahm is the quirky party that makes it happen with just a box!

I’ll explain:

  • definition of hahm
  • reason for hahm ceremonies
  • how it goes
  • and what’s inside a hahm box!

Hahm is more of nostalgia for Koreans, but some are keeping it alive and well.

Let’s find out more!

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4 Meanings of Noona (๋ˆ„๋‚˜) and How to Use Them: Explained by a Korean Girl

The Cultural Meaning of Noona Explained by a Korean

The Cultural Meaning of Noona Explained by a Korean

Noona can be a hot older woman or a cool female friend you hang out with.

This post covers the different meanings of noona from a Korean perspective.

It includes:

  • what noona means
  • how to use it in different situations
  • what noona does for you
  • and more

Noona can be tricky to use because of societal norms in Korea.

Let’s get started!

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31 Things You Need to Know about Korean Dating Culture

Korean Dating 101 Everything you Need to Know from a Localโ€™s and Expatโ€™s Perspective

Korean Dating 101 Everything you Need to Know from a Localโ€™s and Expatโ€™s Perspective

Thinking about dating someone from Korea? Go for it!

Dating a Korean is a fun, eye-opening and sometimes frustrating experience for westerners. The rules for Korean guys and girls are super different from what you’re used to. It helps to know how to play it cool and spot red flags in Korean dating culture.

This post will give you Korean and expat perspectives on dating dos and don’ts in Korea and abroad!

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How to Get Severance Pay in Korea as a Foreigner [2022]

How to Get Severance Pay in South Korea as an Expat

This step-by-step guide shows you how to get severance pay (ํ‡ด์ง๊ธˆ) in South Korea as an expat.

You’ll learn how to speed up the process as well as:

  • What to do if your employer doesn’t want to pay
  • Where to file a claim
  • What information you need to present

Let’s dive right it in!

How to Get Severance Pay in South Korea as an Expat

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