Perfect Gift Ideas for Korean Culture Fans on Every Holiday and Occasion

Lingua Asia_Korean Shopping Tips Perfect Gift Ideas

Not sure which Korean gift to get someone (or yourself ^^)?

This is post will help you find the right gift for Koreans and anyone interested in Korean 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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Best of Korean Culture: Understanding the Concept of Jeong (정)

Understanding Jeong (정) and How to Build it

To understand jeong is to better understand Korea.

This post explains this unique and sometimes vague 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 (정) and How to Build it

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Working in Korea: The Ultimate Guide to Jobs in Korea for Foreigners [2021]

The Ultimate Guide to Jobs in Korea

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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Korean Celebrations: How to Host Doljanchi (돌잔치) and What to Do as a Guest

Easy Korean Culture Doljanchi (돌잔치) Explained

Getting ready for your first doljanchi?

Make the most out of that special day with some tips from a doljanchi veteran!

This post includes:

  • what doljanchi is
  • reason for doljanchi ceremonies
  • doljabi
  • what to wear and bring as a gift
  • and more!

Doljanchi is a fun part of celebrating Korean heritage.

Find out why it’s so important!

Easy Korean Culture Doljanchi (돌잔치) Explained
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Essential Korean Titles: What Hoobae (후배) Means and How to Use it

Essential Korean Titles Hoobae (후배) Explained by a Korean

Essential Korean Titles Hoobae (후배) Explained by a Korean

Want to know what it’s like to be someone’s hoobae in South Korea? Not sure how to treat hoobae at work and school?

You’re in luck, I’ve been in both situations!

I’ll go over its meaning and give you cultural context here.

Find out how to use hoobae and the pros and cons of having one.

Let’s get started!

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Korean Celebrations: Hahm (함) Explained

Lingua Asia_Korean Wedding Traditions Hahm (함) Explained

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

Hahm is the quirky party that makes it happen!

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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Korean Shopping Tips: 25 One-of-a-kind Korean Gifts on Etsy

Korean Shopping Tips_One-of-a-kind Korean Gifts on Etsy

When you want to give a gift that’s sure to make an impression, Etsy is the place to go.

They have authentic items handmade by independent creators to wow any lover of Korean culture.

I checked out the entire Korean gift catalogue on Etsy and found the best ones.

Let the gift giving begin!

Korean Shopping Tips_One-of-a-kind Korean Gifts on Etsy
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Korean Shopping Tips: 19 Stylish Korean Outfits and Modern Hanbok on Etsy

Korean Shopping Tips 15 Stylish Korean Outfits and Hanbok on Etsy

Want to make an impression without breaking the bank?

Korean fashion offers versatile outfits that are sure to turn heads.

For a timeless look, modern Korean hanbok can be worn on every occasion from Sunday brunch to Monday meetings at the office. Best of all, they wrap to fit your body, so anyone can wear one!

Etsy has a surprising amount of handcrafted Korean clothes by independent creators.

I checked out the entire Korean outfit catalog for the hidden gems.

Find out which ones made the cut!

Korean Shopping Tips 15 Stylish Korean Outfits and Hanbok on Etsy

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Korean Celebrations: Coming-of-Age Day (성년의 날)

Korean Celebrations Coming of Age Day (성년의 날)

Coming-of-age day is a big event that not many outside Korea know about.

I’m going to explain how to celebrate it right.

Use these tips to fully enjoy your college life and make that once-in-a-lifetime event more special!

I’ll cover:

  • what coming-of-age day is
  • why being 20 years old so important in Korea
  • which gift to give
  • and more!

Let’s find out more!

Korean Celebrations Coming of Age Day (성년의 날)

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Korean Celebrations: How Koreans Celebrate Hwangap (환갑)

Korean Celebrations How Koreans Celebrate Hwangap (환갑)

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 (환갑)

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The Easy Way to Make Your First Blog a Success [2021]

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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Best of Korean Culture: Why Gibun (기분) Matters in Korea

Why Gibun (기분) Matters in Korea

Why Gibun (기분) Matters in Korea

Want to know how the Korean concept of gibun is different from mood in English?

We’ve got you covered!

It includes:

  • what it means
  • how to read it
  • how to improve it
  • and more!

Gibun is a less talked about part of Korean culture that’s just as important as the others.

Let’s dive right in!

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Best of Korean Culture: How Sohwakhaeng (소확행) or Shoukakkou (小確幸) Can Change Your Life

How Sohwakhaeng (소확행) or Shoukakkou (小確幸) Can Change Your Life

This post explains the Japanese and Korean concept of shoukakkou/sohwakhaeng.

It includes:

  • what they mean
  • how they differ
  • examples
  • and more!

Sohwakhaeng is something that you can use every day to make life a little sweeter.

Let’s get started!

How Sohwakhaeng (소확행) or Shoukakkou  (小確幸) Can Change Your Life

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Best of Korean Culture: What’s the Deal with Subeesu (서비스) in Korea?

What's the Deal with Subeesu (서비스) in Korea

Not sure why you keep getting free stuff at Korean restaurants?

This post is all about the wonderful concept of subeesu.

It includes:

  • how to get it
  • what to do after
  • and more!

Subeesu blew my mind when I first found out about it.

Let’s get started!

What's the Deal with Subeesu (서비스) in Korea

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Insider Tips: How to Switch to MVNO (알뜰폰) Plan [2021]

How to Switch to 알뜰폰 (MVNO) Plan [2021]

How to Switch to 알뜰폰 (MVNO) Plan [2021]

Want to save money while living in Korea?

This guide walks you through the MVNO (알뜰폰) registration process. It can save you hundreds of dollars a year on your phone plan.

We’ll go over how it works, why you should switch and where to find a plan.

I registered for 알뜰폰 and it’s working out great.

Let’s check it out!

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19 Hot Korean Male Models You Need in Your Life

19 Hot Korean Male Models You Need to Know

19 Hot Korean Male Models You Need to Know

Former Basketball players and rappers, and a superhero group, Korean male models come from all walks of life. Many of them are making moves into acting or fashion design as well, so they’re more than just a pretty face.

Here are the top 19 Korean male models and:

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

Let’s get started!

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Korean Teas You Need to Try and How to Make them

Korean Teas You Need to Try and How to Make them

Looking for the perfect Korean tea for you or a friend?

This blog post covers all you need to know including:

  • Why they’re unique
  • History of tea in Korea
  • The best types

I’ve been drinking Korean teas since I was born, and recently did a green tea plantation tour all across the country.

Here’s what I’ve learned!

Korean Teas You Need to Try and How to Make them

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Essential Korean Titles: What Dongsaeng (동생) Really Means in Korean

Dongsaeng Explained by a Korean

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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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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Everything You Need to Know about Teaching English in Korea [2021]

Everything you Need to Know about Teaching English in Korea

Everything you Need to Know about Teaching English in Korea
Botanical Garden on Oedo Island

This guide shows you how to teach English in Korea like a seasoned vet.

You’ll find out:

  • How to find the right job for you
  • What to do before signing a contract
  • How to get better teaching jobs
  • Essential teaching tips
  • How to pick up private lessons

I got my first job in South Korea in 2006 and worked at private academies, public schools, universities and education companies. Here’s what I learned from my experiences.

Let’s get started!

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Working in Korea: How to Get Severance Pay as an Expat [2021]

How to Get Severance Pay in South Korea as an Expat

This step-by-step guide shows you how to get severance pay (퇴직금) 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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