Events and activities around South Korea.

The Officer Class of Extras

BUSAN, South Korea - The best chance an ESL teacher has of acquiring military experience in Korea is through director Kang Je-gyu. My friend, Jack Glowacki, found this out the hard way. He stood around for hours on Kang’s movie set in the chill of winter last February. As his skin took on a bluish hue, our sub zero hero asked himself: “Do I really want to be here?

Germany’s Sebastian Vettel Wins Korean Grand Prix 2011

MOKPO, South Korea -- With a crowd of 84,000 in attendance, the second annual Korean Grand Prix did not disappoint with Germany’s two-time F1 champion, Sebastian Vettel completing the 308km circuit in 1 hour and 38 minutes followed by Britain’s Lewis Hamilton coming in second for the McClaren team a full 12 seconds behind.

The Eyeing Game: Cosmetic Surgery in Korea

BUSAN, South Korea -- Regardless of your opinion on its merits, cosmetic surgery is with us to stay. And if you are living or working here in the ROK, you surely know that you are in the cosmetic surgery capital of the world. 

Seokbulsa Temple

Well worth the long hike getting there, Seokbulsa is ranked #1 for "must see things" in Busan by Lonely Planet. 

Here is a review from Haps.


Seokbulsa: The Hidden Gem of Busan

BUSAN, South Korea --“This had better be the best temple I’ve ever seen,” my friend Cheryl declared after about two hours of hiking as we trudged up the last stretch of an intense incline. She had walked ahead, on a mission to find out if our trek to Seokbulsa (Stone Buddha Temple) would be as memorable as we had all hoped. At a turtle’s pace, the other four of us walked through the main entrance, greeted by the usual colorful wooden structures that characterize Korea’s Buddhist temples.

Analysis: Japan’s Defense Future

KAWASAKI, Japan -- Against these challenges and threats, Japan is fast approaching the need to make several critical defense-related decisions. Japan must re-prioritize its defense spending to effectively deter rising challenges without a substantial increase in the defense budget. Japan must also alter its existing defense policy, which remains rooted in the logic and of the Cold War.

Nude Korean Artist Creates a Stir

Korean-American artist, Miru Kim, who is known for her nude photos in various cities around the world was reportedly arrested in Istanbul, apprehended by police after a citizen reported her for taking nude photographs in an Islamic mosque in the Turkish capital according to news reports.

Kim, a native of Stoneham, Massachusetts who was raised in Seoul, said that her project in Turkey was funded by Samsung.

With a generous sponsorship of Samsung Turkey, I was able to spend five weeks in Istanbul...I photographed some rarely visited ruins in and around Istanbul, and printed eleven new images as a part of the larger Naked City Spleen series.

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