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Zoo Staff Determines Elephant Can Speak Korean

Zoo Staff Determines Elephant Can Speak Korean As strange as it sounds, according to a recent release from National Geographic, there is an elephant named Koshik who actually speaks Korean. Six years ago the staff of Korea's Everland Zoo knew something was up when Koshik, an Asian elephant, kept putting his trunk in...

Cirque Dreams Travels The Country, Tours Military Bases Worldwide

Cirque Dreams Travels The Country, Tours Military Bases Worldwide The first-ever Cirque Dreams World Tour performed at 17 U.S. military bases throughout ten countries in January. Now, Cirque Dreams Holidaze promises to light up the 2012 holiday season transforming stages at five military bases in Korea and across the United States...

Mental Math: Easy Rules Of Thumb For Converting Currency

Mental Math: Easy Rules Of Thumb For Converting Currency Being in a new country is full of enough culture shock – trying to remember how many dollars to the krona doesn't need to be part of it. After all, constantly whipping out a calculator (well, a cellphone) and spending five minutes trying to figure out if that...

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: The Best Foreign Service Blogs

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: The Best Foreign Service Blogs The World Wide Web is saturated with amateurish blogs created by people who'd be lucky to command the devoted readership of their immediate family members, let alone the wider public. There are scores of blogs managed by Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) and while many of them...

Photo Of The Day: Korean Daejeon Style

Photo Of The Day: Korean Daejeon Style Recently the Korean pop music hit video for "Gangnam Style" has hit a world record for the most "likes" on YouTube, beating out even Justin Bieber, and has spawned countless parodies, wannabes, and flash mobs. Today's Photo of the Day is a slightly more subdued Korea,...

Inside South Korea's Boryeong Mud Festival

Inside South Korea's Boryeong Mud Festival A 6-hour bus ride with 40 intoxicated English teachers and a blowup dinosaur named Stanley is not where I wanted to be two days into my trip to South Korea. I was still jetlagged, and sleep was impossible with the back of the bus belting out 90s songs and discussing...

Wine: The New Drink Of Asia?

Wine: The New Drink Of Asia? No, there aren't vineyards suddenly springing up along remote portions of the Great Wall, inside the DMZ or on the upper slopes of Mt. Fuji. Of that much I am certain. There are, however, many people who live in these areas who are developing a notable penchant for wine and,...

Vagabond Tales: Tunneling beneath the 'scariest place on Earth'

Vagabond Tales: Tunneling beneath the 'scariest place on Earth' This may come as a shocker, but traveling to North Korea as a tourist isn't exactly easy. In a country that tops the paranoia charts when it comes to dealing with "outsiders," the tourist administration in Pyongyang isn't real cool with throngs of camera-toting tourists...

A traditional home stay in Seoul - by accident

A traditional home stay in Seoul - by accident Jin is waiting for me when I return from Yongsang, placidly sitting at the picnic table in the atrium and staring off into the distance. When I knock on the astroturf covered door he looks up and grins, then lopes over to the door to greet me. It's only been one night...

Mies Container restaurant in South Korea is the new Hooters for women

Mies Container restaurant in South Korea is the new Hooters for women While men have always had Hooters to satisfy their craving for good food and scantily clad women, it seemed that the ladies were left with nothing to ogle but their hot wings. Thankfully, the people of Seoul, South Korea, felt the same and decided to open Mies Container, a...

Love dogs? Check out Bau Haus dog cafe in Seoul, South Korea

When I say Bau Haus is a dog cafe, I don't mean that there are cute dog photos on the walls or that it's a meeting place for dog owners (although both of these are part of it) . The eatery is, literally, a cafe for dogs and dog-lovers to eat and hangout at. It is...

Architectural firm called "Al Qaeda lovers" over new project's resemblance to New York City's Twin Towers under attack

Architectural firm called MVRDV, an architectural firm located in Rotterdam, Netherlands, has recently become the target of an outraged public. The company's new luxury highrise project in Seoul, South Korea, called "The Cloud", is being said to resemble New York City's Twin Towers during the tragic...

Korea launches campaign against "Engrish"

Korea launches campaign against If you've ever been to Asia, I know at some point you've done it. Somewhere along your trip, there's a good chance you've actually stopped to take a picture of an English translation simply because it was too awkwardly constructed to not warrant a photograph. Don't...

Photo of the day - Seoul Lantern Festival

Photo of the day - Seoul Lantern Festival Through November 20th, the Seoul Lantern Festival will continue to light up spirits in the South Korean capital. Of the many images of the festival posted by Flickr user LadyExpat (Back in Daejeon) at the Gadling Group Pool on Flickr, it was this one that really stood...

New Seven Wonders of Natural World revealed amidst controversy

New Seven Wonders of Natural World revealed amidst controversy After four years of hype and fanfare, the new seven wonders of the natural world were unveiled last Friday, honoring some of the most amazing landscapes on the planet. But as the competition drew to a close, dark clouds of controversy formed, casting a shadow over the entire...

Seoul food: an eating and drinking tour of Korea's capital

Seoul food: an eating and drinking tour of Korea's capital Visiting Seoul during a mid-winter freeze isn't something I'd recommend to anyone unless, like me, you go there to eat. The few trees are leafless, the local's faces are sullen with a determination to keep warm and trips to the local sights, such as the beautifully stark...

Photo of the Day - Korean dancers

Photo of the Day - Korean dancers Motion photos are always tricky. But as Flickr user LadyExpat demonstrates in today's shot at Korea's Choenan World Dance Festival, they have the potential if done well to be exceptional. The flowing folds of the dancers' skirts, bright colors and leaping mid-air...

Video: Eating live octopus in Korea (Warning: Graphic)

••• The team here at Gadling has seen our fair share of shocking internet videos, and some of us have worked up the courage to eat some pretty questionable fare during our travels, but this clip from Fuel TV's Strangers in Danger might just be the most...

Video: do you know South Korea?

Do You Know South Korea? from David Dutton on Vimeo. Guilty as self-charged: I did not realize how utterly gorgeous South Korea is until watching this video. And since the creator's intent was to share the essence and beauty of South Korea with viewers, I have to...

Tourists behaving badly: Lost in translation in South Korea (video)

This terribly embarrassing video making the rounds shows how learning just a little bit of the local language can help prevent a massive misunderstanding. Robert J. Koehler of The Marmot's Hole informs us that the incident occurred between a 24-year-old...

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