Today’s Word: 한계 (limit, limitation)

한계 限界
limit(s), limitation(s)      
한계에 이르다

reach the limit 

한계에 이르다

be at the breaking point 

한계를 극복하다

overcome the limitations 

인간 능력의 한계에 도전하다

challenge the limitations of human abilities.

스스로 한계를 정하지 마라

Do not set limits for yourself

그는 자신의 한계를 깨닫고 그 일을 포기했다

He gave up the work realizing his limits

내 인내심도 한계에 다다랐다

I have reached the end of my rope[patience; tether.

내 인내심도 한계에 다다랐다

My patience is wearing thin.

Today’s Word: 엉망하다 (messy)

wreck, mess, ruin      

엉망으로 만들다

make a mess (of) 

엉망으로 만들다

mess up 

엉망으로 만들다

screw up 

ruin 

꼴이 엉망이구나

You look terrible

꼴이 엉망이구나

Youre a mess

제 방은 엉망이에요

My room is a total wreck

제 방은 엉망이에요

My room is in a mess[in disorder]. 

계획이 엉망이 되었다

The plan was completely messed[screwed] up

계획이 엉망이 되었다

The plan was ruined

Korean Food Guide (VERY USEFUL!)

Poster credit: Korea Foundation

The Korea Foundation has launched the new ‘Korean Food Guide 800’ application to help search for and provide information on your favorite Korean foods through smart phones and mobile devices.

The application includes information on 800 different Korean foods, from the everyday foods like rice and side dishes, to traditional foods. Foods can be searched by ingredients or cooking method and the application offers the option of Korean, English, Spanish, or Romanized menus. In addition, the various foods featured contain vivid photos and step-by-step recipes, as well as other helpful information, offering opportunities to learn flavorful and healthy tricks of Korean cooking.

Designed to introduce Korean food and its charm to world-wide audiences, listening to the audio recording of food names and clipping and sharing the contents you like on Facebook and Twitter has been made easier through use of this application.

The application is available for download at Google Play and Apple App stores.

More Info

<Korean Food Guide 800>

☞ Website: www.kf.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Dutch,
Russian, Vietnamese)
☞ Download:
Google Play: play.google.com/
Apple App Store: itunes.apple.com/
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Courtesy of Korea Foundation

MC Mong has returned after a long hiatus.

Maybe some of you have heard about MC Mong’s scandal. He was accused of dodging the South Korean military by having many pulled from his mouth as well as preparing for the National Exam (which some say he had no intention to take).

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from MC Mong, but he’s back with the appropriately titled “MISS ME OR DISS ME”. What do you think about his scandal?

An Autumn Adventure

A cultural autumn in Seoul

SEOUL TRAVEL BITS

The article courtesy of Seoul magazine

Seorae Village서래마을A little piece of France in Seoul

Francophiles should feel right at home in Seoul‘s Little France, which is home to around 40 percent of Korea‘s French population. Although it‘s location covers both Banpo-dong and Bangbae-dong—very close to Express Bus Terminal Station and Gangnam‘s financial district—this humble strip of cafès, restaurants, bakeries and luxuriously quaint homes exudes a relaxed and charming atmosphere, a stark contrast to the bustle its surrounding area. The village formed when the Lycèè Francais dè Seoul, the city‘s only international French school, moved to the area from Hannam-dong. French residents, particularly those with children, soon followed, eventually producing one of the city‘s most Europeanesque neighborhoods. Don‘t forget to have a cup of coffee and a glass of wine.

You’re in the perfect neighborhood for European cuisine and all kinds of Western delights. Stove (T. 02-518-7596, http://www.thestove.co.kr) was serving perfect pasta and exquisite brunches before either offering became a food fad across the city. The restaurant also serves risottos, salads, steak, burgers, grilled fish and fire-oven pizza. Sud (T. 02-553-2574), a little past the main road, specializes in Southern Italian cuisine, and arguably makes the best fire-oven pizza in the city, not to mention hearty salads and pastas worth paying for. If you’re in the mood for something Asian, It Spice (T. 02-595-8754) specializes in Vietnamese and Thai dishes that are clean, nourishing and healthy. Try their Thai beef salad as an appetizer. The area is saturated with places that serve wine, among which Tour du Vin (T. 02-533-1846) is particularly famous, but the smaller places are also nice. As far as cafès go, Gontran Cherrier (T. 02-599-0225) has a wide variety of baked goods.

Montmarte Park (T. 02-2155-6860) is a very nice place for a walk.

Central City (T. 02-6282-0114, http://www.centralcityseoul.co.kr) shopping complex, underneath Express Bus Terminal Station, is nearby, as well as the Gangnam branch of Shinsegae Department Store (T. 1588-1234, department.shinsegae.com)

Sinbanpo Station 신반포역 (Line 9), Exit 4. Go straight and take your first right. Keep walking until you get to large street and cross. Seorae Village starts as soon as you cross.

Seoul Lantern Festival 서울등축제Nov. 7–23, Cheonggyecheon Stream

Seoul is a city with history stretching back 2,000 years, first founded in 18 BC by the Baekje Kingdom. It then served as the capital of the Joseon Dynasty for over 600 years, undergoing both prosperity and calamity. The Seoul Lantern Festival is meant to commemorate the breadth and magnificence of Seoul’s history, highlighting its various UNESCO Cultural Heritage designations, along with other Korean cultural icons like Hangeul and kimchi, with a massive fleet of lanterns handcrafted by domestic and international artisans. The festival will cover 1.5 kilometers of the stream, stretching from Cheonggyecheon Plaza to Samilgyo Bridge. The festival runs from 5 to 11 PM on each day of its duration.

T. 02-3788-0800, seoullantern.visitseoul.net

If you’re looking for a quick bite, Eat Pizza (T. 02-733-7482) serves simple Roman-style pies that are affordable and come out fast. Plus, they serve beer. Those seeking high-class Korean food should go to Gosang (T. 02-6030-8955, http://www.baru-gosang.com), where you can indulge in several courses and a plethora of side dishes. For the youth who like a bit of fun and want something eclectic, Julio (T. 02-730-5324) is a good bet for modern Mexican food, with jumbo-sized margaritas served with bottles of beer turned upside down into the glass. For some good ol’ fashioned Korean barbecue, try Bbalgan Doeji, (T. 02 776 7528), where they serve all the grilled favorites like pork belly and ribs.

Aside from the lanterns, the walk along Cheonggyecheon Stream is always worth the exercise. If you’re in the mood, stop by Gyeonbokgung Palace (T. 02-3700-3900, http://www.royalpalace.go.kr) or the Ilmin Museum of Art (T. 02-2020-2050, ilmin.org).

The Seoul Finance Center Mall (T. 02-3783-0114, http://www.sfckorea.co.kr) has some high-class shopping, as well as several eateries and coffee parlors.

Gwanghwamung Station 광화문역 (Line 5), Exit 5. Cheonggyecheon Stream should be on your immediate left upon exiting the station.

Tree-lined Trendiness: Garosu-gil 가로수길Cosmopolitan and hip

Meaning “street lined with trees,” Garosu-gil is the perfect spot for a late-autumn stroll. Its boutique shops, luxurious shopping, trendy eateries and expansive selection of gourmet desserts and coffee make it the ideal locale for cosmopolitan city slickers. Although it was originally a street for artists‘ workshops and small galleries, the Gangnam boom has since elevated it to the heights of glamor and glitter. Located in Sinsa-dong, the street is close to the clubs and bars of Apgujeong but also places you near Jamwon Hangang Park. Fashion designers have taken advantage of Garosu-gil‘s trendiness to set up shop, giving customers access to new and unique items that are difficult to find in your average mall franchise or chain store. If that‘s not enough, a visit to the Simone Handbag Museum—that‘s right, a museum dedicated solely to handbags—should do the trick.

Here a few places for the shoppers, although keep in mind that there are plenty of others:

Simone Handbag Museum
T. 02-3444-0912, http://www.simonehandbagmuseum.co.kr
The museum mentioned above holds all you’ve ever wanted to know about handbags.
London Sole
T. 02-549-3695
London Sole is a shoe boutique that specializes in flats.
Victoria Bay
T. 02-547-0420
This is a Korean brand known for its women’s dress shirts and blouses. They also offer dresses, pants and skirts for highly driven career women.
Salt and Chocolate
T. 02-542-8589, http://www.saltandchocolate.co.kr
Not just another shoe shop, Salt and Chocolate caters particularly to the younger crowd.
No. 7
T. 02-547-0603, http://www.no7.co.kr
No. 7 is recommended to the fashionable men among our readers.

Able (T. 02-3445-7335) serves an excellent brunch. Try their omelet frittata with a cup of coffee. Pan Asia (T. 02-541-7940) has an eclectic menu that features dishes from Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. Les Pages (T. 02-540-3240) offers an elegant atmosphere, and tasty but casual Italian—not to mention many tempting desserts. They also have a nice book selection for some after-meal reading.

Sinsa Station 신사역 (Line 3), Exit 3. Walk straight and turn left after the Tous Les Jours

Take a Walk: Yangjaecheon Stream양재천Take a nice autumnal stroll along a serene stream set near trendy eateries and coffee parlors

The Yangjaecheon Stream is an essential spot for anyone who wants to breathe in the city‘s autumnal beauty. Both sides of the stream are lined with nicely paved walkways, most of which are covered in a soft, ergonomic layer of padding to lessen the shock on walkers‘ joints. Trees abound no matter where you walk, which means lovely foliage everywhere. The stream originates in Mt. Gwanaksan and flows through the Gwacheon-gu and southern Gangnam-gu districts before joining Tancheon Stream, which stretches all down to Bundang. The paths that run from Dogok-dong to Daechi-dong are the official walkways of Yangjaecheon Stream. At night, the trees and the streetlights make it quite the date spot, and the bike trails that stretch all the way from Gwacheon to Gangnam are ideal.

The Yangjaecheon Stream Cafè Street runs along the north side of the stream, right next to the walking path. Hanulso (T. 02-578-1417, http://www.hanulso.net) is one of the avenue’s nicer places that offers fine dining and an extensive wine selection. For something more fun and casual, drop by Bruce Lee (T. 02-576-8845) for some dim sum. For something more eclectic, Cuisson82 (T. 02-529-3582) is a French bistro that’s making quite the splash among locals.

Yangjae Citizen‘s Forest nearby has over 70 different species of trees scattered around its massive premises. An interesting feature is the ”acupuncture path,” a walkway featuring strategically placed stones that are supposed to activate certain pressure points on your feet and relieve pain. Visitors can wash their feet in a man-made stream afterwards. The forest park also has several basketball courts and open fields for the athletic types.

Dogok Station 도곡역 (Line 3), Exit 4; Gaepodong Station 개포동역 (Bundang Line), Exit 4; Daemosanipgu Station 대모산입구역 (Bundang Line), Exit 4. Look for signs pointing to the stream.

Going Up: Bukhansan National Park북한산 국립공원One of the best hikes you can find near the city

Officially designated in 1983, Bukhansan National Park is the nation‘s 15th national park, meant to both preserve natural space and provide a safe, convenient place for outdoor activity. Covering the districts of Dobong-gu, Seongbuk-gu, Jongno-gu, Eunpyeong-gu and more, the park‘s massive premises include dozens of gorges and granite peaks, with numerous streams in between. Park grounds boast around 1,300 species of flora and fauna, as well as historical and cultural sites like Bukhansanseong Fortress and over 100 Buddhist temples and monk cells. Mt. Bukhansan is also making a name for itself among the city‘s rock climbers, with several courses in rock climbing being held regularly on park grounds.

Geuminsokjib (T. 02-379-4897) is the place to go for a nice round of makgeolli and jeong, or traditional pancake. Daebomyeong-ga (T. 02-907-6998) serves traditional Korean fare with plenty of side dishes.

Mt. Bukhansan has three main peaks: Baekundae (836.5 m), Insubong (810.5 m) and Mangnyeongdae (799.5 m). One of the most popular trails starts from the Bukhansanseong Hiking Support Center and leads to Baegundae Peak. After passing the support center, you’ll see a forked road that leads two ways: to the Gorge Trail or Nature Trail, the latter being for the naturalists and the former being for those who want a view. The two trails merge at Daeseomun Gate, one of the gates along the original fortress wall. You’ll eventually see a trail that leads to Borisa Temple, where the real mountain actually starts. The total journey is a little over 3 kilometers, and lasts around three hours.

Bukhansanseong Fortress was first constructed during the Baekje Kingdom in 132 but has since been demolished and rebuilt several times over, having seen the armies of the Silla Kingdom, Goguryeo Dynasty, Goryeo Period and Joseon Dynasty.

Gupabal Station 구파발역 (Line 3), Exit 3. Take Bus No. 704 all the way to the base.

TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) 2015 Dates

Have you been studying Korean for some time and interested in taking a test to find out your skills?

Maybe you have heard of the TOPIK Test, also known as the Test of Proficiency in Korean.

They offer two levels: Beginner (Level I), and Intermediate/Advanced (Level II).

Recently, the scoring system has changed.

I’d like to post the dates for the 2015 TOPIK, provided by topikguide.com

They are an amazing resource if you are preparing for this test.

If you are planning to take the TOPIK test (Test of proficiency in Korean) in 2015, here are all the details of the TOPIK test schedule in year 2015 for you. In 2015, TOPIK will be held 6 times – twice in Korea only (in January & July) and 4 times in Korea and overseas (in March, April, October and November). So there will be 6 TOPIK tests in 2015:- 38th TOPIK, 39th TOPIK, 40th TOPIK, 41st TOPIK, 42nd TOPIK and 43rd TOPIK. For other details on this test like Test structure, application process etc. you can read this post: TOPIK – The Complete Guide.

To understand TOPIK Levels and Passing scores you can check this post – New TOPIK Levels and Passing Marks.

For various other resources for TOPIK test preparation, check this page – TOPIK GUIDE: Best Tips and Resources.

For the details of test sites and institutions to register for the TOPIK test in different countries check this POST.

For further details about TOPIK test in your country please contact the local Korean embassy.

Exam Test Date Registration Date Results Remarks
38thTOPIK January 18, 2015 2014.12.08 – 2014.12.17 February 13 In Korea Only
39thTOPIK March 21-22, 2015 2015.01.26 – 2015.02.04 May 06 Korea + Overseas
40thTOPIK April 25-26, 2015 2015.02.16 – 2015.02.25 June 16 Korea + Overseas
41stTOPIK July 19, 2015 2015.06.08 – 2015.06.17 August 14 In Korea Only
42ndTOPIK October 17-18, 2015 2015.08.03 – 2015.08.12 November 27 Korea + Overseas
43rdTOPIK November 14-15, 2015 2015.09.14 – 2015.09.23 December 30 Korea + Overseas

**Registration dates may vary country to country. Please check with your country’s affiliated institution or contact local Korean embassy.

**Result announcement will be at 15:00 (Korean Time) on the above dates on the official TOPIK website (www.topik.go.kr)

For further details you can contact Korean Embassy in your country or visit the official TOPIK website: www.topik.go.kr