Granhand (그랑핸드): Korean Homemade Fragrances
Cosmetics / Culture / Places

Granhand (그랑핸드): Korean Homemade Fragrances

Lately, I’ve been really interested in exploring the Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) and its surrounding area. Unlike other hanok villages, Bukchon was not created as a tourist attraction, but as an actual residential neighbourhood comprised of about 900 hanoks. Weaving through the streets of 600 year old houses, you also get glimpses of the modern city … Continue reading

The Line Between Love & Hate: Korea’s 16th Annual Queer Culture Festival (퀴어문화축제)
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The Line Between Love & Hate: Korea’s 16th Annual Queer Culture Festival (퀴어문화축제)

When I first moved to Korea, almost 6 years ago, people would always tell me that “there are no gays in Korea” or “there are no gay Koreans.” When talk of sex let alone sexual identity is strictly taboo and coming out of the closet can cost you your family, job and leave you ostracized it’s not hard … Continue reading

석가탄신일: Celebrating Buddha’s Birthday
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석가탄신일: Celebrating Buddha’s Birthday

Once again, I headed out to 조계사 (Jogyesa) this year to celebrate Buddha’s birthday. In Korean, this day is called 석가탄신일 (Seokga Tansinil), meaning “Buddha’s birthday” or 부처님 오신 날 (Bucheonim Osin Nal) meaning “the day when the Buddha came.” In China and Korea, it is celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth month in the lunar calendar. The … Continue reading