Wordsmith Wednesday

Intro One of the first questions I was asked while starting my writing career in college was, “Why do you write?” Many people answer with the cliche of, “Because I have to.” No, you don’t. No one is putting a gun to your head making you write. In fact, for many of us, not writing…

Haeinsa Temple

Recently, my buddy Tom and I went to Haeinsa Temple in Hapcheon to go hiking and take photos. I think this very quickly became one of my favorite temples in Korea. It is pretty secluded and surrounded by some beautiful nature. One of my desires before leaving Korea has been to do a temple stay,…

Gems of Jinju: SoundGarden

Bars. We love em. A drink or two after work with friends or a Saturday night bender, bars are a mainstay in any culture and this is especially true for expats in Korea. Here in the Dirty J, my absolute favorite bar is Soundgarden; located in the back gate area of Gyeonsang National University. If…

Gems of Jinju: Halmae Dakgalbi

One of my favorite things about Korea has been the food. When you speak to many foreigners, they love Korean BBQ or samgyeopsal (barbecued pork). But, I am here to tell you that the best foods in Korea are the ones you find when you venture beyond this staple. One of my absolute favorites is…

Gems of Jinju: Serendipity

Cafes. We all love ’em. As a writer, it is one of my favorite things to do to go to a cafe and lay down some words over a cup of coffee. Cafe culture has taken Korea by storm! On most streets¬†you can find a coffee house from Starbucks down to a mom and pop…

Gaecheonjeol

Gaecheonjeol is a holiday in South Korea on 3 October. It is known as the National Foundation Day, it is to celebrate the formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 BC.¬†This date has traditionally been regarded as the date for the founding of the Korean nation.   Gaecheonjeol is also recognized in…