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Mimsie Ladner
Mimsie Ladner a twenty-something from the American South and is currently studying Korean and pursuing a career in destination marketing in Seoul, South Korea. When she's not studying or traveling, she's visiting themed cafes, exploring unusual cultural norms, and drinking makgeolli in bowls. All the while blogging about it on her blog, Seoul Searching.

Entries by Mimsie Ladner

Grab Your Traveling Spoon and Get a Taste of Local Culture

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 10:01 AM

Some of the best memories of my travels involve sharing a meal with the local people. From slurping up chanko at a sumo wrestling championship with a Japanese couple in Tokyo to picnicking with Tibetan monks in India to chowing down on tajine with Berber nomads in the middle of...

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The Scoop on Poop in South Korea

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:04 PM

I sip my latte and stifle a chuckle as I take in my surroundings at Ddoong Cafe in the Ssamzigil shopping complex in central Seoul. Colorful mini plungers hang delicately from a tree in the corner, old-fashioned squat toilets are placed tastefully throughout the shop and two high school girls...

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Deulmusae: South Korea's Penis Restaurant

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 9:45 AM

The penis. As unattractive as it may be, it has remained to be an important symbol of strength, fertility and power in cultures all the world over since the beginning of time. From ancient Pompeii to Egyptian hieroglyphics to the costumes of modern day tribesmen of New Guinea, phallic imagery...

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Psy and Snoop Dogg's "Hangover": A Lesson in Korean Drinking Culture

(5) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Earlier this week, international sensation Psy debuted his latest release, "Hangover," featuring rapper Snoop Dogg (er... Lion) on his oft-visited YouTube channel. Responses to the video have been mixed. Some believe the song is just as catchy as "Gangnam Style," a viral hit that has received over 2 billion views...

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What I've Learned From Traveling and Living Abroad

(3) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Today marks the five-year anniversary of my big move from Smalltown, USA to the bustling metropolis that is Seoul, South Korea. I've lived out a number of exciting and unique experiences over the past few years that include riding elephants through the jungles of Thailand, working in the slums of...

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Exploring the Hidden Market Streets of Seoul

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Before the days of discount franchises and department stores, markets were the primary locales for shopping, trading, and gossiping in Korea's major cities. Sadly, due to rapid modernization and an increase in more convenient shopping facilities over the past few decades, traditional markets have continuously lost patronage and are quickly...

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Jong-ga Dining at Jeonju's Hakindang House

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 3:20 PM

In a city like Seoul, where construction is ever-present and technological trends fade as fast as they are created, traditional culture and history remain obscured by modernity. On the contrary, Jeonju, a small city just a few hours' drive south of the nation's capital, is a treasure trove of historical...

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Cheorwan: Tranquility on the DMZ

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 9:56 AM

With all the recent media attention suggesting that the two Koreas are on the brink of nuclear war, the world might be surprised to learn that the cities dotting the DMZ, or demilitarized zone between the counties, are as peaceful and quiet as ever. Sure, there are signs of a...

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Seoul's Salsa Scene in Full Swing

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 9:49 AM

The excitement is palpable, as it always is just before any dance competition. Upbeat Latin tunes echo through a hall of dressing rooms that buzz with giddy conversations in a number of languages. Inside, flamboyantly dressed men ensure that every tassel of their costumes is in place while their female...

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Why You'll Love Your Layover at Incheon International Airport

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:22 PM

Just the mention of the word delay, cancellation, or layover is enough to make even the most laid back traveler cringe. Such occasions usually equate to extended hours spent in oft-hated, geographically-indistinguishable airports, facilities that rarely provide the amenities to entertain or comfort the weary traveler. Fortunately for those connecting...

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The Buzz on Seoul's Urban Beekeepers

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 8:30 AM

On a warm spring afternoon, Jin Park, a 32-year-old Korean citizen, guides me to our destination on Nodeul-seom, a seemingly unremarkable island smack dab in the middle of Seoul's Han River. Park looks like any other guy his age, donned in cargo pants and a navy hoodie. Those passing him...

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K-Pop and the Future of Korea

(24) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 8:51 AM

Many Westerners who come to Korea quickly write off K-pop, Korea's mainstream music genre, as a cheesy, sugar-coated excuse for entertainment. They see outlandish costumes, boys in heavy eyeliner, and flamboyant choreographed dance moves. They become annoyed with strange Engrish lyrics and seemingly identical tunes that blare from just about...

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