Imbibe Korea is a blog written from the perspective of a New Zealander named Sofie. She moved to Korea in April 2012 and currently teaches English at an elementary school in Incheon. This blog explores aspects of Korean society, culture, places and people through her eyes.

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5 popular live music venues!

  South Koreans are the world’s biggest consumers of hard liquor, imbibing an average of 11.2 shots per week. With spirits and soju in hand, many Seoulites stay […]

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Films in Korea

It seems that since I have been living in Korea I go to see a movie at least every two weeks. Ticket prices here, compared to NZ, are […]

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A Winter Treat

  I am obsessed with Korean dried persimmon, 곶감. They have been in all of the shops for the last month, and since I tried them about 3 […]

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Humans of Itaewon

A young guy named Brandon Stanton lost his job in Chicago and moved to New York without much of a plan, all he knew was that he enjoyed […]

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Indie Rock

Korea is renowned for its plethora of k-pop groups. Scantily clad look-alike girls use sex to sell superficial songs. Cookie-cutter teenagers wear helmets in case they slip while […]

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The Top 7 K-Poses

    In Korea, displays of self affection are evident and are encouraged everywhere. Mirrors are in elementary classrooms, in restaurants, lifts, toilets, yes toilet stalls not just […]

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Shopping at Square 1

I really dislike shopping. In Korea this dislike is heightened. I feel pestered and followed the majority of times when I walk into a store here. Sometimes rather […]

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The Sound of Mushrooms

When I first arrived in Korea I was surprised by the variety of mushrooms… Back in New Zealand the selection in the supermarkets when it came to mushrooms […]

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Kimjongilia

The red flowers that are blossoming over our land Are like hearts: full of love for the leader Our hearts follow the young buds of Kimjongilia Oh! The […]

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Temple Times

Around three months ago at the beginning of Korea’s humid summer I went to Zen Buddhist Musang temple to interview a number of foreign monks and nuns living […]

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