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2017-08 07

[Culture]Apps You Need in Your Life

Kakao Talk, Jihachul, Naver Map, Seoul Bus, Naver Dictionary, Candy Camera, Snow, Melon, Kakao Taxi, and various coffee shop stamp apps are all typical applications found in an ordinary korean’s smartphone. These apps are common yet indispensable to the extent that they have become a big part of people’s daily lives in Korea. Besides these everyday applications, what are some fun, genius apps worth downloading? From left to right, Date Pop, Seoul Travel, Albamon, People of Delivery, and Zigzag. (Photo courtesy of Brilliant and convenient First things first, for those who love to visit new places, either one of these two applications are highly recommended: Date Pop or Seoul Travel. These applications are more than just handy when looking for some fun places to hang out with friends and lovers or when finding appetizing cafes or restaurants. From location, menu, price and reviews, the apps provide much information and works as the encyclopedia of enjoyment. Creation of such applications has motivated a win-win situation for both users and business owners. People can gain fun and convenient information with just a few taps on their smartphone screen while the app functions as a great loudspeaker for the restaurant and cafe owners. By providing wandering roamers with countless options for their destination, the app has become a great mean of advertisement and a plan maker at the same time. Click the region you want to go and see where you want to visit. (Photo courtesy of Price, location, and menu are all listed in Seoul Travel. (Photo courtesy of When looking for an alba, or part-time jobs, there is nothing more helpful than the app Albamon. If Date Pop and Seoul Travel are the mobile books of fun places, Albamon is the one for people looking for part-time jobs. The app displays countless employment notice from myriad of companies, restaurants, cafes, stores, and more. Jobs can be funneled by one's setting according to his or her categories such as payment, location, working time, and age requirements. With the right setting, finding a perfect fitting alba for one is not a tricky task anymore. It is an useful app to anyone who is looking for all kinds of part-time jobs. Detailed, comprehensive, and individual-tailored part-time job information are provided. (Photo courtesy of There is nothing more convenient than having one's food delivered when there is no time and energy to cook or go out to eat but hunger is demanding some action. In such situation, People of Delivery is the perfect app to satisfy hunger’s demand. Korea’s delivery service is something that exceeds the level of mere convenience but something that has developed into a huge part of its culture—even McDonalds is delivered. Fitting to the title, this app is the phonebook of all menus in Korea, since virtually all the menus are listed in the app and they are all ready to be delivered. Making the app more convenient, the categorization according to menu and franchised restaurants enables easy scanning for indecisive customers. According to menu and franchised restaurants, categories are made. (Photo courtesy of Even online shopping can be an easier task with a mobile app. Zigzag is urgent to download for lazy shopaholics or thrifty shoppers. This application is the ultimate compilation of numerous online shopping malls, having the excellent function of gathering and presenting a particular item from different malls and allowing the shopper to compare the price at one sight. The app allows the shopper to find the item or fashion he or she is looking for and buy it at its best price. Enter the category of clothing, look through the list of online shopping malls, and compare the price are all it takes to purchase the exact item one wants at the most affordable price. Styles, price and items can be seen in one sight. (Photo courtesy of Jeon Chae-yun

2016-12 26 Important News

[Culture]Freshman-Senior Discourse on University Life

After several sleepless nights of studying, final exams are over at universities, and students are greeting their winter breaks. This also means that those who applied to and took exams to enter Hanyang University are receiving either acceptance or rejection letters. Two new freshmen of Hanyang University who are to enter the school in 2017, Kim Ye-hwan (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering) and Shin Ho-joong (Department of Computer Science and Engineering), had a discourse session with their seniors, Jung Da-eun (Department of Media and Communication, 3rd year), Park Yoo-kyung (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering, 2nd year), and Won Chang-hee (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, 4th year) and shared their expectations and worries about their upcoming university life. Q1. What are your expectations of university life? What are you curious about? Ye-hwan: I am definitely looking forward to getting one of those department jackets. I have seen a lot of students wear them and I was jealous. Now that I am accepted into Hanyang University, I’m excited to get my own. Ho-joong: Oh, yes. Additionally, I also thought of working on group projects with my friends overnight. To me, that sounds fun. But I heard some people aren't cooperative and are hard to deal with. I have big concerns about that. Da-eun: Actually, there are so many different types of people and it really just depends on who you team up with. It all differs case by case. Ye-hwan: What about making friends? How do you get close with people? I can't drink and I'm worried that not being able to drink will get in the way of socializing with people. Yoo-kyung: You really don’t need to worry about that much, because nobody will force you to drink. There will be a lot of occasions for you to socialize with people and you just need to have a lot of conversations to get to know them and become friends. Even if you go to a social gathering, you wouldn't be pressured to drink. It's all at your will! Chang-hee: I bet you guys are wondering about campus romance. It once was my dream, too. When I first entered university, I was awakened by reality because in engineering departments, the majority of students are guys. Nonetheless, you can still become campus couples if you join clubs or go to a lot of gatherings. Ye-hwan (left) and Ho-joong (middle) are talking about their impressions of Hanyang University. Q2. What were your biggest interests as a high school student? What influenced you to choose your major? Ho-joong: I used to play computer games very often since I was in elementary school. One day, my account was hacked and I was frustrated. I think that was the moment that made me spark an interest in computer science. I want to be skillful with computers so that I can protect my private accounts and prevent such mishaps. Nowadays, my interest is mostly on software and security systems. Ye-hwan: I didn't know what I was interested in, so when I entered high school, I was a bit lost. But I soon developed an interest in natural environment, and I was certain that I didn't belong in the humanities field. This is why I applied to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering. Q3. Any ideas on choosing what to eat within or near the campus? Ho-joong: High school food was so-so. What about university cafeterias? Chang-hee: Food isn't so bad here. Since our campus is situated on a pretty steep hill, you will often feel reluctant to go down the campus just for lunch. If you do, then it is a long way back for most students. That is why I mostly prefer to go to school cafeterias. There are several school cafeterias throughout the campus and they aren't that bad. Most importantly, the price is reasonable and it saves you a lot of time and money if you eat in school cafeterias. Da-eun: Also, if you are a freshman, your seniors will treat you to lunch more than often. I don't remember paying for my own lunch when I was a freshman. I always had friendly seniors who treated me to nice lunches. In other words, you don't need to worry too much about looking for good places to eat around the campus. If you follow them around several times, you'll get an idea of where to eat. Yoo-kyung: If you are tired of school cafeterias, and are too lazy to go outside the campus, order some delivery food. It's very convenient and tasty. Da-eun, Chang-hee, and Yoo-kyung (left to right) are answering the juniors' questions. Q4. What do you like about Hanyang University? Ho-joong: I like how the subway is connected to the campus. I think that is the best advantage I have found so far. Yoo-kyung: Yes, definitely. The subway makes our lives so much easier and more convenient. Chang-hee: I also agree. Since our campus is big, you can find nice views here and there. The night view around the Humanities Building is especially remarkable. Ye-hwan: I think the school logo is impressive. The word ‘Hanyang’ in Korean, forming the the school’s mascot lion, is absolutely brilliant. Q5. Lastly, any other questions to ask? Ye-hwan: What are some recommendable clubs to join? Da-eun: There will be a few times throughout the school year when all the clubs promote themselves and recruit new members. As you'll see, there are a lot of different clubs that do various things. You can join as much as you can handle. Ho-joong: Are there any tips on making friends? Chang-hee: As long as you embrace the differences between you and your peers, you will have no trouble getting close to them. Similarly, you shouldn't feel too burdened about your seniors. Just try to be comfortable around them and your peers, and you'll be fine. After the discourse, they are cheering for their upcoming semester. Jeon Chae-yun Photos by Choi Min-ju

2016-10 19 Important News

[Culture]Kimchi - Regional Variations and Its Multifarious Traits

From historical times until now, gimjang, or kimchi-making, was Koreans’ yearly routine before greeting winter. Kimchi boasts many different kinds, each of which possess distinctive characteristics with varying ingredients and recipes. These distinguishing factors derive from regional idiosyncrasies- they reflect each region’s own taste preference. Displaying different colors, ingredients and appearance, each and every kind portrays manifold facets of Korea’s traditional and cultural icon, kimchi. Various types of kimchi, each displaying different ingredients and form. (Photo courtesy of Regional Idiosyncrasies A broad generalization concerning all kinds of kimchi is that kimchi from the south of the peninsula tends to be saltier with a stronger taste than that of the north. This is largely due to the climate difference within the peninsula: the northernmost region has a cooler temperature, thus necessitating less sodium replenishment than the southern region. In a warmer climate, fermented food—or any food in general—is prone to spoiling. Salt is not only favorable when it comes to preventing such harm, but also cooperative in helping people to balance the salinity rate within their body by replenishing lost-salt from sweating in warm regions. Starting off with Seoul and the Gyeonggi province, which are geographically adjacent and therefore almost bear no difference, those regions pinpoint elegant semblance and a moderate intensity of salinity. This is because these areas, especially Seoul being the capital city, used to be inhabited by royal families and nobles. Not only did they demand an opulent look of the dish, but they also preferred a flawless taste. Representative kinds of kimchi from these areas include whole cabbage kimchi (tongbaechu kimchi), wrapped kimchi (bossam kimchi), cucumber kimchi, soy sauce kimchi (jang kimchi), and cubed radish kimchi. Some exemplary kimchi of Seoul and Chungcheong province (Photos courtesy of;;; The Chungcheong province also shares the style of highlighting moderate amounts of seasoning to avoid excessive saltiness or spiciness. Prototypes from this area include young radish kimchi (chonggak kimchi or yeolmu kimchi) and eggplant kimchi. Kimchi from the Gangwon province typically has a light and clean taste. Divided into Yeongdong and Yeongseo areas by the Tae Baek Mountains, the former is near the East Sea and the latter in proximity to mountainous areas. Correspondingly, the Yeongdong area incorporates fresh seafood cultivated from its region such as squid, pickled shrimp, and salt-fermented anchovy paste, producing a chewy texture. In contrast, the Yeongseo area adds dry ingredients like mustard leaf and stem, fine pepper powder, and salt to create a neat and spicy taste. One distinction between the two areas is that the former puts in a lot more salted seafood pickles than the latter. Overall, some exemplary kimchi from the Gangwon province are squid kimchi, seafood kimchi, mountain herb kimchi (deodeok kimchi), and soybean sprout kimchi. Furthermore, the Gyeongsang province and Jeolla province hold comparable traits. Since the two regions exhibit clemency in weather, their kimchi tends to be piquant and have generous amounts of spice combined together. To prevent rotting in the warm weather, extra garlic, salt and red pepper powder are added, resulting in relatively very spicy and salty kimchi. This makes these regions’ kimchi distinctive from all the others. Prototypical kinds from these regions are perilla leaf kimchi, chives kimchi, dried sliced daikon kimchi, chilli kimchi, and burdock kimchi. Dried-sliced daikon kimchi, perilla leaf kimchi, chive kimchi, and chilli kimchi from Gangwon and Gyeongsang province. (Photos courtesy of;; Last but not least, kimchi from Jeju Island is quite unique on its own. As an island, scanty food reserves somehow pose a limitation on the recipe- it is simple and plain. Nevertheless, special regional products come in handy and make its kimchi even more exclusive. The islanders enjoy using minimal seasonings and vitalize the natural taste of the ingredients. A representative specialty from Jeju Island is hijiki, a brown sea vegetable that also transforms into the island’s own taste of kimchi. Abalone kimchi, carrot kimchi, and canola herb kimchi are common types of the region as well. Hijiki from Jeju Island, and kimchi made with hijiki. (Photos courtesy of; Kimchi and Culture It may be possible to further categorize types of kimchi through more precise measures, dividing each province into smaller units and considering every detailed variety that exists. However, even with the broader and more general division of kimchi, one can take a glimpse into kimchi's diversified and unique aspect that show regional variation. Jeon Chae-yun