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What's Han Your Mind?

What's Han Your Mind?

By Allie & Hannah
Two non-Koreans living in Korea, sharing Korean history, culture, and anecdotes of life in Seoul. All done through one, seemingly unrelated word each week.
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Season 2 FINALE: The Future of Moon Bear Travel
Word of the Week: FUTURE What's going on with Moon Bear Travel? Hear all about the future of our joint venture (and some personal ones?) in the final episode of season 2. Pinpoint Korea Instagram: @pinpoint.korea Facebook: Pinpoint Korea Patreon: /pinpointkorea By Hannah Lou Art: @byhannahlou Life in Korea: @hannah_intl Facebook: By Hannah Lou
November 15, 2021
How to Not Hate Yourself and the Planet While Shopping in Korea
Word of the Week: SPIRIT This week we're sipping on soju and chatting second-hand shopping in Korea. Is it really as unpopular as people think it is? Where are the best spots in Seoul for getting your hands on some pre-loved goods? Find out in this episode. See a different Korea, through its history and culture. Learn more at: Instagram: Facebook: Podcast:
October 31, 2021
Potato Pride
Word of the Week: POTATO This week we're keeping it simple and chatting purely about those starchy lil' balls that we all love. Potatoes. What's the deal with North Korea's potato push? And what are the best Korean potato-based dishes? Dive into the world of tatties and veg with us. See a different Korea, through its history and culture. Learn more at: Instagram: Facebook: Podcast:
October 10, 2021
It's Your Episode, You're the Host Now
Word of the Week: YOU As we come to the end of our second season of the podcast, we reached out to YOU - the listeners - to tell us about your relationship with Korea, its people, and its culture. See a different Korea, through its history and culture. Learn more at: Instagram: Facebook: Podcast:
October 03, 2021
Old-Timey Drugs in the Mountains
Word of the Week: CLOUD Get high...up in the mountains and visit Korea's traditional medicine theme park Donguibogam in Sancheong County, South Gyeongsang province. In this episode, learn all about the different experiences you can have there, and what some of the medicines are supposed to do for you. See more about Donguibogam here. See a different Korea, through its history and culture. Learn more at: Instagram: Facebook: Podcast:
September 24, 2021
Poop, Pigs, and Toads...What Your Dreams Mean in Korea
Word of the Week: COFFEE What are you dreaming about? And what does it mean? Are you having a baby, or are you coming upon some bad luck? Find out how to interpret your dream, and even how to sell it, in this episode. See a different Korea, through its history and culture. Learn more at: Instagram: Facebook: Podcast:
September 05, 2021
'Til Death Do Us Part: Korean's and Their Love of Comics
Word of the Week: RUN Hear the (quite literally) deadly history of comic books in Korea, their stringent censorship in the 1960s, and the recent boom of webtoons. See a different Korea, through its history and culture. Learn more at: Instagram: Facebook: Podcast:
August 22, 2021
Korea's Dominance of the Black Hair Industry
Word of the week: Emerald Listen to us discuss the incredible dominance that Korea has over the Black hair market, from wigs to hair care products. Learn with us why it may have started, and how the situation echoes ongoing social and racial issues here in Korea. Find us everywhere at @moonbeartravel, and on our website *Note: We are two white women discussing a topic that we can never fully understand. We are trying to learn and educate ourselves all the time on issues affecting other races, but we might not always get it right. Please reach out with a voice message here on Anchor, on our social media, or via email ( if we've made a mistake, you think we could have said something better, or if you have anything to add to what we have said.
August 21, 2021
Space's Tiny Baby Holes and Our Favorite Doors feat. Yashashree Jadhav
Word of the week: MOON We have a special guest with us this week! Yashashree Jadhav, an astrophysicist, tells us her Korea story, explains a little of the work she does here in Seoul, and teaches us both a thing or two about black holes and the ever-expanding universe. As well as this, we take a whistle-stop tour of all the moon-and-Korea-related things you might ever want to know about! Find Yashashree at: Instagram: Youtube: See a different Korea, through its history and culture. Learn more at: Instagram: Facebook: Podcast:
August 18, 2021
What Korea Does 'Better' Than Everyone Else
Word of the Week: CAKE Korea holds records, awards, and top numbers for lots of different things. Find out what Korea is the best of the best for, and what we personally think Korea is top of the charts in. See a different Korea, through its history and culture. Learn more at: Instagram: Facebook: Support us at:
August 08, 2021
The 1988 Olympics Terrorist Attack You've Never Heard About
Before Seoul's groundbreaking 1988 Olympic Games, North Korea carried out a terrorist attack that both succeeded and failed (by their plans). Hear about the surviving North Korean terrorist still living in South Korea and what happened to her after her capture. See a different Korea, through its history and culture. Learn more at: Instagram: Facebook: Support us at
August 01, 2021
Love 101: Dating for Homework at Korean Universities
Word of the Week: DISCO Some universities in Korea are offering courses on love, sex, and relationships, with madatory dating assignments. But what do students really learn, and why do the course exist in the first place? See a different Korea, through its history and culture. Learn more at: Instagram: Facebook: Podcast:
July 25, 2021
Bells, Knives, and Cups...Korean Shamanism and the Instruments' Origin Story
Learn all about Korean Shamanism in this episode. What is it? Why do people go to Shamans? And what are those objects they use? Also hear the origin story of some objects that are specifically used by shamans on Jeju Island, and what they're used for. See a different Korea, through its history and culture. Learn more at: Instagram: Facebook: Podcast:
July 05, 2021
One Star Reviews of Seoul and Why They're WRONG
Word of the Week: BORING This week we're going through some of the worst reviews of some of the most popular Seoul landmarks and debunking them. Serving cold hard FACTS to help people understand why palace buildings aren't always authentic, traditional housing villages are not purely for show, and why you shouldn't go to museums if you don't like museums. See a different Korea, through its history and culture. Learn more at: Instagram: Facebook: Support us on Patreon:
June 27, 2021
Korea's Most Helpful People ft. Chris Travels The World
Word of the week: SOLO This week we're back again with Chris from and we're talking about how Korean people can be some of the most kind helpful people when you're travelling. Hear all about our moments gone wrong turned right with the kindness of just one thoughtful person, and how we stopped being so jaded after we first moved here.  Find Chris at @chrisbg on Instagram, or his website Leave us a voice message on us at Instagram and FacebookRead all the latest at
June 19, 2021
Startups and Solo Travel ft. Chris Travels The World
Word of the week: SOLO (Part 1) It's a two-parter! This week we're talking with Chris from about his Korea story: how he came to Korea, the startup programme he took, and how he fell in love with the country. We're also sharing some of our favourite solo travel experiences in Korea! Find Chris at @chrisbg on Instagram, or his website Leave us a voice message on Follow us at Instagram and Facebook Read all the latest at
June 14, 2021
Joseon's 'Shameful' King and His Mountain Fortress
Word of the Week: Neighbour King Injo of Joseon made what is considered to be one of the most shameful decisions made by a king of the whole era. What did he do, and why? Hear all about the second Manchurian invasion of Korea, and how Joseon became a tributary state of the Qing Dynasty until nearly its end. Find Moon Bear Travel on Instagram and Facebook, and learn more about Korea, its history, and the best places to travel at
June 04, 2021
Korea's Moon Bears: Their Sad and Inspiring History
Word of the Week: Bear This week we're talking about our website's namesake and one of the country's symbolic animals: the moon bear. Learn all about their history, the threats to the species, and what is being done to help them. Find Moon Bear Travel on Instagram and Facebook, and learn more about Korea, its history, and the best places to travel at
May 30, 2021
Are These Korean Etiquette Rules REAL?
Word of the Week: SOCK Ignore those lists on the internet: we've got the full scoop on which Korean etiquette rules are real and which are not, as well as some surprising customs about the country you may have never realized.
May 09, 2021
Korea's 28-Year-Old Hero Poet
Word of the Week: POEM If you've visited Korea in the last several years, you've likely seen poetry by Yoon Dong Joo popping up in national exhibitions. Yoon is a patriotic symbol of Korean independence and is best understood through his poetry. What does his poetry mean to us? Does it really feel 'nationalistic'? What are the controversies surrounding his early death? Get your poetry snaps ready and let's dive in.
May 05, 2021
Wining and Dining in Trash
WORD OF THE WEEK: Earth Looking for the trendiest places to explore around Korea? Well, they may not be what you're expecting. Tune in to learn about some of the best cafes, restaurants, and art galleries in the country - all built around abandoned buildings and even piles of actual garbage.
April 25, 2021
Boozy Quiz Night: Makgeolli Edition!
Word of the week: WINE - Join Allie and Hannah over a glass of wine or makgeolli for these fun facts about Korean booze and drinking culture. For more slightly intoxicated episodes, check out Season 1: Beer!
April 11, 2021
Mythical Mushrooms of Immortality
WORD OF THE WEEK: EGG For this week's podcast episode, we relate the word EGG to traditional Korean motifs. Pop on those earphones, go for your daily (socially distanced) walk, and learn more about what makes deers, turtles and magical mushrooms so valued in ancient design.
April 03, 2021
Rotten Eggs and Soju: A Joseon Skincare Routine
WORD OF THE WEEK: Nose How did people of Joseon wash their face? What are the most expensive things in Korea that cost only a penny back in the UK/US? Join in our discussion by leaving a voice message on Anchor!
March 26, 2021
Forbidden Interracial Love in Joseon
WORD OF THE WEEK: Snacks Munch on this! Allie introduces forbidden love in 1890s Busan, while Hannah brings up the topic of being a plus-size woman in Korea. We'll make you laugh, we'll make you shed a tear, so don't miss this SNACK-TASTIC episode. 
March 12, 2021
Eaten by Birds for Your Funeral?!
THIS WEEK'S WORD: Underground For this week's episode, we have the word 'Underground'. While Hannah introduces us to Korean funeral traditions, Allie dives deeper into the ancient and modern culture of tattoos in Korea as well as how you can spot a gang member. Tune in to this chaotic episode for lots of laughs, gasps and SASS!
March 05, 2021
COVID-19's Impact on Central Seoul
Considering one of the first images associated with Korea is a sun and moon painting, we had a lot to talk about for this week's episode. Ironically, we didn't talk about that painting. Instead, walk the now-lonely streets of Seoul's once busy fashion district, and discover the charming Prince behind Korea's most beautiful court dances. 
February 26, 2021
Epic Tales of Epic Korean Womxn (ft. Be Marie Korea)
WORD OF THE WEEK: Womxn We're here this week with our special guest star, Marie Boes from Be Marie Korea! And oh do we have a lot to say. Marie introduces us to three inspiring womxn from historical, political and entertainment backgrounds, while Hannah and Allie 'dive in' to the history of Jeju's elderly sea divers.
February 20, 2021
The WORST Korean Films of All Time. Seriously.
WORD OF THE WEEK: Frog [Trigger Warning: The word rxpe is mentioned several times in Allie's audio, as well as mentions of a serial killing in Hannah's story.] Korean history Let's JUMP to the point: this week we're discussing some of the WORST Korean films of all time, as well as the history of Korean food staples. Kick back, relax and enjoy this episode of 'Frog'!
February 13, 2021
Secrets Behind Korea's US Army Bases
Sink your teeth into this episode all about the history of Korean ramen, and explore the mysterious US army base in the heart of Seoul that's on it's way to becoming the country's largest urban park. What's Han Your Mind: The Podcast is BACK and BIGGER THAN EVER in Season 2! Join us for new and exciting topics, incredible guest hosts, and fun new segments that will take your passion for Korea to the next level.
February 05, 2021
Cartoon Cuties and Country Connections: Season 1 Finale!
It's our 30th episode and we have some BIG NEWS! Following our important announcement, get to know some of the most famous cutesy mascots in Korea, and come full circle with us as we learn the beginnings of our countries' relationships with the country we now call home.
November 13, 2020
PUB QUIZ on Korea!
Ready to learn about one of the greatest contemporary Korean artists working today? Or perhaps you've got your thinking caps on for our general Korean knowledge quiz? Tune in for this very special episode - named after yours truly!
November 06, 2020
Korea's Most TRAGIC Prince
Calling all ghouls, witches, wizards and demons for this week's spooky podcast! We discuss the most tragic history of the Joseon dynasty, as well as the BEST supernatural Korean dramas to watch this halloweekend. 
October 30, 2020
Supporting N.Korean Defectors From Your Home!
Hannah, Hannah, Hannah! How does our lovely co-host Hannah appear in a conversation related to Korea? We somehow managed to link it back to the 1992 LA riots in Koreatown, as well as an introduction to North Korean refugee-owned businesses that you can support from your own home!
October 23, 2020
Sejong the Great's MOST FAMOUS Invention
Our podcast this week takes us on another colorful journey through the world of crumbling Korean neighborhoods turned artist havens, as well as a deeper look at the incredible Korean language.
October 16, 2020
How Korea is Helping Bees
What's the buzzzzz? According to this week's episode, we're bringing you information on the tragic life of honey bees in Korea, as well as the future plans for What's Han Your Mind.
October 11, 2020
The Gwangju Uprising: Korea's Horrifying History
The word 'neon' had us both thinking of the brights lights in the big city of Seoul, but how did Allie connect that to one of the most horrifying events in recent Korean history? And how did it lead to Hannah giving advice to help out Korea first-timers? Find out in this episode!
September 25, 2020
Slippery Seaweed Superstitions...
We're waddling our way through this week's topic: Penguins! Hannah discusses some odd superstitions of Korea, while Allie introduces one of the most important texts of the Joseon dynasty... and how they ended up in Paris. 
September 20, 2020
LGBTQ Right in South Korea
[Stories start at the 20-minute mark] After the rain comes the... new podcast episode! Have you always been curious about the reception of LGBTQ people in Korea? Allie will discuss Korean parents and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ rights in Korea. Maybe you're feeling a bit 'hungry' for some new travel tips? Hannah introduces the best food neighborhoods in Seoul with special delicacies sure to knock your socks off.
September 11, 2020
Konglish Quiz Time!
We're not here to talk about a pencil museum or a pencil festival, but instead some traditional items in the household of a Joseon scholar as well as Korean/English hybrid words! It's a crazy episode of quizzes and history that you won't want to miss! Tune in to learn more about modern and ancient Korea!
September 04, 2020
Shaman Dance in Marshmallow Skirts
This delicious treat often found on the sticky fingers of children means something totally different to us! Hear our input on the best Korean dishes from ancient times, as well as what a traditional shaman dance means to Allie.
August 21, 2020
DRUNK While Talking Korean Drinking Games
It's a big 'un! And we're DRUNK. After downing about 4-5 beers each, we thought it would be a good idea to record this podcast. Quite frankly, we can't even bring ourselves to listen to it. So, please enjoy this possibly disasterous episode about drinking games, chicken culture and... what else? We can't remember.
August 14, 2020
Controversial Pioneer Korean Painters
Get a whiff of this! What do three controversial figures in Korean history have anything to do with paint? Tune in to find out about Korea's most scandalous female artist, the man who brought Western painting to Korea, and one of the most notorious politicians in modern Korean history.
August 08, 2020
Getting DRUNK on POOP?!
Combine late-night recording with a topic about POO and we have to apologize in advance for all the immaturity.  However you feel about it, this episode is full of some truly SHOCKING stories. We don't think you're ready for it.
July 24, 2020
Korean Gift-Giving Culture PUB QUIZ - Play Along!
Quack quack - it's DUCK TIME. We're bringing you a very fun episode today all about Korean wedding culture, ancient and modern, as well as a... quiz? Think you can become the Quiz Master about Korean gift-giving? Give it your best shot! We hope you enjoy this DUCKING AMAZING episode. Want to become a patron? Check us out at: *Please forgive some shaky microphones, once again our mixer was not working with us so we had to record on a new platform! Thank you for your understanding. 
July 17, 2020
The Gardening Project that Almost Started a War
Who the heck picked a word like 'Fence'? Oh, it was Hannah. Well, luckily we managed to make something interesting come of it. Tune in to learn about the gardening project that almost started a second Korean War, and check out one of the hottest visitor attractions in Seoul with an ancient past. 
July 10, 2020
The REAL Story Behind 'Gangnam Style'
Just WHO is Korea's most psychotic singer'? On top of that, why is Allie talking about creepy patriarchal myths of ancient Korea? Well, because they both tie into this week's word: Face! Don't believe it yourself? Well, you'd better FACE the facts... because this episode will prove you wrong!  
July 03, 2020
Deadly Korean Archers
What does hunting have to do with Korea's most famous extinct animal and its reputation as the best archers in Asia? Oh, well. I guess this week's episode is a bit more straightforward. Tune in to hear amazing facts about Korea's legendary tiger, and discover the strange reason why China and Japan were deathly afraid of Korean archers! Let the hunt begin! 
June 25, 2020
Netflix's "Kingdom": Fact or Fiction?
What do you think of when you think of light? Almost definitely not Korea's historical electronic district and a zombie TV series! For this week's early release, we're sharing stories about the two. Curious to see how they link up? Tune in and find out!
June 18, 2020
Ghost Stories and Ghost Ships (ft. The Dark Side of Seoul)
The collaboration you've been waiting for! The Dark Side of Seoul and What's Han Your Mind team up to share scary stories of actual ghost encounters, horrifying tales and mysterious ships hailing from North Korea. Turn off the lights and get your favorite blanket ready, because we're about to get... spooky.  
June 12, 2020
The Unseen Influence of Korean 'Aunties'
Love them or hate them, the ajummas are here and ready to fight or feed you! These iconic middle-aged Korean women are the best and worst of the Korean people - in our newest episode learn how they came about and what makes them the bulldozers they are. Also hear some stories about a real woman trying to change the stereotype. Thank you to Marie of Be Marie Korea fame for the word suggestion!
June 06, 2020
Korean Dog Heroes to Make You Ugly Cry
It was hard not to title this episode 'Doggos'. Thanks to Sarah for the word recommendation! This week we keep it sweet and simple - we ACTUALLY talk about dogs! We'll introduce you to some amazing hero dogs as well as some lesser-known breeds native to Korea. Perfect for all the dog lovers tuning in! Leave a voice message and let us know YOUR favorite breed! 
May 29, 2020
Man on the Moon? More like RABBIT on the Moon!
Hoppy Friday! Can you tell by our terrible pun that today's episode is about... bunnies? Thanks to IG: @alifeinseoul for the recommendation. We'll take you on a talkative journey through famous K-pop stars, animal welfare in Korea, mythical tales from times gone by, and love-it-or-hate-it rice cakes! 
May 22, 2020
A Korean WINE Train?
Choo choo - all aboard the Trains episode! This we introduce the themed tourist railways of Korea, complete with nautical proposal rooms and foot jacuzzis. Keep listening for more info on spooky Korean ghost stories. How does it relate to trains, you ask? Stay tuned to find out! 
May 07, 2020
The Powerhouse Drag Queens of Seoul
This week delves into the world of Korean queens as Allie discusses Korean LGBTQ history and the currently booming community in Seoul, while Hannah introduces one of the country's most powerful and progressive women before her tragic end.
May 01, 2020
Hunchbacks, Aristocrats, Lions, Oh My!
Quit clownin' around and listen to our new episode!  Ever wonder about Korean clowns? They come in all shapes and sizes, like in Korea's most famous historical mask dance troupes and in one of the most successful, controversial movies in the country. So put on your red nose and floppy yellow shoes, because things are about to get silly! Shoutout to Emily at @yeohangry on Instagram for this week's word! 
April 24, 2020
Beautiful Korean Men on Horseback: And No, It's Not Kim Jung Eun
Shoutout to Kylene at for this topic idea!  Even though many of us can't spend much time with flowers this year, we can still sit inside and talk about them. What do you think of when you hear the word 'flower'? I bet it's not highly skilled, culturally educated, Buddhist warriors boys. But trust it - it can be. Tune in to find out more! 
April 11, 2020
The 10,000 Women Harem of Korea's Most BRUTAL Prince
Feeling blue? Why not purple?  Today we bring you two very different, but equally fascinating topics, both surrounding your weird neighbor's favorite color: purple.  Learn about the worst tyrant in Korean history and Seoul's longest subway line in episode 3! 
April 03, 2020
The World's Only Cheese Theme Park
WORD OF THE WEEK: Cheese How does CHEESE relate to Korea? Get ready to BRIE amazed. Tune in for some CHEESY puns and even more info on South Korea - we think it's GRATE.  
March 21, 2020
Shanty Houses in Downtown Seoul
WORD OF THE WEEK: Home What does 'home' mean to us - two foreigners living in Korea? What do we think of when we hear the word 'home'? What's Han Your Mind: The Podcast is aimed at those looking to learn more about Korean history as well as unique things to do around Korea. Each week we'll bring you a new word and various stories about our second home that we guarantee you'll want to tune in for. 
March 13, 2020