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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
[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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Shoutout to Kylene at http://www.citygirlcitystories.com/ 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!
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!
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.