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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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6. Queen

What's Han Your Mind?

30. Friend
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
29. Allie
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 6, 2020
28. Witch
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
27. Hannah
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
26. Red
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
25. 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
24. Neon
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
23. Penguins
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
22. Rainbow
[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
21. Pencil
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 4, 2020
20. Marshmallow
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
19. Beer
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
18. Paint
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 8, 2020
17. 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
16. Ducks
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
15. Fence
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
14. Face
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 3, 2020
13. Hunting
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
12. Light
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
11. Ghosts (feat. 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
10. Ajumma
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 6, 2020
9. Dogs
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
8. Bunnies
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
7. Trains
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 7, 2020
6. Queen
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 1, 2020
5. Clown
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
4. Flower
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
3. Purple
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 3, 2020
2. 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
1. 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