Jieun Choi

Jieun Choi

Jieun Choi is staff writer at Korea Exposรฉ. She has worked in the art industry and startups in Hong Kong and Australia.

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Euljiro: A Hub of Innovation Under Threat of Destruction

Euljiro is in the heart of Seoul. To its west is Gwanghwamunโ€”filled with government offices and corporate headquarters. To the east is Dongdaemunโ€”famous for the Zaha Hadid-designed DDP and all-night shopping malls. But despite its central location, the area stayed relatively unchanged for decades, providing affordable work space

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The K-beauty Nation Begins to Question Its Obsession With Beauty

After months of deliberation, Shim Jung-hyun, a 26-year-old South Korean YouTuber known for her beauty tips, announced to her subscribers that she would stop filming makeup tutorials, skincare routines and cosmetics unboxing videos. โ€œIโ€™m no longer happy with making myself up beyond the point of gaining self-satisfaction,โ€ Shim said

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Koryo Saram: 4th Generation Redefines Korean 'Roots'

His mother tongue is Russian. His ancestors left Korea to settle in Uzbekistan. Now, a fourth generation Koryo Saram is ‘back’ in the land of his great grandparents. Check out the Koryo Saram video series from Korea Exposรฉ: Between the Former USSR and Korea Korean Noodles from Kazakhstan

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Koryo Saram: Korean Noodle from Kazakhstan

Oksana is a chef from Kazakhstan who makes the noodles of her ancestors. Her sense of history stays alive through her food. Check out the Koryo Saram video series from Korea Exposรฉ: Between the Former USSR and Korea Korean Noodles from Kazakhstan 4th Generation Redefines Korean โ€˜Rootsโ€™ For early video

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Koryo Saram: Between the Former USSR and Korea

This is the story of a people that are still in search of an illusive homeland. Their predecessors left Korea to escape Japanese colonialism, only to face Stalin’s harsh immigration policies in the former USSR. Who are the Koryo Saram? Check out the Koryo Saram series from Korea

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Painting a World in Two Square Meters

Nearly half of all senior households in South Korea live under the poverty line. Hong Gu-hyeon, a 66-year-old artist who has been living in a jjokbang for over 20 years, is one of them. Those earning less than 50 percent of the median income qualify to receive government subsidies

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Conscientious Objector: Why I Refuse to Serve

South Korea has one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world. All “able-bodied” South Korean men up to the age of 35 must serve in the military for around two years. South Korea also has imprisoned more than 10,000 conscientious objectors since 2000. There are

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๋™์•„์‹œ์•„์—์„œ ์ผ์–ด๋‚˜๋Š” ๋ชจ๋“  ํ˜„์ƒ์„ โ€˜์œ ๊ต ๋•Œ๋ฌธโ€™์ด๋ผ ๊ฒฐ๋ก ์ง“์ง€ ๋ง์ž

์™ธ์‹ ์„ ๋ณด๋ฉด โ€˜์œ ๊ตโ€™๋Š” โ€˜๋™์•„์‹œ์•„โ€™์™€ ๊ฐ™์€ ์˜๋ฏธ๋ฅผ ๊ฐ€์ง€๊ณ  ์žˆ๋‹ค๋Š” ์ฃผ์žฅ์ด ์ข…์ข… ๋‚˜ํƒ€๋‚œ๋‹ค.   ๊ทธ๋Ÿฐ ์ฃผ์žฅ์„ ํ•˜๋Š” ์ด๋“ค์€ ๋™์•„์‹œ์•„ ๊ตญ๊ฐ€์™€ ๊ด€๋ จํ•œ ๊ฒƒ์ด๋ฉด, ๊ทธ๊ฒŒ ์žฅ์ ์ด๋“  ๋‹จ์ ์ด๋“  ์œ ๊ต๋กœ ๋ชจ๋“  ํ•ด์„๊ณผ ์„ค๋ช…์ด ๊ฐ€๋Šฅํ•  ๊ฑฐ๋ผ๊ณ  ์ถ”์ •ํ•œ๋‹ค. 1915๋…„ ์‚ฌํšŒ์ฃผ์˜์ž ๋ง‰์Šค ๋ฒ ๋ฒ„๋Š” โ€œ์œ ๊ต์  ๊ฐ€์น˜๊ฐ€ ์ค‘๊ตญ์˜ ์ž๋ณธ์ฃผ์˜ ๋ฐœ์ „์„ ์ €ํ•ดํ–ˆ๋‹คโ€๊ณ  ๋งํ–ˆ๋‹ค. ์ด ๋•Œ๋ถ€ํ„ฐ โ€˜๋™์•„์‹œ์•„์˜ ๋ชจ๋“  ํ˜„์ƒ์€ ์œ ๊ต์—

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Who Is to Blame for the Ills of South Korea's Musical Industry?

At a quarter to ten on a Friday evening, the glass door of a theater in Hyehwa, Seoul, opened, letting out a group of young women. Instead of leaving, they slowly queued just beyond the stone path that led up to the building. They were fans of Mama, Donโ€™t

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Seoul's Skyscrapers Are an Unlikely Home for Honeybees

Some 30 rooftops of high-rise buildings in Seoul are homes to honeybees. Park Jin, CEO of Urban Bees Seoul, a beekeeping co-op based in South Korean capital, is behind the movement to make the mega-city friendlier for the insects.  The most difficult part about urban beekeeping is changing peopleโ€™

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Grilled Pork Belly: A South Korean Love Story

Near Exit 6 of Jongno 3-ga station in Seoul is an area famous for its barbeque joints. As an alley gives way to a three-way intersection, easily two dozen eateries overflow with patrons flipping samgyeopsal slices and pouring soju shots. โ€œIโ€™ve been sourcing pork belly from the same farmers

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Meet North Koreaโ€™s Former Elite Journalist

Kim Gil-sun is an ex-journalist from Pyongyang. She worked for 17 years at the publishing arm of the Academy of National Defense Science, which is in charge of its missile program. For nearly two decades before defecting in the late 1990s, Kim had close contact with the confidential sectors within