On a peaceful escape away from a dense forest of concrete apartments, I look out the window, surrounded by the emerald sea in Jeju. It was a paradise for someone from a busy urban area. Jeju is truly a paradise for busy urbanites. Like Jeju, society needs to put a stop to everything from time to tim
Do you have a smartphone? How much time do you spend using your smartphone? Nowadays, almost everyone in the world uses a smartphone regardless of nationality or age for its tremendous convenience. Users not only find information easily but also interact with friends on SNS using only a smartphone.
Have you ever seen a Korean historical drama? You will likely have noticed that they all contain a king, his ministers, and a palace. Most Korean ancestors depicted on television are high society figures such as kings and queens. However, outside the palace, there are villages and marketplaces fille
Each semester, this SMT reporter starts off her day with a cup of coffee from a café that is typically given in a plastic cup. In the afternoon, she drops by a convenience store to buy lunch, which is also served in plastic or a paper box. One day, this reporter realized how much waste she wa
Surrounded by city lights, busily moving cars, and people stands a beautiful piece of history. Deoksugung, as beautiful as it is, was once greater and even more astonishing. Behind the beauty and peace that remain today is a heartbreakingly sad history. In the center of Seoul, under the bright moonl
‘As I see it, every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself.’ How is this affecting everyday life? People drink dozens of cups of coffee daily to stay awake, eat instant food to save time for work or study, enjoy alcohol as entertainment, and sleep irregular hours.
What words come to mind when you hear “ceramics”? Some might say “Asian traditional pottery and bowls and cups.” Others might be reminded of the film , a renowned love story about a man who was killed and the woman he loves. In the film, the two leading actors are seen making pottery to
Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Are you wide awake when everyone else is sleeping? If you said “yes” to both of these questions, you must be a ‘night owl’. Night is the time when you are most active, but there is not likely much available for you to do outside in the middle of the night. Don’
What does paradise look like in your imagination? Renowned author Jorge Luis Borges said, “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” The smell of color faded books, a tranquil atmosphere, and bookshelves tall enough to reach the ceiling. These images are likely what a booklove
Have you ever watched the SBS TV show, ‘Running Man’? The name is surely familiar to most people and is representative of our daily lives. All students lead a hectic lifestyle, especially with having to engage in extracurricular activities that we must participate in along with successful completion
Tall men and women dressed in black suits, wearing sunglasses, and carrying guns while talking on walkie-talkies is probably the image that comes into mind for most people when they hear 'bodyguard'. In reality, however, there is much more to being a security guard than cool appearance. To e
Themed cafés can now be found as a complex cultural space. While they offer customers a place for relaxation, they also do much more. There are cafés like sleep therapy café, fishing café, and escape room adventure café. However, the book café is the most co
As you enter the dark room, you will see twinkling lights. You will also hear loud pop songs that make you feel as though you were at a club dance party. Every part of the room shines from the neon lights. Can you guess what this place is? It isn’t a party room or a club. It’s a bowling pub! Here yo
April 25th, this is SMT reporter’s birthday, and I wanted to spend time with family or friends. Unfortunately, in 2017, April 25th fell during midterm period, so I spent the day studying. Friends, trying to cheer me up, suggested holding a belated birthday party once exams were over, so I went onlin
Take a breath, and recall your childhood. Do days of delight at the market pop to mind? For SMT reporter, eating hot dogs and tteok-bokki at traditional markets come to mind recalling her warm childhood memories. Did you know that in the vicinity of Sookmyung Women’s University there’s a place that
This simple line appears on your smart phone screen: "A Pikachu appeared!" The Pikachu appears to be right there in front of you. Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic that finally landed in Korea on January 24, 2017. As expected, Koreans have gon
“Darkness cannot defeat light; Falsehood cannot defeat truth; Truth cannot sink; We will not give up.” These are the lyrics from the song, “Truth cannot Sink”, which was composed to commemorate the anniversary of the Sewol Ferry tragedy. Every Saturday, the song is sung aloud by millions of citizens
The TV program introduces viewers to delicious food as cast members visit Sejong University and Kyunghee University to eat cafeteria food. They order bibimbap, sausage stew, and so on made from special recipes. They are quite surprised that people could eat so healthily so cheaply.
Recently, many shops are struggling financially due to the national economic slump. However, one shop is showing great growth despite the financial situation. The chain now operates 1,100 nationwide, and on average there are about 600,000 customers visiting the shops daily. Have you figured out what
Nowadays, university students tend to grab a meal from the nearest convenience store because the price is cheap and they can eat the meal quickly. SMT reporter, Hyun A, also frequents convenience stores for her lunch meal during the semester. Convenient stores now offer students diverse fast meals,