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Essentials with JD # 151 **UNSTOPABLES**

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It’s hot and humid and things might start to get a bit smelly. When it comes to your laundry at least.


Trying to dry your laundry in hot and humid weather is a challenge in itself but trying to prevent a musty smell on clothes that have just been washed is another. So here are some tips on how to dry those clothes quickly and without smells.


First start with the wash. First try using a great new product from the Downy range called Unstopalbes which will add some extra perfume and scent to your clothes. Just add it to the wash when you add the detergent and you are already on your way. It adds some amazing scent which will last and last. Also reduce the amount of softener that you use as this can actually make the fabric retain water for longer. Therefore Unstopalbes are great for adding a great smell.

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Also do smaller loads so that you have more space and circulation on your drying racks or lines. Most people might not have access to outside drying so indoor racks have to suffice.  Finally try turning on a fan and let it blow directly on the clothing or if you have an airconditioner let it run as it dries out the air and will help sap the moisture from the clothes helping it to dry faster.


Unstopables can be found in your local stores such as Emart, Lotte etc and since it has just been launched you will probably also get some great deals/freebies with it. Price is about 10 000 won.


Keep smelling great.




(this is not a sponsored article/ pictures from and labels will appear in Korean instore – it is just used to make translations easier. Same look/ same product)

Lotus Flower: Symbol of Purity

Photo by Joe Wabe

Lotus blooming at Chonnam National University lake – Photo by Joe Wabe

During July and through the early weeks of August (at the edge of the monsoon season) it’s the time to enjoy the blooming of the Lotus flower. Either pink or white, it can bloom in even the foulest water;  retaining its beauty without letting its environment taint its pure nature.

The lotus is a very important symbol in Korean culture. Not only the blossoms, but also the roots, the leafy pads – the whole flower. It shows up in literature, in art, in architecture, in pop culture, and in food and of course in Buddhism.

The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. In Buddhism this is a symbol of the true nature of beings, which remains unstained by the mud of the world and is realized through enlightenment. The flower closes and sinks underwater at night, to rise and open again at dawn. Untouched by impurity, the lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind.

You don’t necessarily have to go to festivals in order to enjoy the sight of lotus, though. In Buddhist temples and every Korean palace there would be a pond or two, no outdoor Korean park would be without a pond of lotus. In Gwangju, three of my favorite places are : the lake at Chonnam University, the Eunchong reservoir in Sangmu area, and Yang sang dong reservoir.

Here are a couple of festivals to enjoy as well in the Jeolla province from July to August, for those wanting to learn more about the beauty of these flowers.

Haso Baekryeon Festival
White lotus festival, North Jeolla province

Muan Lotus Festival
South Jeolla province

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What To Do This Weekend: Water Festivals, Baseball, Live Rock

Welcome to the weekend!



Photo courtesy of Jangheung Water Festival

Photo courtesy of Jangheung Water Festival

The Janheung Jeongnamjin Water Festival is held each year around the end of July. This festival aims to beat the heat by offering a variety of fun water-themed events, particularly the main event: “The Biggest Water Fight”. Visitors can enjoy exciting summer games and activities as well as live music and delicious local foods. Other events include the releasing of minnows, a natural medicinal herb healing pool, hand fishing, and a laser & fireworks show. Location: Jangheung Tamjingang River and Pyeonbaek Forest Woodland, Jeollanam-do.



Photo courtesy of Mokpo Maritime Culture Festival

Photo courtesy of Mokpo Maritime Culture Festival

The annual Mokpo Maritime Cultural Festival will be in effect from Friday, August 1st to Sunday, August 3rd. There will be windsurfing, bare-hand fishing, and yacht riding! At night visitors can enjoy an ocean fountain show where a beautiful orchestration of lights is paired up with music, images and lasers that shoot the fountain up to 70m high and 150m wide. There will be food stands set up by the Pyeonghwa Plaza with a variety of seafood and a DJ Dance Party once the sun is setting. This festival is a one-stop destination for those who are seeking to have fun by the oceanfront. Location: Samhakdo, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do.



Photo courtesy of Mariya Haponenko

Photo courtesy of Mariya Haponenko

This Saturday’s class will be a freestyle drawing class to practice the shading, blending, pointillism, and hatching techniques the artists have studied in previous still life and organic art drawing classes. Class will be held from 12-3 p.m. Feel free to bring your favorite art supplies! Cost: 5.000₩





There will be three Kia Tigers home games back-to-back against Samsung Lions of Daegu on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings all starting at 6:30 p.m. With a game happening every night this weekend, you have no excuse not to get out there and root for the home team . GO TIGERS! Cost: Tickets from ₩10.000




Club Bohemian, Gwangju’s largest live music venue, will play host to six local Korean bands this Saturday night at 7 p.m. There will be two acoustic bands called Uncle Soon and Star23#, a metal band called Bucker, two hardcore rock bands called Sever The Ear and The Injured Blossom, and a punk rock band called the Monkey Pee Quartet (who do an amazing live rendition of “Tomorrow” from the Broadway musical Annie. It is a MUST SEE). Club Bohemian is located across from the culture complex, in the basement of the Miller Time building. Cost: 10.000₩


Enjoy your weekend!

Closed Sundays: August 2014

Once again, Gwangju Blog is here to help with reminding our readers of just when the big stores will be closed this month. Be sure to plan your shopping trips around these dates if you don’t want to be disappointed.

Emart, Home Plus, Lotte Mart, and Costco (Daejeon) will be closed on 8/10 and 8/27.




During the hot, sweltering summer in Korea most people are likely to lose their appetite and become easily fatigued. To prevent this it is important to remember to maintain your health by eating nutritional food.

So, let’s take a look at some of the stamina food that can help get you through the Korean summer. As many of you already know, Koreans try to make the best out of the three hottest days of the season or ‘Boknal’ by eating healthy, nutritional dishes. Korean people from ancient times are known to have enjoyed a hot, nutritional stamina food called  ‘Samgyetang (삼계탕)’ which is a chicken stuffed with jujubes, sticky rice, ginseng, and chestnuts, all of which are boiled together in a pot.

Samgyetang is one of the most representative stamina foods for summer and is good for people who have lost their appetites, are dehydrated, or have become fatigued due to the heat.

Abalone is a good second option for staying healthy due to the fact that it is a low-fat food with sufficient protein to provide vital energy. You can eat abalone baked, boiled, or raw; prepared like a steak; or cooked in rice porridge.

Providing various nutrients such as vitamins A and B, protein and amino acids, dishes made out of eel are also effective in preventing diabetes, lowering blood cholesterol, and improving digestion.

Also, don’t forget fruits this summer – watermelon, yellow melon, and peach are the most representative summer fruits in Korea. Watermelon, in particular, is good as it is a diuretic food and as such helps one deal with fatigue while lowering body temperature.

Stay healthy with nutritional Korean Food! Your last day of Boknal will be on August 7th!