Learn About the History of the Hồng Bàng Dynasty

Hanoi’s Flag Tower

In Vietnamese historiography, the Hng Bàng period, also known as the Hng Bàng dynasty, was a legendary, largely fictitious period that lasted from the beginning of Kinh Dng Vng’s control over the kingdom of Văn Lang in 2879 BC to An Dng Vng’s conquest of the state in 258 BC. The first … Read more

Taste Bahn Xèo, the Sumptuous Crepe of Vietnam

Taste Bahn Xèo, the Sumptuous Crepe of Vietnam

Vietnam is known for its crispy, filled rice pancakes known as Banh xèo which is a local Vietnamese term for a sizzling pancake. The name alludes to the sound the sizzling rice batter makes when it is thrown onto the hot skillet which is from the Chinese word xèo. Using rice flour, … Read more

The History of the Split between North and South Korea

Closeup of the Korean Demilitarized Zone that surrounds the Military Demarcation Line

The allied leaders debated the issue of Korea’s future following Japan’s surrender in the war during the conflict, which led to the split of Korea with the defeat of Japan in World War II. The leaders came to an agreement that Korea would be freed from Japanese authority but placed under international … Read more

The Rise of K-Pop

A street-inspired performance from 2NE1 featuring "I Don't Care” hit the charts around the world

K-pop, or Korean popular music, is a genre of popular music that has its roots in South Korea and is a component of that country’s culture. On top of its roots in traditional Korean music, it incorporates forms and genres from around the world, including pop, hip hop, R&B, experimental, rock, jazz, … Read more

The Silla Kingdom of Korea

The Silla Kingdom of Korea

Silla or Shilla was a Korean kingdom that ruled over the southern and central parts of the Korean Peninsula from 57 BCE to 935 CE. The Three Kingdoms of Korea were formed by Silla, Baekje, and Goguryeo. The Korean dynasty was founded by Hyeokgeose of Silla, of the Park family, and ruled … Read more

The Paekche Kingdom of Korea

A Baekje Map in 375

Nambuyeo, also known as Baekje or Paekche in Korean, was a Korean kingdom that existed from 18 BC to 660 AD in southwestern Korea. Along with Goguryeo and Silla, it was one of Korea’s Three Kingdoms. Onjo, the third son of Goguryeo’s founder Jumong and So Seo-no, founded Baekje at Wiryeseong. Like … Read more

The Korean Ondol Heating System

An illustration of the ondol system.

The term gudeul comes from the Korean language. According to Korean folklorist Son Jintae, the word gudeul comes from the Korean word guun-dol, which means “heated stone,” and has been pronounced as gudol, gudul, and then gudeul. The Sino-Korean term ondol was first used at the end of the nineteenth century. Janggaeng, … Read more

The Koguryo Kingdom of Korea

The Map of Goguryeo in 476 AD

Koguryo, a shortened form of Goguryeo, was adopted as the official name in the 5th century and is the source of the English name “Korea.” Goguryeo, was a Korean kingdom that spanned the northern and central Korean Peninsula as well as the southern and central parts of Northeast China. Goguryeo ruled over … Read more

What is Korean Blood Sausage?

Bbq, Dinner, Grilled

Soondae or Sundae, commonly known as Korean Blood Sausage, is a sausage made with cooked or dried blood and a filler that is thick enough to congeal when cooled. Pig, sheep, lamb, cow, chicken, or goose blood is most typically used. Sundae can be steamed and eaten on its own, but it’s … Read more

What Is The Asian Principle Of Five Elements In Cooking?

Food & Images Pictures, Shanghai, Table

Patience is a virtue in cooking, as it is in life. There are some things you simply cannot rush. Making delicious Chinese food, for example, a stew takes time. You’ll have to braise the beef, cook the vegetables, and do all the other prep work. Patience in the kitchen indicates that you … Read more

Learn About the Culture of Korean Food

Learn About the Culture of Korean Food

Apart from K-Pop, K-Dramas, cosmetic products, tech giants, and its stunning country itself, another fascinating aspect of South Korea is its food culture! The nation has a unique and rich taste in terms of food, bringing many popular dishes, such as kimchi, bibimbap, kimbap, Korean barbecue, and delicious hot pots and soups … Read more

15 Essential Vietnamese Cuisine Ingredients

15 Essential Vietnamese Cuisine Ingredients

Vietnamese cuisine visibly reflects Buddhist philosophy, associating the five fundamental tastes (sweet, spicy, salty, bitter, and sour) to the five natural elements (earth, metal, water, fire, and wood). Each also appeals to the five senses (mouth, nose, ear, tongue, and eyes), and corresponds to a color (yellow, black, white, red, and green.) … Read more