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Joss Whedon apologizes for inconveniencing Seoul-ites for a few days while Avengers 2 films in Seoul.

How cool is it going to be that some of Avengers 2 takes place in Seoul?? I can’t get my head around it. What a great way to show that South Korea is thriving (and isn’t the North). I hope Tony Stark has everybody partake in shwarma doenjeng chigae.

Can’t wait to see this for many reasons, Seoul filming included.

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New photo from the ISS showing the stark difference between North and South Korea.Via http://www.northkoreatech.org/2014/02/25/a-new-look-at-north-korea/

New photo from the ISS showing the stark difference between North and South Korea.

Via http://www.northkoreatech.org/2014/02/25/a-new-look-at-north-korea/

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The two Koreas on Wednesday agreed to hold reunions of families displaced by the 1950-53 Korean War from Feb. 20-25 at Mount Geumgangsan, the Unification Ministry said.

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So the official 청와대 account follows me on Twitter…

(For non - Korea people that is the literal equivalent of the White House following you on Twitter)

So the official 청와대 account follows me on Twitter…

(For non - Korea people that is the literal equivalent of the White House following you on Twitter)

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"But neither country has much to gain, and both have a lot to lose, by holding on to those disputes rather than finding a way to cooperate. The fact that even a bit of conflict-zone ammo-sharing becomes a point of diplomatic dispute is a sign of just how tough it is for Korea and Japan to put their differences aside — and a reminder of why China and the United States will continue to be East Asia’s major players for a long time to come."

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"It’s technically illegal for any merchant in the country to refuse credit cards, no matter how low the price, and all cabs have credit card machines."

I noticed how card-friendly Korea was (especially in comparison to Japan), but I had no idea it was actually a law!

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Photos from our DMZ Tour with the USO.

The tour was great, if exhausting. We started at noon and got back to Seoul around 7 p.m., and even though you’re not walking all that much throughout the day I could not keep my eyes open on the bus ride home.

The tour had all kinds of stuff that I hadn’t seen on my first tour. We got to climb down through a secret infiltration tunnel that North Korea dug in the 1970s. We visited Dorasan Station, the last station in South Korea that was built with the hope that sometime in the future people will be able to travel past the border. And, of course, we visited Panmunjeom, the area with the blue buildings up above where you can actually see North Korea and take a few steps across the border while inside one of the buildings.

This tour was another highlight of my mom’s trip to Korea, I highly recommend that you do a DMZ tour (whether with the USO or another guide company) if you get the chance.

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Gwangali Beach around sunset.

Busan, South Korea. July 2013.