Welcome to Seoul
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Marie Boes graduated from Nottingham Trent University (UK) with a masters in Industrial Design. She received her bachelors from Antwerp University (Belgium). Her whole education has been scholarship funded. She moved to Korea in 2016 after she met her Korean husband during an Asia solo trip in 2014. Since meeting her husband she has been passionate about Korea, taking many courses and lectures about Korean history, culture, art (traditional painting, traditional Janggu drum, calligraphy and Bojagi patchwork) and language which she studies at The Cyber University of Korea. Currently she is working as a freelance travel writer and local guide. She has extensive experience in tourism and culture having worked for several government tourism organisations as a writer covering Korean tourist destinations and Korean culture, on top of that she runs her own blog and is involved in many cultural activities for foreigners. She has experience working as a French/English speaking guide in central Seoul and Gyeongsangbuk-do province which is located in the South , during these tours she would visit main historic tourist spots. When she is not working, you can find her travelling around Korea, discovering everything the country has to offer. You can read her articles on bemariekorea.com
Emily is a Korean adoptee with the unique perspective of looking like a local, but being a foreigner. She is currently working on her master's in Korean Studies (International Cooperation minor) at Yonsei University after receiving a bachelor's in French (Chinese minor) in 2014 and a bachelor's in International Relations and Global Studies (Classics minor) in 2009. Due to the nature of her majors, she has studied abroad with College Year in Athens (2006, Cycladic Islands), the East China Normal University (2012, Shanghai), the Institut Catholique de Paris (2012) as well as a home university study abroad experience to Paris in 2014. Emily has has lived in the Seoul metropolitan area since July 2015, having previously lived here for 15 months in 2010 and 2011. During her five years here, she has had the experience of getting her black belt in taekwondo, completed traditional dance and pansori courses at the National Theatre of Korea, taken some haegeum classes with the National Gugak Centre, watched nearly 40 different Korean musicals, and learned how to make rice cake soup, kimchi and bossam (boiled pork) from North Korean chefs.
Maria is currently a PhD student majoring in Korean History and Culture. Born in Romania, she has lived abroad for 10 years and is proficient in 4 foreign languages. After graduating with a Master's degree from Université d'Aix-Marseille (France) majoring in Korean Art History, she came to Korea and started working with the Korean National Federation of UNESCO as an instructor and guide. She loves Chinese characters, Asian calligraphy (Korean and Chinese), and is particularly interested in Korea’s religious diversity. Her academic background offers a special insight into the city - being able to provide clients with fascinating stories about Seoul, its palaces and temples, Korean kings and queens, and fengshui mysteries. She is also passionate about world heritage and the ways to preserve it.