복날 (bok nal): the dog days

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11 Responses

  1. algol says:

    never failed to eat boshintang every summer since 2004
    hehe

  2. ellen says:

    hi, betchay! i’m just wondering why the price of beef is so high in korea. when i watch kdramas, they always mention of eating beef during special ocassions. a vet friend said that korea’s cattle industry is one of the smallest in the world. they’re also so paranoid about importing beef for fear of mad cow etc. etc. and yet, they have no qualms about eating dog food! why is this so?

  3. James says:

    Goodness, ellen! I hope you are joking. Why would you make such an assumption? I don’t live in Korea but I don’t think they eat dog food there!

  4. ellen says:

    i stand corrected, i should have posted dog meat not dog food!

  5. Betchay says:

    @ellen >> korea has recently started importing beef from the US… australian beef is also available in korea but for them, the best beef is “han-u” or korean beef… it’s really expensive! if you go to a “han-u” restaurant, expect to pay 25,000 won ($26) for a 200 g order of beef… for koreans, “han-u” is the best beef (not really sure though since i’ve had better beef elsewhere)… regarding dog meat, not a lot of koreans eat them as much as before… in my husband’s family, only his father eats dog meat, and it’s also very expensive so they usually just eat it during the summer… last month, my sister-in-law bought dog meat for my FIL and it costs 200,000 won ($200)

  6. Jenny says:

    This is interesting. I’ve been watching the Kdrama Scent of a Woman and she rescued a dog named “Mal Bok”(according to the captions) who apparently was going to be eaten on Mal Bok…or bok nal.
    I was confused about the actual stance on eating dog meat in Korea but your response to Ellen clears things up a bit. Do people in Korea raise dogs for their meat, or are there wild dogs? It seems strange that some would raise dogs for meat while others keep them for pets

  7. Chloe says:

    I am Korean and I don’t know where you got the “dog day” from but it is not true. I don’t know where you live (maybe somewhere countryside of korea, not city) anyways, I am very uncomfortable with your “dog day” expression. Would you please remove the “dog day” from your post. because of you, many people will misunderstand about korean traditional culture. If you have any issue with it please reply and let me know.

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Chloe! Thank you for visiting and for leaving a comment. Yes, I live in the countryside, in a small remote village that is only accessible by a boat. The population in our village is only 20, but because of Korea’s broad internet coverage I could afford to blog. Anyway, my husband is also Korean and he said there is nothing offensive about my post as I only stated facts. Of course, he knows what the English phrase “dog days” means. If you could just tell me in particular what you find is offensive then I might reconsider. I am a fair person.

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