Raphael Rashid is a full-time journalist at Korea Exposé, freelance fixer, and translator based in Seoul, South Korea. Having pursued Korean Studies at an undergraduate (SOAS, University of London) and graduate (Korea University) level, Raphael has a solid understanding about Korea, inter-Korean relations, and the Korean language. Raphael worked at Korea's largest global PR agency for a period of 3-years representing Korea's biggest conglomerates including Samsung. Through this, Raphael gained invaluable experience in Korea's worklife as well as insights into the world of chaebol. Regardless of the ask, Raphael thrives to deliver the task at hand. This includes translation (Korean to English), fixing for a documentary, research in Korean, news monitoring, or personalized concierge services.
Accommodation booking platforms are transforming the motel landscape in S. Korea, dispelling their taboo and creating a new genre of boutique fusion hotels.
Foreign investors have expressed strong interest in developing multi-billion dollar mega resorts in S. Korea. But there's a big catch: almost all casinos are off-limits for local citizens.
In a positive ruling for gay rights, a former soldier was recently found not guilty for engaging in sexual intercourse with another male soldier while serving in the South Korean army.
Hyundai builds "the world's blackest building" at the Pyeongchang Olympics. But the message wants you to take home is clear: hydrogen is the future.
Ethnic Koreans from China and the former Soviet Union do not automatically qualify for the coveted F-4. That's where mushrooms come into the picture.
Soju has always been known for being a cheap drink that gets you drunk fast. But it's now gaining a strong following abroad, and has even spawned new premium market.
This unassuming 84-year-old living in Seoul holds a secret: His sister was married to the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and bore Kim Jong-nam, once a contender for power. His story is one of tragedy, reunion and loss.
e-Commerce sees explosive growth in South Korea, thanks to fast internet connections and ubiquity of smart phones. Yet shopping sites register big losses.
What do Bitcoin and Seoul's main river have to do with each other? A morbid joke tells a great deal about mounting anxiety over market volatility.
The Philippines is a popular destination for South Koreans. Many men, though, are accused of abandoning their half-Filipino children, dubbed Kopino.