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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Kimbab ^^

In Japan we know the rice which is rolled by seaweed named a sushi. In Korea a there is a similar rice rolls like sushi called kimbab. The first time I know kimbab while I was shoped in Lottermart Jakarta and I tried some kimbab and it tasted unique and delicious.
Kimbab is made by white rice (bap), rolled together with egg, cucumber, spinach, carrots and other ingredients such as kimchi, canned tuna. Rice and ingredients are rolled up into seaweed and cut into bite sized, and the roller made from bamboo. Can you image it ? It makes me hungry ^^

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Saturday, March 26, 2011


Hanbok is Korean traditional costume with some of basic colour, each colour has a symbolic meaning.
Hanbok colour symbolic :
Red colour means north and fire.
Black colour means north and water.
Blue colour means east and tree.
White colour means west and gold.
Yellow colour means center and ground.

Gold symbolizes as an emperor can not be used for commonly people.
And the colour gradation means an age too, it is very unique, youth often use vivid violet, middle age often use deep violet and dark violet is used for old people.

In Joseon dynasty, cloth style, color and accessories were representative of social class, but now, we can see various colour of Hanbok, and it is a matter of taste ^^

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Jeogori are rather short and characterized by curved lines and delicate decorations.
Dongjeong The dongjeong refers to a white collar attached along the rim of the neckline.
Otgoreum (Cloth Strings) is a women’s ornamental piece, which hangs vertically across the front of the chima (women’s skirt).
Baerae (Jeogori Sleeve) refers to the lower lines of the sleeve of either the jeogori (traditional jacket), or the magoja (outer jacket). It features a circular line which is naturally curved, similar to the line of the eaves of the traditional Korean house.
Chima is the women’s outer skirt. There are different kinds of chima: single-layered, double-layered, and quilted. Pul-chima refers to a chima with a separated back, whereas a tong-chima has a seamed back.

Men's hanbok :

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Durumagi  :
The durumagi is a traditional overcoat worn on special occasions over the traditional jacket and pants.

Baji refers to the lower part of the men’s hanbok. Compared to western style pants, it does not fit tightly. The roomy nature of the cloth is due to a design aimed at making the cloth ideal for sitting on the floor.
Kkotsin refers to silk shoes on which flower patterns are embroidered. They play an important role in completing the graceful line of the lower rim of the chima.

writer : Maria Margareta
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Bibimbap 비빔밥, a Popular Korean Dish

Bibimbap is a popular Korean food. Everybody in the world know about bibimbap, like everybody know about bulgogi ^^
Bibimbap is a bowl of rice (I love Korean rice, little bit sticky) with colourfull mixed vegetables and meat on the top of rice and egg in the middle. Stir together with gochujang (Korean chili pasta) until they mixed. Bibimbap which served in the hot stone bowl called dolsot bibimbap. Bibimbap also served together with a soup.

How to make bibimbap ? ^^

1/2 tablespoon of Gochujang
2 mushrooms
1/2 courgette (zucchini)
1/2 carrot
1 Egg

Common ingredients include beansprouts, minced beef, lettuce and Kimchi, However you can use pretty much anything you can get your hands on.

To start fry all the vegetables you are using, cook some rice and put this in a bowl, add all the cooked vegetables. Depending on how spicy you like your food add gochujang, as a guide about 1/2 tablespoon is about right for a nice spice.

Mix everything together throughly, and then enjoy. This makes a great lunch or dinner, and can be very healthy and is low in calories.

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Dolsot bibimbab served on the hot stone bowl, stir the ingredients before eating ^^ 

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Namdaemun market, Seoul : enjoy the Korean traditional market

Namdaemun market is one of the largest retail markets in Seoul. Can be accessed by subway or bus, 10 minutes walk from Seoul Station. Many retailers and wholesalers especially clothing are here. Besides clothings, toys, shoes or even flowers can be found here. Wholesaler stores are open from midnight to 6 am and retailers are open from 7 am tp 5 pm. On the 1st and the 3rd Sundays of each month, some of stores are closed, but street vendors still operate.
A lot of Korean food street vendors sell mandu, tteokbokki, gopchang, and bibimbap are here too,. It is a nice place to enjoy Korean traditional market and Korean food street.

How to get there :
Seoul Subway Line 4, Hoehyeon Station Exit 5

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hanok (한옥) The Korean Traditional House

Hanok 한옥 is Korean traditional houses with tile roofed houses. This type can be found throughout this country. Hanok is an unique traditional house with environmental building materials for outer and inner layout.
The raw materials of Hanok are tiled roofs, wooden beams and stone block construction. Windows and doors are made by Hanji (paper) framed an combined with wooded material.
Hanok is design for cooling interior in summer and warmer in winter. The unique thing of Hanok is a heating system for Hanok named Ondol. The heating system coming from fire in the kitchen and connected to other rooms, so that the temperature inside Hanok will be comfortable especially in winter season. Now, Ondol use the electricity to warm inside of the house. this can be found only in Korea ^^.
People who live in Hanok may use the floor for daily life and sleeping, it is necessary to use sandals or take off your shoes inside the Hanok to keep it clean.
Now many Hanoks in Korea are being maintained as a cultural heritages.

Outside the Hanok.
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Hanok inside.People who live in Hanok use floor for daily activities. The floor is made by wooden, and warmed by ondol.
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Hanok style in northern of Korea. Designed with square style to keep the house warm, northern side of Korea is cooller weather than in southern.
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Hanok style in mid side of Korea, designed look like the "L" letter.
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Hanok style in southern of Korea. Designed look like the "I" letter to make a good air circulation.
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Namsan Padlock, lock your love here ^^

Mt. Namsan is a 262 meter peak in the Junggu-gu district of south central Seoul. It offers some hiking, recreation and views of downtown Seoul, it is a popular spot for a panoramic view of Seoul. The mountain area is a public park maintain by the government. The N Seoul tower is located on the top of Mt. Namsan.

N Seoul Tower or has been known as a Seoul Tower or Namsan Tower is a communication and observation tower, built in 1969 and opened for public in 1980. This tower is the symbol of Seoul.

There is an interesting place to go in The N Seoul Tower, thousands of love padlocks can be seen hanging on the fences around in an expansive outdoor observatory. Lovers believe if they put the padlock on the fence will brings them luck and happily long term relationship.


N Seoul Tower Visitor Information

Address: Seoul, Yongsan-gu, Yongsan-dong 2-ga 1-3
Getting there:


1) From Chungmuro Station (subway lines 3 & 4), use exit #2 and take bus #2 to N Seoul Tower (08:00 to 24:00 / every 8 min / 15 min travel time)
2) From Itaewon Station (subway line #6), use exit #4 and take bus #3 to N Seoul Tower (08:00 to 23:00 / every 10 min / 15 min travel time)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

White Day 14th March 2011

This is the most romantic day in March. Many girls are waiting for a present which will be given from their boy friends. Yes, this is the right time to express your love. Girls gave a present to her love one or she has crushed on the valentine's day. The present could be home made chocolate ^^ or candies or something to show their love. How romantic atmosphere in February.
Now it is boys to turn it back to someone he love by giving some chocolates, candies, dolls or even jewelry.
Let's celebrate the day of love in March ... ^^

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Teddy Bear Museum Jeju Island

The beginning of teddy bear story is from a bear hunting trip held by the 26th United States of America’s president, Theodore Roosevelt. The word “Teddyas his nick name from “Theodore”. According to the story, Theodore Roosevelt held a bear hunting  event  buat had not shot any bear until the end of the bear hunting. One of his staff caught a bear and lashed it to a tree for president to shoot. President Roosevelt refused because it was not inappropriate for sports man.  

If you visit to the South Korea, you should visit The Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju Island. You can find everything about teddy bears inside and outside of the museum. The Jeju Teddy Bear Museum was opened for public on April 2001. It has galleries, museum gift shop that you can find various teddy bear souvenirs and café. Also you can see the beautiful view of Chungmoon beach from the outside garden.

Goong Teddy Bears ^^

Operation hours :
09:00 - 19:00 (tickets on sale until 18:00)
Summer(Jul. 16 - Aug. 25)  09:00 - 22:00 (tickets on sale until 21:00)

Adults: 6,000 won (Groups: 5,000 won)
Youths: 5,000 won (Groups: 4,000 won)
Children and Soldiers: 4,000 won (Groups: 3,000 won)
Group: 20 people or more

Directions: Jeju -> Seobu Industrial Road (or 1100 Road) -> Jungmun -> Jungmun Resort Complex

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bau House Mapo-gu Seoul

an unique cafe with dogs everywhere inside. Dogs lovers should visit this place ^^ 


BAU House Dog Cafe 바우하우스
405-13 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
South Korea 서울특별시 마포구 서교동 405-13
TEL: +82 2-334-5152 ‎
Website : Bau House Mapo-gu Seoul

How To Get There:
Exit from Hapjeong Station (합정역) exit #3. Walk straight ahead to first big intersection. Turn right, walk straight ahead, over slight hill. At Koryo restaurant, where the street bends left, turn right. At the Praha Castle, turn left. Walk straight ahead, Bau house is on the 3rd floor of a building on your left.

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Dream High 2nd Teaser HD (Eng Sub)

Monday, March 7, 2011

a cool place to hangout : Hello Kitty Cafe Seoul 헬로키티 카페

It's a cool place to hang out in Seoul ^^

Hello Kitty Cafe 헬로키티 카페
서울시 마포구 서교동 358-112
Seoul 358-112 Seogyo
Tel : 02-334-6570

Operation hours : 11:0024:00 (Friday & Saturday)2:00

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How to get there by subway :
Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 5; Hapjeong Station, line No. 2 or 5, exit 3; or Sangsu Station, line No. 6, exit 1. It’s on an uphill alley off of Hongdae’s main drag of shops and boutiques.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Movie review : Antique (2008)

Made in year 2008 with cast by Joo Ji-hoon as a Kim Jin-hyeok the owner of Antique Bakery. He hires a talented patissier named Min Seon-woo (Kim Jae-wook) who had crush on him from high school, Yang Ki-beom (Yoo Ah-in) was a boxing champion as Min Seon assistant, and also Nam Soo-yeong (Choi Ji-ho) the bodyguard.
This movie which is adopted from Japanesse comic is very entertaining with nice movie set and funny original soundtrack. All talents did very well and all out.

Movie review by Maria Margareta 


Starting from Princess Hours drama, I began to like Korea. Especially Hallyu. Hallyu is Korean wave which are including Korean movie, K-Pop, music, drama and Korean celebrities. Hallyu is the most important part to introduce Korea to the world and I'm the one who influenced by Hallyu ^^.
Now I'm interesting to learn Hangul. Hangul is the name of South Korea alphabet. Hangul has 2 types of alphabet : vowels and consonants.
for the first step, let's try to learn and remember those character of Hangul ^^

Happy learning Hangul ^^

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my fave... Tteokbokki ^^

The most delicious tteokbokki I've ever found in Jakarta is in MuGung Hwa supermarket, Jakarta.
so chewy and fresh tteok I tasted. Nyummy ^^

Korean Drama : Dream High 드림하이

Dream high is the story of Kirin School of Arts students with their unique talents, singing, dancing, acting dan modeling and from various family background, try hard to become a superstar.
This Korean Drama also tells about friendship, dedication, love and the relationship between parents and children, teacher and students with full of moral story. This drama also has some funny scenes but still inline with the plot.
For those who like music, this drama is worth to be seen, the soundtracks are good to listen with nice beat and melody.

Moral of the story :
1. Stay humble if someday you are already to be a success one.
2. Hard working and never give up to reach you dreams.
3. Parents, please give your children your fully support and love them always, give your empathy to your children.
4. Always love and remember your friends and always maintain good relationship with them.
5. Forgiving and forget someone who makes a mistake, nobody is perfect.

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Song Sam-Dong (Kim Soo-Hyun) lives in the country side and dreams of becoming an owner of a stock farm. He falls in love with Ko Hye-Mi (Bae Suji) at first sight and follows her to Kirin High School of Art. There he discovers his genius like musical talent. 

Jin-Gook (TaecYeon) is a gifted dancer, but a troubled student at school. The director of Kirin High School of Art ((Bae Yong-Jun)) recommends to Jin-Gook to enroll at his school. There, Jin-Gook's talents blossom and he now dreams of becoming a global star. 

Ko Hye-Mi (Bae Suji) is the most popular girl at Kirin High. She carries herself as a confident girl, but inside hides a sad past. She dreamed of becoming a world renown classical vocalist, but after the collapse of her family she had no choice but to enter Kirin High School of Art. She is loved by Song Sam-Dong and Jin-Gook.

Exchange student Jason (Wooyoung) comes to Kirin High after receiving the top score for new applicants. He comes from abroad and shows outstanding skills as a dancer.

Yoon Becky (Eun Jung) looks up to Ko Hye-Mi, who appears to have everything. They soon become rivals. 

Eria (Yoon Young-Ah) is a popular teen star. She enters Kirin High School of Art and becomes the object of admiration by her peers. She looks forward to having a "regular" school life.

TV Show: Dream High 
Revised romanization: Deurim Hai
Hangul: 드림하이
Director: Lee Eung-Bok
Writer: Park Hye-Ryun
Production Companies: KeyEast, JYPE, and CJ Media
Producer: Bae Yong Joon, Park Jin Young
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 16
Release Date: January 3 - February 28, 2011
Runtime: Mon. & Tues. 21:55
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

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Movie review by Maria Margareta

Yeongdeok Snow Crab Festival 2011

Do you love sea food ? Do you love crab ?

If you come to Korea you should try to eat a delicious snow crab ^^
Snow crab is one of sea commodity in Korea and Yeongdeok is the best place to find the best quality of snow crab.
Yeongdeok located in the northeast of Gyeongsangbuk –do and belongs to Yeongnam province, almost 5 hours by bus from Seoul.
This district has a beautiful scenery of nature and beaches also produce nutricious sweet and great taste of peach fruits, great sweet grapes which are good for diet, pine mushrooms, dried herrings and also the famous of snow crabs.

International festival called Snow Crab Festival held in Ganggu port, Yeongdeok. This festival is help to promote the great and delicious snow crab in Korea and held every March of each year and in 2001 this festival will be held on 11 – 13 March 2011.
Various interesting activities such as catching snow crabs, snow crab eating contest, snow crabs cooking competition and many more or if you want to buy snow crabs in lower price, this event is the right time to snow crab hunting.

How to get Yeongdeok from Seoul ?

Dong Seoul Bus Terminal > Yeongdeok Bus Terminal > Ganggu Bus Terminal

Dong Seoul Bus Terminal > Yeongdeok Bus Terminal
Departure Times: 07:00 08:00 09:30 11:00 13:00 14:30 15:40 17:00 18:00
Travel Time: 260 minutes

Yeongdeok Bus Terminal > Ganggu Bus Terminal
Departure Times: 06:50 06:20 08:40 09:35 10:40 11:40 12:30 14:40 15:30 16:20 17:00 17:10 17:30 18:30
Travel Time: 10 minutes

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Friday, March 4, 2011

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is the oldest orchestra in Korea.
Founded in year 1948 SPO held their first concert in February 1948 with Maestro Seong-Tae Kim as a conductor.
During that period, Seoul Philharmonic Society was founded to support the activities for the orchestra.
on June 1950, the orchestra had to suspend their activities due to Korean War after finished the concert in Seoul Civic Hall
but 5 months later they performed under the name the Naval Symphony Orchestra to soothe the Korean during the war.

The Seoul Metropolitan council had colaborated a Civic Orchestra and the Naval Symphony Orchestra into The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra,
in August 1957. With the support from the goverment in Korea, western symphonic literature had introduced to the Korean citizen and
young talented mucisians had a big opportunity to join and perform in the orchestra.
Kyung-Sook Lee, Kun-Woo Paik, Kyung-Wha Chung, Dong-Suk Kang and Myung-Whun Chung are some of the name who were blossom from this orchestra.

in June 2001 The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra was relaunched as an incorporated foundation with the aim of becoming a world class orchestra.
and in year 2006 They held a Beethoven cycle, a Brahms series in year 2007 and a Materpieces Series in year 2008.

Now The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra serves as one of the nation's symbols of dynamic develompment and hopes for the future and every year, there is a free concerts which is broadcast troughout the country in Korean Liberation Day. 

If you want to see The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra concert in March 2011 please kindly find the agenda :

Great Concerto Series
11th March 2011
08.00 pm
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center.
KRW 60,000(R) 40,000(S) 30,000(A) 10,000(B)

Explorer Series
24th March 2011
08.00 pm
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center.
KRW 50,000(R) 30,000(S) 20,000(A) 10,000(B)

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Korean Chordophones Instrument

Music is the window of the heart. Everybody loves music. I would like to share about Korean Traditional music especially chordophones instrument.

Chordophones instrument
Chordophones instrument is any musical instrument which makes sound by way of vibrating string or strings stretched between two points. Violins, guitars, and harp are some examples of chordophones instrument.

Two of Korean traditional chordophones instrument :

1. 거문고 or 현금 Geomun-go

Geomun-go, or hyeongeum in Chinese character form, is a composite word of:"geomun," meaning black(or Goguryo); and "go," meaning stringed instrument. According to the History of Three Kingdoms, Wang San-ak, a high-ranked official of the Goguryo dynasty, revised a Chinese seven-stringed instrument and made a new musical instrument. When he performed some musical pieces with the new instrument, a black crane came to the earth to dance to Wang’s music. From that time this musical instrument had been called hyeonhak-geum, meaning "black crane stringed instrument." Later it was called hyengeum meaning "black stringed instrument." The geomun-go has been played by the literati for their moral training.
The geomungo is generally played while seated on the floor. The strings are plucked with a short bamboo stick called suldae, which is held between the index and middle fingers of the right hand, while the left hand presses on the strings to produces various pitches. The most typical tuning of the open strings for the traditional Korean music is D#/Eb, G#/Ab, C, A#/Bb, A#/Bb, and A#/Bb an octave lower than the central tone. The instrument is played in traditional Korean court music and the folk styles of sanjo and sinawi.

2.가야금 Gayageum.

The gayageum means a stringed instrument (geum) of Gaya, an ancient country located in the southern part of the Korean peninsula. According to the History of Three Kingdoms, King Gasil of the Gaya dynasty created the gayageum based on a Chinese instrument. The body of the gayageum is made of a long paulownia. The instrument has twelve strings placed on movable bridges. The right hand makes the sound and the left hand makes the tunes. There are two kinds of gayageum; one used for classical music and the other used for folk music.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

삼일 운동 The March 1st Movement

This day, Korea celebrates The 1st March of movement. a national holiday to honour the independence day from Japan colonialism.
Japan invaded Korea gave misserable to Koreans. That's why in 1st of March 1919, 2.000.000 Koreans had participated in big demonstration against Japan.
Before the formal declaration, Korea also aired the following compalints to Japanesse through newspaper and media.
  • There was the belief that the government would discriminate when employing Koreans versus Japanese people; they claimed that no Koreans held important positions in the government.
  • There existed a disparity of education being offered between Korean and Japanese people.
  • The Japanese despised and mistreated Koreans in general.
  • Political officials, both Korean and Japanese were arrogant.
  • There was no special treatment for the upper class or scholars.
  • The administrative processes were too complicated and laws were being made too frequently for the general public to follow.
  • There was too much forced labor that was not desired by the public.
  • Taxes were too heavy and the Korean people were paying more than before while getting the same amount of services.
  • Land continued to be confiscated by the Japanese people for personal reasons.
  • Korean village teachers were being forced out of their jobs because the Japanese people were trying to suppress their heritage and teachings.
  • The development of Korea has been for the benefit for the Japanese. They argued that while Koreans were working towards development, they did not reap the benefit of their own work.
and at 2 pm, on 1 March 1919, the 33 nationalists who formed the core of the Samil Movement convened at Taehwagwan Restaurant in Seoul, and read the Korean Declaration of Independence that had been drawn up by the historian Choe Nam-seon and the poet Manhae (also known as Han Yongun).

 The leaders of the movement signed the document and sent a copy to the Japanese Governor General, with their compliments.
We herewith proclaim the independence of Korea and the liberty of the Korean people. We tell it to the world in witness of the equality of all nations and we pass it on to our posterity as their inherent right. We make this proclamation, having 5,000 years of history, and 20,000,000 united loyal people. We take this step to insure to our children for all time to come, personal liberty in accord with the awakening consciousness of this new era. This is the clear leading of God, the moving principle of the present age, the whole human race's just claim. It is something that cannot be stamped out, stifled, gagged, or suppressed by any means.

According to the frequently referenced The Bloody History of the Korean Independence Movement (한국독립운동지혈사, 韓國獨立運動之血史) by Park Eunsik, 7,509 were killed, 15,849 were wounded, and 46,303 were arrested.

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