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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Korean Family Pattern

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Korean Family Pattern

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Hallyu Korean Drama : 시크릿 가든 (Secret Garden)

Genre: Romance, comedy, fantasy, melodrama
Episodes: 20 + 1 Special
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2010-Nov-13 to 2011-Jan-22
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:45


The drama tells the story of Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin), an arrogant and eccentric CEO who maintains the image of seeming perfection, and Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won), a poor and humble stuntwoman whose beauty and body are the object of envy amongst top actresses. Their accidental meeting, when Joo Won mistakes Ra Im for actress Park Chae Rin, marks the beginning of a tense, bickering relationship, through which Joo Won tries to hide a growing attraction to Ra Im that both confuses and disturbs him. To complicate matters further, a strange sequence of events results in them swapping bodies.


Hyun Bin as Kim Joo Won
Ha Ji Won as Gil Ra Im
Yoon Sang Hyun as Choi Woo Young/Oska (Joo Won’s cousin)
Kim Sa Rang as Yoon Seul
Lee Philip as Im Jong Soo
Lee Jong Suk as Han Tae Ssun
Yoo In Na as Im Ah Young
Kim Ji Sook as Moon Yeon Hong
Park Joon Geum as Moon Boon Hong
Kim Sung Oh (김성오) as Kim Sung Woo (Joo Won’s secretary)
Choi Yoon So as Kim Hee Won (Joo Won’s sister)
Kim Sung Kyum as Moon Chang Soo
Lee Byung Joon as Park Bong Ho
Sung Byung Sook as Park Bong Hee
Yoon Gi Won as Choi Dong Kyu
Yoo Seo Jin as Lee Ji Hyun
Kim Gun as Yoo Jong Heon
Baek Seung Hee as Park Chae Rin
Kim Dong Gyoon as director
Kim Mi Kyung as guest house ahjumma
Song Yoon Ah as herself (cameo)
Lee Joon Hyuk as himself (cameo)
Beige (베이지) (cameo)
Baek Ji Young as herself (cameo, ep 13)
Han Ye Won as Cherry (cameo, ep 15)
Kang Chan Yang (강찬양)
Jang Seo Won (장서원)
Kim Sung Hoon

Production Credits

Producer: Oh Se Kang
Director: Shin Woo Chul, Kwon Hyuk Chan
Screenwriter: Kim Eun Sook


2010 SBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Actor – Drama Special (Hyun Bin)
2010 SBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Actress – Drama Special (Ha Ji Won)
2010 SBS Drama Awards: Netizen Popularity Award – Drama
2010 SBS Drama Awards: Netizen Popularity Award (Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won)
2010 SBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won)

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Hallyu Korean Drama : 49일 (49 Days)

Genre: Fantasy, romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-Mar-16 to 2011-May-19
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55


Shin Ji Hyun was enjoying absolute bliss as she was about to marry her fiancé, Kang Min Ho, but her perfect life is shattered when she gets into a car accident that leaves her in a coma. She is given a second chance at life by a reaper, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her. In order to do this, she borrows the body of Yi Kyung, a part-time employee at a convenience store for 49 days.


Lee Yo Won as Song Yi Kyung
Nam Gyu Ri as Shin Ji Hyun
- Kim Yoo Bin as young Ji Hyun
Jo Hyun Jae as Han Kang
Bae Soo Bin as Kang Min Ho
Jung Il Woo as scheduler / Song Yi Soo
Seo Ji Hye as Shin In Jung

Production Credits

Producer: Choi Moon Suk
Director: Jo Young Kwang (조영광)
Screenwriter: So Hyun Kyung

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Hallyu Korean Drama : 넌 내게 반했어 (You’ve Fallen for Me)

Previously known as: 페스티벌 / Festival
Genre: Romance, music
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2011-June-29 to 2011-Aug-18
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55


Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is also the vocalist and guitarist of the band “The Stupid.” Shin is known for his good looks and strong passion for music, but in reality he is cold, lacks interest in anything unrelated to music and has neither dreams nor plans for the future. He initially likes Jung Yoon Soo, a dance professor at university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Kyu Won.

Lee Kyu Won is a bright and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in traditional Korean instruments, especially the gayageum. Kyu Won’s grandfather, Lee Dong Gun, is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age and his biggest wish is to see his granddaughter become a traditional music prodigy. Trying to live up to her grandfather’s expectations, Kyu Won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing outside of her studies. As her friends are fans of “The Stupid”, she was forced to go to the band’s concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him.


Jung Yong Hwa as Lee Shin
Park Shin Hye as Lee Kyu Won
Song Chang Ui as Kim Suk Hyun
So Yi Hyun as Jung Yoon Soo
Kang Min Hyuk as Yeo Joon
Woo Ri as Han Hee Joo
Lee Hyun Jin as Hyun Ki Young
Jang Seo Won as Yoon Soo Myung
Shin Goo as Lee Dong Gun
Sun Woo Jae Duk
Lee Il Hwa
Kim Sun Kyung

Production Credits

Production Company: JS PICTURES
Director: Pyo Min Soo
Screenwriter: Lee Myung Sook

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Seoul Tour Bus

The best way to get around Seoul with 1 ticket. Visitors may get off anywhere during the tour, reboard and proceed. The bus has 35 seats completed with headsets that play recorded about information of each spot with 5 different languages.
I took this bus while my trip in Seoul. It was very useful and efficient. I took the bus (downtown tour) from Myeongdong area, and I went to Namsan. I was getting around at some of palaces in Seoul (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace) and I stoped my tour at Seoul station, and after had late lunch in Seoul station, I went back to Sinchon by subway.
I want to try again when I go back to Seoul.

Seoul city bus :

Downtown Tour :
The last bus of the day leaves at 19:00 from Gwanghwamun bus stop.
Rute :  Gwanghwamun Gate – Deoksugung Palace – Namdaemun Market – Seoul Station – USO – Yongsan Station – The National Museum of Korea – War Memorial of Korea – U.S. Army Post – Itaewon – Crown Hotel – Myeong-dong – Namsangol Hanok Village – Sofitel Ambassador Hotel – The National Theater – N Seoul Tower – Grand Hyatt Seoul – Tower Hotel – Shilla Hotel – Dongdaemun Market – Daehangno Market – Changgyeonggung Palace – Changdeokgung Palace – Insa-dong – Cheong Wa dae (the Blue House) – The National Folk Museum of Korea – Gyeongbokgung Palace – Gwanghwamun Gate.

Palace Tour :
The last bus of the day leaves at 16:00 from Gwanghwamun bus stop.
Rute : Gwanghwamun Gate – Deoksugung Palace – Seoul Station – Cheonggye Plaza – Gyeongbokgung Palace – Insa-dong – Changdeokgung Palace – Daehangno Street – Changgyeonggung Palace – Changdeokgung Palace – Insa-dong – Cheong Wa dae (the Blue House) – The National Folk Museum of Korea – Gyeongbokgung Palace – Gwanghwamun Gate.

Night Tour :
The bus leaves at 19:50 and 20:00 from Gwanghwamun bus stop.
Rute : Gwanghwamun Gate – Deoksugung Palace – N Seoul Tower – Sungnyemun Gate – Cheonggye Plaza.

Photos : Maria Margareta

Sunday, June 19, 2011

2011 Korean Traditional Art Festival in New York, USA

2011 Korean Traditional Art Festival
Saturday, June 25, 8 PM
Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (70 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC)

Traditional Art Society of Korea (TASK) will host Korean Traditional Art Festival, celebrating 50th Anniversary of Korean Traditional Music Association in Seoul, at Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall on June 25th. The TASK invites many Korean music masters and their performance not only touches the heart of the people of New York but also thrill the nostalgia of home country to many Korean people. The show consists of Folk songs, Dancing and Music instrument playing (traditional flute and drum). All performers are the masters (designated as Living National Treasure) and their successors.

Performer list: Young Hee Lee, Young Hee Shin, Chun Hee Lee, Jung Sook Kang, Kil Soon Yang, Lee Jo Lim, Soo Kwan Park, Yeon Hwa Lee, Myo Seon Kim, Sung Joon Lee, Jun Sung Kwon, Sang Hyeon Lee, Jong Mun Kam, Jee Woong Park

For more information, please visit or call 718-762-2951. 

credit : Korean Cultural Service New York

10 K-pop acts for Korean Music Wave 2011 in Singapore

Having organized the Korean Pop Night Concert 2010 last year, Proof Label is back again with the organization of Korean Music Wave 2011 this coming July 15th in Singapore.
The concert will be headlined by YG stars, Big Bang and 2NE1, along with 8 others which include F.T. Island, U-Kiss, miss A, The Boss, Teen Top, Dal Shabet, TOUCH and X-5.
The concert will last approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, with the performance time (i.e. the number of songs) for each band is decided by the respective artiste agencies.
Tickets are priced at S$318, S$258, S$198, S$148 and S$118. Online ticket sales via SISTIC will commence on May 7 (Sat) at 12pm. Phone booking and ticket sales through authorised agents at SISTIC counters islandwide will commence on May 7 (Sat) at 1pm. Maximum six tickets per transaction.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Event : Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) July 14 - 24, 2011

Thursday, July 14 at 11:00am - July 24 at 9:00pm


Bucheon’s choice: competition among genre centered films
World Fantastic Cinema: new, innovative movies of horror, mystery, thriller, SF
Strange Homage: the latest and controversial works by the greatest masters
Off the Fantastic: comedy melodrama, musicals movies
Forbidden Zone: movies for fun with highly intensive visual and sensational narratives
Family Fanta: family movies
Ani Fanta: animations
Fantastic short Films: a collection of best short movies from all around the world
Special programs
- Introduction of a contemporary initiative directors and their works
- History of Pifan
Open cine parade: outdoor screenings


Boksagol Cultural Center
Songnae Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Walk along Jungangdaero Boulevard for 700m.
Turn left, and walk along Jangmal-gil Street for 100m.
Art Hall is on the right side.


Songnae Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Take Bus 16 or 70, and get off at the next stop.

Citizens’ Hall
Songnae Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Take Bus 1, 8, 83 or 96, and get off at Bucheon Simin Hoegwan (Citizens' Hall).

City Hall
Songnae Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Take Bus 23, 70, 80 or 700, and get off at Bucheon Sicheong (City Hall).

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Source : Korean Tourism Organization.

Haechi, The Symbol of Seoul

as a big city, Seoul has a symbol namely Haechi. Haechi is first began in appearing in Silla era (57 BC - AD 935). a mythical creature as a guardian of justice which representing also safety and luck. in Jeoseon kingdom (1392 - 1910) statues of  The Haechi were placed in palaces and homes to protect them from harm and misfortune. Haechi was chosen as a symbol of Seoul in May 2008. With the move, Seoul City has developed various products featuring Haechi to make it one of world’s best city brands.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Korean Cultural Center Jakarta Indonesia

Interesting about Korea ? or want to learn Korean ? or other activities related to Korea. For everyone who stay in Jakarta, Indonesia, you can join in Korean Cultural Center Indonesia fan page in facebook.

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Located in Equity Tower 17th floor, SCBD, Lot 9 Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53 Jakarta Indonesia.
Phone : 021-2903-5650 (hunting).

photo by Korean Cultural Center Indonesia

Dongdaemun Gate (Great East Gate)

Since a disastrous 2008 fire destroyed the Sungnyemun (Namdaemun) Gate, the Dongdaemun Gate is the one of only two of Seoul's old main city gates still standing,
More properly called Heunginjimun, the gate has a history going back to 1396, when Seoul's old city walls were first constructed, although the current structure dates from 1869.
The gates consists of a solid stone base with a two-story wooden superstructure. a half moon wall wal built in front of the gate used for additional defense. Unfortunately, the gate is not usually open for public.

How to get there :
Dongdaemun station (Seoul subway Line1,4) Exit 6

Text : Visit Korea Year, Seoul.
Photo by Maria Margareta