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Sunday, July 24, 2011


Saekdong refers to a stripe that features many colors, it began to be used for Hanbok since the Goryeo period (918-1392). Saekdong reminds one of the rainbow, which in turn evokes thoughts of children's dream. Saekdong paterns were commonly provided for children between the age of 1 to 7. The use of wide aray of colors found and in the children's saekdong was rooted in belief could drive the evil spirits away.
in the 21th century saekdong come to be regarded as the symbol of Korean color patterns.

The color pattern of Saekdong. pict source :

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Rainbow ... the children's dream ... pict source :

source : wikipedia and 100 cultural symbols of Korea.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Opening Ceremony of Korean Cultural Center Indonesia. Jakarta, July of 18th 2011

If you stay in Jakarta Indonesia and interesting about Korean culture, Korean Cultural Center Indonesia has been launched with the opening ceremony yesterday, July 18, 2011.
Mr Seo Kang Soo (Deputy Minister for Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korea) gave the speech on this event, He hopes that the friendship between Korea and Indonesia is getting closer and both countries can know each other.
Mr Kim Young Sun (Korean Ambassador in Indonesia) and Mr Wardiyatmo (Deputy Minister for Ministry of Culture & Tourism of RI) were came also to this ceremony and gave their speech. 
Celebration performances from National Gugak Center, Seoul and Marusya Chamber Music from Jakarta were performed yesterday. 
The objectives that people who are interesting about Korea can be supported by this cultural center. Korean Cultural Center Indonesia has modern facilities, library with Korean style windows has many books related to all aspects about Korea. Hallyu movies and Kpop CDs are available here. Internet, TV screens, auditorium and classrooms are available. Many exhibitions, seminars and Korean language course are held here. All of the facilities are available here to support and to introduce Korean culture in Indonesia.

If you Korean lovers, please join as a member of Korean Cultural Center Indonesia it's free of charge.

Korean Cultural Center Indonesia
Equity Tower 17th floor. SCBD lot 9
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53
Jakarta, Indonesia.

Opening ceremony :

From Left To Right:

Mr Kim Hyun Ki, Director of Korean Cultural Center Indonesia), Mr Kim Young Sun (Korean Ambassador in Indonesia), Mr Seo Kang Soo (Deputy Minister for Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korea), Mr Wardiyatmo (Deputy Minister for Ministry of Culture & Tourism of RI), Mr Seung Eun Ho, and Mr Shin Ki Yeop.
photo : Korean Cultural Center Indonesia.

photos : Maria Margareta.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Spring Flowers in Seoul, Korea ^^

Hello everyone,
Here I want to share my photos taken in Seoul on the spring time. Those flowers are lovely and fresh. I took those pictures in Insadong, Gwanghwamun Square and the Hangang river side. They are so lovely, isn't it ? ... ^^

photos by Maria Margareta

Friday, July 15, 2011

Aegukga - 애국가 - South Korea National Anthem

Aegukga is the national anthem of South Korea. The title literally means "The Song of Love for the Country," or "The Patriotic Song."

It is believed that the lyrics were written for the cornerstone-laying ceremony of the Independence Gate in Seoul in 1896 by Yun Chiho, a politician, or by An Chang-ho, a pro-independence leader and educator. Initially, Aegukga was sung to the tune of the Scottish folk song "Auld Lang Syne", introduced to Korea by Western missionaries. The Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (1919–1945) in Shanghai, China, adopted it as their national anthem. At a ceremony celebrating the founding of South Korea on 15 August 1948, the Scottish tune was finally replaced by the Finale of Korea Fantasia that Ahn Eak-tae had composed in 1935. The new "Aegukga" was later adopted by the Presidential Decree of 1948 by then-President Syngman Rhee (or Lee Seungman).

Lyrics :

동해 물과 백두산이 마르고 닳도록
하느님이 보우하사 우리나라 만세

무궁화 삼천리 화려 강산
대한 사람 대한으로 길이 보전하세

남산 위에 저 소나무 철갑을 두른 듯
바람서리 불변함은 우리 기상일세

무궁화 삼천리 화려 강산
대한 사람 대한으로 길이 보전하세

가을 하늘 공활한데 높고 구름 없이
밝은 달은 우리 가슴 일편단심일세

무궁화 삼천리 화려 강산
대한 사람 대한으로 길이 보전하세

이 기상과 이 맘으로 충성을 다하여
괴로우나 즐거우나 나라 사랑하세

무궁화 삼천리 화려 강산
대한 사람 대한으로 길이 보전하세

credit : wikipedia and youtube.

Korean Drama : Scent of a Woman

Title: 여인의 향기 / Yeoineui Hyanggi / Scent of A Woman

Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-July-23 to 2011-Sep-11


A woman, Lee Yeon Jae, is given the grim prognosis that she only has a short time left to live. She decides to quit her job at a travel agency and live her life to the fullest.


Kim Sun Ah as Lee Yeon Jae
Lee Dong Wook as Kang Ji Wook
Uhm Ki Joon as Chae Eun Suk
Seo Hyo Rim as Se Kyung

Extended Cast

Lee Jung Gil
Kim Kwang Gyu

Production Credits

Director: Park Hyung Ki
Screenwriter: No Ji Seol (노지설)

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Pyeongchang is the famous place for winter activites and winter sports in South Korea. Located in the county of Gangwon province, in Taebaek mountains regions, 750 m above sea level Pyeongchang has been choosen as a host for Winter Olympic in year 2018. Congratulations for Pyeongchang ! ^^

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Amsa-dong Pre Historic Settlement Site

Last week I borrowed 2 Korean History DVDs from Korean Cultural Center. I am interesting to learn about Korean history, in chapter 1, I saw about Amsa-dong Pre Historic Settlement Site. Sounds interesting to know and learn about Korea history.

I want to share what I was watching combine with some of supporting information. I think this site is interesting to visit. I will go to this site when I go back to Korea in the future.

Amsa-dong located at the edge of Han River in Gangdong-gu. Discovered in year 1925 when the heavy rains caused the overflow of the river and uncovering stones and earthenware on that site. This site is consists of Neolithic habitation to about 6000 BC, primitive era.


Amsa station (Seoul Subway Line 8) Exit 1
Walk straight for 15mins to Prehistoric Settlement Site

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Daegu Metropolitan City

Located in the south east of Korea peninsula, Daegu metropolitan city is the 4th largest city in Korea.
Daegu sits in Basin surrounded in by low mountains. Palgongsan in the north, Biseulsan in the south, Waryongsan in the west, and smaller hills in the east. Daegu has a humid tropical climate.The mountains that comprise the basin trap hot and humid air. Similarly, in winter, cold air lies in the basin. The area receives little precipitation except during the rainy season of summer, and is sunny throughout much of the year.
Daegu is also the manufacturing  city, including textile, metals and machinery, this city can be called as a fashion city.

How to get there :
from Seoul to Daegu :
50 min by air.
3 hrs and 25 min by Saemaeulho train.
1 hr 50 min by KTX train from Seoul Train Station.
 4 hrs 30 min by bus from Seoul Express Bus Terminal.

Interesting places :

Mount Palgongsan as a center of Budhist culture.
Jikjisa Temple.
Gayasan National Park.
Haeinsa Temple.

Picture credit : wikipedia.

Daegu International Music Festival, 11th July 2011

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

7/1 Shilla, Land of the Gods Miso II

Open Run Starting July 1st Theater & Dance
Over the past 14 years, patrons of the arts in Seoul and countless tourists have stopped by the Chongdong Theater near City Hall for the traditional performance Miso (meaning “smile” in Korean). This month, a new production will open in Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Dynasty (which lasted from 57 BC – AD 935). Titled “Miso II: Silla, Land of the Gods,” this non-verbal performance illustrates the thousand-year history of Silla with age-old Korean dance and music. The three acts touch upon the divine founding of Silla, the love story of Seondeok and Yongchun, and the Silla Road. Held at the Expo Cultural Center of the Gyeongju World Culture Expo. 7 pm. Closed Mon. W20,000 – W50,000. 054-740-3800

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2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Slogan "New Horizons" 평창 동계 올림픽 슬로건

credit : 대한민국 외교통상부


Monday, July 4, 2011

Gwangjang Market

Gwanjang market is the first Korea regular market, opened in year 1905 also has a important history background.
in year 1905, the Japanese forced Korea to sign a protectorate treaty, after which Japanese merchants gained control over the spawling Namdaemun market. In response, nasionalist-minded merchants, gathered the funds and property needed to start a Korean-owned market and here it is, Gwangjang market.
You can find a lot of Korean traditional clothes such as Hanboks, and silks here. Also here, you can find Korean street food with cheap prices.

Opening hours : 7 am  - 7 pm.
How to get there : Exit 8, Jongno 5-ga station, line 1.

July - August Festival in Daegu

The Daegu International musical festival
The Daegu International musical festival(DIMF) is the only exclusive international musical festival in Korea, which aims high at developing musical theater into an industry through which the beauty and joy of musicals can be shared with international citizens as well as local residents.
Period : Every Summer.
Venue : Main theaters and provisional stages downtown Daegu.
Contact : DIMF Office +82-53-622-1945(Kor, Eng)

Daegu International Body Painting Festival
Hosted by "Colorful Daegu", DIBF is full of amazing colors performed by world's best bodypainting artists and also Korea's top hair and make-up artists.
Period : every August.
Venue : Kolon Field Concert Hall in Duryu Park

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Fashion Street in Ewha Womans University

When I was in Seoul, I stay in Sinchon, Seoul, 1 station after Hongdae (Hongik University) from Incheon airport if you take the airport limousine bus.
I used subway to get around Seoul and I always went through Ewha Womans University train station. Well let's talk about what's is going on in Ewha Womans University area ?
There is a street named Fashion Street which is start from the main gate of Ewha Womans University and continues to Sinchon train station. It is lined with second hand shops, brand retailers, accessories and shoe stores and there are in line with current trends in Korea. I am sure women like to getting around this area, all women want are available here ^^

How to get there : Ewha Womans University Train Station line 2.

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 image source : seoultour

Seoul Station

Do you want to go to Busan ? or get connected with subway in Seoul ? or want to go to the airport. You can use train from Seoul Station. Seoul Station is the major railway station which is as a connecting in Seoul and from Seoul to any other district or province in Korea.
The busiest train stations with complete type of train from KTX (high speed train connecting to any major cities in Korea such as Busan or Daegu. It takes only 2 hours from Seoul to Busan by using KTX) or AREX (to the Incheon and Gimpo airport) or subway if you want to getting around Seoul line 1 and line 4.
When I was in Seoul, and visited this station, I feel that I was in the airport. I saw many types of train from Mugunghwa to KTX and many destination in the board. a lots of people were around the station. Sometimes some of military with their uniform walked over the station. Athough Seoul station is very hectic and busy, but it's very clean.
For the history, the old Seoul station (located beside the new one) is opened in year 1925 and was designed by Japanese architec named Tsukamoto Yasushi from Tokyo imperial University. Japanese, the design of the station looks a like with european (Dutch) style. The old Seoul Station is being renovated for use as a cultural center.

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Photo by Maria Margareta

Seoul Walking Tour

Seoul offers walking tour around Seoul around the major palaces and major cultural spot.

photo by Maria Margareta.

Tours :

Deoksogung Palace, Jeongdong Route :
Deoksugung Palace (Royal guard Changing Ceremony) - Jungmyeongjeon Hall - Former Russian Legation - Gyeonghuigung Palace.

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Hyoja-Dong Route :
Gyeongbokgung Palace - Samcheongdonggil Street - Pass Cheong Wa Dae (the Blue House) - Hyoja-dong Sarangbang.

Jongmyo Royal Shrine, Changgyeonggung Palace Route :
Jongmyo royal Shrine - Changgyeonggung Palace - Changgyeonggungno Street - Yulgongno Street - Changdeokgung Palace.

Bukchon - Unhyeongung Palace :
Unhyeongung - Bukchon Cultural Center - Korean Buddhist Art Museum - Korean Hand Embroidery Museum - Gahoe Museum - Maedeup Studio - Bukchon Lifestyles Museum - Hanok Experience Center - Seoul Intangible Cultual Heritage Exhibition Hall.

Cheonggyecheon Stream Route :
Cheonggyecheon Plaza - Gwangtonggo Bridge - Samilgyo Bridge to Insadong or Jongno - Supyogyo Bridge - Saebyeokdari Bridge - Ogansugyo Bridge.

Information :
02 - 777 - 6090