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Monday, August 29, 2011

Free Shuttle Bus from Seoul to 3 major cities in Korea

Feel the great cuisine, culture and history, and events in Korea. There are 3 destination that you can get around by using Free shuttle bus from Seoul.

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Seoul - Gyeongju
Departure : Seoul 8:00 a.m. Arrival : Gyeongju 1.00 p.m.
Departure : Gyeongju : 4.00 p.m. Arrival : Seoul : 9.00 p.m.

Seoul - Jeonju

Departure : Seoul 8.00 a.m. Arrival : Jeonju : 11.00 a.m.
Departure : Jeonju : 5.00 p.m. Arrival : Seoul : 8.00 a.m.

Seoul - Busan
Departure : Seoul : 8.00 a.m. Arrival : Busan Lotte Hotel Busan : 2 p.m., Paradise Hotel 2.30 p.m.
Departure : Busan (Paradise Hotel 4.00 p.m., Lotte Hotel Busan 4.40 p.m.Arrival : Seoul 10.30 p.m.

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Departure :

Seoul : Gwanghwamun (Donghwa Duty Free).
Gyeongju : Gyeongju Bomun Complex (Hyundai Hotel  - Hilton Hotel - Concord Hotel).

Jeonju : Riviera Hotel.

Busan : Lotte Hotel Busan, Paradise Hotel Busan.

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청계천 Cheonggyecheon Stream

Hello everybody,
Here I want to share my photos in Cheonggyecheon Stream (청계천) in Seoul, South Korea.
If you travel to Korea especially Seoul metropolitan city, this place is the must to visit. Located in the center of Seoul, I can feel the oase in the middle of many highrise buildings. Anyway, you can find KTO (Korea Tourism Organization) office near The Cheonggyecheon Stream, and you can stop by to get more information about Korean tourism in KTO office ^^

address : Seoul-si Jongno-gu Changsin1-dong
Subway Line 1: City Hall Station, Jonggak Station, Jongno 3-ga Station, Jongno 5-ga Station, Dongdaemun Station, Sinseoldong Station
Line 2: Euljiro 1-ga Station, Euljiro 3-ga Station, Euljiro 4-ga Station, Sindang Station, Sangwangsibni Station
Line 3: Jongno 3-ga Station
Line 4: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station
Line 5: Gwanghwamun Station
Exit towards Cheonggyecheon Stream

Monday, August 15, 2011

태극기 National Flag of South Korea

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The Korean flag is called Taegeukgi. The design symbolizes the principles of the yin and yang in Asian philosophy. The circle in the center of the flag is devided into equal parts. The red half represents the proactive cosmic forces of the yang. Conversely, the blue half represents the responsive cosmic forces of the yin. The two forces together embody the concepts of continual movement, balance and harmony that characterize the sphere of infinity. The circle is surrounded by a trigram in each corner. Each trigram symbolizes one of the four universal elements:

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History :
The flag was designed by King Gojong or Pak Young-hyo in 1882,
and Taegeukgi was adopted as the national flag of Joseon Dynasty on March 6, 1883.

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Maria and Taegeukgi s in Seoul. Photo by Maria Margareta.

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Wikipedia and Korea Travelguide Book, Korea Tourism Organization.

무궁화 Mugunghwa, The National Flower of Korea

Every year around July to October, you will see the blooming of Mugunghwa 무궁화. Mugunghwa or The Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus syriacus is the national flower of Korea. Mugung means immortality reflects the enduring nature of Korean culture along with the determination and perseverance of the Korean people.
This flower characteristic is simple but the strongest flower, Mugunghwa can bloom and fresh within 100 days.

I remember of the lyrics of South Korea anthem 애국가 Aegukga is
무궁화 삼천리 화려강산
대한 사람 대한으로 길이 보전하세
Means :
Mugunghwa, over three thousand miles, O beautiful land, People of Korea, ever may preserve her. 

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

광복절 Gwangbokjeol, The Liberation of Korea, August 15th

The South Korea independence day is celebrating every August 15th. This day commemorates of the victory from Japan invation. This day is a public holiday, many people celebrate together and gathering in many festivals and public events. Taegukki are displayed in front of the houses and buildings. Most of public museums are open free of charge.

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Arirang : The Genuine Music of Korea

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Recipe : Samgyetang (Chicken Ginseng Soup)

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Ingredients :
1 whole small chicken, 1 insam root (Korean Ginseng), 1/3 cup glutinous rice, 3 dates, 4 chestnuts, 6 gloves of garlic, a small piece of ginger, half sliced onion, 1 bunch of scallions, salt, ground pepper.

Directions :

Cut the abdomen of the chicken lengthwise. Remove the organs, tip of the wings and neck optionalm but leave the body whole.

Wash the glutinous rice, and soak it for about an hour. Wash and prepare the datges and chestnuts for cooking.

Stuff the soaked glutinous rice along with the cloves of garlic into the chicken. Sew the ends to keep the rice inside the chicken. Cross the legs, and tie them with string.

Place the chicken in a pot and pour in about 4 cups of water. Place the insam root, chestnuts, dates and ginger, onions and scallions in the pot and cook under medium heat for about 40 minutes.

When the ingrediens inside the chicken are fully cooked, remove the scallions, onions, and ginger. Finish by seasoning the broth with salt and pepper.

Serve unseasoned- You can add salt and pepper to your preference, but some cooks add salt immediately before serving.

Happy cooking ^^

credit : The Wonderful Worlds of Korean Food - Dynamic Korea.Korean Tourism Organization.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Weather Forecast in Korea

Please kindly click this picture below, it's usefull for you who want to travel to Korea. Happy travelling ^^

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Sambok (Three days to mark the hottest days of summer)

Chobo, Jungbok,  and Malbok are called Sambok which are the beginning, a middle and the end of the hottest days in Lunar calendar. People usually eat hot meat dishes to boost their stamina. One of the food that people usually eat on Sambok period is samgyetang, the whole chicken stuffed with ginseng, jujubes and garlic and rice seasoned with salt and pepper. Samgyetang is nyummy isn't it ? ^^

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The 13th Seoul Fridge Festival

The 13th Seoul Fringe Festival

Dates : August 12, Thursday, 2010 ~ August 29, Saturday, 2010
Venue : Art creation space in nearby Hong-ik University and downtown area of Seoul
Organized : Seoul Fringe Network
Sponsor : Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism, Arts Council Korea, Seoul City, Mapo-gu , Seoul Foundation Arts and Culture, Fringe Center(Seogyo-dong art experiment center) 

How to buy ticket :
- Purchasing tickets on-line can be possible after memebership resgisteration to the Seoul Fringe Festival website.
- Please contact us at the Seoul Fringe Festival headquarters(02-325-8150) for group tickets for 40 people and over. 
- House opens 20minutes before the show, and delay entrance will not be permitted what so ever.
- Cancelling tickets purchased through the official website is possible only until 5pm previous day of the show, and refunds are not possible from that time over.
- Doulbe discount is not possible.
Cancellation and Refunds
On-line Ticketing
- Cancelling tickets is possible only until 5pm, previous day of the show.
(Payment made by deposit without bankbook will be re-deposited to your account with the charage of commission)
- Cancellation process will take 5-7 days.
- Fringe Big 3 cannot be refunded.
On-the-Spot Ticketing
- Tickets purchased on-the-spot can only be cancelled at the place of purchase.
- On-the-day cancellation and refund will not be possible for all tickets.
● 예매처 Bookings
- 온라인 : 서울프린지페스티벌 홈페이지
           사랑티켓 홈페이지
           (한국에 본인이름으로 은행계좌가 있는 경우만 예매 가능)
- 박스오피스 : 축제센터 (@서교예술실험센터)
               인포메이션센터 부스 (관광안내소 옆) (*런치티켓)
- 실내공연예술제 각 공연장 
- On-line : Seoul Fringe Festival Website
            Sarang Ticket Website
            (People with a Korean bank account under his/her name only.)
- Box Office : Festival Center (@ Seoul Arts Space)
               Information Center (Next to the Information Desk) (*Lunch Ticket)
- All venues of the Indoor Performance Arts Festival
● 티켓 안내 Ticketing
- 사전예매 Advance Ticketing
7.12~8.4 기간에 티켓구입시 20% 할인
20% discount for tickets purchased July 12~ August 4
- 전공연관람권 '프리패스' 'Free Pass' 
7.12 판매개시 Tickets available from July 12th
가격 : 100,000원 (20매 한정) Price : 100,000\ (limited to 20 passes)
최소 하루 전 전화예매 후, 축제상황실(서교예술실험센터 2층)에서 수령
Telephone booking at least a day before the first show, and collect at the situation room (2F, Seoul Arts Space)
- 특별 할인 Special Discount
(1) 빅3 Big 3
가격 : 25,000원 Price : 25,000\
실내공연예술제 유료공연 3편 관람 가능 3 pay-performances of the Indoor Performance Arts Festival  
예매처 : 축제홈페이지 Booking : Official website
(2) 단체할인 Group Discount
10인이상 관람시 20% 할인 20% discount for a group of 10and over
예매처 : 현장판매 / 축제홈페이지 Booking : On-the-spot / Official website
(3) 예술인할인 Artists Discount
대상 : 예술관련 종사자 및 협회 소속회원
Requirements : Art professions and members of the Arts Association
가격 : 기존가격에서 일괄 5,000원 할인
          (기존 5,000원 티켓은 할인 적용 안됨)
Price : 5,000\ across the board
예매처 : 현장판매 / 축제홈페이지
Booking : On-the-spot / Official website
* 티켓구입/수령시 예술인임을 확인할 수 있는 증거를 지참해주세요.
* Documents of proof must be presented during purchase and collect of the ticket
(4) 런치티켓 Lunch Ticket
축제 전 기간 매일 PM12~PM1 에 티켓구입시 적용
Tickets purchased between 12pm~1pm during the festival.
가격 : 기존가격에서 일괄 5,000원 할인
          (기존 5,000원 티켓은 할인 적용 안됨)
Price : 5,000\ across the board
(Not applied to tickets already 5,000\)
예매처 : 현장판매 (인포메이션센터 (관광안내소 옆) )
Booking : On-the-spot (Information Center (Next to the Information Desk))
문의 서울프린지페스티벌 사무국 02.325.8150
Inquiries : Seoul Fringe Festival Executive Office 02.325.8150
Festival Map

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Gyeongju World Culture EXPO (August 12th - October 10th, 2011)

The 2011 Gyeongju World Culture Expo is set to take place for 60 days, from August 12th to October 10th, at Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park and in the Gyeongju city area under the theme of ‘A Story of Thousand Years – Love, Light and Nature.’ The main programs at the Expo include “Flying” (non-verbal martial arts performance), “Smile II – Land of God, Silla” (musical), “Byeongnucheon” (animation starring live actors) and “A Story of a Thousand Years” (exhibition of the history and culture of the Silla Kingdom). Moreover, street performances including national dish cooking, magic, mime and clown show, permanent performances including global dance festival and B-boying, as well as planned exhibitions of various topics will be held every Saturday and Sunday.

Address :

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si Cheongun-dong       

Location :
Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park


From Seoul to Gyeongju:
① By train(KTX): From Seoul Station to Singyeongju Staion → (First train runs at 5:30am, last train runs at 22:00pm / 22 trains a day / travel time: 2hrs)
② By bus: From Seoul Gangnam Express Bus Terminal (Subway line 3, Express Bus Terminal Station) → take a bus headed towards Gyeongju (first bus runs at 6:05am, last bus runs at 11:55pm, buses come at 25-150min intervals / travel time: 4hrs, 30min) → Get off at Gyeongju Express Terminal

From Gyeongju to the event venue:
① At the airport bus stop in front of each hotel of the Bomun Lake Resort, take an airport bus to the event venue. (travel time: 1hour)
② At Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal, take a bus No.10, 18, 100, 150 to the event venue. (comes at 15 min. intervals / 20 mins. from the terminal / 15 mins. from Gyeongju Station)
③ At Singyeongju Station, take a bus No.700 to the event venue.

Homepage: (Korean)

credit : Korean Tourism Organisation

The Concert in Celebration of the 66th Anniversary of Liberation of Korea by Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

The Concert in Celebration of the 66th Anniversary of Liberation of Korea

지휘: 정명훈 / Myung-Whun Chung, conductor
피아니스트 손열음 / Yeol Eum Son, piano
소프라노 서선영 / Sun Young Seo, soprano
테너 요셉 강 / Yosep Kang, tenor
소리꾼 이자람 / Lee Jaram, singer

프로그램 / Program

무소륵스키, 전람회의 그림 (라벨 편곡)
Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel)

차이콥스키, 피아노 협주곡 1번 (1악장)
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No.1 (1st Mov.)

차이콥스키, 교향곡 6번 (3악장)
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.6 (3rd Mov.)

베르디, <운명의 힘> 중 '신이여, 평화를 주소서'
Verdi, 'Pace, Pace, mio Dio!' from <La forza del destino>

푸치니, <라보엠> 중 '그대의 찬손'
Puccini, 'Chegelidamanina' from <La Boheme>

푸치니, <라보엠> 중 '오 사랑스런 아가씨여'
Puccini, 'O soave fanciulla' from <La Boheme>

베르디, <라 트라비아타> 중 '축배의 노래'
Verdi, 'Brindisi' from <La Traviata>

안익태, 한국환상곡
Ahn Eak Tai, Korea Fantasy

* 본 공연은 선착순 무료입장입니다.
* Free entry on a first-come first-served basis.
* 우천시, 다음날로 순연됩니다.
* In case of rain, to be postponed till the next day, August 15.

Time : Sunday, August 14 · 8:00pm - 9:30pm
광화문광장 / Gwanghwamun Square

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