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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Public Transportations in Korea

Public transportation in Korea are integrated each other, they are very rapid convenient and efficient and will connect you to some of major cities in Korea. You can fine subway systems in Seoul, Busan, Daegu. Daejon, Gwangju and Incheon, and KTX the high-speed rail service will take you to some great destinations in Korea.
People in Korea especially in Seoul mostly pay their transportation fares with the transportation cards. The cards are honored on busses and subways as well as taxis. The benefits of using the card is discounted rate. The cards can be purchased and reloaded at convenience stores, kiosks, subway station or mini-kiosks at the bus stops.

video credit : verces86 on Youtube

Bus Routes.
The most frequently used public transportation in Korea is a bus. Recently a monitor system has been added at bus stops to provide information on the estimated arrival time of each bus. It is very useful for me, when I visited Seoul. The low fare is another reason why bus ride is so popular. Bus routes are divided into diferent colors and have philosophical meaning.

Green bus : Green buses will be flexibly operated by private bus companies, to connect major subway stations or bus terminals outside downtown Seoul. It is similar with the city bus and the community shuttle bus currently in operation. Green stands for the mountains surrounding the city.
Blue bus : This type of buses will operate at higher speeds and access the median bus lane connecting suburban areas to downtown Seoul. The blue color represents Seoul's skyline and Hangang (River) to symbolize security and freedom.
Red bus : The red buses will be express buses designed specially for those commuting between downtown Seoul and the metropolitan area. The color red exudes energy of speed.
Yellow bus : This bus will circle downtown Seoul and stop at stations for blue buses and major railway stations, as well as business, tourist and shopping areas. Yellow was selected for its dynamic and friendly image.

Rapid Subway Service.
Very convenient transportation service in Seoul which is connected to some of lines and destinations, from the downtown of Seoul to suburb area. Incheon international airport can be reached by subway too. In my experiences, I may say this is the most efficient public transportation in Seoul, with complete information in various languages.

Multiple Taxi Types.
There are some types of taxi in Seoul, we can recognize them by their color.

General taxi or regular taxi with silver color with basic fare started from W2.600 and the meter increases at W100 base on distance.
Between midnight and 4 AM, there is an extra charge (20%) for all general taxies anywhere.

Deluxe taxi, with black color and the words "Deluxe taxi" on the side. The fare is higher than regular taxi type which is starts from W4.500 and the meter increases at W200 base on distance.

High-speed Rail (KTX).
The KTX (Korea Trail eXpress) high-speed serves many major cities in Korea. It's only take 2 hours and 40 minutes from Seoul to Busan, 2 hours and 58 minutes from Seoul to Mokpo, it's faster than other public transport service. 

Express buses.
They run between all the cities in Korea. Some of remote destinations can be reached by using Express buses system.

Limousine bus.
Perfect experience I had, I used the limousine bus from and to Incheon International airport. Many destination in various region are available.

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Credit :
personal experiences.
Passport to Korean culture.

Photo credit :
green bus : wikipedia.
Seoul taxi : wikipedia.

Video credit :
Seoul: Bus Journey in Yeouido District : ErikoZucconi on Youtube.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Korean snacks by aeriskitchen

Hello everyone,
Here I want to share some Korean snack recipes from Aeriskitchen on Youtube. Happy cooking ^^
Valentine's Egg

Korean Food: Sweet Rice Cake with Red Bean Paste (찹쌀떡)

Korean Food: Meat Balls (소고기 동그랑땡)

Korean Food: Hoddeok (호떡)

Video Credit : Aeriskitchen on Youtube

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My view : What is the basic of Hallyu dance and musical composition ?

When I saw some Korean tourism commercial video, I always found the scenes of Korean folk dancing with colorful costume, dinamic dance, and great folk music. It is so interesting for me. It represents of dynamic Korea in my eyes and it makes me want to dance if I see it. Based of that I think that the current modern Korean dance and a dynamic beat of K-pop music compositions (especially male group) are adapted from Korean folk dance and music themselves. I can feel the same spirit by hearing or seeing both of them. The dynamic spirit, unique and only can be found in Korea.
So I try to find some videos and searching the information about this folk dance which is more similiar with the modern style and the name is Samul nori.

Samul nori in Hangul : 사물놀이 is a Korean traditional percussion comprosong music, acrobatic, dance and rituals. It is perform in the harvest day on the villages. Samul means four objects and nori means play. According to those words, Samul nori is devided to 4 kind of instruments, there are :

a small gong called Kkwaenggwari 꽹과리
a larger gong called Jing
an hourglass-shape drum called Janggu 장구
a bass drum named Buk
Each of the four instruments represents a different weather condition: the janggu represents rain, the kkwaenggwari thunder, the jing the sounds of the wind, and the buk clouds.
Yin and Yang are also reflected in the buk and janggu (leather) represent the sounds of the earth, the jing and kkwaenggwari (metal) represent sounds of the heavens.

Samulnori instruments (photo credit :

Samunori costume (photo credit :
photo credit : Maria Margareta

photo credit : Maria Margareta
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Maria Margareta in Seoul 2011
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Video : The Beauty of Hanbok

Hanbok is the Korean traditional dress often characterized with eye catching vibrant color.

The beauty of female hanbok is in the harmony between the delicate curves formed by the chima (skirt) and the raised front end of beoseon (socks), and the sharp lines of dongjeong (neck-band). Women wore many layers of sokgot (sokbaji (under-trousers) or sokchima (underskirts)) for the voluminous of the chima (skirt) to provide an elegant feminine beauty. Upper class women wore five or seven layers of sokgot (undergarments). They regarded sokgot (undergarments) to be very important and some of them used more luxurious cloth for sokgot (undergarments) than for geotchima (outer skirt). When going out, they put on a jangot over their head in addition to their hanbok of sokgot (undergarment), chima (skirt), sokjeoksam (undershirt) and jeogori (jacket). Let's watch the beauty of Hanbok by Kim Yu-na the Korean figure skatter.

Video credit : daeun0913 on Youtube.

Video : The History of Hangul

This interesting video from Koreabrand on Youtube, will show you the history of Hangul. So artistic ^^

Nice Lotte Duty Free CF ^^

I found nice CF of Lotte Duty Free with various Hallyu stars, it's so great ! watch this out ^^

credit  : up load by RereJae on Youtube.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

청사초롱 Cheongsachorong

Have you seen this type of lantern in Korea ?
photo credit : mulgae26,

청사초롱 or Cheongsachorong is a Korean traditional lantern. Devided into 2 colours red and blue that represents of yin and yang. Made by rounded or square wood or steal form , covered by red and blue color of silk shades with hanging candle inside the lantern and usually used in wedding ceremonies and now also in special occations like festival. Cheongsachorong deeply meaning to lead the way to brighter future, hope, respect and welcome. The lead way to brighter future and warm welcoming for guests.