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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Arirang has been listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO


Our lovely and beloved song Arirang has been listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

UNESCO :
Arirang is a popular form of Korean folk song and the outcome of collective contributions made by ordinary Koreans throughout generations. Essentially a simple song, it consists of the refrain ‘Arirang, arirang, arariyo’ and two simple lines, which differ from region to region. While dealing with diverse universal themes, the simple musical and literary composition invites improvisation, imitation and singing in unison, encouraging its acceptance by different musical genres. Experts estimate the total number of folk songs carrying the title ‘Arirang’ at some 3,600 variations belonging to about sixty versions. A great virtue of Arirang is its respect for human creativity, freedom of expression and empathy. Everyone can create new lyrics, adding to the song’s regional, historical and genre variations, and cultural diversity. Arirang is universally sung and enjoyed by the Korean nation. At the same time, an array of practitioners of regional versions, including local communities, private groups and individuals, actively lead efforts for its popularization and transmission, highlighting the general and local characteristics of individual versions. Arirang is also a popular subject and motif in diverse arts and media, including cinema, musicals, drama, dance and literature. It is an evocative hymn with the power to enhance communication and unity among the Korean people, whether at home or abroad.

http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00445

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Miss Flower Video by ibuzzkorea


This video is filmed to advertise Korea's 2012 best tourist attractions and Korea's beautiful flowers in Fall. A true love story and beautiful fall flowers in Korea mingle together and introduce Korea's tourist attractions in the most beautiful way. 

For more information, visit www.ibuzzkorea.com

Friday, November 16, 2012

하용부 a Master of Korean Traditional Drum Dance

Ha Yong-bu, a holder of Intangible Cultural Heritage no. 68 Milyang Bakjung Nori Drum Dance all more refined by the third generation.
He has come from a family of "Mogabi" the head of a group of jesters and entertainers that has been
handed down from his grandfather's generation. Naturally every spot and site where Ha Yong-bu's grandfather has set up his show would do as a playground for young Ha Yong-bu. The gift was handed down to Ha's father, but it was Ha who has managed to survive as a master who revives the legendary movement grandfather, for it was frowned upon to have both father and son dancing on the same stage.
Ha shows his exquisite command of breathing techniques in drum dance, which drew the director Ariane Mnouchkine from Théâtre du Soleil to invite him to france as a guest lecturer and choreographer.

Photo credit : Korean Cultural Center Indonesia

I feel lucky to meet and see his performance at Korean Culture Performance Event which was held regarding of Korea Indonesia Week last October 2012 Jakarta. Dancing together with his drums, it was not just a common drum dance. But more than that, where heart and soul are also involving into the dance. Sometimes he put some funny expression so that made his audience laughed during the performance, mixed with slow and dinamic rythmn and movement.He performance was great!
Ha Yong Bu is also the artistic director of Dulsori, a Korean traditional arts organization which established in year 1984. It has a vision to produce and develop artistic performance and educational and cultural experience programmes, derived from Korean traditional music and arts.

By Maria Margareta




WKB Media Tour September 2012 : From Nambu, Seoul to Jeonju


My first experience going to Jeonju, the capital city of North Jeolla Province by bus, also this is my first experience using a public bus in South Korea. My impression about Nambu Bus Terminal (Website : https://www.nambuterminal.co.kr/) is quitely small but clean and convenience. Bus are parking at the parking lot area, that scene makes me remember of some Korean drama or reality show I have seen, that some scenes were taken at the bus station. Now I see it with my own eyes :)
There is some lockets selling the tickets for various destination, and also some stores inside the bus terminal are selling snacks, drinks or candies.
Ok ... it's time to go to Jeonju... and I got a seat beside my friend from Mexico, Gisela Verdin. We had to fasten out seat belt before departure, on the two seated bus on each side. On this trip, I had not found any music played in the bus, we just put on our personal headset, getting busy with the mobile phone or taking some pictures.
This is also my first experience to feel the highway in Korea. The road is so smooth, good  construction, and clean. I also saw some farmland near the highway or just a hill. Sometimes I found a glass house at the middle of the farm and a gas station during a way to Jeonju. Here are some photos I captured on my trip to Jeonju.


 

By Maria Margareta

김장 Gimjang, The Reflextion of Sharing and Togetherness

Winter is coming, there are a kimchi making ritual usually held on winter called 김장 Gimjang.
김장 Gimjang is an activities for making 김치 kimchi, I can say a lot of  김치 kimchi, because it is held to to provide nutrition during the winter.

Photo credit : fsp.or.kr


In the cooler weather of November, there are lots of crops in the fields and market-places, and the 김장 Gimjang process begins.People gather together and helping each other to make a 김치 kimchi, the process are included, cutting the vegetables then washing them, and put some salt and begin the fermentation process. The nature of  김치 kimchi means that it is challenging to store for long periods; if it is too cold, it will freeze, and if it is too warm, it will over ferment, and may turn sour. The traditional solution in the countryside and prior to effective modern refrigeration is to store 김치 kimchi in big earthenware jars in the ground, buried up to the neck level of the jar to prevent the contents from freezing.
As the temperature falls below 0°C, fermentation is halted and the food is preserved; it begins again as the temperature increases in spring time.



I also want to put here, five types of seasonal Kimchi that usually consume especially on winter.

              알타리 무우 둥치미 Altari Moo Tong-chi-mi (Watery Kimchi with young radish)

                                                   둥치미Dongchimi (White radish kimchi)

Types of Kimchi, with short maturing period, only 2-3 days fermentation.
It consists of daikon, Chinese cabbage, scallions, fermented green chili, ginger, Korean pear and watery brine.
Types of  Dongchimi : 

배추동치미 Baechu dongchimi (Cabbage dongchimi)
Radish and baechu stuffed with ingredients such as julienned radish, Korean chives, red peppers, garlic, and ginger is pickled in brine. Kelp stock is added for deep flavor before fermentation.

대나무동치미 Daenamu dongchimi (Bamboo dongchimi)
Bamboo leaves are used as a main ingredient, giving the dongchimi a crisp and clean taste while adding texture. The fermentation process takes longer than other varieties of dongchimi due to its lower sodium content but it can also be stored much longer.[6] It is a local specialty of South Jeolla province.

궁중 동치미 Gungjung dongchimi (Royal dongchimi)
Made from small radish, yuja, pomegranate, and Korean pears are added for a fragrant version.

   섞학지  Sukbakji (Kimchi with pickeld chinese cabbage, radish, cucumber and seafood sauce)

                                 그들빼기김치 Godeulppaegi Kimchi (Wild lettuce kimchi)


                                                                  백김치 Baek kimchi


by Maria Margareta
Photo credit : 
fsp.or.kr
Maria Margareta

Video Credit :
Arirang News
정아 이 


WKB Media Tour September 2012 : Culinary Experiences : 막걸리 Makgeolli

막걸리 Makgeolli is one of Korean traditional liquor, made from fermented wheat, rice and water with 6 - 8% alchohol content by volume. Makgeolli has mentioned on the first time during the reign of King Dongmyeon from The Goguryeo dinasty.



This milk colored liquor is very good for health because it has amino acids, vitamin B and another organic acis on it. Besides made from rce, makgyeolli also can be made from millet, black bean, sweet potato even corn. The ideal dishes to accompany mageolli is bindaetteok. Bindaetteok is a mugbean pan cake, or any other type of jeon such as pajeon or kimchijeon.

Photo credit : www.agrafood.co.kr

On my WKB Media Trip, I had a change to try makgeolli. I'm so excited to try this Korean traditional liquor that I've never tried before. Taste is good especially while drinking in a cold weather.
I also tried pajeon that is the most delicious pajeon I have ever tried. For those who want to travel to Korea and want to try Korean liquor, makgeolli (and pajeon) is one of my reference for culinary experience.

 by Maria Margareta

Up Coming event : Special Olympic World Winter Games 2013


Here is the website link regarding of Special Olympic World Winter Games 2013 that will be held on January 29th, 2013 in Gangneung and PyeongChang.

Link :  
www.2013sopoc.org/hb/ko (Korean)
www.2013sopoc.org/hb/en/ (English)







The Special Olympics World Games features challenging and inspiring international competition among thousands of athletes, making it the world's second-largest sports event, after the Olympic Games.
This event offers athletes 32 Olympic-type sports including seven winter sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, short track speed skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing, floor hockey, and demo sport floorball.



WKB Media Tour September 2012 : Insadong Street Food

Insadong is one of place I've often visited during my trip in Korea. I never get bored to come here again and again. In WKB Media Tour held few months ago, a spot that put my attention is about many food street vendor are selling various kinds of Korean snacks and I bet you should try all of them when you come to Insadong.

꿀타래 Ggultarae (Traditional String Candy) 


This snack is quietly popular around Insadong area. You can find a lot of stalls are selling this sweet taste candy (or I can say this is not a candy but snack) easily, and you can also find nice and funny ggultarae sellers that will demonstrate how to make this snack. It is made from honey malt that strech by hand in few times until seperated like in some thin strings or soft yarns. 꿀타래 then can be filled with various kinds of filling such as peanuts and another.

호떡 Hotteok (Sugar Filled Pancake)
a Fried pan cake with round flat shape, filled with minched peanuts and brown sugar, it is popular on winter.

군밤 Gunbam (Roasted chestnut)
It is also one of popular winter snack in Korea. roasted peanut which has a sweet taste.

붕어빵 Bungeobbang (Gold fish bread)
Looks similiar like a wafel filled with red bean paste on gold fish shape. Bungeobbang also one of favorite snack for winter. Bungeobbang also available as an ice cream.

Directions can be seen on the followong map :

 

Video credits :

Hilarious Koreans Making Korean Candy (꿀타래) by elainethecooltrain

S.M.Entertainment Audition Official Facebook Page OPEN!_EXO-M Clip

For Kpop fans :)

'Arirang' Nominated for UNESCO Heritage Status [Korea Today - Arirang TV]

and please check also my article about Arirang song on this following link below :

http://mymariamargareta.blogspot.com/2011/12/arirang.html





Video credit : Arirang TV

Sunday, November 11, 2012

유부초밥



A little note from my WKB tour last September 2012 organized by KOCIS,  

When I arrived at Incheon, Grace from Korea Herald media picked me at the airport. We went together to the hotel located in Itaewon then I made an appoinment with her in the afternoon to acompany me for looking some books I wanted to buy at Kyobo Book Store (one of the largest book store in Seoul). Then we went together to Kyobo with empty stomach because we hadn't a lunch yet at that time, so Grace offered me to had some (late) lunch first before looking for the books. She took me to the food court located at the same place with Kyobo Book Store and she told me to choose the meal and here we go! I saw this meal for the first time in Seoul. Unique shape because I haven't seen this meal before. The name is 유부초밥 Yubuchobab or we can say a tofu pocket filling with mixed rice and vegies. I also got a kimchi and my fave dish 단무지 (a yellow radish) as a side dishes , also some sauce but I forget the name. This is the first time I've tasted Yubuchobab and I love it! I wish I can try Yubuchobab again on my next trip to Seoul someday ^^ Grace and I had a great time and shared some stories together and I got my books I want. Thank you Grace ^^

Photo on behalf of Maria Margareta

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The 8th Japilmukyeon Exhibition

I have put my attention to Korean calligraphy since a year ago while I found a lot of modern Korean graphic designs which is put some a water paint or ink brush for the ornaments, I just wondering where is the idea come from ? because there is an aspects of traditional Korean culture in every part of Korean modern things. and I know it. It could be based on the calligraphy, so from then Korean calligraphy looks interesting for me. Although I have not learn Korean calligraphy yet, but someday if I have a change to do, I will learn it.

This exhibition was held in Korean Cultural Center Indonesia last month Oct 24~28, 2012, with theme "If you go from time to time, you will get there eventually", this event also held to celebrate the establishment of corporation of Korea Calligraphy Association in Indonesia.

Here is some photos of the beautiful Korean calligraphy, I captured on this exhibition.









Photos on behalf of Maria Margareta

Sunday, October 21, 2012

WKB Media Tour September 2012, Cultural Experience : Pansori, Jeonju, South Korea

Pansori is a one-man operatic genre. Combining word of pan (space or stage) and sori (sound or song).
A singer traditionally called gwangdae, delivers an epic story through sori (song), aniri (narration) abd ballim (gesture).
A drummer called gosu and playing the buk (barrel-shaped drum) as a acompaniying the singer.
The drummer plays various jangdan (rhythmic cycles) and also gives out calls of encouragement or chuimsae at appropriate moments, sometimes audiences involve in chuimsae which creates a lively and interactive performance.



Pansori also has the up and down phase, while the 19th century  was the golden age for Pansori. The audiences mostly yangban and middle class at that time.

The beauty of Pansori was expected through a harmonious combination of narration, voice, rhythm tone and neoreumsae (gestures) all together.
Originally pansori were performed only by males, towards the mid of 19th century, there also female could performed Pansori. The first female Pansori singer is Jin Chae Seon, she was from Jeollabuk do.

Pansori structure's including speaking, singing in between. A vocal intertext of music and words, spoken and song accompanied with drum.
Customarily it begins with a warm-up act in the form of danga 'short song' in Jungmori rhythm.
Then when the singer enters the main narative, he also introduces time, place and dramatic context, this part called aniri.
Stylistic speech and illustrates of emotional in Sori (singing) when the mind is moved to pleasure, the sound is slow and gentle; when the mind is moved to sorrow, the sound is slow and sharp and fading away, and when the mind is moved to anger, the sound is coarse and fierce; when the mind is moved to reverenge, the sound is straight forward; and when the mind is moved to joy, the sound is exclamatory and soon disapears.
It can be said, singing is the language of the heart that conveys feeling.

Through WKB tour, I had a change to watch a pansori live in Jeonju Hanok Village as my first experience, I was so excited and the pansori was so amazing. It is more beautiful to watch on live than on youtube. I can feel the vibre from the singer and sound of the drum, the melody and rhytmn also hypnotized me. It was so amazing experience I had on this tour.

Reference : 
Pansori, introduction : (Korean Musicology Series 2) Pansori, The National Center of Korean Traditional Performing Arts.

WKB (Worldwide Korea Blogger) Media Tour, September 20th 2012, Jeonju, South Korea





WKB Media Tour, September 2012 : Rice Tteok Museum, Seoul

On this WKB tour, I had a change to visit Rice Tteok Museum in Seoul, South Korea.
This place is quite interesting and important to know, because tteok is one of important part in Korean life.
It can be said that tteok is a celebratory food. 
In this museum, I can get some information related with tteok, here is also displayed about various of tteok for any important celebration day in Korea,

The main ingredient of tteok (traditional rice cake) is glutinous rice flour which is cooked through various methods such as 찌는 떡 steaming, 삶는 떡 boiled, 치는 떡 pounded, shaped or 지지는 떡 pan frying. 

 찌는 떡 steaming tteok variant are 백설기 Baekseolgi, 콩떡 Kongtteok, 증편 Jeungpyeon, 무지개떡 Mujigae tteok. 치는 떡 pounded variant is 가래떡 Garaetteok, shaped tteok variants are 꿀떡 Ggul tteok, 송편 Songpyeon, 고치떡 Gochitteok, 쌈떡 Ssamtteok, 닭알떡 Dalgal tteok, Gyeongdan, 부편 Bupyeon and 지지는 떡 pan frying tteok variants are 부꾸미 Bukkumi, 주악 Juak, and 화전 Hwajeon.

Tteok also can be made as a dish such as 떡국 tteokguk usually eat at the lunar new year, and 떡볶이 tteokbokki a popular Korean snack.



Traditional rice cakes have been enjoyed as a dessert or for special occations since the agricultural era. Layered rice cake, sweet rice cake, half-moon rice cake, sweet rice balls,
sweet rice with nuts and jujubes, pan-fried sweet rice cake ccoated with flower petals are usually served as desserts while white cake (cylindricae rice pasta) are served as a main dish.



Rice cake vary widely according to the preparation method, kind of flour and ingredients.
The flour can be made from :
rice, sweet rice, millet or potatoes.

Classified by the kind of ingredients mixed in, there are mugwort rice cake and sweet rice cake with beans. In addition, rice cake can be differentiated by their powder coating, there are red bean rice cake, barnyard red bean rice cake ad mung bean rice cake.


According to the cooking method :
Sweet rice cake, patterned rice cake, halfmoon puffed rice cake and sweet rice balls, including sweet rice balls with mugwort and sweet rice balls with red beans.

This museum are devided into two sections. The first part displays variation of tteok devided by the occations. Such as tteok for Seollal, Samjit Day, Yudu Day, Chuseok and other seasonal tteok.
The second part displays the variance of tteok based on the traditional rituals, such as tteok for wedding, birthday, and another rituals.

I also had a change to try some sweet tteok here in Jilsiru Tteok Cafe which has nice interior and decoration. We can eat some various type and shape of tteok while seeing the outside view from the inside of the cafe, it feels hommy and comfortable. Besides tteok this cafe is also offering various of cookies and teas, special tteok packaged as a gift sets for some occation are also available here. I really enjoy it and so excited here. Especially it is the most delicious tteok I have ever tried in my life.


Directions :
Seoul-si Jongno-gu Donhwamun-ro 71
Jongno 3-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Exit 6.

Literatures :
Korean Food Guide in English, The Korea Foundation.
Online resources.

WKB (Worldwide Korea Blogger) Media Tour, September 19th 2012, Seoul, South Korea






WKB Media Tour, September 2012 : Miso Musical Performance

Miso, Korean Musical Performance Represents All Aspects Of Korean Culture.

For those who are interesting to Korean culture especially the traditional culture, I recommend to watch this performance. Please give some time to watch this, while you travelling to Korea, because it is worth to watch.
Miso translated as a "smile", put almost all the aspects of Korean culture in their performance.
The music are playing with Korean traditional instruments, mixed with modern music instruments that gives you, the fusion aura for the music. Sounds very dinamic and lively. The artists also gave a total performance, they also put some audiences to get involved in the story.


A musical perfomance, presented the Romeo and Juliet happy ending story from Korea. Chunhyang and Mongryong. All I can say this performance was amazing, even I regret because of some noises that caused by another annoying audiences and children. If I can give some suggestions, I hope the management will consider about the minimum age that can be allowed to watch this performance, such as adding another musical performance show which is more suitable for children audiences and I hope they will provide the songs cd, because I really crazy for all of the music from start to end.



I will let you courious by not writting about this in details. Please come to Korea and see this great musical performance by yourself.
Besides the musical performance, I also courious about who Chunhyang and Mongryong exactly are, and I have found the complete story from the literature Pansori, Korean Musicology series. Here I want to share this happy ending love story below.

The story of Chunhyang. During the early reign of King Sukjong, the Great (1674 - 1720) in the township of Namweon, Jeolla province, there stayed a young gentleman by the name of Yi Mongryong, handsome, intelligent and outstanding son of the new magistrate from Seoul. One fine spring day, tired of books, Mongryong takes a tour of the town with the servant Bangja as a guide. AtGwanghallu pavilion, he sees in the distance, the beautiful Chunhyang, daughter of the retired gisaeng Weolmae, on the swing. That evening, Mongryong visits Chunhyang's mother Weolmae, and persuades her to let him have Chunhyang. The two exchanges nuptial vows. Meanwhile, Mongryong's father the magistrate is promoted back to Seoul, and Mongryong has to accompany his parents. In a Confucian society, it was unthinkable for a son of nobleman to take a concubine prior to passing the state examination and being properly wedded to a girl from a noble family. Pledging to meet again, sadly they parted. An official by the name of Byeon Hakdo, having heard of the beautiful Chunhyang, petitions to be stationed in the township of Namweon as the new magistrate.


 Immediately following his inauguration, Byeon relentlessy harrasses Chunhyang to serve him. She refuses, saying she was already wedded, and Byeon orders her torture and imprisonment. Her beheading is scheduled as the highlight of examination and won the first-place honor. He was awarded with royal insignia, to serve the state as inspector incognito. He leads his secret police forces to Namweon, righting wrongs along the way. On the eve of Chunyang's execution, Mongryong turns up at her gate. Weolmae, who had been praying fervently for his return as her daugther's savior, despaired at his beggared state. His return as an official higher ranked than the magistrate would have been the only recourse. At the prison cell that night, the lovers meet. At the height of the banquet the next day, the thunderous announcements for the arrival of the secret royal inspector are heard from every direction. Havoc breaks loose as the magistrate and all the guests rush around looking for places to hide. Justice is delivered at last, as the royal inspector orders punishment for the corrupt ones and freedom for the innocent. Chunhyang is brought before the royal inspector. He asks her if she would serve him. Deploring the inspector as worse than the magistrate. she demands her death without delay. The lady-in-waiting takes from him to her the jade ring she had given him at parting. Moments of recognition and celebration, and the story ends happily.

Website :
www.koreamiso.com

Address :
Chongdong Theater, 43 Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
5 minutes distance along the Duksoogung palace stone wall from City Hall subway station. (Lie 1 Exit 1 or Line 2 exit 2)

Literature :
Pansori, Korean Musicology Series. 

WKB (Worldwide Korea Blogger) Media Tour, September 19th 2012, Seoul, South Korea

WKB Media Tour, September 2012 : The Philosophy, culture and spirit of Korean Cuisine (Jeonju Bibimbap)

Korean cuisine has deep rooted in a certain philosophy. The best seasoning is 'tender loving care', which comes from mixing spices by hand. The finger tip taste when someone makes food with their own hands, a special taste is added.

Mixing and sharing the philosophy.
There is a harmonious and symphony relation between preparation, cooking and eating. Some of Korean dishes that should mixed together between ingredients and seasonings such as kimchi, bulgogi, japchae and bibimbap. The secret to good cooking lies in this succesful balance of flavors.

Sharing food as the expression of love and togetherness. Everything is shared from banchan (Korean side dishes) to the main dishes except a rice.
When Koreans want to get to know someone, the first thing they would say is "Let's have lunch or dinner".

Harmonious and balancing
The harmonious things in Korean cuisine also can be found when liquid food meets solid food. It is one of fundemental harmony of yin and yang. Korean food ingredient are also have a colorful items. The colors represents of five directions on earth, east, south, west, north and center are red, white, yellow, green and black. I have already written about this color philosophy on the previous post.




While all of the color of ingredients that represents of all of the directions are mixed together in one bowl, there will be a harmonious, balance and also gives a good benefit for the body.

Jeonju Bibimbap on WKB tour
During WKB media tour organized by KOCIS on September 2012, I had a great change to feel those of philosophy of Korean food I have mentioned above. Together with my other WKB fellow, we went to Jeonju located in the southwest of Korean peninsula and perceived as a capital food of Korea, which is very famous of their bibimbap. The first reference to bibimbap appears in the Siui jeonseo, a cookbook written in the Korean vernacular which is published in the late 1800s. Bibimbap from Jeonju is selected as the best bibimbap in Korea. Besides of it's great taste, bibimbap also good for healthy, contains with various things of vegetable, it is good to prevent from some deceases such as to control cholesterol, control the high blood pressure, diabetes, constipation and many deceases. That's why bibimbap has recommended as a healthy food.


Besides trying Jeonju bibimbap itself, I also tried many tempting side dishes, pajeon, kimchi, and also gamja jorim the last I mentioned is one of my favorite banchan.

Photo by Ema Ho
 

I can say, all of the dishes are prepared with love. A beautiful structure of bibimbap and also the great taste of banchan mixed all together into a harmony.
I had a great experience and feeling of sharing and togetherness by eating and sharing a lot of banchan together with my WKB friends also had felt a harmonius and balancing life by mixing a beautiful and colorful bibimbap all together and eat all of them. This is my amazing experience I have ever had ^^

Literature :
Korean Food Guide in English, The Korea Foundation.
Online resources.

WKB (Worldwide Korea Blogger) Media Tour, September 20th 2012, Jeonju, South Korea

WKB Media Tour, September 2012 : Samgyetang, Korean Healthy Food

삼계탕 Samgyetang is one kind of variance soup in Korean dishes. With chicken as a main ingredient, it usually eat in the summer and it can be prevent from the illness. Another ingredients are glutinous rice, ginseng, jujube, garlic and ginger. 




Eating samgyetang in Korea is one experience, I hadn't expected before. Located in Insadong, Seoul. This restaurant also has a great taste vinegar. I love it to taste all of them and someday I want to come back to this restaurant so enjoy samgyetang and also a vinegar again :)

WKB (Worldwide Korea Blogger) Media Tour, September 19th 2012, Insadong, Seoul, South Korea

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Korean Film Festival, Jakarta Oct 3rd ~ 9th, 2012

Korean Fim Festival, one of the event as a part of Korea Indonesia Week 2012 event was held on this October in Jakarta, Indonesia. Eight top Korean movies were played on the movie theatre, with approximately four various movies from various genre (comedy, action, historical and animation) were played randomly every day from Oct 3rd ~ 9th 2012. This event is presented by Korean Cultural Center Indonesia.







The movies are : 
오싹한 연애 Spellbound
최종병기 활 War of The Arrows
오늘 A Reason to Live
마당을 나온 암탉 Leafie, A Hen Into The wild
Mr. 아이돌 Mr. Idol
페이스메이커 Pacemaker
파파 Papa
퀵 Quick

People were excited for this film festival, long queue dan fully seat were always captured during the festival. I can captured their smile, they had showed after watching the movie and most of them then made a queue for another movie session.
Curiously, I made some small interviews with some viewers, and most of them are female from age of mid 20's. They said that they've known about Korea since junior high school thorugh Korean drama or movie.

Winter Sonata, Boys Before Flowers and Full House are some of their first Korean drama they've watched. When I asked them, who is their favorite actors or actrees, they mentioned Jang Geun Suk and Kim Jae Won as their idol. One of Kim Jae Won fan showed me some of Kim Jae Won's photos saved on her mobile phone and told me about him with exciting expression. When she was asked if she had a change to meet Kim Jae Won and what will she do, she answered she will take som photos of him and asked for the signature. I hope her wish come true and she can meet Kim Jae Won someday ^^

Some of male viewers I had a conversation with, told that they are very exciting with the movies and also commented "Korean movie has a full of moral story, and also can entertaining their viewers as well.

Photos by Maria Margareta

Saturday, September 29, 2012

추석 Autumn Festive in Korea


Celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, 추석 Chuseok is one of the
most important day in Korea. That's why there are always three days holiday to celebrate Chuseok.
In Chuseok day, people are going back to their city where they are belong, gathering with their parents and families also doing some rituals and eating Chuseok food.

Chuseok, it's time to give thank's of what of we have achieved for this year and wishing all the best for the next following year (make a wish by starring to the full moon at the Chuseok night).

Happy Chuseok, everyone! ^^

Video credit : uploaded by GatewayToKorea on Youtube.



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cultural Experience Hunmin Jeongeum Traditional Printing at Incheon International Airport

Before departing to Jakarta after following Worldwide Korean Bloggers media trip for six days and five nights, I came to Korean Cultural Experience Center at Incheon International airport.
I made a traditional printing Hunminm jeongeum and I was so excited. 
Hunminm jeongeum is original name of Hangul. Literally meaning "The Correct Sounds in Order to Teach the People, it is invented by King Sejong The Great. Designated as National treasure No. 70, it was made by wood-block printing and com-prises 33 chapters. It was completed on the tenth day of September on the lunar calendar (October 9th on the gregorian calendar). and should be used by all people in 1446.
The original one is kept in Gansong Museum.

For those who interested with Korean Culture, why don't you come to this booth and trying manythings relates with Korean culture besides what I did, such as playing a Korean traditional music instrument and singing "아리랑" together or watching a traditional musical performance or experiencing another Korean cultural icons.  
Here I want to share of my photos of how excited I was! :)

Photos by Maria Margareta

Monday, September 17, 2012

Autumn in Korea Through My Eyes

Autumn when greeny scene changes into red and orange, Get warm of festive season of the year with the blanket of leaves ^^

Time goes fast, now we are welcoming autumn season in Korea. It looks special because there are many things we can see in Korea during this season.


The season with nice weather and temperature

With averange temperature between 20 - 23 celcius and less change of rain fall, it is very convenient to travel around Korea. The temperature can be different at each part of Korean peninsula,
But the difference does not quite extreeme. Seoul temperature will be less than Busan for example.
Autumn is also the right time to capture the blue sky of Korea which is rarely find in other seasons.

Time for harvesting

Autumn season is a harvesting time in Korea. Time to harvest rice, fruits and another agricultural comodities.
I will mention some of them, they are

Persimmons are harvested every October, sorted, peeled, and hunged in 45 days until dried, called 곶감 or dried persimmons. One of favorite snack in Korea.

Jujube also called the autumn fruit. The most important fruit in Korea because it is usually use as a ingredient of dishes and medicines.

The season for a nature to change their color

Great sceenery when the leaves change their color from green to red or orange. It will give you the great color of the landscape.
We can see maple leaves which is the habitat mostly can be found in Asia region and 은행나무 ginko leaves are turning their color on this season.
The color will be turn from green to yellow in the first and the second week on October and it will change from yellow to red or orange color
in the third and the fourth week of October (can be different between location)
In Korea, there is the activities called Danpung-nori for viewing the changing color of maples during autumn.


Festive season of the year

A lot of activities and festivals will be held in Korea during the autumn. The most recommended season for travelling in Korea.

Source :  visitkorea.or.kr

Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival
10.01.2012 ~ 10.14.2012
Gyeongsangnam-do Jinju-si Bonseong-dong 415 Jinjuseong
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=697197

Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival
10.12.2012 ~ 10.13.2012
Seoul-si Dongdaemun-gu Jegi 2-dong Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Market
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=293025

Namdo Food Festival
10.19.2012 ~ 10.21.2012
Jeollanam-do Suncheon-si Nagan-myeon
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=293215

Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival
10.05.2012 ~ 10.07.2012
Gyeonggi-do Suwon-si Sinpung-dong 123 Hwaseong Haenggung Palace
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=978249

Yeongju Punggi Insam Festival
10.06.2012 ~ 10.14.2012
Gyeongsangbuk-do Yeongju-si Punggi-eup Baek-ri Namwoncheon Stream
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=697368

Seoul International Fireworks Festival
10.06.2012 ~ 10.06.2012
Seoul-si Yeongdeungpo-gu Yeouido-dong
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=790394

Gyeongju Traditional Drinks & Rice Cake Festival
10.13.2012 ~ 10.17.2012
Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si
Inwang-dong 839-1
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=292952

Busan Jagalchi Festival
10.11.2012 ~ 10.14.2012
Busan-si jung-gu Nampodong 4-ga 37-1
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=697390

Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival
10.13.2012 ~ 10.17.2012
Gwangju-si Buk-gu Unam2-dong Jungoe Park
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=697371

Jeonju Bibimbap Festival
10.18.2012 ~ 10.21.2012
Jeollabuk-do Jeonju-si Wansan-gu
Girin-daero 99
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=1089379

Andong Maskdance Festival
09.28.2012 ~ 10.07.2012
Gyeongsangbuk-do Andong-si Pungcheon-myeon
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=697123

Geumsan Insam (Ginseng) Festival
09.14.2012 ~ 09.23.2012
Chungcheongnam-do Geumsan-gun Geumsan-eup Sindae-ri 392
Geumsan Insam(Ginseng) Museum
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=293106

Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival
10.17.2012 ~ 10.21.2012
Chungcheongnam-do Nonsan-si Ganggyeong-eup
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=697209

Choenamdan Bangeo Festival
11.08.2012 ~ 11.11.2012
Seogwipo-si Daejeong-eup Hamo-ri Moseulpohang Port
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=697447

The best season to tie the knot

The best season for the wedding day in Korea.


The season to respect and showing the love, for God, to the nature, family and special one

추석 Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving

 
송편 Songpyeon, Korean Traditional Food. a Variety of Tteok (Rice Cake). Usually Served on Chuseok

Chuseok is one of the most important day to celebrate in Korea. Held in the 15th day of eighth month of lunar calendar, this moment is as same important as Seollal (Lunar New Year).


빼빼로 데이 Pepero Day.

Photo credit : 26.media.tumblr.com

Celebrate every November the 11th, Pepero day is very popular among young people or couple. Similar with the valentine's day which is related with chocolate as a gift, on Pepero day, people usually give a pepero stick with various shape to their friends or special one.


"Autumn in Korea Through My Eyes" written by Maria Margareta