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Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Welcoming Ceremony for the Worldwide Korea Bloggers

The welcoming ceremony for the 2nd batch of Worldwide Korea Bloggers were held yesterday, saturday March 23th, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. The Worldwide Korea Bloggers from various countries who are staying in Korea and overseas were attending to this ceremony.
The Worldwide Korea Bloggers members are the official bloggers from various countries which have choosen to share their experiences and introducing about Korea to the world.

News links :

http://korea.net/NewsFocus/Culture/view?articleId=99593

http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=127309&code=Ne2&category=2

http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_Vod_Pop.asp?VodURL=1&NewVseq=127309

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Three Traditional "Jangs" in Korea

고추장 Gochujang


Gochujang is a red chili pepper paste with spicy and sweet characteristic flavor at the sametime and made by slowly fermenting the mixture of red chili powder, glutinous rice powder mixed with powdered fermented soybeans and salt. It has been made at home in Korea since the 16th century and is prepared after making ganjang, in the third or fourth months of the lunar calendar, before the weather gets hot. Gochujang is one of the most widely used condiments added to soup or stew but it also add an extraordinary flavor to vegetable side dishes or stews like jjigae, marinated meat such as gochujang bulgogi or as a condiment for bibimbap.

Gochujang also has a variant such as
초고추장 chogochujang, made from gochujang with added vinegar and other seasonings, such as sugar and sesame seeds.
and
쌈장 ssamjang, made of doenjang, gochujang, sesame oil, onion, garlic and green onions.
It is used with food wrapped in a leaf in Korean cuisines.

Variants of ssamjang :
견과류 쌈장 Nut ssamjang : ssamjang mixed with ground walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and other nuts.
쭈꾸미 쌈장 Jjukumi ssamjang : ssamjang mixed with diced short-arm octopus is stir-fried with diced red peppers and onions.
두부 쌈장 Tofu ssamjang : ssamjang with crushed tofu.
날치알 쌈장 Flying fish roe ssamjang : ssamjang mixed with flying fish roe.
나물 쌈장 Namul ssamjang : ssamjang mixed with various beans.

Gochujang contains of carbohydrate from the grain, protein from the soybeans and vitamins from the red pepper.


Gochujang steps :
Glutinous rice flour is kneaded into a doughnut-shaped cake called gumeongtteok and then boiled. Then mashed and spread out as the water it was boiled in is added little by little in . Powdered soybeans and red pepper are added and mixed well, finally salt is added and fermented for a month.

된장 Doenjang
Doenjang is one of Korean traditional seasonings, like gochujang. It is made as a thick sauce from ripened and fermented soybeans. Usually used as a basic seasoning in Korean stews or soups. Doenjang is making from meju, the fermented soybean. Doenjang and ganjang can be made together. After the process in the earthenware jar, the mashed meju which is called doenjang can be taken out from the earthenware jar. The rest which is not being taken out from the jar, we called it ganjang or soy sauce.

Photo by : mulhangol.co.kr


간장 Ganjang
Ganjang is a Korean traditional condiment made from fermented soybeans. It is called soy sauce. Ganjang is also made from meju and usually make when the spring comes. The period of fermentation shows the quality of ganjang. When the fermentation takes longer, the quality becomes better. Ganjang can be fermented over the years, and can be shown by its color. The old ganjang can be seen with dark brown color.


Those of three jangs which are shown above, are the basic ingredients for most of Korean dishes.


References :
Korean Food The Originality 
An Illustrated Guide to Korean Culture

Video credits on Youtube :
고추장, 지극한 정성과 기다림의 매운맛 uploaded by 7410000
010512_1st Look_LXTV_NBC [ep3] Jang - Korean Condiments uploaded by tasteofkoreanyc

Friday, March 23, 2012

[Korean Traditional Musical Instruments Part 2] Aerophones

An aerophone is any musical instrument which produces sound primarily by causing a body of air to vibrate, without the use of strings or membranes, and without the vibration of the instrument itself adding considerably to the sound. Those of them above are The Korean aerophone instruments, check this out! ^^

대나무 단소
Daenamu Danso



Danso is a bamboo flute wind instrument. The player controls its melody by opening and closing these holes with the fingers. The player holds the danso lengthwise and blows it in by putting the lips on an opening at one end. Danso is an 40 centimeters long instrument made from bamboo with five holes. The player held vertically and controls its melody with open and close these holes by fingers. Danso is not suitable for dramatic or dynamic music. Danso is usually played as an instrument of accompaniment for songs such as arias, gasa, and old form of Korean verse, and sijo, a three-line Korean poem, as well as duets or trios.


소금
Sogeum 



Sogeum is a small bamboo transverse flute used in traditional Korean music. This flute does not have a buzzing membrane. It is used in court and folk music, as well as in contemporary classical music, popular music and film scores. This flute is also known as the three primary flutes of the Silla period.

대나무
Daenamu Tungso



Tungso is a comparatively long notched bamboo flute about 55 centimeters long. It is vertically held and playing by blowing across the hole near the upper end. The tungso is divided into two categories according to the music it is used for. : first the tungso for minsogak, folk music, has reed membrane, one finger hole in the back and four in the front. Second, the tungso for jeongak, classical court music has no membrane, one finger hole in the back and five in the front. Tungso gives melancholy tune.


대금
Daegeum



Daegeum has eighty centimeters of length, made from bamboo and the player holds this instrument horizontally. Daegeum is also has a broad range, in the high range it produces a thrilling, distinctive sound, giving a feeling of firmness; in middle range a clear sound, in the lowest range a soft and moving sound.


태평소
Taepyeongso


Taepyongso is a Korean horn is about 40 centimeters long and is made by removing the core from a piece of hard wood like a long pipe and joining a brass funnel-shaped tube and a brass mouthpiece onto opposite ends of the pipe. It is played by inserting a seo, a loneg slender reed, into the blowhole, holding the pipe straight out from the mouth with two hands, and fingering the eight holes like a piri.


Taepyeongso has the widest range of octaves of all Korean musical instruments. In particular, it can reach notes a full octave higher than any other instrument. With the sounds and high tone, Taepyeongso can create a cheerful atmosphere in the composition.

References :
An Introduction to Korean Traditional Performing Arts by Nam Sang Suk and Gim Hae Suk.
An Illustrated Guide to Korean Culture by The National Academy of The Korean Culture.
The Exhibition of Korean Traditional Musical Instruments, February 13th - 24th, 2012 in Korean Cultural Center, Jakarta.

Video references on Youtube :
jeongsun arirang_danso_Lee Sang Kang 정선아리랑 단소연주 이생강 uploaded by viewthedr
한충은-EBS공감콘서트-꽃길.avi uploaded by khan97531
대금연주곡 팔도아리랑 이생강 uploaded by koartny80
Gamin's Taepyungso [concerto for taepyungso "호적풍류"] uploaded by piriqueen

Photos :
Maria Margareta


 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Arirang Through The Worldwide Jazz Musicians

"Jindo Arirang, MIJI meets the jazz diva Ithamara Koorax. This is not just a meeting, but an extraordinary encounter between Korean traditional music and jazz vocal. 
We has a meaningful time, doing work with her. We think ARIRANG is truly sentimental music reflected on Korean spirit. Hope that musical communication through The ARIRANG with famous musicians will last for the future.
Love ARIRANG, love Korea"
by MIJI (comment on CD)

Like MIJI said on the comment on CD, "우리 아리랑 많이 사랑해 주세요". After listening all of the songs in this CD, my love to Arirang is getting deeper and deeper.
They performed and recorded various kinds of Arirang, the traditional Korean songs, which the compositions arranged by various musicians from many countries. The bigest name of worldwide jazz musicians such as the famous smooth jazz guitarist, Lee Ritenour or Lisa Ono the Japanesse-Brazillian Bossa Nova's singer, or from Korea itself, Miji, the traditional Korean crossover band and many more were involved in this album. They performed Arirang with their own style and interpretations without loosing the essence and identity of Arirang itself. 
Colaborated also with Korean musicians such as Chung Eun Han, Eun Il Kang, Hyun Sik Shin and Youn Sun Nah, it is a very good reference album for those who love Arirang and also jazz lovers.I really enjoy it, hearing my favorite song, Arirang played with Asian style, Europe style, North American style and Brazillian style.


Track list :
1. The Real Group - Arirang
아티스트 그룹: 리얼그룹 - 아리랑 [리얼그룹]
2. Eun Il Kang With Lee Ritenour And Jack Lee - Haeju Arirang
아티스트 연주: 강은일(해금) 연주: 리 릿나워(기타 (Guitar)) 연주: 잭 리(기타 (Guitar)) -
해주 아리랑 [강은일, 리 릿나워,잭 리]
3. Hyun Sik Shin With Yuhki Kuramoto- Jeungseon Arirang
아티스트 연주: 신현식(아쟁) 연주: 유키 구라모토 (倉本 裕基)(피아노) - 정선 아리랑 [신현식, 유키 구라모토]
4. Ithamara Koorax - Arirang
아티스트 싱어: 이타마라 쿠락스 - 아리랑 [이타마라 쿠락스]
5. Giovanni Mirabassi - Miryang Arirang
아티스트 연주: 지오바니 미라바시(피아노) - 밀양 아리랑 [지오바니 미라바시]
6. Lisa Ono - Arirang
아티스트 싱어: 리사 오노 - 아리랑 [리사 오노]
7. Chung Eun Han With The Real Group - Jindo Arirang
아티스트 그룹: 리얼 그룹 연주: 한충은(대금) - 진도 아리랑 [한충은, 리얼그룹]
8. Yuhki Kuramoto - Arirang
아티스트 연주: 유키 구라모토 (倉本 裕基)(피아노) - 아리랑 [유키 구라모토]
9. Youn Sun Nah - Gangwondo Arirang
아티스트 싱어: 나윤선 - 강원도 아리랑 [나윤선]
10. Giovanni Mirabassi - Arirang
아티스트 연주: 지오바니 미라바시(피아노) - 아리랑 [지오바니 미라바시, 김창현, 오종대]
11. Miji With Ithamara Koorax - Jindo Arirang
아티스트 그룹: 미지 싱어: 이타마라 쿠락스 - 진도 아리랑 [미지, 이타마라 쿠락스]
12. I Musici - Arirang Fantasy
아티스트 그룹: 이무지치 - 아리랑 판타지 [이무지치]
13. Lee Ritenour And Alan Brodbent - Arirang
아티스트 연주: 리 릿나워(기타 (Guitar)) 연주: 앨런 브로드벤트(피아노) - 아리랑 [리 릿나워, 알란 브로드벤트]

"To me, this project was very musically fulfilling. Mr. Han is an outstanding player, and we had a very interesting communication, even though we did not say a word to each other. Instead we sent recordings back and forth. To me this further proof of what a powerful impact music can have, in bringing people from different cultures together. I am very proud that The Real Group has recorded a song together with Mr. Han. I hope we will meet one day, and that the group will performthe song together with him!
What made me want to write an arrangement of Jin-do Arirang, was recording I heard with a Korean female singer, accompanied by traditional instruments. There was a very strong emotional expression from the singer and the players hat I liked very much. Furthermore, their phrasing reminded me of certain elements in Swedish folk music. This inspired me to include a short section from a Swedish folk melody into the arrangement. I was very happy to hear how these different elements blended together, in a superb interpretation by Mr. Han, and by The Real Group". 
by Peder Karlsson (comments on CD)

Track 1 :  The Real Group - Arirang   


"I really appreciated to play this tunes. Also I felt really honored to be committed to give my version of such a beautiful and meaningful material. I love popular (should I say folkloric) music, it always carries strong and simple feelings which go straight into heart, each culture has its own color, but the feeling is universal; it is music for human beings.
Arirang is a perfect example of this universality. Because of the nice "major" color of the melody, I intended to play Arirang a bit "groovy" with a rhythm section, and I had the opportunity to record with great Korean musicians such as Chang Hun Kim on double bass and Jong Dae Oh on drums, who bring a very inspired feeling in the music. and a friendly and professional attitude during the section.
I played Miryang Arirang (which is really sad and nostalgic) solo. The recording session was very nice, we recorded in the theater where I played for two nights. I hope that you will find my version of Arirang worthy of your ancient and colorful tradition. 
Looking forward to meeting my beloved Korean audience,
truly yours,"
by Giovanni Mirabassi (comments on CD)

Giovanni Mirabassi live performance.
Track 10 on CD


"The Korean national folk song Arirang is one of the most beautiful, simple, and haunting melodies that I have performed. The beauty of this melody can be interpreted in so many nice ways. That is the true mark of a great melody, and Arirang is that."
by Lee Riteneour (comments on CD)

Video credits :
The Real Group - Arirang uploaded by realgroupdotse on Youtube.
Giovanni Mirabassi Trio - Arirang uploaded by PlusHitch on Youtube.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Enjoy Cherry Blossoms in Korea with Your Own Style, Which One is Yours ?

Spring is coming! Korea will be the cute girl look a like in spring. One of the famous flower that must be seen when spring in Korea is 벚꽃 or cherry blossom. There are many ways to enjoy cherry blossoms in Korea and I'll give you some suggestions that you can choose. Make the unforgetable moments of spring in Korea with your own style! ^^

Romantic journey under the cherry blossoms theme
Hadong is the perfect location to enjoy cherry blossoms in a romantic way. I think it will be more perfect if we take a journey with a motorcycle in 6-km road fully of cherry blossoms all the way! ^^.


Gears to use : video camera.
Directions :
Transportation:
Take an intercity bus to Gurye Intercity Bus Terminal.
Transfer to a local bus bound for Hwagae (화개) or Ssanggyesa Temple.
Get off at Hwagae, and walk to Ssanggyesa Temple.
Hadong Homepage: http://eng.hadong.go.kr/main/

Adventure funny theme
If you like to enjoy cherry blossom in Korea with unique way, more adventure but funny, you should go to the Gyeonghwa station. Gyeonghwa Station is a railway station in the far south of Gyeongsang-do. To the north is Seongjusa Station and to the south is Jinhae Station.


Gears to use : video camera or camera with long fixed lens or tele lens (70-200mm length or more than that)
Directions :
www.jinhae.go.kr

Festival's theme
Still in Jinhae, if you like to enjoy cherry blossoms with a lot of activities in festival, you should go to the largest cherry blossoms festival in Korea named The Jinhae Gunhang festival.


Mountain and River in the City's theme
Seoul is also perfect to watch fully blooming of cherry blossoms in Korea. After you go to Namsan, you can continue your cherry blossom journey near the Han river. You can ride a bicycle or bring your pet also there.




Gears to use : video camera or camera with wide lens or macro lens.

Video credits uploaded on Youtube :
sakura streets in Hadong, South Korea (April 2011) uploaded by ayakamaeno
Gyeonghwa Station uploaded by ruwk143com
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival (진해 벚꽃 축제) uploaded by GarrettFallin
2009 남산의 봄 -벚꽃축제- uploaded by namsan365
2011 여의도 벚꽃 축제 / Yeouido, Seoul Korea uploaded by isidorus5


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Joseon Reawakens organized by the Presidential Council on Nation Branding

a reenactment of a Korean royal wedding, this event held on March 5th, 2011 in the National Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea



Complete article : www.korea.net

Video credit :
[문화체육관광부] 조선의 혼 다시 살아나다, 가례도감의궤 재현행사 uploaded by mcstkorea on Youtube.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

잡채 Japchae

잡채 Japchae recipe ^^ It's easy to make Japchae

Video Credit :
잡채 Japchae uploaded by TheTasteOfKorea on Youtube.

[Arirang TV] Two Chefs : Japchae (Glass Noodles with Sauteed Vegetables) uploaded by TheTasteOfKorea on Youtube.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Let's Join The 12th Anniversary of Korea.net ^^

Please click the picture below and good luck! ^^

Korean Dishware

Earthenware
Photo : kimchidublin.blogspot.com
옹기 Onggi is a Korean earthenware and also known as breathing vessels. It has been used as a traditional dishware since The Three Kingdoms period. Onggi is also use as a food container to assist the fermentation of Korean fermented food such as kimchi, an earthenware pot (to hold jiggae) named ttukbaegi or as a rice cakes steamer (siru).

The making of onggi :


 Korean Porcelain
Photo : dramatomy.com
Korean porcelain (Jagi) made with the beauty and high quality. Jagi can be devided into few types such as :
백자baekja (white porcelain or white celadon) with simple and elegant characteristic. White porcelain appeared in the early 16th Century and like the earlier brown porcelain, was widely manufactured and used by the common people throughout Korea.  
분청 buncheong sagi (brown celadon), this type of porcelain appeared during the middle 15th Century and became the standard for daily use by the people of the period.
청자 cheongja (green celadon) developed during The Goryeo Dynasty. This porcelain has delicate patterns that add to its artistic mystique.

Photo : komusin.pe.kr

Woodenware
Photo : koreantemplecuisine.net
Mokgi lets the natural beauty of wood shine through by applying lacquer- a natural varnish- to the wood. It also brings out the unique scent and the natural grains of wood. It is often used as a Baru, the traditional bowl used by Buddhist monks when making an offering to Buddha. In ordinary households, it is used in acentral rites ceremonies. 

The making of mokgi :


Korean Brassware

Yugi is the Korean brassware which boasts a subtle dignity with its soft sheen, it is Korea's traditional dishware and has been used for more than a millennium. Serving meals in polished yugi is enough to make guests feel cordially received. It takes the handcrafting skills of an artisan to make yugi out of an alloy of copper and other metals. Apart from its artistic quality, however, yugi is also a highly functional dishware that has a sterilizing and disinfecting effect, killing over 99% of harmful germs. Furthermore, it maintains the food temperature until the meal is finished or maintaining the cold food to stay cold and the warm food to stay warm. What I've seen in this video, making the brassware is the most difficult and needs extra effort and extra work. But when we see the finish goods, honestly I'm very speachless. It is so gorgeous look dishware and  beautiful!


The brassware process :






After writing this article, I can make a conclusion, it's not easy to make them. Korean dishware is not only just a dishware but it is an artwork and has a historical value. It is made by process step by step in long term of timeline. Machinery also made a good contribution to the process.

Source and references :
www.korean-arts.com
Korean Food The Originality

Video credits on Youtube :
옹기이야기 uploaded by wwwculture1 on Youtube. 
Baru movie.mp4 uploaded by meotjit on Youtube.
0815 직업의 세계, 두드림의 미학, 유기장 이봉주 1부 1 uploaded by dinoston
0815 직업의 세계, 두드림의 미학, 유기장 이봉주 2부 1 uploaded by dinoston
0815 직업의 세계, 두드림의 미학, 유기장 이봉주 2부 2 uploaded by dinoston

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Korean Traditional Instruments Exhibition at Korean Cultural Center Jakarta, February 13th-24th, 2012

"I wish someday I can touch the Korean traditional music instruments with my own hand" that's my wishes last year. And it comes true! I can touch them! those which I only seen on youtube or Korean drama at that day they were displayed infront of me. What I'm going to tell this here, all of the instruments displayed on this exhibition are so gorgeous! and I conclude that "Korean musical instrument is more than just an instrument."
Korean music intruments are made from nature, made with details heart and love. I can find some ornaments attached on the instruments such as maedeup.
What I wish now is not about "someday, I can touch" but it become "someday I can play them at least one of the Korean musical instrument in the future time". ^^





















 


Photo :
Maria Margareta
Video credit :
KBS국악관현악단 프린스오브제주양방언작곡, 이준호편곡 uploaded by koartny80 on Youtube.



Saturday, March 3, 2012

곶감 Dried Persimmons

The most common method of food preservation in Korea is drying. A significant temperature difference between summer and winter and dishes with high water content makes Korean has to use preservation methods for their food. Chestnuts, jujubes, persimmons and grapes are commonly dried.



One of the most popular dried fruits is 곶감gotgam or dried persimmons. Persimmons are the most common fruit in Korea. In autumn, every October each year, the persimmons will harvested, sorted and peeled. They are tied together with a string and hung in a row to air-dry, it will take 45 days drying process. It become sweeter when white residue (called bloom) forms on the surface. Gotgam is also a core ingredient in making the autumn beverage called sujeonggwa or a cinnamon punch or can be consummed itself for a snack.


Reference :
Korean Food of The Originality

Video credit :
수와병태 곶감 제작과정 uploaded by jusinsaja on Youtube.
수정과 만들기 uploaded by newgedo on Youtube.

오방색 Obangsaek, The Color Philosophy

Obangsaek philosophy is not only apllied in Korean cuisines but it is also applied in all aspects of Korean's life.
from clothes to meals, from handycraft to dances.



Video credit :
The Colors of Korea - Obangsaek(오방색 Five Direction Color) uploaded by lovearirang on Youtube.

오방색 Obangsaek Philosophy in Korean Cuisines

Korean food is known as a healthy cuisine and colorful look. Philosophical and spiritual aspects are influencing of the Korean cuisines because in the ancient times, food from all cultures had religious significance such as people believed that sharing the food offered to gods, spirits or ancestors brought them blessings. The obangsaek is one of the spiritual aspect of Korean cuisines which heirs from the ancient times too.
Obangsaek is the main colors which always seen on the Korean food. It is contains of 5 colors that represents of the five elements of the universe.

Photo : namool.com

Black color is represented of water and north directions.
Red color is represented of fire and south directions.
Blue or green color is represented of wood and east directions.
White color is represented of metal and west directions.
Yellow color is represented of earth and center.

We can say that putting of those five colors ingredients into Korean food means the united of Yin and Yang's principles, five different elements and directions of the universe into one harmony.

Cheong (blue or green color)
Blue or green symbolizes of youth, spring, trees and stands for the east in terms of cardinal directions. The ingredients which usually use in Korean food are cucumber, green onion, water celery, wild sesame leaves. They are useful for heart, energizing liver and intestines.

Jeok (red)
It represents of fire, summer, mannerism, the south and exorcism. Koreans hang red chili peppers attached to a straw rope around the earthenware jars to protect from negative energy. The ingredients releted with this color are red bean, red rice and red pepper. as a medicine they are useful for aid blood circulation.

Heok (black)
It represents of water, the north and the wisdom. It tends to calm the mind and also good for kidney and bladder. Black beans, black rice, black sesame seeds, stone mushroom, laver and seaweed are the example of black colored Korean food category.


Baek (white)
Garlic, onion, potato, lotus root, radish, bean sprout are some of example of white colored on Korean food. It represent of innocence, justice, stands of the west of cardinal direction, metal and autumn among the seasons. White colored foods give the good impact for lung and respiratory organs.

Hwang (yellow)
Refers to soil and represents of the virtue of faith, which embodies all the virtues represented by blue, red, black, and white. It also stands for the center and authority, and thus considered a very precious color used only for garments worn by the king. Yellow ingredients in oriental medicine, relate to the functions of the pancreas, stomach and increase the appetite. They are pumpkin, sweet potato, doenjang and soy sauce.

The beauty philosophical obangsaek in Korean cuisine can be seen clearly on bibimbap, gujeolpan, sinseollo and manymore. Bibimbap for example, conveys harmony of five colors in the universe and Yin and Yang's principles in orderly combines vegetables and meats all together.



Bibliography :
Korean Food The Originality

Video credits :
Obangsaek (오방색) [Arirang TV] uploaded by arirangnews.
비빔밥 Bibimbap, Rice Mixed with Vegetables and Beef uploaded by TheTasteOfKorea

New Destination by Korean Air ^^

The amazing newsletter of Korean Air for March 2012. Korean Air will introduce some new destinations and new direct flights, let's check this out on the video ^^


Video credit :
March 2012, Korean Air Monthly Video Newsletter [HD] uploaded by KoreanAirChannel on Youtube.

Thursday, March 1, 2012