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Friday, June 29, 2012

Korean Speech Contest Event

Today I came to Korean speech contest, supported by Embassy of  The Republic of Korea for Indonesia, University of Indonesia and Korean Cultural Center Indonesia and some of Korean companies in Indonesia. Besides the main event, there was some booth of Hanin post, Korean food such as Kimbab, Japchae, Tteokpokki, Odeng and Tteok were displayed on some participant booths, and we can try it for free, Korean caligraphy contest and also the booth of TOPIC (Test of Proviciency in Korean) and also the booth with the longest queue is Korean Cultural Center booth where everybody can take a photo with Hanbok in Hanbok experience.
There some Korean brands such as Binggrae ice cream, Korea bakery brand Tous les Jours booths were also participate in this event.
Honestly, I was very impressed, there are many young Indonesian people can speak Korean fluently and also interest some aspects about Korea. I hope someday I can give my speech in Korean language ^^

Photos by Maria Margareta


Sunday, June 24, 2012

나전장 Najeonjang, Mother-of-Pearl Inlaying of Korea

Lacquerware was made early as the Bronze Age in Korea and inlaying shell pieces in lacquerware have begun in late Unified Silla period. Mother of Pearl inlaying is a technique of cutting off luminescent shells in different shapes and dimensions, then inlaid on wooden objects or furniture or another stuff and coating them with lacquer.
This traditional handycraft designated as number 10 of the Important Intangible Cultural Properties of the Republic of Korea Government.
The exquisite mother-of-pearl inlay works of art was developed in the Goryeo Dynasty period (the12th century) such as cosmetics container, bowl and Buddhist items such as rosary and sutra cases which are put chrysanthemum or peony designs. Colored tortoise shell pieces were also inlaid on Goryeo lacquerware.

The Mother of Pearl inlay art works applied on the cosmetic container

 It is can be applied on the USB and a name card case

Where to find this beautiful artcraft of Korea ?
Many stores in Insa-dong, Seoul are selling this or we can go to the main center of this handycraft at the southern part of the Korean peninsula.

Tongyeong city located in the southern coast of Korean peninsula has beautiful and good quality of shells and also is well-known as one of the main producers of fine mother of pearl inlay works in Korea for more than hundreds years.

Tongyeong city website :

Video credit : 
나전장이형만 Uploaded by Qubi99 on Youtube.
통영시 Uploaded by lbiz777 on Youtube.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

목조각장 Mokjogakjang, Korean Wood Sculpture

Mokjogakjang is a beautiful  Korean wooden sculpture which is the artistic traits of this craft sprouted from Buddhist roots in the Three Kingdoms era. This art sculpture takes long time process of making in the past times.

The wood material usually taken from paulownia tree, ginko, birch, linden, juniper, an zelkova wood.
Before carving, logs were dried first in naturally  in the shade for three to five years
The bottom of the tree is a good part to created a head part of the statue, it can be called as bottom up principle and good to prevents cracks and deformation.

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To be a Mokjogakjang artisan, it takes yearly process and developing versatility skills with various kind of knives for wooden sculpture.
It is one of Important Intangible Cultural Properties of Korea and has been registered in year 1996.

Video credit on Youtube by joeyabuki81

Mystery road Yeongi-gun

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There is a unique spot in Yeongi-gun, Chungcheongnam-do. Here is a mystery road the road gradient illusion. This road is located after Biam Buddhist Temple (Biamsa) which is one of Chungnam cultural asset.
with 150m length and 1,2 m height this road created the optical illusion when create an object moves along from the lowest point to the highest point. 

Another spots in Yeongi-gun.

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 Another mysterious road is in Jeju-do.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hanbok from Head to Toe

This is my 3rd article about Hanbok and here I would try to write more details of Hanbok, one by one. Hanbok is a Korean traditional costume wear by any gender, men and women for all of ages. 

Details of Hanbok part by part :

저고리 Jeogori :
It is the upper jacketlike part of Hanbok both men and women wear. 저고리 covers the arms and upper part of the wearer's body.

It is consists of :

길 gil :the large section of the garment in both front and back side.
깃 git : a band of fabric that trims the collar.
동정 dongjeong : removable white collar placed over the end of the git and is generally squared off. Modernly, is backed with paper, to prevent cleaning the entire jacket when just the collar is dirty..
고름 goreum : coat strings attached to the breast part to tie the jeogori.
배래 baerae : the curve of the sleeve.
부리 buri : the hem of the sleeve. It is the 'pointed end' of the sleeve, like the beak of a bird.
당 dang : underarm gussets.

도련 do-ryeon : the curve of the jacket hem.
거들지 Geo-deul-ji : white over-cuffs, the cuff equivalent of the dongjeong.
길gil : the panels of fabric that make up the body of the jacket.
긷 git : the collar of the jacket.
고름 go-reum : the strings used to tie the jacket panels closed.
진동 jindong : the seam attaching the sleeve to the body.
끝동 kkeutdong : a cuff attached, of a constrasting colour.
무 mu : side gores.
섭 seop : the overlapping panel(s) attached to the centre front seam.
소매 so-mae: the sleeve.

두루마기 Durumagi :
is an overcoat of Hanbok, the Korean traditional garment. It is usually the topmost layer of clothing that is worn over jeogori (jacket) and baji (pants).

치마 Chima :
Chima is the wrap-around skirt for woman's Hanbok with long enough to fall down from the chest to the floor. In the Goryeo Dynasty, women used to wear chima of 7 or 8 thickness in order to appear more luxurious and elegant. In the Joseon dynasty, women wore an underskirt called mujigi (petticoat) with three, five or seven layers.
There were various kinds of chima developed during the Joseon Dynasty :
Gyeopchima a lined skirt; hotchima an unlined skirt for daily use; seuranchima a long skirt patterned with gold and

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Daeranchima (photo above) a skirt patterned twice with gold and it was used for queens, princess or for formal ceremonies.

바지 Baji
Baji is a Korean traditional trousers usually using with Korean man as an outer garment, it is bound at the waist with a cloth belt. The trousers's shape is baggy. In the past times, women were also wore baji as an underwear or I can say as a petticoat (because women were also had the inner underwear before wearing baji), and it wore before chima.
There is band attached at the end of the trouser legs named 대님 daenim, this band is using to tie the trouser at the ankles.

버선 Beoseon
is a Korean traditional socks with the shape similiar with foot. It can be various by purpose, shape and sewing technique.

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곧은버선 goteun beoseon or 고들목버선 godeulmok beoseon and 누인버선 nuin beoseon are types of beoseon defined by the shape.
솜버선 som beoseon, 겹버선 gyeop beoseon, 홑버선 hot beoseon, 누비버선 nubi beoseon are the types of beoseon devided by sewing method.

당혜 Danghye
Danghye is a pair of shoes worn by women in Korea. The beauty embroidered and great mixed color of Korean shoes, makes Korean women look more beautiful when wear it together with the Hanbok.

References : 
An Illustrated Guide to Korean Culture
some of assorted resources

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Korean Dining Etiquette

The most important part that should be noticed when dining in Korean style especially if it is held in the formal way and/or the elders or the most important persons are coming.

How to serve korean food 
The chapters are put together according to the other in which korean food is served on a special occation.

First course :
Serve jonchaeyori (appetizer) a head of the meak.then serve dubu (tofu), namul (marinated vegetables), mitbanchan (salty side dish), kimchi (marinated cabbage) all together.

Second course : 
The main course can be served while keeping all the first course dishes on the table. Serve chigae (stew), chim (braised) or gui (grilled meat or fish) with rice and soup. Two main courses can be served together too. If you served noodles, it is not necessary to serve rice and soup.

Third course :
Almost always fresh fruit are served. During the holidays, tradional desserts are served. Serve hot tea at the end of the meal. When you do not have soup or chigae, hot tea can be served during the meal.

Korean dining etiquette tips

Greetings : shake hands among men but bow to women.

How to address :
Koreans address people according to their social status. Men are addresses as "chairman", "president" (of a company), "manager" or "sonsaengnim" which means teacher but is often used as a respectful address. The ladies are "samonim' which is the address form for a teachers's wife, but also can be used simply as a way of showing respect. When addressing young people, add the word "ssi" after their name such as "Yumi ssi".

Gifts for the host/hostess
Liquor, flowers, or or a nice fruit basket are all fine. If you know the host (or hostess) well, you can choose something related to their hobby. The host does not  open the present righy away in front of the guess who brought it. In casd we do not like the gift, we do not want to show it out of politeness.

Serving order
The elder are always served first, followed by the husband ( to save his ego) and then the wife. It appears as if everthing is geared from men but the woman actually have all the power at home.

One starts eating only when the host makes a signal. He will lead the toast saying "Deupsida" whih means "Let's have a meal". You do not need to clink the glasses together but answer with "Thank you", looking at the host and the hostess. You pour a drink for the person sitting next to you regardless of wheter it's a man or woman. It is all right to make a occational slurping noise when you eat the soup or chigae (stew). You can place the spoon on the right side of the bowl or plate during the meal. At the end of the meal, place both the spoon and the chopsticks together on the right side.

Absolutely do not blow your nose at the table.
This is considered very impolite. If it is necessary, turn your face to the side and silently wipe your nose.
 Source : Korean cuisine Yongja Kim

두부 Tofu

두부 Dubu or commonly said as tofu, is made from soybeans by curding fresh hot soy milk with a coagulant. Tofu has a rich source of protein and also good for health. a delicious flavour of tofu is created when it mixed with other ingredients or cooked together with other ingredients.
The most commonly-used forms of tofu are the following :
Soondubu, very silky, soft and delicate without any form. Used in jjigae (stew).

Dubu making with traditional process by Boramirang on Youtube

Dubu, which is medium-firm tofu and comes in a square shape. Usually cut in various shapes to cook. Can be comsumed cold in summer or added to jjigae (stew).
Firm dubu is usually sliced and seared in the frying pan before the seasonigs are added.
Yubu, firmly pressed tofu is sliced and deep fried.
 Photo credits on this design : photo 1 :, photo 2 :

 Korean Tofu Recipes from aeriskitchen from Youtube
 Reference : Korean cuisine Yongja Kim

찌개 Jjigae

찌개 Jjigae is a dish in which is put gochujang, hot pepper paste, or doenjang, bean paste, with meat or vegetables and boiled with spices into a thick stew, it is thicker and saltier than guk.
 Jjigae according to what material is used

Jjigae according to what condiments are used 

 Video Recipe by TheTasteOfKorea

Busan Gimhae Light Rail Transit

Opening to the public on September 9, 2012, Busan Gimhae Light Rail Transit has 21 stations from Sasang station to Kaya University of Gimhae station.

This route is devided into two sections, they are Section 1 Outsize zone #1 (Kaya University ~ Inje University)<-> Central area (Gimhae College University ~ Pyeonggang) Outsize zone #2 (Daejeo ~ Sasang) <-> Central area (Gimhae College University ~ Pyeonggang) Section 2 Outsize zone #1 (Kaya University ~ Inje University) <-> Outsize zone #2 (Daejeo ~ Sasang)

Not only as a public transportation, people also can see the mountanious view of Busan from the train.

 Video credit on Youtube uploaded by ecnnews

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Secret of Hallyu Stars Make Up

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Why do The Korean actress looks very natural in dramas ? What is the secret ? Why do they eyes look so beautiful ? Their hair style is very cute and looks natural. How to get the flawless skin ? etc etc etc.
Some of questions I have been heard before.

Last week, I came to the K style make over held in Korean Cultural Center Indonesia. Little bit curious about this event, I got the ETUDE's goodie bag with nail polish inside and with another stuffs.

Photo by Maria Margareta
A lot of young people were coming to this event, and very excited. I hope there will be another event like this in the future. (just take note, that would be great if Korean Cultural Center Indonesia would give some door prizes for participants for next events).
The make up and hair stylist expert from Korea, Mr. Lyon Jung was a keynote speaker, he had given us the tips and the secret about Korean style make up and hair do, and also the make up artist from ETUDE House, was also made make up demo on this event.

Photo by Maria Margareta
Photo by Maria Margareta
Mr. Lyon Jung presented two Korean hair styles which are still trends in Korea.
Two types of wave's hair : romantic wave and water wave. He showed us very easy way on how to make those waves at home.

Photo by Maria Margareta
ETUDE House make up artist showed some tips how to apply Korean style make up compatible with Indonesian's skin types.

Here is the another tips of Korean style make over from another Korean make up artist :

Video credits : uploaded by jungsaemmool on Youtube.

Onomatopoeia in Korean Words

What is onomatopoeia ?
Onomatopoeia is the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named, such as "cuckoo", or "sizzle" or "buzz". However the word Onomatopoeia can also be used to describe the use of such words for rhetorical effect.

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Korean language also have a lot of onomatopoeic words, here, there are some of onomatopoeic words in Korean.

빵빵 = ppang ppang = honk honk of a car.
쿵 = kung! = thud, thump.
쾅 = kwang! = a door slam.
꼬끼오 = kko-kki-o = cock-a-doodle-do.
윙윙 = wing wing = buzz of a bee.
짹깍짹깍 = jjaek-kkak-jjaek-kkak = tick-tock of a clock.
짹잭 = jjaek jjaek = the chirp of a bird.
삐약삐약 = ppi-yak-ppi-yak = peep peep of a chick.
부글부글 = bu-geul-bu-geul = the bubbling of boiling water.
왁자지껄 / 와글와글 / 시끌벅적 = wak-ja-ji-kkeol / wa-geul-wa-geul / si-kkeul-beok-jeok = hubhub.
헐레벌떡 = heol-le-beol-tteok = confused person.
캉캉 = kang-kang = woof (dog's barking).
낑낑 = kking-kking = whine of the dog.
칙칙폭폭= chik-chik-pok-pok = puff of a steam locomotive.

부릉부릉 = bu-reung bu-reung = vroom of a car.
쿨쿨 = kul-kul = snoring.
새근새근 = sae-geun-sae-geun = breathing of a sleeping baby.
꿀꿀 = kkul - kkul = oink oink of a pig.
후두두 = hu-du-du = pitter-patter of rain.
달그락달그락 = dal-geu-rak, dal-geu-rak = clackety-clack of typewriter keys.
엉엉 = eong-eong = boo-hoo of a weeping man.
냠냠 = nyam nyam = munch, munch.

피웅 = pi-yung = zing, whiz of an arrow or bullet.
핑 = ping = twang a bow.
투덜투덜 = tu-deol tu-deol = mumble the person.
뒹굴뒹굴 = dwing-gul dwing-gul = a rolling object or a lazy man shifting his body on the floor.
첨벙 = cheom beong = splash of something falling into the water.
두근두근 = du-geun du-geun = sound and felling of a throbbing heart.

Resources and references :
How Koreans Talk

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Daegu International Food Industry Exhibition 2012, June 7 ~ 10 June, 2012

Exhibition hall 1F 2, 3Hall
1676 Sangyeok-2dong. Buk-gu, Daegu 702-712, Korea
Tel : 82-53-601-5445

Processed and Functional Food
Rice, Rice cake, Rice noodle, Meat, Fish, Organic Food, Tofu, Nuts, Fruit, Kids food, Special-Purpose Nutrient Food, Gluten-free, Food additives, Diet Food etc.

Coffee & Dessert
Coffee/Tea materials & ingredients, Utilizing products for Coffee &Tea, Coffee/Tea consumer goods, Cake, Cookie, Doughnut, Ice-cream, Bread, Chocolate, Pizza etc.

Korean turbid rice wine, Japanese rice wine, Korean fruit wine, Alcoholic drinks (wine, beer, whisky, brandy, cognac, vodka etc) etc

Equipment & Machinery for Food Service
Kitchen utensils & equipment, Cookware, Food service equipment, Food storage equipment, Freezer, Refrigerator, Cooler, Food preparation equipment Water Purifier, Cleaning & Sanitary systems & equipment, Disinfecting installation & materials

Franchise Business operation(Food/Retail/Service)
Fresh Produce, Confectionery, Processed Food & Convenience Foods, Point of Sale System(POS), Snacks& Ice Cream, Franchise business consultation, Chain Store Facilities, Franchise information service, etc 

Transportations and accomodations :

Daegu Flower Show June 5 ~ 10, 2012

Location : Exhibition hall 1F 1, 2Hall 
1676 Sangyeok-2dong. Buk-gu, Daegu 702-712, South Korea
Tel : 82-53-601-5445 
Directions : 
From freeway    
If you are arriving by expressway, turn off from the Gyeongbu Expressway at the Bukdaegu Interchange and then proceed directly to the Daegu Distribution Complex area where EXCO is located.
From the downtown area of Daegu, take the Sincheon-dongro (Riverside Road #13) to the Daegu Distribution Complex area and EXCO.
Alternatively, take the Sincheon-daero (Riverside Road #11) and turn off at the Chimsan-gyo Bridge and then drive to the Daegu Distribution Complex area and EXCO.

By Air    
Taxi - 10 minutes (Fare : 2000won~ 2500won)

By Rail    
Dongdaegu Station    
Bus - 25minutes #937
Taxi - 20 minutes (Fare : 3500won~4000won)
Daegu Station     
Bus - 35 minutes (#623,653)
Taxi - 25 minutes (Fare : 4000won~4500won)

From Station    
Bus - 25 minutes #937
Taxi - 20 minutes (Fare : 3500won~4000won)

By Bus    
Bus #636 stopping at Dongdaegu Station, Dongdaegu Express Bus Terminal, and Emerald Hotel.
Bus #306, #535 stopping at Daegu Station
Bus #305 stopping at Eldis Regent Hotel
Bus #929 stopping at Prince Hotel, and Crystal Hotel

Agenda :

Time : 10:00am - 6:00pm
June 5 / 11:00
Opening Ceremony
During the event period
Outdoor Gardening Contest
June 5 / 9:00-18:00: Flower Design Contest
June 6 / 14:00-16:00 : Floweriest Demonstration
Room 325
June 5 / 9:00-11:00: Gardening Idea Contest
June 7 / 13:00-18:00 : Orchid Symposium
June 5-9 : Gardening Lecture

References :