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Sunday, August 26, 2012

VKSD (Visit Korea Summer Design) Contest

I was participated in VKSD (Visit Korea Summer Design) Contest last month, was held by Korea Tourism Organization. All of the submitted designs were selected and they choosed the top ten designs to be voted by everybody to win a grand prize, all of the nominees received a Korea Tourism Organization bag, a calendar and post card set. Proudly that one of the top ten Visit Korea Summer Design that had been choosen is my design.

Design's concept :
I want to show the colorful summer time which are bright, dynamic, exciting and fun. Sometimes rain will come in the summer but the rainbow will come after the rain then will show us a great color on the sky and it will be fun.

I'm so glad about it and the gifts from Korea Tourism Organization have been arrived and received. They are so great! ^^
Thank you Korea Tourism Organization! ^^

Gifts I received from Korea Tourism Organization regarding of The top 10 Visit Korea Summer Design contest 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Seoul and the Eight Mountains

Seoul is surrounded by eight mountains from south, west, north, and east side and devided into two parts, inner and outer mountains. They are :

Outer mountains :

Northen side : 북한산 Bukhansan/Bukhan Mountain
Bukhansan means “Mountain north of the Han” is also called Samgaksan or Samgak Mountain, it is located at the northen part of Seoul. As  the outer mountain, that surrounding Seoul from the north side with height  836,5 m above sea level and approximately 10 km far from the Han river. This mountain is popular for mountain sports and bird observation.

Eastern part : 용마산 Yongmasan
This mountain has 348 m height from the sea level and located on the eastern part of Seoul.
People will see the view of Han river from the top of this mountain.

Western part : 덕양산 Deokyangsan

Southern side : 관악산 Gwanak
Gwanak (Ganmoe) means the mountain which looks like a Gat’s shape. Gat is a traditional Korean top hat for male. With 632 m height, this small mountain is standing as the outer border of Seoul from the south. Buddhist temples and Seoul National University main campus are not far from this mountain.

Inner mountains :

Northen side : 북악산 Bugak san
Bukaksan with 342 m height is located at the north of the Blue House and the southern part of Bukhansan. Seoul fortress wall with the north gate of Seoul named 숙정문 Sukjeongmun and Changuimun, also can be found at this mountain. It is a restricted area, and the trail is open only in certain hours. Mountain hikers must exit the trail by 5 pm.

Eastern side : 낙산 Naksan
Seoul fortress wall can be seen from this 100 m height mountain.

Southern side : 남산 Namsan
Located in downtown area of Seoul, it is easy to access by vehicle or cable car or even by walking to reach at the top of this mountain which has 262 meter height. Some well known tourist spots are available at Namsan. The most popular spots are Namsangol hanol village and The N Seoul Tower.

Western side : 인왕산 Inwang san
This mountain literary means “mountain of generous king”  has 338 m height. It is located at the centra part of Seoul and has many huge granite peaks and named based on the characteristic form. Inwang san is also a sacred mountain in Korean shamanism.

References :
Seoul, Robert Koehler

화랑 Hwarang, a Court Dance

화랑 Hwarang is usually perform in 팔관회 Palgwanhoe festival held on the full moon day of the 11th lunar calendar.
This festival can be called as the anniversary of sacrifice, held to serve god of heaven, the five famous mountains, major mountains, large rivers and the dragon god. When the day Palgwanhoe was come, the king had a rite of obeisance the Buddha and proceeded to Beopwangsa Temple located in Gaegyeong. Many dances and rituals were featured on Palwanhoe festival included hwarang dance. This court dance is categorized as a 정재 Jeongjae which is preform for the royal family, court officials or official festive occations.
Besides as a name of dance, hwarang is also means "Flower man", the title given to the leaders of the elite warrior youth group from the ancient kingdom of Silla and was only received by the youth of royal family members.

무고 Mugo - drum dance. Photo credit :

Hwarang dances include :

Saseonmu – dance of the Four Immortals.
선유락 Seonyurak - a boating dance 
포구락 Pogurak - a ball throwing dance.
Gujanggibyeolgi - dance of Nine Skills.
Wangmodaegamu - mass dance for prosperity of the king.
Suyeonjang - dance of longevity.
Yeonhwadaemu - lotus dance.
Oyangseon - dance of the five immortals.
헌선도 Heonseondo - peach offering dance.
Dongdong - dance to musical chant.
무고 Mugo - drum dance.
무애무 Muaemu - dance of non-hindrance.

References : 
Korean Court Dance - Lee Heung-gu

소나무 Sonamu

남산 위에 소나무 철갑을 두른
바람서리 불변함은 우리 기상일
“As the pine atop Namsan Peak stands firm, unchanged through wind and frost,
as if wrapped in armour, so shall our resilient spirit”.
애국 (Aegukga) The South Korea national anthem.

The word  소나무 (Sonamu) means a pine tree is written in애국 (Aegukga) The South Korea national anthem. 소나무 Sonamu is also represent of the spirit of Koreans.
Pine tree or we can call sonamu in Korean language is known as a grandfather of the trees. 

Sonamu at Nami Island. Photographer : Maturos Yaowanwaisit.
Photo credit : Wikimedia
Pine tree leaf are added while making songpyeon. Songpyeon with pine tree leaf has a great fragrance. Photo credit :
 Survived in all of the season even winter, people in Korea make sonamu as a symbol of integrity, honor and strength. Sonamu has been deep rooted on Korean lives from birth to death, and also has been used for a material for housing to as an ingredient of food, medicine, cosmetic and health care. We can see how's the grandfather of the trees, sonamu is very close and useful for Korean lives.

Energy Day in Korea, August 22, 2012

Tonight, August 22, 2012 at 9 pm. It's time to see bright stars on the South Korea's sky, it's an Energy Day, where the lights and electrical appliances will turn off. Let's save dan love our earth ^^

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Event : 2012 International Agricultural Exhibition at Jeollanam-do South Korea

Jeollanam-do province located in the southwest of Korean peninsula with 5 cities and 17 counties in the province. Warmer climate than another part in the peninsula (even this place has the warmest weather in the peninsula) caused a good place for agricultural activities and producing various agricultural and organic products. Agricultural commodities from Jeollanam-do such as pears, chyrsanthamum, tomato, melon, pepper, mushrooms etc have been exported to another countries in the world. Rice, potato, wheat, barley, cotton and fruits are also the major agricultural products from this province.

Naju Pear
Naju-si is the best place for pear habitat in Korea, the soil is good for cultivating and harvesting pears. Naju city will be host the 2012 Agricultural Exhibition on this October.
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With theme's "The world of agriculture opening up a green future", this international exhibition will be held on October 5 ~ 29, 2012 in Naju-si, Jeollanam-do province, South Korea.
Some agricultural and eco products will be exhibit here such as grains, vegetables, organic products, meat and forest products beverages, dairy products and also farming supplies such as fertilizers, seeds, farming machineries, etc. Not only exhibitions, a lot of activities such as meetings, conferences, agricultural experiences and cultural programs are also included in this event.

Exhibition venue :
Jeollanam-do Agricultural Research & Extension Services (Naju-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea)

Event : Seoul International Ballet Festival 2012

The 2012 Seoul International Ballet Festival will be held from August 23 ~ September 1 2012, at the Arko Arts Theater, Seoul South Korea.
Please check the website : for more information.

Address :
Arko Arts Theater
Seoul-si Jongno-gu Dongsung-dong 1-130

Map source :

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Bronze medals for South Korea in The 2012 London Olympic Games

Bronze medals for South Korea in The 2012 London Olympic Games.

Total bronze medals : 7

Sports :

Men's -66kg : Cho Jun-Ho (Sunday, 29 July 2012)

Cho Jun-Ho. Photo Credit :

Men's Individual Epee : Jung Jinsun (Wednesday, 1 August 2012)
Men's Individual Foil : Choi Byungchul (Tuesday, 31 July 2012)
Women's Team Foil (Thursday, 2 August 2012)

Jung Jinsun. Photo Credit : OSEN

Choi Byungchul. Photo Credit : Yonhap News
Jeon Hee-sook, Jung Gil-ok, Nam Hyun-hee, Oh Ha-na. Photo Credit : Yonhap News

Men's team (Saturday, 28 July 2012)

Im Dong-hyun, Kim Bub-min and Oh Jin-hyek. Photo Credit : Yonhap News

Men's Doubles (5 August 2012)

Chung Jae-sung and Lee Yong-dae. Photo credit :
Men's Football (11 August 2012)

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Silver medals for South Korea in The 2012 London Olympic Games

Silver medals for South Korea in The 2012 London Olympic Games ^^

Total silver medals : 8


Men's 200m Freestyle : Park Taehwan (Monday, 30 July 2012)
Men's 400m Freestyle : Park Taehwan (Saturday, 28 July 2012)

Park Taehwan. Photo Credit : Yonhap News

Fencing Women's Team Epee (Saturday, 4 August 2012)

Choi In-jeong, Jung Hyo-jung, Shin A-lam, Choi Eun-sook. Photo credit : Yonhap News

Table Tennis
Men's Team (Wednesday, 8 August 2012)

Joo Sae-hyuk, Oh Sangeun, Ryu Seung-min. Photo credit :

Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions : Kim Jonghyun (Monday, 6 August 2012)
Men's 50m Pistol : Choi Young Rae (Sunday, 5 August 2012)

Kim Jonghyun. Photo credit :

Choi Young Rae. Pict credit :

Men's -58kg : Lee Daehoon (Wednesday, 8 August 2012)

Lee Daehoon. Photo credit :
Men's Light (60kg) : Han Soonchul (Sunday, 12 August 2012)

Han Soonchul. Photo credit :

남사당 놀이 Namsadang Nori

남사당 놀이 Namsadang Nori is one of Korean folk performance, an entertainment handed down by touring male performers which includes mask dances, puppetry, dish spinning, percussion music, somersaults, acrobatic and tight rope walking. The team usually consists of 40 ~ 50 people from all ages.
Usually perform in the village or in the market in the past time, the percussion music members wear some attributes such as cap-ribbon spinning, small gong, large gong and barrel drum. 25 percussion members resembles of the farmers percussion band. Namsadang nori has designated as Korean Intangible Cultural Property No. 3.

Video credit :  코아트 KOART 국악감상 판굿 남사당놀이보존회 Uploaded by koartny80 on Youtube

The sequence of Namsadang nori is

풍물놀이 Pungmul nori
Pungmul Nori is the opening for Namsadang Nori. The percussion music performance combined with dance. Very dinamic movements and lively music.

버나놀이 Beaona nori
The second part of Namsadang nori is Beaona nori. Performers spin and toss the beona into the air by using a tobacco pipe or a long wooden stick. 

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살판 Salpan
A traditional Korean form of tumbling, includes 12 kinds of feats, forward and backward tumbling and "cripple's trotting". The performer also wisecrack and exchanging humorous banter to accompaniment of drumbeats. The word of 살판 salpan comes from the saying that "if you do well, you will be alive (salpan), and if you don't, you will be dead" (jookeulpan).

어름 Eoreum or 줄타기 Jultagi
A tightrope dancing and walking accompanied with Korean traditional music. More than 40 style techniques of Eoreum or Jultagi.

Video credit : 외줄타기 uploaded by uploaded by kokobo1004 on Youtube.

덧뵈기 Deotboegi
Is the mask dance that consist of four acts. The dances of the open-air prelude, the pockmarked mask, the aristocrat and the dark faced monk can tickle the audiences to laugh. The word 덧뵈기 Deotboegi means "See the mask on". 

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 Video credit : 코아트 KOART 국악감상남사당놀이 덧뵈기 중 샌님과정 남사당놀이보존회 Uploaded by koartny80 on Youtube.

덜미 Deolmi 
Deolmi is a puppet show which is the last part of Namsadang nori and there are 40 of puppets around 10 hand round for this performance.

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References :
Korean Intangible Cultural Properties 
Random online resources.

Gold medals for South Korea in The 2012 London Olympic Games

Gold medals for South Korea in The 2012 London Olympic Games.

Total Gold medals : 13

Sports :


Men's 10m Air Pistol : Jin Jongoh (Saturday, 28 July 2012)
Women's 25m Pistol : Kim Jangmi  (Wednesday, 01 August 2012 )
Men's 50m Pistol : Jin Jongoh (Sunday, 05 August 2012)

Jin Jong Oh. Photo credit :
Kim Jangmi  Photo Credit :
Men's -81kg : Kim Jae Bum (Tuesday, 31 July 2012)
Men's -90kg : Song Dae Nam (1 August 2012)

Kim Jae Bum, Photo Credit : Yonhap News

Song Dae Nam, Photo  Credit : Yonhap News
Women's Individual Sabre : Kim Ji Yeon (Wednesday, 1 August 2012)
Men's team Sabre : Gu Bon-gil, Kim Jung-hwan, Won Woo-young and Oh Eun-seok

Kim Ji Yeon. Photo Credit : Yonhap News

Men's team Sabre. Photo credit : Yonhap News

Women's Individual : Ki Bo-bae (Thursday, 2 August 2012)
Women's team : Choi Hyeon-ju, Lee Sung-jin, Ki Bo-bae (Sunday, 29 July 2012)
Men's :  Oh Jin-hyek (Friday, 3 August 2012)

Choi Hyeon-ju, Lee Sung-jin, Ki Bo-bae, Photo Credit : Yonhap News

Ki Bo Bae. Photo Credit :

Oh Jin Hyek, Photo Credit : Yonhap News


Men's 66kg Greco-Roman : Kim Hyeonwoo (Tuesday, 7 August 2012)

Kim Hyeonwoo. Photo credit :

Women's -67kg : Hwang Kyung Seon (Friday, 10 August 2012)

Hwang Kyung Seon. Photo credit :

Gymnastics - Artistic
Men's Vault : Yang Hak Seon (Monday, 06 August 2012)

[Korean Traditional Musical Instruments Part 3] Percussion Instruments


Jing is a large gong made from brass and is one of native Korean musical instrument. Although originally used for military music now it is usually use in music for royal processions, shaman ritual music or Buddhist music.

This musical instrument is similar with a gong. The instrument player holds this small size gong with his or her hand and hit the gong with a wooden stick. It is used in shaman ritual music, pungmul and samulnori.

소리북 Soribuk

It is also a drum and hit by a wooden stick. This instrument usually play in pansori.

장고 Janggo

This is one of my favorite instrument. An hourglass-shaped body usually made from porcelain, tile, metal, wood, gourd, or tinned sheet. With two heads made from animal skin. The two heads produce sounds of different pitch and timbre, which when played together are believed to represent the harmony of man and woman. To play this instrument, we need two kind of stick named gungchae and yeolchae.

References :
Guide to Korean Culture

Photos credit : Maria Margareta

Video credit : 제20회 KBS 국악대경연.판굿 축하공연.avi uploaded by hyuny21