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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 :

Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival
10.01.2012 ~ 10.14.2012
Gyeongsangnam-do Jinju-si Bonseong-dong 415 Jinjuseong

Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival
10.12.2012 ~ 10.13.2012
Seoul-si Dongdaemun-gu Jegi 2-dong Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Market

Namdo Food Festival
10.19.2012 ~ 10.21.2012
Jeollanam-do Suncheon-si Nagan-myeon

Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival
10.05.2012 ~ 10.07.2012
Gyeonggi-do Suwon-si Sinpung-dong 123 Hwaseong Haenggung Palace

Yeongju Punggi Insam Festival
10.06.2012 ~ 10.14.2012
Gyeongsangbuk-do Yeongju-si Punggi-eup Baek-ri Namwoncheon Stream

Seoul International Fireworks Festival
10.06.2012 ~ 10.06.2012
Seoul-si Yeongdeungpo-gu Yeouido-dong

Gyeongju Traditional Drinks & Rice Cake Festival
10.13.2012 ~ 10.17.2012
Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si
Inwang-dong 839-1

Busan Jagalchi Festival
10.11.2012 ~ 10.14.2012
Busan-si jung-gu Nampodong 4-ga 37-1

Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival
10.13.2012 ~ 10.17.2012
Gwangju-si Buk-gu Unam2-dong Jungoe Park

Jeonju Bibimbap Festival
10.18.2012 ~ 10.21.2012
Jeollabuk-do Jeonju-si Wansan-gu
Girin-daero 99

Andong Maskdance Festival
09.28.2012 ~ 10.07.2012
Gyeongsangbuk-do Andong-si Pungcheon-myeon

Geumsan Insam (Ginseng) Festival
09.14.2012 ~ 09.23.2012
Chungcheongnam-do Geumsan-gun Geumsan-eup Sindae-ri 392
Geumsan Insam(Ginseng) Museum

Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival
10.17.2012 ~ 10.21.2012
Chungcheongnam-do Nonsan-si Ganggyeong-eup

Choenamdan Bangeo Festival
11.08.2012 ~ 11.11.2012
Seogwipo-si Daejeong-eup Hamo-ri Moseulpohang Port

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 :

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

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

“Quiz on Korea" on KBS World

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea, Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and the Korea Foundation co-hosted “Quiz on Korea,”a global quiz show on the Republic of Korea (ROK), at KBS, Seoul, on August 31. The final round will be aired at the end of September as a special program for the Chuseok holidays. It will also be aired by KBS World for some 200 million people in 72 countries around the world to watch.

Source : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Visit Korea 2.0 App

Korea Tourism Organization has launched the brand new version of visit Korea mobile application.
It is compatible for android and iphone.
So excited when I see this application, and I downloaded this application on my android phone. I think, this version is more informative than the previous version.

What I most expected from this mobile application is a subway map. Subway map is the most important thing that I must have in Korea. I'm looking forward for a subway map written in Hangul for Seoul and Incheon because I believe travellers will get more convenient when they also bring a map in Hangul version together with the alphabet version and it will be easier to ask to anybody by showing a map in Hangul version.

It is recommended for travellers because it's very simple and informative. Some of tourist spots and details are also captured in this application.

Photos are captured by Maria Margareta