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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Happy Roses Day

Today is a Rose Day. Celebrated every May of 14th, today is a change for couple to exchange or give roses each other.

Let us know about how many roses that we give to our special one has a lot of meaning. So check this out.

1 of red roses means I like you for a long time.
20 of red roses means I love you.
44 of roses and it's giving on a rainy day means I love you SO MUCH
1 of pink rose means you are so attractive.
199 of red rose means my heart is burned love, save me! (it looks like the 911 or in Korea 199 calling).
1 of white rose means I feel very happy today, because I meet you.
100 of white roses means peace (usually give after fighting with your partner. White is the simbol of peace)
1 of white rose and 4 of pink rose means I love you forever.
1 of white rose, 1 of the pink rose, and one of the red rose means I love you, I love you and I love you.
44 of red roses means I love you until death do us part.
33 of pink roses means I can see you alhtough my eyes are closed.
55 of red roses means reunited with an ex.
79 of white roses means let's just be a friend (7 in Korean 칠 (chil) and 9 in Korean 구 (gu)) Chingu.
1 of red rose and a lot of baby breath flowers means I can not let you go, now.
1 - 100 of roses send once every day until the 100th day means Kiss me.
24 of yellow roses means I don't want to see you. Please go away!
52 of pink roses means Today, I will make the unforgetable day for you.

3 of roses means I love you
21 of roses means we are united. Two become one.
30 of roses means someone who is giving the flowers want to say his or her feelings to the receiver.
35 of roses means One sided love, but I will always love you eventhough you don't love me (OH MY... T.T)
36 of roses means I hate you.
44 of roses means I love you until I die.
54 of roses means I will love you forever.
59 of roses means come home, quickly!
77 of roses means lucky love.
99 of roses means a lot of love story.
100 of roses will be given as the gift of the 100th day anniversary.

Special thank you to our Buwonjangnim ^^

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hwajeon, The Art of Tteok

Tteok is a rice cakes, a traditional Korean cake which is made from rice powder and then steamed, boiled or pan-fried. It is one of the most important meal in every Korean traditional occations such as Seolnal (Lunar New Year) or Chuseok (Korean Thank's Giving).

It is also served in every ceremonies such as birthday and wedding. What I'm going to discuss here is about 화전 Hwajeon. Hwajeon itself has a meaning of the flower cake. In accient time, this rice cake has usually eaten at  hwajeon nori (화전놀이), a traditional custom held since the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), literally meaning "flower cake playing". Related with spring while flowers are blooming, Hwajeon is a pan-fried tteok, with flower petal, seads as a topping. Even this meal is also served in every season in Korea, there are some differences type especially the topping for Hwajeon. Hwajeon in spring usually topped by flowers such azalea petal called jindallae hwajeon (진달래화전) or dugyeon hwajeon (두견화전) also can be topped by cherry blossom petal named beotkkot hwajeon (벚꽃화전, cherry blossom cake), in summer or autumn is topped by chrysanthemums petal and can be called gukhwajeon (국화전), in winter we can put jujube or mugwort leaves. It looks pretty and fancy.

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The Reopening of Sungnyemun

                                               Video Credit : Cultural Heritage Administration

Namdaemun officially known as the Sungnyemun is the most important gate of the four great gates at the Seoul which were built in the Joseon Dynasty. It is situated due south central city and was the main entrance to the capital. Sungnyemun was built in September 1396 as a part of the city wall and being completed in February 1398. After torned by a fire in year 2008, now public can see this historical gate again after being rebuilt and restored for five years and three months and accomplished in 30th April 2013. The Republic of Korea's president Park Geun-hye lead the opening ceremony.

 Address : 40, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul Korean : 서울특별시 중구 세종대로 40 (남대문로4가)

Photo Credits : 대한민국 청와대

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Carnations Flower, The Flower of Love

This May always called Family month or (가정의 달)  for Koreans. Why ? because there are so many events and days will be celebrated in family themes.
Starting from tomorrow, we will celebrate Children's Day (5th May), Parent's Day (May 8th), Teacher's Day (May 15th), Couple's Day (May 21st).
One of my point is, I always see a kind of flower that always use on these celebrations day. We can see students give a flower bouquet to their teacher.
Also it comes up on parents day. When I went to Korea, two years ago on May, I saw many parents weared a pink colored flower corsage on their chest. They looked very proud of it, and it looked like they want to show that to everybody.

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Curious of that, I try to find what kind of flower it is. It is carnations flower.
Carnations flowers with latin name : Dianthus caryophyllus is problably native to the Mediterranean region. It requeries well-drained, neutral to slightly
alkaline soil and full sun. It can bloom last long time even after they are cut.
This is the most important ... Carnations depends on their color also has been made as a symbol of love expression, admiration, gratitute and also the symbol of a mother's undying love.
The latin name of carnation, dianthus, comes from Greek as a meaning of "heavenly flower" or "the flower of love".
In Korea, usually using pink or red color carnation, to show their love and gratitute to their parents or teacher.

How to make a paper carnation flower :

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Jeonju Hanji Cultural Festival

Hanji is Korean paper made from mulberry tree, uniquely Hanji is not just a paper. Hanji can be resisted over 1000 years and can be made for
household, until books. Hanji is also the best quality paper in the world.
In Jeonju as the birthplace of Hanji, there is held now Hanji Cultural Festival. This festival will be held from May 2nd ~ 5th, 2013 in
Jeonju Gyeonggijeon and Hanok Village.

For more info : Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival Organization Committee 82-63-271-2503 / Jeonju City Hall (Culture and Tourism Bureau) 82-63-281-2541

Directions to Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

Express Bus :
Seoul - Jeonju : First Bus 5:30, Last Bus 21:30. Bus intervals every 10 minutes. Travelling time : 2 hours 45 minutes.
Busan - Jeonju : First Bus 7:00, Last Bus 18:00. 12 times daily, travelling time 3 hours 40 minutes.

Train (including KTX) :
Seoul (Yongsan Station) - Jeonju. First train 6:50, last train 22:50, Every 1 hour.

Limousine Bus :
Incheon - Jeonju : First Bus 6:30, Last Bus 22:30, Intervals : Every 30 minutes, travelling time 4 hours.
Jeonju  - Incheon : First Bus 2:30, Last Bus 19:00, Intervals : Every 30 minutes, travelling time 4 hours.

Car :
A maximum of 4 hours of driving from any location in South Korea.
Seoul - Jeonju (2 hours 30 minutes) : Seohaean Expressway, Gyeongbu Expressway.
Busan - Jeonju (4 hours) : Daejeon - Tongyeong Expressway, 88-Olympic Expressway, Gyeongbu Expressway.

Free Shuttle Bus for Foreigners.

Operation period : March 1st ~ August 25th, 2013.
Intervals : 3 times a week (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).

Bus schedule :
Seoul - Jeonju : 08:00 - 11:00
Jeonju - Seoul : 17:00 - 20:00

Boarding place :
Seoul : Gwanghwamun, Parking lot of Donghwa duty free shop.
Jeonju : Hanok Village public parking lot.

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Movie Street, Jeonju

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The movie street (Gosa-dong, Jeonju-si) has become famous since the Jeonju Film Festival started April 2004. There are eight movie theaters and eleven screens on this street.
On this street also has the big movie theaters where the Jeonju Film Festival are alsways held. Jeonju film Festival usually held on spring.
Besides movie theaters, there are many shops and restaurant you can shop and eat.