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Month: August, 2011



5th WSK ~ Lesson on Korean Etiquette and Hanbok

My most favorite schedule is learning Korean etiquette while wearing Hanbok at Etiquette Educational Centre in Suwon City. Yes, I always want to wear Hanbok. It’s lovely to me.hehe!  I used to wear in once I was in Cambodia. Back there, we just wear for beauty. Knowing nothing.  However, during our tour, we had a special lecture, and I did learn a lot. Here I’m gonna share with you.

These are what we learned:

1~ how to tie the cloth correctly

First, our teacher separated girls and guys, so that she can easy introduce how to wear the cloth properly. For our handsome guys, first they need put on inner trousers, then the upper shirt “jeogori” . Usually socks “beoseon” were the last one.  The girls were laughing at how the guys trousers are longer than their legs and the string will made them tripped over. Suddenly, our teachers surprised because they actually did not finish the process yet. Guys need to tie that strings “daenim,” around his ankles as well in order to pull up their loose and make them easier to walk or work.  “Magoja,”  a kind of waistcoat, is necessary when going out as well as long coat “durumagi”  which make men look formal.

Some of our beautiful girls used to learn to wear Hanbok at school, but they still seems to be wrong, especially on how to tie the bow. When wearing Hanbok, first we put on inner trousers, then inner skirts first, followed by socks ” beoseon”. Please note that, the line of inner skirts need to be wrapped the body in contrast way, so that we can tie it in the front over the chest (it is not tied at back).  On top of that, we can put on the upper wear “jeogori”. Also, here we need to be careful on how to tie the knots, cloth strings “otgoreum” by making the bow up to the left and leave the long string down the right. When leaving the house, “durumagi” overcoat can be worn as well. 

2~ how to bow showing respect correctly (men and women)

*Note: from this section, the below texts are from Korea.net webpage.

Among the traditional etiquette that continues to be practiced in Korea, there is “jeol” an act of bowing down on knees. It is a Korean way of acknowledging families and colleagues, classified into four kinds.

First there is “ban-jeol” meaning “half-bow.” It is an elder’s blowing response toward young ones or those in lower status. Then there’s “pyong-jeol” meaning “ordinary bow.” Such is a light bow exchanged between friends and others similar in status.

“Keun-jeol” meaning “deep bow” which is conducted during birthdays and banquets, do not require elders to respond to junior’s bows. A very deep blow meaning “bae-rye” takes place during four most important rituals in life, the coming-of-age ceremony, marriage, funeral and ancestral rites.

Today, jeol is not necessarily practiced in daily basis, but comes in handy when visiting Korean houses during special holidays and family occasions. In fact, while daily light jeols are hardly practiced, deep bows managed to go on due to this reason.

We look like celebrities here!!

(This above picture is credited to Lisa Liang)

In the woman’s case the right hand folds on top of the left, with hands and elbows raised to shoulder level. With eyes cast downward, she must sit with her left leg bending first, followed by her right and bow only halfway down. In return, the elders give a blessing or in the case of little children, some pocket money or a gift.

Sorry that I do not have a picture of how the guys do the “jeol”, but as it was said a man must fold his two hands together – left hand covering right hand – kneeling and bringing his head all the way down to the ground for a deep bow, with his elbows out away from the body. When bowing down, the left leg must bend first.

3~ how difference the color and style  of Hanbok making different prospect.

Hanbok comes in several styles: there is “dolbok” the clothing for a baby on its first birthday; “gwanryebok” the clothing for the coming-of-age ceremony; “hollyebok” the clothing for the wedding ceremony and “hwarot” the bridal gown; “sangryebok” ( or “sangbok”), the clothing worn by the bereaved during the mourning period and “suui” the shroud worn by a corpse and finally “jeryebok” the clothing for religious services.

The green color and style usually was worn by the queen.

Hanbok boast vivid colors based on natural hues that accord with the yin and yang theory of East Asia. White was the basic color most widely used by common people, symbolizing a modest and pure spirit. Red signified good fortune and wealth, commonly used in women’s garments. Indigo, the color of constancy was used for skirts of court ladies and official coats of court officials. Yellow, which represents the center of the universe, was worn by royal families. The clothing has been handed down in the same form for men and women for hundreds of years with little change, except for the length of jeogori and chima.

4~ how to do during Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony usually begins with the host and the guest greeting each other with deep bows, then sit comfortably, usually on the floor. A tea set consists of a tea pot, three to five cups, a bowl for warming the pot and a smaller bowl for cooling the water, wooden saucers and occasionally “dasik,” a Korean traditional snack.

When serving, the water should be boiled to 100 degrees Celsius for the tea sets to be ready. The tea utensils should be laid out in order of their usage: the water cooling bowl, the tea pot and tea cups. Hot water should be poured in all cups briefly to match the temperature of the tea, and then it can be thrown away.

About two grams of tea per person is put in the pot. The slightly cooled down water from the water cooling bowl (about 70 Celsius) is poured in. The host waits for about two minutes then pours the liquid in the cups.

Tea should not be gulped down at once. Rather, it should be admired: first its color, then its fragrance, and finally its taste. Usually, three sips per cup are appropriate to drain the entire contents. The tea cup must be held firm on the bottom with the left hand, with the right hand on top.

We did learned a lot from this etiquette lesson, and this time if I have a chance to visit my Korean friend family, hopefully, I will not get embarrased because of my poor etiquette anymore.

5th WSK ~ Korean Archery and Hwaseong Fortress at Suwon City, Korea

Yay! Finally, 5 batch WSK 1st Camp finally arrive!
I can meet diverse nationality blog lovers~ and we are going on a tour to Suwon together ^^

1st group picture @Yeonmudae

This 5th generation has around 50 people with 20 nationalities. Among these, there are 2 Cambodians. The other members seems to speak Korean very well except me.  ㅠㅠ. I’m so envy! Since the trip was on weekday, some members couldn’t manage to join and some managed to join a bit late. WSK has organized a tour to Suwon city, the city that just near Seoul which took around 30 mins. We kinda have a full schedule for a 2 days and 1 night trip in which I need to separate my post into many part.  However, first let me introduce you to Suwon city.

Suwon is being famous due to the existence in various forms throughout Korea’s history. Suwon is the only remaining completely walled city in South Korea.  Hwaseong Fortress is the most scientific of all fortress walls in Korea, its structures are elaborately arranged, assuming graceful and majestic aspects. Beside the Hwaseong Fortress, there are many attractive tourism sites as well. Click here for further reading regarding Suwon City.

Back to our trip, once we arrived in Suwon, we learn how to use Korean Traditonal Archery. On the very green field (it’s s totally green^^)while the sun was shining beautifully. We stepped on Suwon land and enjoying the view. The Archery is not as easy as we have seen on TV. Though, it totally fun to give yourself a try! Highly recommended!!! ^____^

The first time I tried archery! 90% of us couldn’t  shoot the target at all

 but come on, it’s our first time. lolz:)

The trip is amazing and it took less than an hour to reach Suwon by bus from Seoul, I was so nervous that I’m gonna have car motion sickness again, but just a blink of an eye I reached there. After the archery we got on the sweet red trolley and   stroll around the whole city. It’s really worth the summer! Besides, at Suwon, we can try on lots of things, like dress in Hanbok, learn Korean etiquette, visit the King Thombs, the Buddhist Temple, visit around the  artist city, learn to make Kimchi (my fav) .. and more.

I like this spot the most. (The right side of the wall is modern city and the left side is ancient architect) Only if I was wearing in Korean ancient hanbok, I might be penetrate myself as way back to many decade ago.

After using Archery, we rode on this beautiful red trolley to

visit the whole Hwaseong Fortress.

The journey~

Ancient Time Vs. Modern Time  @Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon city, Korea (From the spot I took the picture above)

What is that Chinese character mean?

@Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon city, Korea

Spotted Dae Jang Kim here! ^^

Spotted some filming preparation @@Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon city, Korea

City Tour

Extra activities, cloth dying!^^ Express your creativity with natural color.

Complicated sign post.

WSK 5th generation with Suwon City Mayor

To tell you the truth, maybe for this trip, I was the one who always smiling since I always want to experience such tour for ages and now I did it. ^^ Have I mentioned already? Since I live in Korea for almost 1 year, I carry out many plans (travel plan, I guess), adding more to do lists and checked it. Lately I’ve been wanting to do 5 things.
1~ Wearing Hanbok (Korean Traditional Cloth)
Reason: Love adorable, especially wear with many people
2~ Using Korean Traditional Archery
Reason: For ages, I want to give myself a try! Because of the green field or Jumong Drama?
3~ Visit Kimchi Storing Place
Reason: I live the view, especially in winter since when I saw “Haru” CF. Very romantic!
4~ Learn to make Kimchi
Reason: You came to the land of Kimchi, and don’t go back without knowing how to make Kimchi!
5~ Drink Magoli (Korean rice wine)
Reason: Strange Feeling! Out of a sudden want to drink it~ lolzz
Now everything checked!!! Yohooo!!! ^___________^

Experience Real Touch Korea Season.1 Seoul Tour

Last week, I’ve been quiet lucky enough to have a chance to join the first tour of Real Touch Korea organized by Korean Tourism Organization (KTO). This tour was about three main themes among many others in Real Touch Korea Application (Samulnori, Ssam, Bukchon Hanok Village). With other iBuzz member bloggers, together we enjoyed the tour program, and come back to buzz about the activities we actually experienced.

First, I was totally amazed to find out about this tour because it was like dream coming true to me! Since I only wish to experience them after reading it on Real Touch Korea web, but now I can truly experience it.

And KTO made it true for me, even more amazing they made it even more wonderful with their Travel Passport book feature. Again and again I want to scream out, I love it, it is my favorite thing on earth!!! Traveling and documenting the memory, that what make life beautiful!  Here I am going to introduce about each theme of the tour and if you have time, do not forget to experience it yourself, it quite easy since the location are in Seoul (and never ever forget to bring your camera).

In the morning, we all gathered up at KTO office, bloggers from iBuzzKorea with different nationalities came and introduced themselves. Those included from US, India, Pakistan, The Philippines, and Cambodia ( Chinese and Japanese bloggers are held on different schedule). We all were given the Passport book, my favorite thing. It is like the diary of the tour around 16 pages. The content include briefly describe of the program, spaces for instax pics to document the progress of our activities, and the funny idea on how to pose a photo (ex. Copy scene from CF.lolz. Laughing, but it’s my favorite thing). So here let’s me introduce the program.

1~ Samulnori (사물놀이) ~ A Short Lesson on Korean Traditional Music

When I first arrived Korea, we were brought to our Scholarship orientation and at that time we watched the Korean traditional performance. Of course, not only me, but many other foreign students as well know nothing about Korean traditional music. Definitely, do not ask me what was the most popular Korean pop song or which Korean pop group just  released their new song. I knew it all! That time, it was Girls’ Generation has their new “Run Devil Run” . Correct me if I am wrong. But, what was that music and what is “Samulnori”? and Arrirang? Puzzled!! zZZZ

However, the more I stayed in Korea, the more I started to know other things . The uniqueness of Korean culture. Like other countries, each culture has their own and unique special meaning. It is like to me, a Cambodian girl, “Apsara dance” will be the most precious moment if I have a chance to see the real performance. While in fact, 23 years already, I have never had such chance. Just by TV ㅠ.ㅠ. However, to foreigners who visit Cambodia with many schedule and has just spare time to watch Apsara, I do think they were like me, once I saw Samulnori at the first time. Since the value of one thing depend on how people give their expectation to it, it will never be able to measure or to judge. And of course, words will not be able to describe as well.

I started to like Samulnori once I studies in Korean language level 3 class when my teacher showed us the performance of  Kim Duk So  who is former Namsadang star performer. The energetic genre and how performer put their effort into making music, very much appreciative!

So, we went to  learn to play Samulnori and Korean traditional mask dance. There I can know more about Samulnori and we were introduced about how unique is the Samulnori. The word Samul means the  4 objects and Nori means play. Since Samulnori usually play together by the 4 instruments, it gives such energetic sound and beat.  There are names and unique sound for each objects

~ kkwaenggwari (small flat gong) represents the sound of “Thunder”

~ the buk (barrel drum) represents the sound of “Cloud”

~ the jing (large gong) represents the sound of “Wind”

~ the janggu (traditional drum with hourglass-shaped body) represents the sound of “Rain”

The sound different

I think, when The fours  played together it made the sound of calling for rain to pour down to earth. Some ducument says Samulnori has its roots in  Nongak (farmers’ music). It has been performed for religious purposes in village gut (shamanistic rite), and as martial music in times of war. However, recently with its accented rhythms, vibrant body movements, and an energetic spirit, it gains lots of international popularity . Now it’s also performed with an orchestra and jazz band.

Our Samulnori teacher just back from performing in India and he clarify the different beat between Korea Samulnori and Indian traditional music. We had so little time, therefore we learned to play only Janggu. However, at least some puzzle in my brain got the answer and the most important thing I know how to use my hand correctly. Crazily, after I got back whenever I saw Samulnori performers I secretly keening for their hands whether they hold it right or not and told it to my friend. Then, they just started to notice that as well.

I used to wonder how can they hit both side of the Janggu by the stick,

now I know if you hold the stick like you see in the pic,

you will can hit both side of it and it will generate the strong and weak sound of Gung (궁).

The note and space for instax pic to document our fun moment.

Pics ^^

Korean Traditional Mask Dance.

These long sleeves are for hands, not arms. keke

Move your bottom part, but do not shake your body. Follow the beat.

2 ~  Ssam (쌈) ~ Korean Wrapping Food, the culture of sharing

I always notice Korean middle age women whenever they made Kimchi or Radish, they always hold a big piece of it and put into the adult mouth to taste. I found much love and sharing with this action. It make me feel I can not only taste the food but also feel the heart of the giver. In Cambodia, we ate meat and vegetable separately by using spoon. You might have experienced and of course to many foreigners, enjoyed having Samkyobsal (Korean pork BBQ), but Ssam just a bit different. Ssam is rice and condiments wrapped in leaves of lettuce, cabbage, sesame, or other greens. When things mixed together Korean call it Ssam. So, since their are many vegetable and other tasty things make Ssam recognized as a healthy or diet food. So once you taste Ssam it seems like you can know Korean people’s generous hearts as they covered a table with many things to eat. Therefore, during our tour, we have been to a Ssam restaurant near Insadong. Enjoying our lunch while sharing our generous heart by wrapping the biggest Ssam and give it to our new friends to taste.

Wrap everything you like and give them to those you care.

Enjoy the moment together with Ssam.

It looks a bit different from the one shown in Real Touch Korea Application. We got different menu though, but it’s still a tasty Ssam. Ah.. I want to have it again! Can’t wait!! >.<. We had meat, rice, different kind of green to wrap, of course unforgettable Kimchi, fried egg, radish, onion, garlic, chilly, sauces, and others that I do not know what it is called.

In side a small comfy Korean style restaurant, our newly met friends enjoying Ssam with our tour organizer. Everyone busy wrapping tasty Ssam. I think we can do the same thing to Kalbi or Samkyeobsal by mixing together and wrap inside the lettuce for fun with friends and family.

Korean Culture of sharing! Say “Ahh….”

Yummy! 맛있다!! ^________^

I made my friend this  “not so big” but “one bite”-Ssam, and we won the prize! Aigoo! he likes it so much! Since it is mixed all the taste, I was at that time put away the weight scale and 즐겨 먹었어요!  I think you also can make Ssam and enjoy it at home with your love one as well and the tip is “Make a big and one-bite same for each other”!! You are going to love it!

Sorry I can only find the vdo in Japanese language.

3 ~  Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) ~ Best Dating Spot in Seoul

My beloved grands! They are making me jealous now! ㅠㅠ

If you watch Korean drama you might spotted some romantic scene that captured at the traditional Korean house. It look dramatically romantic, doesn’t it? If you want to make yourself a best memories in Korea with your special one, please do miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, there are lots of best photo shoot landscape are waiting for you. Example, the scene from the school in the drama “Winter Sonata” or the scene from the house in “Personal Taste” ,etc. Please make sure you check on the weather forecast before going there. Below is the romantic video from the commercial. I really love it! Bukchon Hanok Village is also in there. Check out how beautiful it is! ^^

Have you check out these places yet? It is highly recommended! ^^

How to get there:

Getting off from Anguk Station (안국역) exit #2 and walk straight, you will find yourself walking in place where traditional houses from Joseon dynasty and modern art galleries and cafes are surrounding you.

It really was a great and enjoying experience ever!  It was sad that there was only one couple on the tour that why I have only one pic to post here. They are really sweet, right? Oh! I’m getting jealous with our grands right now! They are just so wonderful in the photo. When can I have such moment? Secretly, I plan to go to Bukchon Hanok Village again someday~ You know what I mean, right? ^^

Thanks a lot to Korean Tourism Organization for this wonderful tour.

Additional Source: For more picture about the tour click here.

For more info about special program I introduced above, please click on the name below:

Korean Tourism Organization, Buzz KoreaTouch Korea.

Hopefully I can have such chance with the team again! And that time I’m gonna………….. 비밀!:)

Korea in Style

5th WSK 1st Camp


Survey on “Attractiveness of Seoul”


Attractiveness of Seoul

Attractiveness of Seoul-Survey Period: Aug. 10~24, 2011

Dear Readers,

Last May, CNNGo analyzed the attractiveness of Seoul and publicized a list titled ‘50 Reasons Why Seoul Is the World's Greatest City’.

※ Among the 50 reasons, jjimjilbangs (Korean saunas), sannakji (raw octopus), screen golf venues, and haejangguk (hangover stew) were cited among the reasons why foreign tourists ranked Seoul as their favorite world city, even though these are rather mundane or everyday aspects of life for Seoul’s citizens.

Accordingly, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is conducting a survey on the attractiveness of Seoul in order to develop tourism resources by discovering and utilizing the City's most attractive features observed from various perspectives and to promote the city to the rest of the world. As such, we hope for your active participation. Thank you very much.

We give away gifts to participants by lottery drawings. Gifts: 4G USB memory with decorative patterns of lacquer ware inlaid with mother-of-pearl • Business-card case • Ballpoint pen set

So? I also participate! Actually, there are lots of interesting things about Seoul, however, since I already one year here, I forgot some already. Also, some of what I attempt  to answer, it was already answered. Therefore it left only what poped up on my mind right now. Then, the first answer is ..you can guess… of course.. “Food”. It’s 10pm here and I am always hungry. Oh, get back to the story, my most favorite food is Haejangguk.  Even if it had been answered already, but I just want to add more vote for it, so they gonna consider promoting this later on. However, I just hope that after this food getting popular, the price can be still the same.

Haejangguk (Stew)

It’s the best soup and best memory, especially during winter. You will think of nothing beside this soup and yes, it taste best with yummy Kimchi and spicy green chilly. I can not help waiting for winter to come again, so I can happily enjoying this soup.

Friendly Korean

Many times I got lose in the subway and many times Korean people lead me right to the destination. Language barrier is a thing, and the kind-heart act can not easily found, but I often met this situation, so it can be counted as the best of Seoul because of Seoulites.

City of Festivals

Since I came to Korea, I found that Seoul always have various and interesting festivals. As for example, this summer there are lots of festivals after Mud festival, Flowers Festival, then Hangang Love Leports Festival, then…many more. In Cambodia, we do not have many festival like this, therefore I am really amazed with Seoul and enjoyed it very much.

Please visit this link: http://english.seoul.go.kr/lh/community/survey_att.php

Tour Interpreter in Seoul

I think this one is the new service that Seoul is providing. Though, I am still do not know yet where or when or how to find these people, but regarding to Seoul Korea facebook page, they stated that  people in red shirts and red hats just like this (in the picture), will help the travelers about any information regarding to Seoul. I think, it is quite a nice service, since there are several languages offers to help foreign travelers. However, I am still wondering if they are everywhere across Seoul or just at some top tourist sites. Anyway, our Seoul Tour Interpreter look quite friendly and cute, if I can meet them sometimes, I…er…. what will I do??… er maybe will definitely ask if they have read my blog because I have their beautiful pic here. lolz! Just kidding!

VDO about Korea

I do feel inspired by these two VDO about Korea. It’s very amazing! I start to realize I should act something and plan something before it is too late. Before, I finish my study, I want to learn more, explore more, and document more about Korea. I want to know everything about Korea. I am so lucky to be here, in Korea!

“Befriend Korea”

“Korea, where dreams are realized every day”

Subway again

I was laughing when I saw an Ajossi jumped up from his seat clumsily and hopped out of the door as if something knocked him because he was felt asleep when he arrived at his destination. Then, the subway continue it’s way, and I wonder why I still not yet reach Itaewon, I look at the map again, Oh! I passed over one stop already. I supposed to stop at the station the same to that Ajossi! Oh god! Hangangjin station was desert!! For 1 year in Korea I have never been to desert subway station like this!