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Views from Korea’s 52 Scenic Roads


The Ministry of Land, Transportation and Maritime Affairs (MLTMA) has released a promotional booklet and brochure showcasing Korea’s most picturesque and culturally rich highways and roads. Titled Korea’s 52 Scenic Roads, the publication is designed to help travelers find their way to popular destinations.

Each scenic road brings together natural vistas and cultural experiences, providing quiet places for travelers to rest and take in the regional sights and sounds. The 52 roads were selected not only for their aesthetic value but also for their cultural and historical value.

 

Scenes from the promotional booklet, “Korea’s 52 Scenic Roads,” published by the Ministry of Land, Transportation and Maritime Affairs (Photo Courtesy of the Ministry of Land, Transportation and Maritime Affairs).

More info: Here

The Other Korean Sport: Ice Hockey


The year was 1984 and amidst all the fuss of whether or not George Orwell’s vision of the future was at hand, something magical was about to take place: The Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad were going to be held in Los Angeles – the city in which I lived. While only a young boy, the excitement about the games permeated the city and electrified the nation. As the date for the opening ceremony approached, the Olympic Flame Relay passed close to my house and I had a chance to see history being made. It’s something that was repeated in Seoul four years later… and is set to repeat itself again in PyeongChang in 2018 (which just happen to be the the XXIIIrd Winter Olympic Games).

It took three attempts before PyeongChang was awarded the games and the announcement instantly brought together everyone in Korea. Every news outlet covered the story and it was the topic of every conversation along the street, in schools, and on the subway. The Olympics coming back to Korea is huge news, especially since Yuna Kim put the spotlight on the country during the 2010 Games. However, the most exciting upcoming event during the 2018 Games will not be Figure Skating, but Ice Hockey. It’s a sport that dates back to the Middle Ages, and for the first time in 2018, the Korean Men’s National Team will take to the ice to vie for the Gold Medal.

Before we dive into Olympic Hockey, or even the professional teams that play in Korea (yes, Korea has two professional Ice Hockey teams), let’s talk about the sport, since many are not familiar with it. Unfortunately, this great sport is not nearly as popular as soccer (football), basketball, or baseball. As a result, it often is left out of many discussions. However, in my opinion, there isn’t a better sport around. Men and women navigate a frozen pond handling a tiny rubber puck, which they ultimately try to shoot past a guardian.

Image source: Wikipedia

Hockey is played on a large oval surface called a hockey rink. During the game, there are normally six players per side on the ice at any time, one of them being the goaltender (goalie). The game’s objective is to score goals by shooting a hard vulcanized rubber disc, the puck, into the opponent’s goal net, which is placed at opposite ends of the rink. The players skate on the ice, controlling the puck using a wooden stick that’s curved at the end.
Players can use any part of their body to direct the puck (although there are a few exceptions). Players may not hold the puck in their hand and can’t pass the puck to teammates. Players are prohibited from scoring by kicking the puck or throwing it into their opponent’s goal net. Should a player commit a penalty, they are temporarily removed from play for 2, 5, or 10 minutes. During that time, the other team is on a “Power Play,” meaning they have a one-person advantage over the other team. In rare cases of extreme violence, a player may be ejected from the game. If the goaltender commits a penalty, another player serves the time.

The Asia League Ice Hockey (ALH) association operates a professional ice hockey league based in East Asia, with seven teams from Japan, China, and South Korea. The league is headquartered in Japan and at the end of the playoffs every year the winner is awarded The Championship Trophy. The Anyang Halla (Korea) have won the league championship the previous two seasons.


The league was formed in 2003 with the goal of promoting hockey and developing players’ skills. The original league had just five teams, although at one point it boasted nine during the 2005-2006 season.Today, there are seven teams and players generally fill the rosters from the host countries; however, to help build skill and raise the level of competitiveness, the league allows each team a certain number of foreign players.

 

The Anyang Halla, one of Korea’s two professional teams, was founded in 1994. Originally based in Mok-dong and named the Mando Winia, the team moved south to Anyang in 2005 and changed their name to reflect their new city and sporting complex: The Anyang Halla. Korea’s other team, the High1, calls Gangnam home and skates at the Eui Am Ice Rink (although the team is really based out of Chuncheon). The season kicks off every year in September and concludes the following February. With the Men’s team poised to take center stage in the 2018 Olympics, it’s time for more to become familiar with this fast-paced game. With a little luck, Korea could skate to a medal in PyeongChang.

Source: Here

Information:
The Anyang Halla
The High1
Asia League Ice Hockey

 

 

Let’s Go for Some Apples!


Red apple is very luscious enough to make everyone eager to have one bite. Perhaps it might be natural that the witch of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs chose the apple to fascinate the snow white.

(Picture: FlickrⓒMuffet)

 

Well, thanks to the technological development, we can see apples at any season of the year. There are some people who don’t even remember which is the apple season. What do you think it is the season? The answer is “Autumn” that sunshine paints all the fields gold and apples red. Shall we go for some apples with family? Pick out the apples and enjoy the local attractions.

 

Pick apples at Yeongju and discover the cultural heritage!

 

Yeongju apple is one of the best, which is grown in the cleanest air of Mt.Sobaek.  There are so many apple trees on the way up to the mountain, and also in the inside of valley. As the mountain is high and the valley is deep, the daily temperature’s range is pretty huge. In addition, every orchard heads toward the south, which is good for getting more sunlight as long as possible. Those combinations make the apple more delicious.


(Picture: Flickrⓒedenpictures)

 By the way, did you know there is an event that let you pick those delicious apples? You can have hands on experience from the end of October near Mt.Sobaeck, Yeongju. You can buy the apples you pick at a discount, too. All the apples will be harvested by the early November, which means it’s better to reserve the event as soon as possible. If you bring your children, they will learn the value of labor.

Moreover, Yeongju has more wonderful attractions to visit other than the apples. It has many cultural legacies around Mt.Sobaek such as Buseok temple, Sosu shrine, Seonbivillage and Jukryoung old road. There are many things for families to do in Yeongju.

Especially, Buseok temple is one of ten greatest Buddhist temples in Korea. It has five national treasures and six national valuables including Murayangsujeon. You may want to lean on the pillar of Murayangsujeon. There is another attraction called Sosu Seowon which is the first Confucius educational institutes named by the King. Many leaders of Joseon were the students of this Seowon. It has a lot of precious materials and documents as well.

Now, let’s take a walk along the national treasures. It is the old road of Jukryoung which is 696 meters high from the sea level located between the second Younhwa peak and Dosolpeak. The road was used for 2000 years but it was abandoned for tens of years because of the advancement of transportation system. However, the Yeongju city government restored the road of 2.5 kilometers fromHibangsa station to Jukryoung jumak in 1999. Take a walk along the old road and take a breath of forest with your family, looking at autumn foliage. Are you ready ?

 

Pick Munkyoung Apples and Enjoy festival!

Munkyung is one of the best places for planting apples because the location and the climate are  just perfect. Grown in the limestone soil of Mt.Sobaek, apples become very hard and sweet. Although the very wide daily temperature range, and the low temperature at night, plants control their own nutrients, so that they are very sweet, juicy, colorful and aromatic. In addition, Munkyeong apples are very popular for its wonderful climate, rich soil and clean natural environment.

(Picture: FlickrⓒWxMom)

There will be an apple festival around Munkyeong provincial park until the end of month. The title of the event is “Munkyeong apple festival beloved by Snow White”. It sounds like they already have all the delicious and pretty apples to fascinate us.

Once you enjoyed the Picking Apples program and festival, we strongly recommend you the trip to Munkyoung Sae Jae.

Munkyoung Sae Jae is Jo Ryoung mountain ridge used for TV drama shooting spot. It is so steep that there is a word saying “Even birds cannot fly over the mountain”. There are electric cars specially made for children and seniors, which shows the efforts of Munkyoung city government to clean the Mother Nature. Munkyoung Sae Jae Park provides tourists with various things to see. It’s good to walk along the road of old time’s national examination which was chosen as one of 100 beautiful roads in Korea. You can enjoy hiking barefoot there because yellow soil starts from entrance gate to the peak. Children are likely to smile with tickling the soles of their feet. Moreover, there are many other things to enjoy such as a tower of wish, old tavern, and waterfalls. Munkyoung has something that your family would love.

Pick Yesan Apples and Enjoy Festival!
Grown first in 1923, Yesan apples have been well known for hardness and juice produced by the fall sunshine and daily temperature range in rich soil. A variety of apples such asShinano sweet and Fuji are grown in Yesan. Apple pick-out is available from late September to middle of November.Yesan apple pick-out program attracts many people because it is major producer and located near Seoul metropolitan area.

(Picture: FlickrⓒBryan Maleszyk)

 Plus, the Apple Wine festival is held in early November every year. Can you imagine the taste of apple wine? I’ll tell you one thing. Yesan apples are very fresh. You can make it on your own and taste it, too.

Why don’t you refresh yourself in nature forest and pick out some apples in Yesan? Opened in 2007, Bongsusan natural 
forest has a variety of accommodation for rest. Natural and artificial forests are harmonizing together and many wild life species are existing. Besides, beautiful scenery with Yedangresevior will attracts your mind. 

The Hiking course in forest is various from one hour to three-hour course. Hiking course is not tough so it is easy to walk on. You can smell the pine trees with the forest bathing. There are many amusement sites such as houses, children’s park,  square and the hand-on hall. These are the rest places for families and group tourists. In addition, tourist can travelDeoksan spa, Sudeok temple, Chungeui temple and a house of Kim Jeong Hee near the forest. What a travel!

(Picture: FlickrⓒAdam E. Cole)

Take a fresh air, have a delicious food and experience a variety of culture on this coming weekend. 

Source: Here

2011 F1 (Formula One) World Championship Korean Grand Prix


☞ Ticket Sales Online: InterPark

☞ Venue: Korea International Circuit (KIC) (Yeongam-gun, Jeollanam-do)

☞ Period: October 14-16, 2011

☞Source: Here

N Seoul Tower


source: Seoul Convention Bureau

Highlight of miss A & 2PM’s new interactive movie, ‘Hello’ revealed


Yesterday I saw only the making film, but this new highlight is more awesome. ^^

Please make sure to check “Buzz Korea” webpage once the full movie release.

http://www.ibuzzkorea.com

DMZ Tours


What is “DMZ”? When we met each other, my friend asked “Are you going to DMZ?” I was wondering what that stand for as I only know we are going to visit the border of North and South Korea. Therefore, I did some research and found out it stands for Demilitarized Zone for Korea Tourism Organization. I hope it’s going to be an awesome tour ever! :0

Korea is the only divided country in the world. After the Korean War (June 25 1950 – July 27 1953), South Korea and North Korea established a border that cut the Korean peninsula roughly in half. Stretching for 2km on either side of this border is theDemilitarized Zone (DMZ).  As one of the last relics of the Cold War, the DMZ attracts a great deal of public interest, and is a popular destination for travelers visiting Korea.  Despite the fact that this is the most heavily armed border in the world, it is extremely rare that any hostilities take place. These days the DMZ is a safe destination that we would thoroughly recommend to any traveler.  The DMZ and its surroundings contain many interesting historical sights and pristine untouched natural surroundings.

Various organizations offer DMZ guided tours.  Itineraries differ, but most tours will take visitors to an observatory, one of North Korea’s infiltration tunnels, a military base, and right into Panmunjeon, the Joint Security Area in the middle of the DMZ where negotiations between the two sides are held.

UNESCO World Heritage in Korea


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!:)

Foreign Food Mart, Itaewon, Seoul


If you would love to cook your home country food and lack in ingredients, which you can not find at any other department stores even you check out the whole Korea, it is recommended to go check  at Itaewon area, it’s famous for foreign stuffs, especially food.

At Foreign Food Mart you can find some ingredients, meats, vegetable, fruit…etc especially from the Asian countries.

You can reach there by stop at Itaewon Station (이태원역) line #6, exit #3 then walk straight for 3 mins, once you reach the Intersection turn right and climb up the small hill and walk across another small intersection for 3 mins, you will see the sign of the mart on the left side.