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Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival


With the theme of Water, Fire, Light, and Our Wishes, Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival is the greatest festival organized by Ministry of Culture, Sport, and Tourism. The view is definitely amazing. Beside watching the floating lantern, there are also other interactive activities for tourist as well. Please the highlight schedule below and follow the link to find the detailed program.

A festival of light at the beautiful Namgang River and Jinjuseong Fortress

– Date: October 1 (Sat) ~ 12 (Wed), 2011
– Location: Namgang River, Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province
– Title: Water Fire Light and our Wishes

More info: http://www.yudeung.com

 

Fall Foliage Trip to the South


Starting from the North to the South, whole place is changing its color as it gets closer to the end of  autumn. Autumn leaves turn red when the weather gets  cold, so mountainous Gangwon-do become the first place of autumn leaves. When you look down from the sky, leaves descend to the South and finally stop at Jeju island.

Shall we move on  to the South?

Foliage Trip to Mt.Palgong

Mt.Palgong, which is located in Daegu, is always popular among many people. You don’t need to spend much time and money to enjoy the autumn leaves. The mountain is said to be the most beautiful in late October.

Trip to autumn leaves starts at the entry to the Mt.Palgong. 1,300 gingko trees are lined up along six kilometer long road between Gongsan tunnel and School, which is very popular car driving course. Going down the road after tunnel, you will be amazed at gingko trees. It is fantastic to see golden wave of gingko trees.

When you turn to Dongwha temple at Baekan intersection, you’ll meet the line of gingko trees. After passing by school, you’ll meet maple trees. It is simply beautiful.  Plus, Mt.Palgong belt way is very popular among drivers for the beauty of its maple trees. The whole mountain is full of red color when the fall reaches its peak. You’ll definitely be amazed.

<Driving course of Palgong mountain> (Source:Yonhap News)

Hiking is the best way to enjoy the autumn of Mt.Palgong. There are many hike ways in the mountain such as Buin temple road, Gatbawi road and Dongwha temple road. Some buddhists  pray toward Buddha statue at Gatbawi. This buddha statue was made in Shilla dynasty and became known as praying site for education, health, occupation, and baby boys. Many people come to this site to pray for their own wish every day.

 Trekking to the Autumn of Mt.Jiri

Mt.Jiri is the second highest after Mt.Halla of Jeju island. This mountain is huge. There are so many famous and beautiful sites in the mountain. Autumn leaves of this mountain are as beautiful as other mountains.

Autumn leaves start to turn red in late September at Mt.Jiri. It is not well-known but you can enjoy autumn leaves earlier than any others in southern part.

Foliage of Mt.Jiri will start in 5th of October at Cheonwang peak, about 15th at main line, between 20th and 25th at Pia valley and three or four days later than Pia valley at Baemsa valley. If you want to get the most beautiful scenery, you should go up to Cheonwang peak. The most beautiful hike way is between Sesok and Chunwang Peak.

Cho-Sik, a scholar of Joseon dynasty, said “Don’t tell anybody that you’ve seen foliage without seeing the foliage of Pia valley. Foliage of Jikjeon is one of ten beautiful sceneries in Mt.Jiri. Pia Valley is famous for hike way of foliage. Foliage hiking in Pia valley starts at Seongsamjae and continues to Nogodan and descends to Pia valley or moves forward to Baemsa valley. This hike way has so beautiful scenery that many people take this way.

Foliage in Baemsa valley is as beautiful as Pia valley. Pia valley is famous for foliage whereas Baemsa valley is famous for valley itself. Baemsa valley is nine kilometer long and colorful leaves harmonize with that valley. Foliage spreading from Banseon complex to Ganjangso is regarded as the most beautiful scenery in Baemsa valley.

<Foliage in Baemsa valley in Jiri mountain> (Source: Korea Tourism Organization)

There are some other foliage sites to see in Mt.Jiri. Various hike ways have been developed since long time ago. Shall we take a trip to Mt.Jiri?

 Mt.Dyuryun, the Harmony of a thousand years history and the beauty of the Mountain 

Duryun mountain, which is located at the southernmost peninsula, is full of evergreen broadleaf and deciduous broadleaf. There are some national treasures such as Daedun temple, Pyochung temple, the bell of Tapsan temple and so on.

Duryun mountain is well known for camelia and foliage. The valley is two kilometers long from the group facilities complex to the temple. The latest foliage, regarded as one of the most beautiful autumn scenery, can be seen there.

<Foliage at Daeheung temple of Duryun mountain> (Source:Daeheung Temple Wesite)

The best scenery of this mountain is a maple tree forest of the way to Daehung temple. Take a walk through the temple gate. You’ll refresh yourself. Maple forests and camellia can be seen. Trees are like tunnel. When you cross a bridge, there is tunnel of maple trees.

Let’s walk through the yellow and red gingko trees and maple forest and keep going up along the car road. Mountain is covered up with yellow and red wave. Crossing valley and bridge, you’ll meet Youseondang and backdrop of foliage which are the highlight of the journey. The last of the journey is the road up to Daehung temple.

Maple Leaves of Mt.Halla, the Southernmost of Korea 

Foliage of Mt.Halla in Jeju island is not as well known as other sites. The famous sites are Wanggwanneung, Mansae hill, road between Youngsil rest area and Byeongpung rock area, road 1100 and 516. In particular, uniquely shaped 500 rock pillars stand at Youngsil rest area and Byeongpung rock area. The area is probably the most beautiful site.

Youngsil of Mt.Hallan is easy to access for all walks of life. Youngsil course starts at pavilion. Road to Youngsil is flat, however, the pine trees and maple forests along the road will lead you to the unique landscape. Walking a little further up, you can have good scenery of foliage. Maple forest starting under the Byeongpung rocks continues to gate of the hike way. It is magnificent.

Another joy of Jeju trip. If you have a plan to go to Mt.Halla, do not miss autumn foliage in Youngsil.

 <Foliage of Youngsil in Halla mountain> (Source: Yonhap News)

 

How was the journey? Autumn is right at the corner. Shall we take a walk and breathe in the forest of autumn foliage?

References: http://blog.naver.com/korea_brand/10120391749

Daehak-ro (대학로)


Daehak-ro has some 100 theatres of all sizes staging various performances throughout the year, and it is oftentimes referred to as the Broadway of Asia.

The outdoor theatre in Marronnier Park and Pungnyu Square are full of the passion of youth expressed in street performances and the drawing of portraits. This dynamic neighborhood is the very origin of the Korean Wave culture.

Daehak-ro was the name given to the area because a university (Daehak in Korean, Seoul National University) was built here. When Seoul National University relocated in the 1970s, Marronnier Park was built on its grounds, and a number of performance halls and art and cultural organizations found a home here instead.

It is always crowded with university students and young people because Daehak-ro is full of restaurants and entertainment venues as well as performance halls.

At Marronnier Park and the courtyard in front of Dongsung Art Center, amateur musicians and performers stage concerts, perform mimes and musicals, and other shows all year round. Daehak-ro also houses a number of international art festivals and large-scale performances to attract foreign tourists longing to personally experience the Korean Wave

There are a lot of street artists and fortune tellers seated along the streets of Daehak-ro. It would be fun to have your fortune told in these busy, exuberant streets.

Marronnier Park is surrounded by a number of performance halls, including the Culture and Art Center, Daehak-ro Theatre, Batanggol Hall, Yeonwoo Theatre, Saemteo Parangsae Theatre, Hakjeon, and the Comedy Art Hall, just to name a few. Tickets for the theatre and other performances in Daehak-ro can be purchased at the Ticket Box located by the entrance to Marronnier Park.

Even after the sun sets and the dark sky spreads overhead, a song from a street musician rises amongst the whispers of lovers in Marronnier Park. The night in Daehak-ro and Marronnier Park is always a place of life, bristling with lively pop culture.

Exit 2, Hyehwa Station, Subway Line 4.

Reference: http://english.seoul.go.kr/cav/att/Daehakro.php

UNESCO World Heritage in Korea


UCC~ Secret Jeju Island


Amazing view of Jeju that I just discovered in this VDO. I think the one who made this vdo (his name is Lyongs, I guess) is awesome to receive the grand prize from KoreaBrand. Have a look and you will love Jeju. As for me , now I wish to visit Jeju again the next Spring!

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!:)

5th WSK 1st Camp


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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”