Banpo Rainbow Fountain

Written by Eric

April 2014Travel

Built in 1982, Banpo Bridge connects the Seocho and Yongsan districts in Seoul. However, it is not just one of the regular 27 bridges that cross the Han River in Seoul National Capital Area. Banpo Bridge is known worldwide for being the longest bridge fountain, with nearly 10,000 LED nozzles that run along both sides.

At night, visitors can enjoy the amazing display of water and light, known as Moonlight Rainbow Fountain’, ... (Read More)

The Busan Lotus Lantern Festival

Written by Emily

April 2014Travel

 

The Busan Lotus Lantern Festival is an annual tradition that provides visitors with an opportunity to celebrate Buddha's birthday through the many activities organized at Korea’s second largest city. Thousands of brightly colored lanterns are strung up all across Busan, symbolizing the celebration of Buddha’s birth, many in the shape of lotus flowers, one of Buddhism’s recognized motifs.

 From April 18th to April 27th, visitors can enjoy the splendid lotus lanterns in different shapes and sizes will on display. Visitors will ... (Read More)

Jirisan National Park

Written by Sarah

April 2014Travel

Designated as the first national park in 1967, Jirisan spreads across three southern provinces in Korea. The name of Jirisan means “the mountain of the odd and wise people” and since ancient times it has been known as one of the three legendary mountains in Korea, together with Hallasan and Geumgangsan.

Jirisan offers plenty of trails for both beginners and avid hikers. Some of the most popular trails include the Cheoneunsa Temple-Seongsamjae course and the Guryong Valley course.

Jinhae cherry blossom festival

Written by Sam

March 2014Travel

Jinhae is a district in Changwon City, less than 1 hour away from Busan, famous worldwide for its cherry blossom festival that began in 1952 honoring Korea’s naval hero Admiral Yi Sun-shin.More than 2 million visitors enjoy its spectacular floral display from late March to early April.

The most picturesque spots are located in the 1.5km boardwalk alongside the Yeojwacheon Stream and the 800 meter long Gyeonghwa railway track that is flanked by a continuous row of cherry blossoms on ... (Read More)

Noryangjin Fish Market

Written by David

March 2014Travel

Noryangjin Fish Market is the largest fish market in Seoul. Customers browse for fresh seafood and usually they enjoy them at the many restaurants located in the market.

Covering over 66,000 square meters, the 700 small shops offer over 830 seafood items for wholesale or retail purchase, including clams, shrimp, blue crabs, octopuses, sea cucumbers, hailbuts and snappers

According to recent polls, visiting the market is ranked as the favorite activity by foreigners that ... (Read More)

Petite France

Written by Emily

March 2014Entertainment

Petite France is a French cultural village located in Gapyeong, one hour away from Seoul, that consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge and experience French food, fashion, and household culture. 

The village contains a Little Prince theme park dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the famous French novel Le Petit Prince, and souvenir shops and other galleries with a Mediterranean type of construction that will make you feel you are in France.

The village can accommodate ... (Read More)

Japanese Convenient Stores : コンビ二

Written by Jennifer

March 2014Travel

Convenience stores in Japan are known as コンビ二(konbini). There are over 40,000 of them across Japan and the major operators are Seven Eleven, Lawson and Family Mart. Although the names might sound familiar to many, Japan konbini provide a wide range of differentiated products and services compared to those overseas.

Japanese convenience stores stand out for the high-quality food. They are especially known for their quick, ready-made food that are mostly made with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. ... (Read More)

White day

Written by Sam

March 2014Entertainment

White Day was first celebrated in 1978 in Japan. It was started by the National Confectionery Industry Association as an "answer" to Valentine's Day on the grounds that men should pay back the women who gave them chocolate and other gifts on Valentine's Day. In 1977, a Fukuoka-based confectionery company, marketed marshmallows to men on March 14, calling it Marshmallow Day.

Soon thereafter, confectionery companies began marketing white chocolate. Nowadays, men give both white and dark chocolate, ... (Read More)

My Love from the Star

Written by Jennifer

March 2014Entertainment

My Love from the Star, the most famous Korean TV series aired during last winter has just ended last week. An alien named Do Min-joon who landed on earth 400 years also falls in love with a top Korean actress, Cheon Song-yi and protects her from all kinds of conspiracies using his superpowers to teleport and stop time.

The drama gained popularity for its spectacular image beauty, unique characters, and excellent actings of the two stars, Jun Ji-hyun ... (Read More)

Budae Jjigae

Written by Joonsuk

February 2014Cuisine

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At first glance, budae jjigae looks like a dish that doesn’t know what it wants to be. It consists of sausages, spam, ham, tofu, kimchi, instant noodles, an assortment of vegetables, and sliced American cheese all thrown together in a spicy red chili paste soup. It is the very definition of a modern dish, fusing together unlikely ingredients to create one of Korea’s most popular stews. Yet, unlike most contemporary fusion recipes, ... (Read More)

PyeongChang 2018

Written by David

February 2014Travel

 

With the curtain having finally closed on the Sochi Olympics, Korea has started the 4 year countdown for the next Winter Olympics in the alpine town of PyeongChang.

It’s been almost 30 years since the Olympics came to Korea, when Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988 and Korea wants to illustrate to the world how rapidly its economy has developed since then.

Unlike Sochi, Pyeongchang has many of the facilities it will need already in place, at a ... (Read More)

Seoul Fortress Wall

Written by Eli

February 2014Travel

The Seoul Fortress Wall was built in 1397 to protect Seoul from invaders and show the boundaries of the city. The total length of the wall walk is 18.2km and although most of it was destroyed during the Japanese invasion and the Korean War it has been partially restored in the last decades. Visitors can follow four different main paths that lead to some of the most panoramic views of Seoul

One of the most popular routes ... (Read More)

Gwangan Bridge

Written by Emily

January 2014Travel

 

Also known as the Diamond Bridge, this two-story bridge is located in Busan, the second largest city in Korea. Gwangan Bridge was officially opened in 2003 and it soon became one of the “must-visit” spots in the city. According to a recent survey among Korea tourists, it is the number one attraction of Busan.

With over 100,000 colors, Gwangan lighting system offers a breathtaking view at night and creates a magic atmosphere that visitors can enjoy at ... (Read More)

Seonunsa Temple

Written by Eli

January 2014Art

 

Seonunsa is one of the most beautiful temples in Korea. Built in the year 577 (and rebuilt after the Japanese invasion), this temple is surrounded by an impressive scenery. Visitors will find a camellia forest behind the main hall of the temple with trees that are roughly 500 years old. This forest has been designated by South Korea as a natural monument and it’s a popular spot during spring, when flowers bloom in vibrant colors.

Japanese New Year

Written by Bou

January 2014Travel

Happy New Year! Are there any special rituals you practice in your country every New Year? In Japan people visit the shrine on January 1st. This practice is called ‘Oteramairi’. Because the culture of ‘Oteramairi’ is celebrated nationwide it is necessary to wait in long lines for people to pray and make wishes for the New Year.

However, there is a specific protocol to this ritual. First, you drop 5 yen into a coin box. ... (Read More)

Seollal, Lunar New Year’s Day

Written by Eli

January 2014Entertainment

 

Seollal, or Lunar New Year’s Day, is one of the most meaningful holidays for Koreans. They usuallygather at home during at least three days and spend time together with their families and relatives, catching up on what they have been doing. Celebration of the Lunar New Year is believed to have started to let in good luck and ward off bad spirits all throughout the year.

Korean New Year generally falls on the day of the second new moon ... (Read More)

Japanese Snow Festivals

Written by Bou

January 2014Entertainment

In Japan, particularly in the region of Hokkaido, where the climate is colder, snow festivals are a big attraction that takes place in February. In Sapporo ice statues are exhibited along big streets called 'oodoori'. It encaptures the charm of the city especially at night when it is decorated with lights.

 

In another area called Tochigi a snow festival called 'Kamakura Matsuri' takes place from the end of January through March. It ... (Read More)

Yeouido Park

Written by Sam

January 2014Entertainment

Located on Yeouido Island, in the central part of Seoul. Yeouido Park is one of the most popular recreational areas in the city. More than 30,000 people visit it on the weekdays and over 60,000 on weekends. Locals enjoy strolling around, play basketball or attend cultural events. 


One of the must-see areas in spring is the Yunjunro Street, famous for having the loveliest cherry blossom street in Seoul with 30 to 40 years old trees, lined ... (Read More)

Christianity in Korea

Written by Bou

January 2014Entertainment

Christianity in Korea is dominated by two main subgroups: Protestantism (8.3 million) and Catholicism (5.3). In total, Christianity accounts for over 13 million in a country  of approximately 50 million.

Christianity was easily adopted in Korea because people thought it was modern, progressive and rich. Most of all, unlike Shamanism and Buddhism, the religion is practiced out and in the light.

Religion, more so Christianity has been a dynamic force in Korean society. They set the record for the ... (Read More)

Jeondong-gil Road

Written by Eli

January 2014Entertainment

Jeondong-gil is probably one of the most famous roads in Seoul. The street is lined with historical landmarks and the natural curviness of the road makes it a great spot for a relaxing walk. However many couples avoid Jeondong-gil since there’s an old legend saying that lovers who walk along the road together will eventually break up.

Close to the Seoul Museum of Art, Chongdong Theater and royal palaces, this area of Seoul is a popular destination both ... (Read More)

BB Cream

Written by Bou

December 2013Style

BB cream is an acronym for several things: blemish balm, blemish base, beauty balm, and so on. Even though it is a trend that started in South Korea, BB creams are also sold in Southeast Asia and increasingly penetrating into Western markets.

It is branded as an all in one facial cosmetic product, which combines the functions of a foundation, moisturizer, and sunblock.


BB creams account for 13 percent of the cosmetics market ... (Read More)