Korean traditional music is quite dynamic and provides a wonderful peek at classic Korean culture. Some of the most famous include Pansori (판소리), musical storytelling through use of a drummer and vocalist, and Samulori (사물노리), traditional percussion music including a small gong, large gong, hourglass-shaped drum (played on both sides), and a bass drum.
Some less common genres include Sinawi, Buddhist Dance, Sanjo, and Bukcheong Lion Dance:
Sinawi includes improvisational music ... (Read More)
Bidangang Soop Village - 1day activity review
Date: June 23, 2014
Participants: Yogi Daniel
In Youngdong, my trip started with delicious lunch which was Bboldaegi and the beautiful views of Bidangang (Bidan river) village. As I got to the village, I rode a bike to the Bidangang for few minutes to experience wood raft.
A long time ago, village folks in ... (Read More)
Oeam Village - 1day activity review
Date: June 15, 2014
Participants: Dianna Alexander-Oates, Courtney Bogus (United States)
With the Inspired Steps Village Experience program, I and a fellow university student were able to go to Oeam Folk Village in Asan. The instructions for how to get to the village were very clear, and we were able to travel by bus from Seoul to Asan, and then by taxi from the Asan Bus Terminal to the Folk Village, without any mishaps.
The first ... (Read More)
Sesim Village - 2day activity review
Date: June 14th, 2014 - June 15th, 2014
Participants: Silvia Zordan (Italia), Cscilia Tregelles (United States)
Sesimmaeul is a wonderful destination for a weekend in a green environment. Moreover the location allows you to discover the regional culture and tradition of one of the three historical dynasties of Korea.
If you like sports, archery *활쏘기 is enjoyable time for everyone to get a little bit of competition and have fun. Sesimmaeul ... (Read More)
Seogyeongdeul Village - 1 day activitiy review
Date: June 6th, 2014
Participants: Andrea Kantor, Michael Kantor (United States)
Recently, thanks to Inspired Steps, I was able to do the Seogyeongdeul Village Experience program with my husband. It felt less like a tour program and more like going on a trip with family. For one, it was quite small, and we were the only foreigners. However, the hospitality of Mr. Song and the other families was very welcoming. Because of the holiday traffic, our bus ... (Read More)
Experience the rural side of Korea by enjoying these village programs with a special event that lets you travel to different traditional spots of Korea for free.
Recruitment deadline: June 5th
Seogyeongdeul Village - 1 day activitiy - June 6th (booked)
Departure: 8:30 / Return: 16:40
For 2 People
Oeam Korean Traditional Village - 1 day activity - June 14th / 15th (booked)
Departure: 8:20 / Return: 17:10
For 2 People
Samjinae Village - 2 day activity - June 13th-14th / 14th -15th (booked)
For 2 People
Kyongju Oksan Sesim Village - 2 ... (Read More)
Uijeongbu is a satellite city north of Seoul with a strong military presence. It is also famous for budaejjigae (literally “army base stew”) to the point that there is an Uijeongbu Budaejjigae Street, a street with many buddaejjigae restaurants.
Also in this city of culture and arts is the Uijeongbu International Music Theatre Festival. This May was the 13th consecutive festival. It showcased outdoor performances, newly-released musicals, and new works ... (Read More)
Seoul Forest is a massive park dotted with over 400,000 trees and 100 different animals. Seoul Forest was established to satisfy people’s desire to have more green space and recreational places in Seoul. Historically, the forest was a hunting ground for the royal family and it has undergone a variety of changes on the grounds of Ttukseom (Ttuk Island).
Stretching over 1.16 million m² of land, Seoul Forest consists of five parks: a Cultural Art Park, an ... (Read More)
In May many Tea festivals are handled in Korea. The most famous are Boseong Green Tea Festival and Hadong Wild Tea Cultural Festival. Two occasions events aim to let people know about Korea’s tea culture. Between May 2 and 6, just for 어린이날 vacation period, you can join the Boseong Green Tea Festival. Absorbed in the largest green tea producing area in Korea, you can manage programs for learning how to pick green tea leaves and brewing ... (Read More)
K-pop - you know what it is. It’s South Korean pop music, such as dance-pop, pop ballad, electronic, rock, hip-hop, R&B, among other more-specific genres. Modern K-pop began in the early 1990s with a unique music style (and integration of foreign musical instruments) made popular by Seo Taiji & Boys. Through SNS and other sites (like YouTube) K-pop spread alongside Korean dramas, starting with Japan. K-pop hit a high ... (Read More)
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 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)
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 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 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 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)
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 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, 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)
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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)
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)