Gwangan Bridge

Written by Emily

January 2014Culture

 

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 2014Culture

 

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 2014Culture

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 2013Culture

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)

The Gosu Cave

Written by Bou

December 2013Entertainment

The Gosu cave is known to be Korea’s natural monument. It is a limestone cave located in Danyang-gun (단양군), formed between 400 and 500 million years ago. The cave’s length is measured at 1.7 km and while it is in its maturity stage, it offers mysterious sights of stalactite and stalagmites created by eroded shelves and subterranean water.


The area used to be filled with fields of tall grasses, which is where it got its name. “Gosu” ... (Read More)

Gyeongdong Market

Written by Bou

December 2013Culture

The Gyeongdong Market, the Oriental medicine district of Seoul has over 1,000 shops selling Asian medicines, ginseng, spices, herbs and roots. Merchants grow or harvest their own items themselves. The rich aroma and scent of raw herbs are the perks of visiting the Gyeongdong Market. Take a deep breath while walking around the market and experience the unique healing power of Oriental medicine. Most stores are open from 8 am to 6:30pm. The market is closed ... (Read More)

Namsangol Hanok Village and Ice Festival

Written by Admin

December 2013Culture

Namsangol Hanok Village is a perfect spot for walking right at the heart of Seoul. This restored village has five traditional Korean houses and a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule. During a few weeks in winter, visitors can also enjoy looking at the impressive ice sculptures featuring traditional buildings. This year the ice exhibition is open from December 22nd.

On weekends, visitors can also watch traditional marriages ceremonies at Bak Yeong Hyo's Residence. The weddings are ... (Read More)

Boseong Light Festival

Written by Admin

December 2013Entertainment

Boseong Green Tea Plantation Light Festival is one of the most famous winter festivals in Korea. It takes place in the green tea fields of Boseong, one of Korea’s most impressive tourist destinations, from December 13, 2013 to February 2, 2014.

The vast tea plantation is decorated with thousands of colorful light bulbs. The main highlight of this festival is a 120-meter-high tree decorated with more than 100,000 lights, which makes an impressive view and for tourists and residents ... (Read More)

Marche@ Organic Food Market

Written by Bou

December 2013Culture

Organic food has been trending in South Korea over the last several years. South Koreans are gaining keen interest in healthy eating and a sustainable "well-being" lifestyle. The Marcheat Market located in Hyehwa is Seoul's first urban farmer's market.

Products you will definitely come across are homemade pickled vegetables, homemade jams (made with strawberries or green plum), vegetarian burgers, fresh basil pesto, and of course a diverse range of fresh organic fruits and vegetables.

Marche@ is held every 1st ... (Read More)

Charming Garosu-gil

Written by Eric

November 2013Culture

Officially known as Dosan-daero buk 5-gil (도산대로 북 5길), Garosu-gil is a tree lined street located in Sinsa-dong, in southern Seoul and it has become one of the trendiest spots in the city. Both locals and tourists equally enjoy walking around this area and spend time in its small galleries, foreign restaurants, unique bars, bohemian cafes, as well as clothing boutiques and art design bookshops.

The combination of International and Korean ambience makes of Garosugil a very distinctive ... (Read More)

Globalization of Hansik

Written by Yoonyoung

November 2013Entertainment

In 2008 the Korean government was determined to globalize Korean food—also known as Hansik— and raise its awareness to match the ranks of their already globally received counterparts--such as Italian and Japanese cuisine.

Our Inspired Steps team recently had the privilege to host an event sponsored by the Korean Food Foundation called K-Cook Delight.

While planning for this campaign I recognized that in the midst of such an information saturated era, one-way communication isn't going to be so effective.

In an era, where ... (Read More)

The Next Phase Of Hallyu

Written by Yoonyoung

November 2013Entertainment

   

Hello. My name is Yoon Young Kwon and I am the CEO of Inspired Steps and Muvik.

The Korean wave, also known as Hallyu, has been received vibrantly across Asia and recently started to penetrate into other parts of the world as well. It attracts people to know more about Korean culture.

I started my career in Japan and was involved in the Japanese media and entertainment industry working as a consultant. I’ve observed the evolution of the ... (Read More)

K-Cook Delight Creative Recipes & Videos

Written by Admin

October 2013Culture

The first edition of K-Cook Delight came to an end on September 28th with the 1st Day-Restaurant and Social Gathering in Seoul. More than 300 guests enjoyed the creative fusion cuisine prepared by 20 foreigners living in Korea who, after learning how to cook the signature Korean dishes, debuted as Korean chefs for the event.

In our effort to spread our passion for Korean food all over the world, Inspired Steps now brings ... (Read More)

Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)

Written by Admin

October 2013Entertainment

 

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is the largest festival in Korea and one of the most important movie events in Asia. Held every October in Haeundae and Nampo-dong, in Busan, it showcases more than 300 movies from 70 countries. The BIFF is focused on introducing new films and first-time directors, especially from Asian countries. Another distinctive feature of the BIFF is the appeal to young people, both in ... (Read More)

Gaecheonjeol - National Foundation Day

Written by Aaron

October 2013Daily Life

October 3 celebrates what Koreans call Gaecheonjeol, National Foundation Day. Meaning "Opening of Heaven," it is a time where all Koreans celebrate the creation of ancient Korea. The basic belief was that Danggun Wanggeom, grandson of heaven, founded the first kingdom of Korea in 2333 BC. With that he established the first state known as Gojoseon, and throughout the centuries, this day has come to be known as Korea's birthday. 

B.A.P on Top (in Germany)

Written by Chris

October 2013Entertainment

 

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B.A.P is a Korean hip-hop group from Seoul, South Korea. Their name is actually an acronym for Best Absolute Perfect, and the group was formed in 2012 as part of TS Entertainment. Currently, B.A.P has six members: Yongguk, Himchan, Daehyun, Youngjae, Jongup, and Zelo. B.A.P made their recording debut with “Warrior” in January, 2012. Recently, B.A.P released “Hurricane” on July 17.

K-pop is rather active in Germany, and the country ... (Read More)