K-Cook Delight: Day-Restaurant & Intl. Social Gathering

Written by Jeroen

September 2013Culture

On Saturday, September 28, the K-Cook Delight Campaign came to a spectacular finish at the WAV Bistro & Lounge multideck boat next to the Jamwon Han River Park in Apgujeong. For the past two months, 30 foreign chefs and cooking enthusiasts attended special cooking classes and competed against each other for a chance to present their Korean fusion dishes to the world.

Enriching their signature bibimbap, japchae, or pajeon dish with ingredients, flavors, and ideas from their ... (Read More)

K-Cook Delight: Creative Cook-Off (Sep 7)

Written by Aaron

September 2013Culture

On September 7, 2013, the K-Cook Delight campaign came close to wraps with the main competitive event: the cook-off. Here, the 30 participants (both chef and local group) came to the Korea Culinary Arts Academy at a designated time slot and were given an hour to produce their creative personalized Korean dish. For those in the Chef Group, two hours were given for them to cook two creative dishes: one mentioned above and another dish that ... (Read More)

K-Cook Delight: Hamul Pajeon Day (Aug 31)

Written by Chris

September 2013Culture

Saturday, August 31, was another wonderful experience for the participants of K-Cook Delight. We gathered and learned how to make Hamul Pajeon – the third and final traditional dish of Korea that our program wished to introduce, after Bibimbap and Japchae a few weeks ago.

Pajeon is often marketed as a “Korean pancake” because it is created from a batter of eggs and flour. Additional ingredients usually include green onions, shellfish, seafood, ... (Read More)

Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving Day

Written by Eric

September 2013Culture

Chuseok is probably the most important holiday of the year in Korea. Often referred to as Korean Thanksgiving Day, it is celebrated on the 15th day of the eight lunar month (usually mid-September), but the holiday period actually lasts for three days in total – including the day before and after Chuseok. During that period, millions of Koreans go back to their hometowns to gather with their families, share food and give ... (Read More)

K-Cook Delight: Japchae Day (Aug 24)

Written by Van T.

August 2013Culture

Last Saturday (August 24, 2013) has been another wonderful experience for the participants of K-Cook Delight. We gathered and learned how to make Japchae – the second traditional dish of Korea that our program wished to introduce, after Bibimbap two weeks ago.

Japchae meaning "mixed vegetables" in Korean is a dish that, as the name implies, is a mixture of various vegetables, with cellophane noodles. Usually served as a side dish in meals, it consists of a ... (Read More)

Seoraksan National Park

Written by Admin

August 2013Culture

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With autumn right around the corner, travelers and locals should start planning how to enjoy one of the most beautiful seasons in Korea. Seoraksan National Park is an impressive destination all year round, but it becomes even more charming with the fall foliage. Named Seoraksan ('Seol' meaning 'snow' and 'Ak' meaning 'big mountain'), the snow takes a long time to melt and it is the third biggest mountain in Korea. Also, it ... (Read More)

Bukchon Hanok Village

Written by Michael

August 2013Culture

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Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is a residential area in Seoul with hundreds of ‘hanok’. These traditional Korean houses date back to the Joseon Dynasty, when they were home to high rank ranking officials. Hanok are typically single-story structures made of clay, wood and stone with ondol heated floors. Many of ... (Read More)

K-Cook Delight: Bibimbap Day (Aug17)

Written by Aaron

August 2013Culture

K-Cook Delight started off with energy and excitement on August 17, 2013! Taking place in Korean Culinary Arts Academy in Chungcheongno, all 20 participants of the local group ended up showing up, ready to learn. Upon orientation, the diverse twenty huddled around their designated stations, effectively cooperating, connecting, conversing, and cooking

Bibimbap is known as a signature dish among the endless list of delicious Korean foods, which is why it was chosen as the first meal to ... (Read More)

Boseong Green Tea Fields

Written by Michael

August 2013Culture

Located on the southern coast of Korea, in the South Jeollado Province, Boseong is famous for its beautiful green tea fields, which account for half of the national production of green tea. Visitors can easily walk through the plantations and enjoy a breathtaking view that has been featured many times in Korean dramas and movies.

During the Boseong Green Tea Festival in May, one can experience special programs such as picking tea leaves, making tea, and sampling green ... (Read More)

K-Cook Delight! Share The Korean Taste Buds In You

Written by Aaron

August 2013Culture

 

K-Cook Delight is a campaign by Inspired Steps (www.inspiredsteps.org), and sponsored by Korean Food Foundation (www.koreanfood.net), which aims at spreading global awareness of Korean culture through its cuisine.

People of diverse set of nationalities/ethnicities will come together and apply to participate in the event. Among these applicants, thirty individuals will be selected (10 professional chefs, 20 local foreigners) and participate in cooking classes spanning for roughly three weeks. During this period, they ... (Read More)

Dongdaemun Market

Written by Mikael

August 2013Culture

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Dongdaemun Market is a large commercial district comprised of traditional markets and shopping centers that covers the entire area around Dongdaemun (The East Gate), a prominent landmark in Korea. It is Korea’s largest wholesale and retail shopping district featuring 26 shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops, and 50,000 manufacturers. All kinds of goods can be found here including silks and fabric, clothes, shoes and accessories, electronics, ... (Read More)

Hangul The Great Script

Written by Mikael

July 2013Culture

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The Korean alphabet Hangul (literally ‘Great Script’) was created in 1443 by King Sejong and his scholars. It was created as a response to the then widespread illiteracy among common Koreans who could not afford to learn the complicated Chinese characters (Hanja). Hangul is extremely logical and it can be learned quickly. The alphabet consists of 24 consonants and ... (Read More)

Jeju Island

Written by Mikael

July 2013Culture

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Jeju Island is a volcanic island, dominated by Halla-san (Halla Mountain): volcano 1,950 meters high and the highest mountain in South Korea. The island measures approximately 73 kilometers across, east to west, and 41 kilometers from north to south.

The island was created entirely from volcanic eruptions approximately 2 million years ago and it contains the natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes.

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Woman's University: Yes or No?

Written by Van T.

July 2013Daily Life


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(Ewha Women's University)

There are many woman’s universities in Korea, some of which are always in top of the best higher educational institutions in the country. Many people argue that the universities were established to protect the right of the women at the time when only few women had chance to pursue education. Nowadays it seems that two genders are treated equally, so those universities are not ... (Read More)

World Taekwondo Culture Expo

Written by Aaron

July 2013Entertainment

Located in the Jeollabuk-do Province Muju-gun area of Korea, from July 12-17, an action packed festival known as the World Taekwondo Culture Expo takes place, from martial artists specializing in tae-kwon-do coming from various parts of the world. Roughly 2000 athletes from 31 different countries participate in competitive events and seminars relevant to tae-kwon-do, all the while learning more about the province and country of Korea. 

Several matches go on throughout the 6 ... (Read More)

Eating Fried Chicken in Korea!

Written by Van T.

July 2013Culture

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Fried chicken is very popular in Korea. Whether a snack or for a mid-night party, it is always open to eat for a meal. Since the demand for fried chicken is so high, there are many ways to have it in Korea (the truth can be the other way round: For fried chicken is so easy to buy ... (Read More)

Yonkojeon or Koyonjeon?

Written by Vionna

July 2013Daily Life


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Held annually in Korea during the Fall season, Yonko-jeon or Koyon-jeon is a sports game and cheering event organized by Korea University and Yonsei University. The naming of this event depends on which school you belong to or which you support. Yonko stands for Yonsei-Korea while Koyon stands for Korea-Yonsei. Therefor, if you are a Yonsei supporter you would name the games as Yonko-jeon and ... (Read More)

Monsoon Season in Korea: The Sky Cries, You Can Smile

Written by Van T.

July 2013Culture

 

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What do people do during the monsoon season in Korea? Officers and workers still go to work, students still go to summer school, and it seems that the only difference is everyone is now holding an umbrella. Long umbrellas are more popular than the short ones, maybe because it is much more convenient. Long umbrellas just take you a few seconds to unfold ... (Read More)

N Seoul Tower

Written by Mikael

July 2013Culture

 

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The N Seoul Tower (commonly known as Namsan tower or Seoul Tower) is a landmark in Seoul. It was built in 1969 and opened to the public in 1980. From the approximately 237 meter tall tower, you can get a breathtaking 360 degree view of the entire Seoul city (on clear days you can even see the North Korean border). The tower is surrounded by ... (Read More)

Hongdae Mania

Written by Mikael

July 2013Culture

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Hongdae is one of the most well-known hotspots in Seoul. The area is known for many things, from its many coffee shops, restaurants, shopping to the night-life entertainment of bars, clubs, and lounges. It is a perfect place to enjoy a walk, shop or eat in. Not only is it famous for its exciting atmopshere, but it is primary spot for filming many K-dramas due ... (Read More)

Yellow Dust

Written by Mikael

July 2013Culture

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One of the most exotic phenomenon’s for foreigners in China, Korea and Japan is the Yellow Dust.
Yellow Dust (also known as Asian dust) originates from the deserts of Mongolia, northern China and Kazakhstan where high-speed surface winds and intense dust storms kick up dense clouds of fine dry soil. These clouds are then carried eastward by prevailing winds and pass over China, ... (Read More)