R16 Korea 2013

Written by Aaron

July 2013Entertainment

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R16 is a world b-boy masters championship where breakdancing crews from all over gather together and dance it to be walk away with a grand prize, as well as recognition as one of the finest in b-boy history. Although it is centrally focused on break dancing crew performances, this cultural event that takes place annually in South Korea features tons of talented individuals, ... (Read More)

E-Sports, League Of Legends

Written by Lee

June 2013Entertainment

MVP Ozone is becoming one of the best League Of Legends teams in the world, and they just won the OGN Club Masters Spring to prove it by taking home $71,000. Not only has their teamwork been constantly improving in the last few months, but they have grown into a team that many have come to fear. When facing CJ Blaze (a team which has been known to be better than ... (Read More)

Appealing Korean Stationery

Written by Gladis

June 2013Culture

Stationary is often times seen as stiff, simple, and a bit…sanitary.  However, if you visit the many stationary stores in Korea, you will see what a huge business it is compared to Western countries.  Koreans take their stationary seriously and you can tell by how much thought and detail is put in to the design.  One aspect of the design that sets Korean stationary apart from others is the heavy use ... (Read More)

Korean Tradition: GangNeung Danoje Festival

Written by Aaron

June 2013Entertainment

From June 9-16th, all the way in Gangwondo, Gangneung, people gather to celebrate and take part in the Danoje Festival, a place for varying religions to mix together in celebration of Korea's traditional roots. It is here; people of the traditional religions of Shamanism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism carry out ceremonies to get in touch with their ancestors. 

Parades, sendoff rituals by fire, mask dramas, brewing of the sacred liquor, and ... (Read More)

Traditional Korean Performance, Nongak

Written by Aaron

June 2013Entertainment

Nongak, or what is known as "farmer's music/dance" is one of Korea's most prominent traditional folk dances that not only illustrate the roots of Korean folk people back ages before, but their energy. Nongak diverges into five different types, each designated to a specific region of Korea. It is in each different area, do the people demonstrate their own stylized version of nongak, and along with each one, a definitive mark ... (Read More)

Traditional Korean Performance, Buchaechum

Written by Aaron

June 2013Entertainment

One of Korea's traditional dances that mix both visual artistry and elegance is known as Buchaechum. Originally created by Kim Baek-bong and presented at 1954, this dance consists of mainly female dancers, with high concentration toward the design of the fans. Usually, the fans are decorated with pink blossoms, and the choreography is stylized in a way to represent figures of birds, waves, etc. While they perform, the dancers wear ... (Read More)

The Overwhelming Korean Heat

Written by Aaron

June 2013Culture

Korea, especially the city of Seoul, is one place that needs to be wary of when visiting during the summer. Not only is there a month of monsoon season that washes the city away with rain, but a blaze of heat engulfs everyone from June to August. 

Besides being simply hot, what makes the Korean summer undeniably memorable is the downright humidity and dry air. June hits an average high of roughly ... (Read More)

Haeundae

Written by Aaron

June 2013Culture

By the time summer comes around, especially starting from June, one of the most visited places in Korea is Busan's Haeundae District-Beach. This 51.44 km² spot is roughly populated with around 400,000 locals, and is home to one of the top attractions for tourists and Seoulites alike, bringing in roughly 600,000 visitors per year.  

During the months of June and August, every walking inch of the brown sandy beach is close to filled ... (Read More)

Cool Yourself With Naengmyeon

Written by Aaron

June 2013Culture

As the weather warms up, one good way to cool yourself off amidst this heat is to seek Korean dish, naengmyeon. A noodle dish filled with long, thin noodles in a large stainless bowl, along with slices of cucumber, pear, boiled beef, a boiled egg, and ice, people usually dive in to this meal to get a refreshing taste of Korea during a hot summer day. Prior to consuming, people might ... (Read More)

Seafood Markets

Written by Gladis

May 2013Entertainment

There are multiple seafood markets that can be discovered in the heart of Seoul. It is here you can find rather cheap, but various seafood to cook and eat for later. Even if such cuisine isn't apart of your preference, visiting these seafood markets for the experience is definitely something that is heavily recommended for anyone that visits or resides in Korea.

Shellfish, fish and other marine products are served raw here, ... (Read More)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Written by Aaron

May 2013Culture

Equipped with a 5inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was first released on April 26, 2013 commercially. Since its release, people have been purchasing, reviewing, and overall enjoying. With some reviews labelling the device as 'Samsung's defining phone,' its thin shape and flat surface allow for a comfortable grasp. 

Besides the upgrade in specs and features, one of the greater parts of this phone is the ... (Read More)

Locks Of Lovers

Written by Gladis

May 2013Culture

A lot of people visit Namsan's N'Tower each day; from lovers, travelers, families, and/or friends, this specific location is filled with visitors. One of the central reasons for their visit is to witness, and possibly contribute to the long wall of locks that have been placed all across a fence up on the mountain. Here, hundreds of locks have been chained by lovers to signify the consolidation and strength of their ... (Read More)

Stroll Through Gyeongbokgung Night

Written by Aaron

May 2013Culture

Gyeongbokgung palace is one of Korea's beautiful spectacles to visit and see. This is especially true during the night, when it illuminates through the darkness, shining far and wide. However, unfortunately, for most of the year, people can only watch this beauty from afar and witness the gleaming palace at a distance. However, strolling through the night around this marvelling piece of architecture becomes a reality for five days on May ... (Read More)

Exploring Korean Department Stores

Written by Gladis

May 2013Entertainment

The Korean department store is a multi-level experience of modern Korean culture.  It is more than just a shopping center – it is a symbolism of the wealth the country has accumulated over the years and a representation of how advanced Korean society has evolved and continues to evolve.  Floors of compartmentalized designer booths ranging from local to international brands make up the majority of the department store, with each floor ... (Read More)

Sharing Your Food

Written by Gladis

May 2013Culture

It is rare to see anyone eating out by themselves; some restaurants in Korea do not even allow single guests because the dishes they offer are meant to be eaten by a group of people of at least two persons.

In this regard, Koreans like to share their food by eating out of the same pot or from the same plate. Dishes like samgyeobsal, budaejiggae, or dakkalbi come in big portions so ... (Read More)

Hitting Hard with Taekwondo

Written by Aaron

May 2013Culture

A martial art that originated in South Korea, Taekwondo is a combination of both combat and self-defense, in the form of sport and exercise. It was vastly popular around 1989, and is still taken by many all across the world today. In the word, tae means "to strike with foot," kwon means "to strike with fist," and do means "way, method." Hence, the accumulation results in the way of striking with both ... (Read More)

e-Sports Festival

Written by Aaron

May 2013Entertainment

With South Korea being one of the central meccas for gaming, it is absolutely reasonable that there would be a festival geared toward electronic gaming. Known for hosting worldwide tournaments and being filled with players that make millions just from being able to strategically win a virtual match, Seoul opens up its market once again at the e-Sports Festival 2013, this year of May 17 to 18th. 

The games that will be ... (Read More)

The Blue House

Written by Michael

May 2013Culture

In the Republic of Korea, the President's home has been known by a special color much like the White House is known for in the United States. Except in Korea, the color is blue, greatly signified by the unique blue tiles that it was built with. It is naturally referred to as "The Blue House" which corresponds to "Cheong Wa Dae" in Korean.

The complex of buildings originate from traditional Korean architecture ... (Read More)

Lotus Lantern Festival

Written by Aaron

May 2013Entertainment

With the passing of Buddha's birthday, the city of Seoul celebrates this moment with a three day packed celebration known as the Lotus Lantern Festival. Starting off on May 10 with a lantern exhibition at Bongeunsa Temple, it isn't until the next day where the real fun begins. The festivities kick off with some song and dance, and move onto parade that spans for two and a half hours. From Dongdaemun ... (Read More)

Flowing Inside The City: Cheonggyecheon

Written by Aaron

May 2013Culture


 

Cheonggyecheon - a man-made river that runs through the center of Seoul - is truly a homage to the creativity and beauty of the city.  Thanks to the various street performers, installation arts, nearby exhibitions, and beautiful ceremonies, Cheonggyecheon like the city it inhabits, is constantly bustling with life and activity.  The walk along the river is made even more interesting by the unique paths constructed on the water, offering exciting ways to explore it, ... (Read More)

Great Gwanghwamun

Written by June

May 2013Culture

King Sejong the Great, the creator of the Korean Alphabet known as Hangul, has his own statue placed right in the center of Gwanghwamun Square. For good reason, this area of approximately 20,000 square meters remains one of the most iconic landmarks in Korea.

With Bukak Mountain and Gyeongbok Palace enveloping the square, every direction is quite a sight to behold. The area is most recognizable for its large strip that folds ... (Read More)