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[Monthly Special] The Biggest Full Moon Day (In Lunar calendar)

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 Jeongwoldaeboreum(정월대보름) (also called just “Daeboreum”) means the Biggest Full-Moon Day in a year. The day is decided by Lunar Calendar. Jeongwoldaeboreum is 15th of January by Lunar Calendar, and this year (2010), 28th of February is the Jeongwoldaeboreum.

Jeongwoldaeboreum is the First Moon of the year, so we wish our health, luck and love.  Especially we eat so many cooked potherbs with Rice mixed with the five cereals for our health.

Firstly, like I said (even though it’s “wrote”) we eat Rice mixed with the five cereals. There are Beans, Adzuki beans(Red beans), Barley, Sorghum and Millet in Ogokbap(Rice mixed with the five cereals in Korean name). They are all good for Health! You should eat them in Korea at least once hehe.

Secondly, it’s Yakbap! Everyone, even a kid would love it! It’s made of Rice , Nuts and Taffy liquid. It’s really delicious, you can have it as a snack! It tastes sweet, and if you eat them with a cup of tea, it would be perfect! In the Yakbap, there are many nuts, also pine nuts, jujubes and so on! It makes Yakbap more delicious and sweeter.

 

Discovering Korea : Matt’s blog

: Jeju Feature Part 1: Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival

Supplementary Class in Vacation!? Is that All?!

A: “Supplementary Class in Vacation!? Is that All?!”

B: No, of course not! but Almost ^^;

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In Korea, highschoolers have to go to schools in vacation for a couple of weeks or more. For what? Of course for Study. There are many many so many supplementary classes in Korean highschools. It consists of supplementary classes and self-study time. However as I mentioned, it’ not all. We have free(?) weeks too.

BUT as a senior, I think it’s really encouraging! I know Study is not that funny, but you can control study time and play time by taking supplementary classes. Also, It’s the chance you can study what you really wanted to learn. I learned German more in Supplementary classes. There’s a limited classmates system, so I can focus on learning. In addition, many special classes appear thesedays. In my school, students don’t have a lot of time to exercise, so there were badminton classes! How COOL! You can enjoy, learn and study what you can.

Vacation is not only for Rest, but also Study. I think it’s the perfect time to develop yourself.

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Pls do not think that’s hard, cuz we’ve got really a lot of time to play, too. hehe=) and there aren’t much time for study, it usually ends before 3 p.m. or less or more 😄

Center of Seoul, CityHall Station!

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As you saw on my first post, Seoul Cityhall has been under construction, and now see what changed! The cover around cityhall has changed! I love that picture and the materials of the wall weren’t papers and paints. Those were… I can’t explain it! It was awesome, you should be there!

Next to the cityhall station, there’s Deoksugung, one of the Korean palaces. In front of the entrance there was a costume show, people were wearing medieval Korean warriors’ costumes. It was really cool. I didn’t know that there is a performance like that, but a friend of mine said sometimes there’s a performance.

Since the subway station is near the Cityhall, there’s a big square that we can enjoy so many things! There are some concerts on Saturday nights, and other events are held there. This time was “Experiencing the South Pole”. I don’t know why there was the event experiencing the South Pole, but to children, it was “Wow!” It’s a pity that I couldn’t experienced that, because I didn’t have much time to do that.

[Monthly Special] Everything Starts with SEOUL Station

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Since Seoul is the Capital city of Korea, of course You MUST go to Seoul Station. Seoul Station is located in Jung-gu(gu means “region”). Actually Seoul Station is little bit different from other stations. There are 2 stations in the Station. Did you understand what I mean? There are a subway(metro) station and also train station too!

Almost 900,000 people visit the Seoul Station per day. Not only as a station but also as a mall, you can ride a train and even go shopping! It became a Complex Station in 2003.

The Seoul station was built in 1900 as the name of “KyongSeong” station when Korea was the colony of Japan. There were many changes like Kyongseong → Namdaemun → Kyongseong againg, but finally it has had the name of “Seoul” when Korea got independence from Japan.

It’s the exhibition of the pictures when the station had former form. The former form has been destroyed so they are restoring now 😀 I think the design of building was quite cool, so I’m expecting to see it ^^The design is like English more than Korean.

The place where the Seoul station is located is the center of Seoul. If you want to know about Stations of Korea, YOU MUST; HAVE TO; SHOULD VISIT THERE ^_^!

[Monthly Special] Electronic Korea, Electronic Yongsan!

I have special features for you! It’s about Korean subway station, and firstly, you should know about Yongsan Station!

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Many foreigners live in Yongsan-gu(gu means “region”), and thousands of people visit Yongsan for the same reason. It’s because there’s ETLAND in Yongsan. ET LAND is Korea’s representative large sale shop specified to electrnoics! ETLAND, the mecca of shopping and distribution of electric/electronic products, proud of the largest size in the Orient. Boasting of consumer’s brand power No. 1, the ETLAND is emerging as the leader of the 21st century domestic electronic distribution industry that is related to the development of international complex of electronic business. Following the implementation of the city plan by Seoul City to formulate Yongsan Electronic Complex in 1985, ETLAND set out Korea’s first large sale business specified to electronics in 1988.

 For the last 10 years, ETLAND(www.i-etland.co.kr) has led the domestic electronic distribution. And now it is growing into a large sale shop specified to electronics representing Korea as well as the Orient. Yongsan ETLAND endeared itself to all by various products as well as convenient transportation, low price and easy shopping. Anything from the newest computer to semiconductor and computer parts of all kinds are available, so it is called the mecca of high technology information and communication industry.

I heard that iPhone from Apple and Nexus One from Google have chosen OLED and LCD made in Korea. As you know, Korea is really famous for electronics and Yongsan is the central place of electronics in Korea. Who doesn’t visit Yongsan not only buying but also just looking around?

HERE : ETLAND WebSite

[Monthly Special] What do you play in Winter?

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 In Korea, there are so many sports and plays that you can enjoy! Korean Sleigh is really traditional play in Korea. It is still done in some places for reminding themselves of their childhood. Of course the new-type of sleigh is popular, too! 27th of December, it was snowy day, so many children near my place do some Snow-ball fights, make many Snowmen! And some cute children were sliding in the park with wrappers! How Cute! 😄

 Also Skating is really popular in Korea thanks to Yuna Kim! Yuna Kim is really famous in whole World! She is a gorgeous, excellent and brilliant figure skating player. Thanks to her achievement, she also do many works in advertisement! Isn’t she really cool? She is a syndrome.

 Back to Korean Sports, Korean also did Paengichigi(Spin the Top). I don’t think there are many people who do Paengichigi now, but it’s really interesting game! Hit the Paengi(Top) and Keep it Spinning! I loved that game. Well, I don’t do many plays in winter, because people usually go skiing or skating in winter. I hope many people do the traditional Korean sports! Because It is Really Funny! You will love it!

[Monthly Special] Bukchon Hanok Village breathing Old but Fresh air

 

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 Many European countries still have medieval-style buildings like Germany, England and so on. However in Korea there aren’t many Hanoks, which are traditional buildings of Korea. There was a huge war called “the Korean War”. It was the war between North and South Korea supported by Soviet Union and US. Because of that war, Korean architectures were destroyed so much. That leads Korean Society to build the modern buildings like US.

BUT!

 There is a village which has still traditional buildings of Korea! That’s Bukchon Hanok Village located in Jongno-gu. Bukchon Hanok Village was the place where the Royal family and other noble family were lived. There were not that many Hanoks before Japanese Colony era, but now about 1,408 blocks are filled with Hanoks.

 Not Only Hanoks, but Also ancient potteries and furniture! You can enjoy the exact Korean Traditions in Bukchon Hanok Village! Near Bukchon Hanok Village, there are some places that you can experience Traditional Korea. There are a few Hanok Experience Centers and traditional Korean Lacquer making rooms for experience or just seeing the process. Since there were many royal families who lived in Bukchon Village, it’s close to many Korean palaces like Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Deoksugung and Unhyeongung! That’s why Bukchon Hanok Village is a must-visit area of Seoul, Korea.

Seoul Tourism: Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village

↓ If you click the picture, you can see the exact map!