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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] 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!

[Monthly Special] Gyeonghuigung, the Korean Palace (2)

I thought there would be the Korean music concert again as usual in Gyeonghuigung, but there was no plan to perform their music show in Gyeonghuigung. It was strange, but I went to Gyeonghuigung to take some photos. Then, I found a really fantastic event! There was Kimchi Love Festival 2009 in Gyeonghuigung! Kimchi is a product that is fermented through lactic acid production at low temperatures to ensure proper ripening and preservation. It is processed with a seasoning mixture mainly consisting of red pepper powder, garlic, ginger, green onion and radish.

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The history of Kimchi trace back to ancient Korea. It is the representative food of Korea. Also, it is really good for health. Fundamental ingredients are the vegetables which can make our bodies stronger and healthier. Kimchi could protect us from SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), and A(H1N1), which is known as the New Type of Influenza.

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There were so many people in Kimchi Love Festival. There were several Kimchi and Makgeolri (Korean raw rice wine) samplings that we could eat and drink. Many booths introduced ingredients that are included in Kimchi. In Sungjungjun of Gyeonghuigung, there were 192 kinds of Kimchi that we could see. So many different kinds of kimchi were there, that not only foreigners but also Koreans were surprised because of beautifulness of Kimchi. Not only kimchi, there were a lot of things that we could enjoy like making royal or daily kimchi, and we could learn how to make great kimchi by Master of Kimchi.

Like this event, Kimchi Love Festival 2009 and Korean Music concerts performed by Dasrum, Gyeonghuigung is exactly Korean palace, which is not that well-known. Next to Gyeonghuigung , there is the Seoul Museum of History. Isn’t it the perfect place to enjoy Korea? You can enjoy real Korean things in Gyeonghuigung, I think.

jhj9210@naver.com Jaehoon Jeong

[Monthly Special] Gyeonghuigung, the Korean Palace (1)

Be the King and Queen of Korea!

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99819Gyeonghuigung is the 271st Historic Sites which is located in Sinmunno 2(i)-ga, Jongno-gu. After Changgyeonggung had burned out, Injong, who was 12th king of Joseon, moved to Gyeonghuigung. That was the beginning of Kings’ staying in Gyeonghuigung. Gyeonghuigung got forced demolition, but now it is being restored.

 Most people didn’t know about Gyeonghuigung, but more and more people know about it because of its special features. Gyeonghuigung is used as a place of performance. These days, there are some concerts in Gyeonghuigung that you can see in other places like stadiums or concerts. However, Gyeonghuigung is a very special place for special performances. Korean Musical “MeongseongWanghu” was  I’ve been there last week, and it was amazing because you can listen to Korean Music in Korean Palace. I felt like being a King of Korea. Not only royal music, there were popular music too, so we could enjoy music together with performers. That’s the biggest characteristic of Korean music as I think; Enjoy with performers by hailing each other.

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performed in Gyeonghuigung from May 4th, 2008 to May 13th, 2008. Also “Dasrum”, the Women’s Korean Music Chamber Orchestra, has been performing their special concerts in Gyeonghuigung each year.

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(If you want to know about Dasrum, then click it!)

jhj9210@naver.com Jaehoon Jeong