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(Vacation) Andong Korea city of Hahoe Masks

18 Feb


Andong is a city in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, South Korea. It is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Seoul. It is the largest city in the northern part of the province with a population of almost 185,000.

Andong is famous for its “Hahoe” masks and a picturesque folk village surrounded by a river, a mountain and a breathtaking pine tree forest. It also has a high concentration of people with the family name Ryu.

Andong has so many beautiful sites and places to attract the visitors. Don’t forget to visit such famous sites like this :

1. The Korea National Tourism Office has a small Tourist Information Center at the Andong train station. It is staffed by volunteers and the level of English proficiency tends to be low, but they have several good guides to the area in English and Japanese, as well as Korean. Stop by and pick up one of their area maps.
2. Andong Dam- Built in 1976, the multi-purpose dam provides hydro-electric power and recreational areas for the surrounding areas.
3. Andong Folk Museum- Built to preserve the cultural assets endangered by the creation of Andong Dam, the museum contains over 3,700 items representing the Confucian culture of the Andong region.
4. Andong Folk Village- The village contains the Andong Folk Museum, as well as many reconstructed and relocated traditional buildings, many of which also function as restaurants.
5. Andong Market- Andong actually has numerous markets, as it functions as the central trading area for the surrounding areas. The locally produced cloth is especially famous.
6. Chebiwan Seokbul (Amitaba Buddha)- A 12+ meter high stone Buddha, with the body and head carved separately from different pieces of granite.
7. Hahoe Folk Village- The 600+ year old village is truly a living museum as the inhabitants have maintained the traditional way of life through the generations.
8. Hahoe Mask Museum- The museum contains over 200 Korean masks and 100 foreign masks, concentrating on the Hahoe Pyolshingut T’alnori, the famous mixture of entertainment and shamanistic ritual for which the Hahoe area is famous.
9. Pongjong-sa Temple- Dating from 672, this beautiful temple contains many cultural properties, including Keungnakcheon, Korea’s oldest wooden building.
10. Shinsae-dong 7-story Pagoda- Built during the Shilla Dynasty, this 17 meter high pagoda is Korea’s tallest and oldest brick pagoda.
11. Tosanseowon (Confucian Academy)- Established in 1574, it was the center of Confucian studies in the surrounding region for over 400 years, and is designated Historical Site.
12. Yonggye-ri Ginko Tree- Over 37 meters in height and 16 meters in width, this is one of Korea’s oldest and largest trees, and it is reputed to “moan” whenever Korea is about to suffer misfortune.

Source : korean-city.blogspot.com

(Vacation) Myeongdong

15 Feb


Myeongdong can be your alternative vacation when you grew weary and nice place to spend your time all day long for shopping. Myeongdong is Korea’s trendiest shopping area, with over 300,000 square meters of shops.
Located in the heart of Seoul, Myeongdong is a representative shopping district in Korea. It also houses the headquarters of banks and securities brokers, and many Western and traditional restaurants. Compared to Namdaemun and Dongdaemun Market which sell products at low prices, most shops in Myeongdong deal with mid-priced items. The main street in Myeongdong is lined with quality brand name shops, while mid-class brand name shops and no-name brand shops are located in the side alleys. Moreover, large shopping malls like Avatar or Migliore and department stores are present as well. All kinds of shops and restaurants are densely located on the main street with lanes which resemble the shape of a chess board, so it’s advisable to divide Myeongdong into a few sections in your mind and explore each section separately.

Myeongdong Street (A)
Migliore, U-too Zone (Shopping Malls)/ Brand Name Shops (Levi’s, Bean Pole, Geumgang Shoes Store, Elkanto Shoe Store, Esquire Shoe Store, etc.)
Side Alley (B)
mid-priced brand name shops (Ssamzie, Club Monaco, Guess) / No-Name Brand Stores/ Trend 20, Myeongdong Uiryu (Shopping Malls)
Side Alley (C)
No-Name Brand Shops/Brand Name Shops (Giordano, Jangbangee)/Restaurants/Coffee Houses
Central Street (D)
National Souvenir Center / Avatar (Shopping Mall)/banks/fast food restaurants
Chinese street (E)
Chinese Embassy/Chinese restaurants/stores for Chinese medicine, books, etc.

Maybe you ever seen Myeongdong before, Goong took one scene here, You’re beautiful and some dramas ever used Myeongdong as shooting location too.

Source : visitkorea.or.kr

(Vacation) Kimchi Field Museum Seoul (Pulmuone Kimchi Museum)

13 Feb

Kimchi Field Museum Seoul

Address
Seoul-si Gangnam-gu Samseong-dong 159 COEX MALL B2
Inquiries
– Korea Travel Phone +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
– For more info +82-2-6002-6456 (Korean)
Operating Hours
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00 (Last admission 17:30)
Closed
Every Monday, Seollal, Chuseok, Christmas, New Year’s Day
Length of Tour
20 – 30 min

Kimchi Field Museum, Seoul is a real draw for all the travelers. Seoul is home to several museums. The Kimchi Field Museum, Seoul has carved out a special niche among all these museums with its superb display and history.

Kimchi Field Museum, Seoul makes the travelers acquainted with the world of Kimchi’s history. Travelers from all around the globe will understand the history of Kimchi, its varieties, and its significance. The Kimchi Field Museum, Seoul is an ideal place to visit for all who like to learn about the kimchi. Kimchi is actually the most well-known Korean delicacy. Kimchi Field Museum, Seoul gathers facts and statistics for kimchi related resources offering varied activities like the Kimchi-making procedure and assortment of kimchi tasting every month as well. This museum persists to update the world about one of the major pieces of Korean culture, Kimchi.

Kimchi Field Museum, Seoul was established in the year 1986 at the 159 B2 Coex Mall of Samseong-dong in Seoul. Kimchi Field Museum, Seoul was built by Pulmuone Inc. They are one of the largest food production companies in South Korea. In the year 1988, the museum was displaced to the COEX to advertise kimchi among the outside travelers. In the year 2000, this museum was refurbished to expand the museum region to improve its facilities for visitors.

Kimchi Field Museum, Seoul can be divided into three varied sections. Each of them exemplifies the diversities of kimchi-related data. The first part of the Kimchi Field Museum, Seoul is actually associated to Kimchi’s history. “The Exhibition of Ancient Books about Kimchi History”, “The Models of Kimchi in Each Period” provide the historical information of Kimchi.

The second section of the Kimchi Field Museum, Seoul comprises the artifacts displaying the process of kimchi making and movies to update the travelers as well. There is also a section where people can see some models of eighty diverse types of kimchi. You will get a list of ingredients that are used in kimchi with a picture and description for each item. The final section of the museum holds the data room where people can get to know the old or recent happenings of kimchi and also about the conventional foods of Korea.

Source : travel.mapsofworld.com
www.visitkorea.or.kr

( vacation ) Facts about Dokdo island

7 Feb

Location

Dokdo is the easternmost territory of Korea and situated 87.4km to the southeast of Ulleungdo Island and 216.8km to the east of Jukbeon of the East Coast.

As it is 157.5km to the northwest of Oki Island of Shimane Prefecture of Japan, Japan cannot see Dokdo from Oki Island when we can see Dokdo from Ulleungdo Island on a clear day.

Dokdo has been created by volcanic activities.

It is not one island, but consists of two large islands Dongdo and Seodo and 89 small islands around them.

Dokdo’s coordinates are 131˚52’10.4″ East Longitude and 37˚14’26.8″ North Latitude for Dongdo and 131˚5’54.6″ East Longitude and 37˚14’30.6″ North Latitude for Seodo

Ulleungdo seen from DokdoDokdo seen from Ulleungdo

Size

Dokdo is 187,554㎡ (Dongdo: 73,297㎡; Seodo: 88,740㎡; Other Islands: 25,517㎡) and is a government-owned land (owned by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries).
The strait between Dongdo and Seodo is 151m in width, 330m in length, and about 10m in depth.

Dongdo

Dongdo, the southeastern part of Dokdo, has most of the maritime facilities, including Manned Light House.
Dongdo is 98.6m in height, 2.8km in ircumference, and 73,297㎡ in area. The longer side extends about 450m to northeast at a 60° grade and the center is a vertical hole that is depressed down to the surface of water.

Dongdo

Seodo

Seodo, the northwestern part, is 168.5m in height, 2.6km in circumference, and 88,740㎡ in area.
The longer side extends about 450m longitudinally and the shorter side is about 300m latitudinally.
Seodo’s peak is a steep cone. Seodo’s major facility is Fisherman’s Lodge.

Seodo

 

source :- http://en.dokdo.go.kr/korean_dokdo_facts_about_dokdo.do

(Vacation) Jeju Island – Island of the Gods The Romantic and Paradise Island

3 Feb

Jeju Island – Island of the Gods The Romantic and Paradise Island

Jeju Island or Chejudo the largest island in South Korea, is about 130 Km south of Korea Peninsula. Jeju Island a land mass that rose from the seabed about 1~2 million years ago after an undersea volcanic eruption. The whole Jeju Island consists of basalt, dark-brown volcanic rock, lava rock and volcanic soil. ChejudoThe Island of Gods is a living folk village, a paradise island of South Korea, and a popular destination for honeymoon couples and tourists.

Originally Jeju was an independent country called Tamna. In 662AD Jeju became a province of Goryeo which was a part of present day South Korea. In 1121 Tamna was renamed Chejudo or Jeju Island. In 1910 Jeju and Korea were occupied by the Japanese. After the Second World War Jeju became a province of the Republic of Korea.

Jeju Island is culturally distinct from Korea due to its isolation from mainland Korea.Chejudo is never short of local legends; the most famous legend is the Tol Harubang sometimes spelled as Dolharubang. Tol Harubang is often regarded by Jeju folks as the god of protection and fertility, also believed as the guardian deities of Chejudo. Tolharubang is easily seen everywhere in Jeju Island as the statue of an old man sculptured from block of dark lava rock. Dol Harubang together with the Haenyo or Jeju women divers, are Jeju Island’s most unique symbols. Traditionally Jeju women were often the head of the families. In olden days the Haenyo or women divers were usually the main income earners of the families but the Haenyeo is now becoming a dying trade.

Jeju Island’s geographical location with its mild subtropical climate makes it a favourable tourist destination and tourism is Jeju Island’s major contributor to its economy. Jeju Island’s success in tourism owe much to its many magnificent natural wonders and Jeju Island’s pre-historical background and mystical past is another big boost for Chejudo’s tourism industry.

The major tourist attractions in Chejudo are its many sandy beaches, captivating natural sceneries, beautiful waterfalls, lakes, lavacaves and lava rock formations, volcanic rocky land, huge craters, historical places and National Parks, plus living folk villages and folk relics. Jeju Island also has abundance of fresh sea food, local delicacies and exotic food.

Jeju Island being blessed with all these natural wonders, angelic sceneries, local lengends, pre-historic and mystical past have long earned Jeju Island the coveted title “Island of The Gods“.

Source : stsite.com

(Vacation) Jeju Island – Island of the Gods The Romantic and Paradise Island

3 Feb

Jeju Island – Island of the Gods The Romantic and Paradise Island

Jeju Island or Chejudo the largest island in South Korea, is about 130 Km south of Korea Peninsula. Jeju Island a land mass that rose from the seabed about 1~2 million years ago after an undersea volcanic eruption. The whole Jeju Island consists of basalt, dark-brown volcanic rock, lava rock and volcanic soil. ChejudoThe Island of Gods is a living folk village, a paradise island of South Korea, and a popular destination for honeymoon couples and tourists.

Originally Jeju was an independent country called Tamna. In 662AD Jeju became a province of Goryeo which was a part of present day South Korea. In 1121 Tamna was renamed Chejudo or Jeju Island. In 1910 Jeju and Korea were occupied by the Japanese. After the Second World War Jeju became a province of the Republic of Korea.

Jeju Island is culturally distinct from Korea due to its isolation from mainland Korea. Chejudo is never short of local legends; the most famous legend is the Tol Harubang sometimes spelled as Dolharubang. Tol Harubang is often regarded by Jeju folks as the god of protection and fertility, also believed as the guardian deities of Chejudo. Tolharubang is easily seen everywhere in Jeju Island as the statue of an old man sculptured from block of dark lava rock. Dol Harubang together with the Haenyo or Jeju women divers, are Jeju Island’s most unique symbols. Traditionally Jeju women were often the head of the families. In olden days the Haenyo or women divers were usually the main income earners of the families but the Haenyeo is now becoming a dying trade.

Jeju Island’s geographical location with its mild subtropical climate makes it a favourable tourist destination and tourism is Jeju Island’s major contributor to its economy. Jeju Island’s success in tourism owe much to its many magnificent natural wonders and Jeju Island’s pre-historical background and mystical past is another big boost for Chejudo’s tourism industry.

The major tourist attractions in Chejudo are its many sandy beaches, captivating natural sceneries, beautiful waterfalls, lakes, lava caves and lava rock formations, volcanic rocky land, huge craters, historical places and National Parks, plus living folk villages and folk relics. Jeju Island also has abundance of fresh sea food, local delicacies and exotic food.

Jeju Island being blessed with all these natural wonders, angelic sceneries, local lengends, pre-historic and mystical past have long earned Jeju Island the coveted title “Island of The Gods“.

Source : stsite.com

(Vacation) Travel : Gyeongbokgung Palace

29 Jan

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Known as the Northern Palace because of its almost northern location, the Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395. As compared to its sister palaces such as the Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, Changgyeonggung, and Gyeonghuigung, it is largely argued that Gyeongbokgung Palace is the grandest and most beautiful of all the 5 palaces.

With Japanese occupation of Korea from 1592 to 1598, the premises of the Gyeongbokgung Palace were largely destroyed by fire. Nevertheless, all of the over seven thousand rooms of the palace were later reconstructed under the mantle of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (from 1852 to 1919) .

Korea’s National Palace Museum is situated on Heungnyemun Gate’s south side, and east of Hyangwonjeong is the National Folk Museum.

The name “Gyeongbokgung” in Korean means the “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven.”

The particular site of this palace was declared auspicious because of its location between two

important mountains, with Mount Bugaksan behind it and Mount Namsan in front of it. Gwanghwamun Gate, the palace’s main entrance, has facing it the Street of 6 Ministries or Yukjo-geori (present-day Sejongno), which is the location of major state offices. On the central axis on which Gwang-hwamun

Gate is located was the center of the palace, including the reception hall, throne hall, and the residence of the king.

Source : asianpictures.org

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