Lunar New Year’s Day in Seoul

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2010 by Lydia


The lovers’ very first big event in 2010 is Valentine’s day on 14 Feb, which is near at hand. But it just so happened that Valentine’s day and Lunar New Year’s day(Seollal) are on the same day in this year, in Korea.(I think solos will be deeply grateful to that.) Korean people have memorial service to their ancestors and usually visit hometown and spend the day with families and exchange presents. But this time, Seollal holidays are unusually short, so many Seoulites will just spend their days in the city.

Here are the ways to enjoy this New Year’s Day in the lunar calendar in Seoul!

For active person, there are various events and special concerts on this day. In other words, Seollal is the great chance to learn and enjoy Korean traditional cultural events or performances like New Year’s bow(세배), eating tteokguk, playing madangnori(traditional outdoor performances)…. Plus, upbeat sound of Samulnori(Korean traditional percussion quartet) really heightens the excitement in those events.



But I guess some of you may think ‘That’s good, but all things taken together, there’s nothing better than having a break time in holiday.’ Don’t worry. Of course, there is perfect way to spend time in your home, too. Special movies for Lunar New Year’s Day will broadcast by each station and all you have to do is just watching TV sitting on a sofa with delicious food for the memorial service. 😉 Among all foods for the memorial service, I do love bindaetteok(mung-bean pancake)! It’s a kind of Korean vegetable pizza or pancake. You must try it! Sooooo yamy.

Well, did you enjoy it? Korean people also look back upon their January and reexamine their own new year’s resolution on this day, too. It’s mid February of 2010 already but, happy new year and hope you reach your goals in 2010!

VANK Seoulbreeze Newsletter Vol.4

Posted in Seoul Breeze with tags , , on February 11, 2010 by Lydia

Seoul launched “Floating Island”

Posted in 99.9% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , on February 7, 2010 by Lydia

How can a 2,000-ton buoy float? Well, man-made floating islets(Viva) was launched on the Han river near Banpo Bridge in the heart of Seoul, yesterday.

“There are artificial islands in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, but they are in addition to the actual natural islands in the Area. Seoul’s Floating Islands are remarkable because they are completely man-made ones that will float on the river.” Said Kim Hyeon geon, a city official involved in the project. “That’s why we’re not calling them artificial islands, we’re calling it the Floating Islands.”

I’m hoping that the Floating Island will become Seoul’s new landmark where people can enjoy leisure, exhibitions, performance and conventings along the Han river, too.

Big Specialties in Seoul Metro

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2010 by Lydia


Seoul is a model city in the field of “Transportation.” Unlike other cities, Seoul Metro runs 365 days a year except for leap year, when it runs 366 days, and you can enjoy Seoul City Tour by subway with various routes and numerous themes. For instance, by taking the subway line No.5, you can see all modern aspects of Seoul by stopping at Yeouinaru, Seodaemun, Gwanghwamun, Jongro 3ga, Dongdaemun, and so on. But those are just part of package and there is more in it except those! So, From now on, I’ll let you know the unknown specialties of Seoul Metro. The train is now approaching. Please behind yellow line and watch your step. 🙂


First specialty is Happy Bookstore. Is it cool enough that every transfer stations in line No.5~8 has strong scent of books? This bookstore also won the grand prize in ‘Creative Management’ which was held at the Seoul City Hall on 19 November 2009 and it’s widely perceived as a wonderful place by Seoulites because it’s not a commercial space, but a cultural space in public transportation. It’s a real shelter for citizens who are leading busy lives in the city.



Second specialty is Famous eateries in Station. Especially In ‘Jongno 3ga station’ with sub. line No.5, there is a famous eatery specializing in tteokguk(rice-cake soup) and dumpling soup. I could realize its popularity because people lined the route outside the restaurant. Its meat bun was so cute that it was a waste to be eating it alone so I got it to go a little. It reminds me the phrase, “What looks good tastes good.” 😉 The next stop of this train is Gwanghwamun station. I also paid a brief visit to another famous restaurant, BRCD(Bread is Ready, Coffee is Done) in this station. I felt comfortable with harmonious atmosphere and wood interiors as soon as I walked in.




Last speciality is the fact Seoul Metro is filled with many careful concerns of every tiny bits of life for citizens. It has entrances for the disabled and kids and in the train, straps are various in height. Every platform has Screen Door for the purpose of preventing accidents and there is a beautiful piece of poetry on the Screen Door that really comforts and relieves citizens. And the first picture shows people who provide a cup of hot tea for citizens in subway station. They are very considerate and kind.

All right then. Are you all in agreement on that Seoul metro is not just a common form of transportation but a fashionable, easy and neat form of transportation for young romance seekers or solitary people or just family visits? As you saw, Seoul Metro is Seoul’s pride and it’s a kind of “must-use transportation” while travelling in Seoul! You should try this green means, too!

You can get more information here!
http://www.smrt.co.kr/Eng/index.jsp
http://www.koong.co.kr
http://www.shillabakery.com/

The Story of King Sejong

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , on February 2, 2010 by Lydia


“The people are the root of a country and food is the sky.”
Look at the above photo! He’s actually one of the most respected heroes of Korea, the Great King Sejong! It’s safe to say he actually accomplished renaissance of Joseon Dynasty by developing promulgation of Hangeul(Korean Alphabet), science technology, culture and arts, military affairs, diplomacy, agriculture and astronomy on the base of love of people!

From now on, I’ll show you the exhibition, “The Story of King Sejong” which is being held at the center of downtown Seoul! I’m sure that this exhibition will be committed to the place for communication and unification to admire achievements of King Sejong and be revived as the spirit of the times for Koreans. And for Foreigners, this will be nice chance to learn about Korean hero.

This is overall view of the exhibition hall. This exhibition consists of 8 parts – Sejong as a Man, Ideology Focused on the People, Creation of Hangeul, Science and Art, Sejong’s Millitary Policy, Sejong the Great King, Garden for Communication, Seoul New Light.














*Tour Information For You
Hours:Tuesday -Sunday 10:30 ~ 22:30(Closed on Mondays)
Main No.: 02-399-1114
Location/Address: The Gwanghwamun Square 81-3, Sejong-ro, Jongro-gu, Seoul Korea
You can get more info. at
http://www.sejongpac.or.kr
Enjoy~

Changing Ceremony of the Royal Guard

Posted in 0.1% of Seoul with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2010 by Lydia

This is Changing Ceremony of the Royal Guard!

During the Joseon Dynasty period, a government office called Sumunjang was in charge of the gates of the palace. It was responsible for inspecting passers-by and keeping public order during the opening and closing ceremonies of the city gates.

And there are 7 program sequence of the changing ceremony of the royal guard- Granting a military password, Password check, First drum, Second drum, Third drum, Yepil(Announcement of the ending of the ceremony) and Patrol.

You can enjoy this show in front of Daehanmun, main gate of Deoksugung palace~

To Be or Not To Be, Golden Bell!

Posted in www.dailylife.inSeoul with tags , , on February 2, 2010 by Lydia

Ding! Ding! Ding!
Our school(Dong duck girls’ high school) student, Song Jeong In, rang the Golden Bell! WANNA know what is it exactly? Golden bell is a kind of survival quiz show which is programed by KBS(Korean Broadcasting System). As many as 100 students answer to 50 questions in this program. A range of possible question is very wide so it’s very hard to ring the Golden Bell!(Only one student who answered 50 quetion can ring the bell.)