AirAsia X launches Kuala Lumpur to Seoul

Jumat, 06 Agustus 2010

Airasia X Kuala Lumpur Seoul Incheon

Airasia X Kuala Lumpur Seoul Incheon

Still dreaming for visiting Korea ? Complain about the high fare for flying to Seoul ? Now the time is come, fly to Seoul is not dream anymore. AirAsia, the low cost airlines from Malaysia continue his commits to bring everyone flys. As November 1st 2010, Airasia X, the long-haul arm of Malaysian low-cost airline Air Asia, will begin daily direct services between Kuala Lumpur and Seoul (Incheon).

Flights depart Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 1355 for the six-hour journey to Seoul, arriving at Incheon International Airport at 2115. Return flights depart Seoul at 2320 and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 0505 the next day. An Airbus A330 aircraft, which feature premium flat-bed seats in Business class.

Thank you to AirAsia X. The new route to Seoul will become their eleventh internation route after Australia (Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne), China (Hangzhou, Tianjin, Chengdu), Taipei, India, and London.

To mark the opening for sale of the new route, AirAsia X is offering a promotional all-in fare from as low as RM99 (Base fare: RM74 + Airport tax: RM25) from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul for the booking period from 4 to 8 August 2010 for travel between 1 November 2010 and 11 August 2011.

Seoul is the capital city of South Korea. The flighs will land at Incheon, about 70 Km from Seoul. Seoul has many more to discover, start from World Heritage Places, Royal Shrines, Tombs, shopping mall, Lotte World, one of the largest indoor amusement parks, Everland, Korea's answer to Disneyland, or Seoul Land Amusement Park, which features 5 themed areas and rides that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

Don't forget Korea Cuisine - Kimchi soup and Bimbibap. If you are lucky, don't close your eyes to meet Korea Pop idols who are many at Seoul.


Cheongju capital city of Chungchongbuk-do

Sabtu, 03 Juli 2010

Cheongju (청주) is a capital city of Chungcheongbuk-do (province). Cheongju is located 128km south-east of Seoul and capital city of Chungchongbuk-do.The dry and wet season are clearly divided, so the summer has south-east or south-west winds of heat and moisture, while the winter has north-west cold and dry winds.

Cheongju may be famous for its university as so many high level university in the city such as Chungbuk National University, Cheongju University, Seowon University, Cheongju National University of Education, Chung Cheong College.

Cheongju City Information

Cheongju City has a total area of 153.31㎢ and a total population of 615,155, with an economically active population of 700,000. It is a T-shaped city with its towns developed towards the south and north, following Musimcheon. It has 1,587 public officials. Its financial resources have reached 491.5 billion won, and it enjoys a financial independence rate of 63.8%. Road extension in the city is 944km, with a 99.2%paving rate.

It has a water supply production capability per day of, distribution rate is 95.3, and the car-registration number has reached 196,944, with 0.93 per household.

Cheongju, aside from being the home of the Hanhwa Eagles baseball team and the Korean Air Force Academy, is also the provincial capital of Chungcheongbuk-do and a fairly large city of over 600,000 souls. Unlike nearby Daejeon, which is essentially a product of colonial rule, Cheongju has been a regional center for centuries, sitting as it does amidst some of Korea’s finest farmland. The city grew significantly with the opening of the Chungbuk railway line in the 1920s; this development has left behind a pretty significant modern architectural heritage that includes public offices and schools.

Cheongju is a major transportation hub, so getting there shouldn’t present a problem. Most of the modern historic sites are in the old downtown area of Sangdang-gu.

Special products of Cheongju are locally brewed Judube wine, pottery and aerated water which includes several kinds of mineral.

Cheongju is also famous for the education and cultural city where the oldest metal-printed book"Jigji" was made. Cheongju is peacefull place and they are proud of natural beauty and their history over 1000 years.

The city also features an intriguing traditional covered market downtown selling all manner of wares, from de-boned pig faces to plastic toy swords to live eels, and a maze of walking streets lines with shops of all description.

How to access Cheongju

Cheongju is also located conveniently in the central area of Korea. From here, you can take a bus to Seoul (90 minutes), Daejon (30 minutes), Pusan (4 hours) or a number of other important destinations. It is a clean and exceptionally safe city, and has a number of good bars where the foreigners like to hang out, in the university sector. Attic Bar and Pearl Jam are two of the most popular.

Cheongju National Museum

The Cheongju National Museum opened on October 30, 1987. Its mission is to survey, study, and display the cultural heritage of Chungcheongbuk-do Province and educate the public onthe unique provincial culture.

The museum is at the east foot of Mt. Uamsan and surrounded by beautiful scenery.

The museum building was designed by Swoogeun Kim, Korea’s most renowned architect, and represents a major step forward in design of contemporary Korean buildings. The low yet strong roof lining of the museum naturally harmonizes the building with the surrounding mountain environment, making the museum one of the most beautiful of all throughout Korea.

The museum has a permanent collection of some 2,300 artifacts excavated from Chungcheongbuk-do Province dating from the prehistoric ages to the Joseon Dynasty. The exhibits are chronologically presented to help viewers better grasp and understand the history and cultureof Chungcheongbuk-do Province. On display outdoors are restored relics including a hearth for producing iron from Seokjang-ri, Jincheon dating back to the Baekje Kingdom, and tombs of the Unified Silla from Yongdam-dong, Cheongju. The museum holds special exhibitions and traveling exhibitions every year.

Cheongju main attractions :

There are many things to see and do in Cheongju. Why not take a trip to the Early Printing Museum? It may be small but it can tell you everything you wanted to know about Jikji, a book of Buddhist sayings, the oldest book in the world printed with movable metal parts. Although the book is not at the museum (it was purchased by the National Library of France in 1853), it is still a great place to visit.

What about strolling next door to the Korean Craft Museum? This exhibition centre is three storeys high and contains wonderful displays of creative modern ceramics and other crafts produced by local leading artists.

The Heungdeok Seongdang is not to be missed. It is a fortress-like Catholic church (Jijingno) which still holds Mass in English every Sunday at 5pm.

Some of main attractions of Cheongju :

1. Heungdeok Temple Site.
This temple is the home to the Early Printing Museum, and is purported to be the site of the printing of Jikji, the oldest existent book printed using movable metal type. The museum itself contains exhibits related to the art of printing through the ages.

In Huengdeok Temple precinct is the Ancient Printing Museum located where the Buddhist text titled "Jikji" printed by removable metal types for thefirst time in the world.

2. Sangdangsanseong(Sangdang Moutain Fortress).
It lies on the slopes of Mt. Uam within the city limits. The fortress is comprised mainly of a 3-4 metre tall wall that stretches over 4.2 kilometers in circumference. The present walls date to the 1716 restoration of the site. Within the walls lies a small tourist village that has several restaurants.

National historic site No. 212. Located in Sanseong-dong, Sangdang-gu, Cheongju, the site is a stone wall fortress of large scale ¹)pogok-style, with a circumference of 4.2km and a height of 3m to 4m.

3. Snagdang-sanseong is a parabolic stone fortress. Its name might come from Snagdang-hyeon of Beakje, one of Three Kingdoms. Its circumference is 4Km long, and the size of its inner part is 1,808,000m². Unfortunately the exact construction year is unknown, but the historical book on Three kingdoms called Samguksagi shows some records of the site. The present fortress is the one
rebuilt in the year of King Sukjong(1716) after its reparation during the invasion of Japan in the 29th year of King Seonjo(1596).

4. Chungyeolsa Shrine dedicated to SONG Sanghyeol
Monument No.16 : It is an ancestral shrine for the memorial tablet of Dongnaebusa Song Sang-hyeon who died fighting during the ²)Japanese Invasion of Korea. In the second year of King Gwanghaegun's (1610) reign, the tomb was moved here from Dongnae and the shrine was then built.

5. Sinjeondonggoga (Ancient house in Sinjeon-dong, Cheongju)
Tangible Cultural Property No.145: The house was built in 1926 and ³)Sangnyang-mun is recorded in Jong-dori Jangyeo (beam) of the main building.

Bars in Cheongju

The following is a list of bars in Cheongju. As we are still trying to get around to doing complete profiles for nightlife in all cities of Korea.

1. Attic
2. Buzz Bar. Located in Chungdae Jungmun this is the place to go if you like Guinness on tap with some cheese nachos.
3. Harlem. Located in Chun Dae Chun Moom a few streets away from Pearl Jam
4. Hunters
5. Kiss Night Club. Cheongju's hippest night club is located directly across the street from the less popular 'Don't Tell Mama' in Ha Buk Dae.
6. Pearl Jam. Located in Chungdae Jungmun. This bar is one of the main places to meet other Westerners. Hoppin' on the weekends there is often live music with both Western and Korean bands.
7. Road King. Located in Chun Dae Chun Moon this bar caters primarily to Westerners on the weekend.
8. 86 Bar. Located in Chun Dae Chun Moom in the basement of a small building is 86 Bar.

Photos of Cheongju
Cheongju From Mountain Fortress Sangdangsanseong
A view of Cheongju from the local mountain fortress, Sangdangsanseong.

Chungyeolsa Shrine
Chungyeolsa Shrine dedicated to SONG Sanghyeol

Heungdeok Temple Site
Heungdeok Temple Site. Heungdeok Temple Site is the home to the Early Printing Museum, and is purported to be the site of the printing of Jikji, the oldest existant book printed using movable metal type.

Ramada Plaza Cheongdu
Ramada Plaza Cheongju. Located at 500-3 Yulryang-Dong, Sangdang-Gu, Cheongju, 360-817 KR

Sangdang Mountain Fortress
Sangdangsanseong(Sangdang Moutain Fortress). Sangdangsanseong (Sangdang Mountain Fortress) lies on the slopes of Mt. Uam within the city limits. The fortress is comprised mainly of a 3-4 meter-high wall that stretches over 4.2 kilometers in circumference.

Sinjeondonggoga (Ancient house in Sinjeon-dong, Cheongju)

Watch Cheong-ju Nightlife and night club video here


Yeoju Tomb of King Sejong Place

Rabu, 09 Juni 2010

Yeoju is located in the southeastern part of Gyeonggi Province and borders Wonju City in Kangwon Province in the east, Icheon city in Gwangju Province in the west, Eumsung-Gun, Chungju city in North-Chungchung Province in the south and Yangpyeong-Gun in the north. Together with the neighboring city of Icheon, it is known as a major center of contemporary South Korean ceramics, and hosts the World Ceramic Exposition every year.

Yeoju is famous as a history culture tourism in Korea. Yeoju has 2 famous history sites such as The tomb of King Sejong and the birthplace of Empress Myeongseong.

The tomb of King Sejong

King Sejong was the third son of the 3rd ruler, King Taejong, and his wife Queen Wongyeong. He came to the throne at the age of 22. During his 32-year reign, he was very influential in the development of Korean culture.

Sejongdaewangneung is the tomb of King Sejong (1397-1450) of the Joseon Era and his wife Queen Soheon (1392-1910). King Sejong not only created Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, but also contributed greatly in the fields of politics, economics, culture, defense and education.

Yeongneung (영릉) is the joint tomb of the 4th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty, King Sejong (1397-1450, reign 1418-1450) and his wife Queen Soheon (1395-1446). This was the first joint royal tomb of the Joseon Dynasty.

How to access The Tomb of King Sejong :

- Bus : Take a bus for Yeongdong Express Bus Terminal. There is a bus every 40 minutes. And then take coach bus #111 and get off in front of the air force base. It takes 20 minutes on foot from there.
- Car : Exit from the Yeongdong Expressway at the Yeoju Tollgate and take state route #37 in the direction of Yeoju, then take state route #42 in the Icheon direction for approximately 10 minutes.

Birthplace of Empress Myeongseong (Queen Min)

Empress Myeongseong was a brilliant diplomat who pursued openness and reform to maintain the sovereignty of the nation. Unfortunately, her tumultuous life came to an end in the early morning hours of October 8, 1895 when she was murdered by the Japanese army.

This is the house where Empress Myeongseong (Joseon Period) was born, and lived until she was eight years old. She would grow up to be the wife of the dynasty’s 26th ruler, King Gojong. The birthplace and the adjoining Memorial Hall are open to the public.

We can see the house where Empress Myeongseong lived until the age of 16, when she became the queen of Joseon Emperor Gojong. The structure is estimated to have been built in the 13th year of King Sukjong (1687). She was born in the 2nd year of King Cheoljong's reign (1851) as daughter to Min Chirok. Drawn into the maelstrom of enlightenment, she lived a dramatic life until the 32nd year of King Gojong's rule when she was assassinated by Japanese agents in wartime.

The the original Haengnangchae (the rooms on both sides of the front entrance) and Sarangchae (reception room for male guests) have now disappeared, but the extant Anchae (the owner's room) was restored in 1975 and 1976.

How to access Birthplace of Empress Myeongseong (Queen Min)

- Bus : From the Yeoju Bus Terminal, take the Janghowon bound bus and get off at Jeombong-ri, Yeoju-eup. It's a 10-minute walk to the house.
- Car : Exit from the Yeongdong Expressway at the Yeoju Tollgate and take state route #37 in the direction of Yangpyeong for approximately 1km.

Yeoju Premium Outlets

Another activities to do in Yeoju is Shopping. Yes, Yeoju has a famous designer outlet named Yeoju Premium Outlets.

Yeoju Premium Outlets is Korea’s very first and only authentic premium designer outlet operated by Shinsegae Chelsea; a joint venture between the Korean conglomerate Shinsegae and Chelsea Property Group, the world’s largest developer of outlet centers. The exotic shopping atmosphere is separated into two

buildings, A and B, and shoppers can also enjoy the beautiful outdoor landscape while shopping.

Take advantage of the year-round discounts of 25–65% or more on over 140 popular luxury brands including Burberry, Bally, Bottega Veneta, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Fendi, Ferragamo and Gucci. In particular, lifestyle and beauty brands such as Le Creuset and Royal Copenhagen are also available at the
outlet, with the addition of international beauty brands such as Clinique, MAC and Estée Lauder; sold here at prices lower than at duty-free shops. Moreover,four restaurants are available inside the mall to satisfy your appetite, including a 500-seat food court, a Japanese restaurant, and a family restaurant.

The Yeoju Preumium Outlet Shopping Center is enormous, taking up 265,500 square meters, and is Asia’s 2nd largest outlet to Japan’s Gotenbar Outlet. The outlet center houses such shops as Adidas, Armani, Burberry, Coach, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Escada, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Royal Copenhagen, Ferragamo, and Valentino, with over 120 popular brand names, 90% of them being foreign brands, also including Korean designer brands such as Kuho, Kim Young Joo, and Hazzys.

How to access Yeoju Premium Outlets

From the Gangnam Express Bus Terminal located in Banpo, Seoul, take the Yeongdong line bus headed towards Yeoju (station #21) and get off at Yeoju Terminal.

The ride takes about 1hr and 30mins, but may take up to 2hrs during the weekends due to traffic congestion. Across the street from Yeoju Terminal, there is a bus that takes you all the way to the outlet. A taxi ride will take about a 15min ride, and come out to about ₩7,000.

Yeoju Ceramics Expo

Together with Incheon, Yeoju is famous for their high quality ceramics. The Yeoju Ceramics Expo was launched in May 1990 by the Yeoju Ceramic Co-operative, which was established in 1985. The Yeoju Ceramics Expo is held every year to promote the excellence of its ceramics both nationwide and abroad. As the first and best ceramics festival in Korea, the expo exhibits unique, high quality ceramic artwork and products.

Yeoju laid the foundations for becoming a major ceramic city by hosting the World Ceramics Expo in 2001, and since hosting the World Ceramics Biennale in 2003 and 2005 it is now internationally recognized as a world center for ceramics. Yeoju has been producing ceramics ever since the early Goryeo period (AD

918 ~ 1392), and through the production of high-quality Goryeongto (Kaolin) and Baekto (white clay) it played an integral role in the development of the early ceramic industry. At the expo, you can see works of art by ceramics masters and buy a variety of ceramic products, such as tea sets, at discounted prices.

Photos of Yeoju tourist :

Yeoju Birthplace Of Empress Myeongseong
Birthplace of Empress Myeongseong (Queen Min)

Yeoju Ceramics Expo
Yeoju Ceramics Expo at Silleuksa Temple tourist site. The Yeoju Ceramics Expo was launched in May 1990 by the Yeoju Ceramic Co-operative, which was established in 1985. The Yeoju Ceramics Expo is held every year to promote the excellence of its ceramics both nationwide and abroad.

Yeoju Premium Outlet
Yeoju Premium Outlets, Korea ‘s 1st Luxury Premium Outlet

Yeoju Premium Outlet Gucci Shop
Tourists are standing in front of Gucci Shop, at Yeoju Premium Outlets

Yeoju The Tomb of King Sejong
The tomb of King Sejong the Great of Joseon

Yeoju Bonbu Dojang
Yeoju Dojang was completed in 1986 and expanded in 1990. To its north Gwangju Range is situated and commands Namhan River in its southern direction. The ground where Yeoju Dojang is situated takes a shape of ume tree fruition. In February 1993 it has been appointed as headquarters of Daesunjinrihoe.

Yeoju Rice Nureungji
Yeoju is also famous for its rice. Nureungji (누릉지), which is essentially rice served in a hot stone bowl. The rice in contact with the stone becomes crunchy, and you then add water and mix into a kind of soup or porridge.

Yeoju World Ceramic Livingware
Yeoju World Ceramic Livingware

Watch tourist shopping at Yeoju Street Market video here


Jeonju Hanok Village and Bibimbap

Selasa, 02 Maret 2010

Jeonju (전주) is a capital city of Jeollabuk Province, and famous for its historic buildings and traditional Korean Food mixed rice dish of bibimbap. The city is situated about two and a half hours south of Seoul.

Once described by a Busan native as “the countryside”, Jeonju is indeed located in a beautiful area of the untry, with four national parks a short bus ride away. History abounds here too, and Jeonju’s hanok village is the place to experience the traditions of old Korea, learn about Jeonju’s place in history and sip tea in a traditional teahouse.

How to get Jeonju
Jeonju is a major transportation hub, so getting there doesn’t present much of a problem. The quickest way is to take the KTX from Seoul’s Yongsan Station to Iksan, and transfer to another train to Jeonju. The trip takes about 2 hours, 30 minutes in total. There are cheaper trains that go directly to Jeonju from Yongsan, but they’re much slower and they tend to fill up on the weekends.

Jeonju Tourism
Jeonju is famous for its Korean food, historic buildings, sports activities and innovative festivals. Korean Hanok Village may be the icon for Jeonju. Within half an hours bus ride you can be away from the city and in the mountains. There are many amazing temples and parks really close to jeonju that get a trickle of visitors. KumSanSa being one of my favourites.

Jeonju Hanok Village
Jeonju Hanok Village is located in the city of Jeonju and overlaps Pungnam-dong and Gyo-dong. There are over 800 traditional Korean 'hanok' houses. While the rest of city has been industrialized, Hanok Maeul retains its historical charms and traditions.

Jeonju Hanok village is especially beautiful for its roof curves. The roof edges being slightly raised to the sky is unique. Hanok houses are generally divided into two sections, Anchae and Sarangchae. Anchae is also known as Gyusu room, and is furnished accordingly. Sarangchae is where the men dwell, and is referred to as the Seonbi room. Because men and women have to remain separate, Anchae is situated deep inside the house so that it is secretive and quiet.

Festival in Jeonju

1. Jeonju Sori (Sound of Voice & Music) Festival
2. World Calligraphy Biennale of Jeollabuk-do
3. Jeonju International Film Festival.
this festival has been up and running for ten years now, and is back for an eleventh time from Apr. 29—May 7,2010. A perfect excuse to combine a week of good films with a spring break in stunning Jeolla-do province.

4. Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival.
organized to promote the unique qualities of Korea’s traditional paper, hanji, the festival offers a fascinating range of exhibitions and hands-on opportunities. Due to take place in early May, 2010.

5. Jeonju Dano Festival
6. Korea Food Festival in Jeonju
7. Peach Festival
8. Jeonju Daesasup Festival

Jeonju Local food Bibimbap

Jeonju is perhaps best known around Korea for its food. The fertile Honam Plain and the clear waters of the region are said to be contributing factors in the city's nationwide food fame. Bibimbap is the city's signature dish, and it can be found everywhere.

Bibimbap is one of the most famous Korean dishes native to this region. Bibim means mixing and bap means rice. Served in the traditional brassware,it consists of rice with seasonal stir fried vegetables(carrot, bean sprout, radish, spinach, zucchini.bracken), seaweed (gim), and hot pepper paste (gochujang). It is also available in a hot stone bowl (dol sot), which slowly cooks the egg as you stir the ingredients together. The characteristic thing about Jeonju bibimbap is that it comes with Korean beef tartar(Yukhoe), Hwang Po Mook(a yellow jelly made from mung beans) and raw egg yolk(most of other regions in Korea serve with fried egg). Besides, Also give Mountain Vegetable (San Chae) Bibimbap a taste, if you're at any of the local mountains.

Jeonju Nightlife
Jeonju has a wonderful nightlife, and much of it center around the Cheonbuk university. If your looking to meet and drink with foreigners, the best place is deepin in the downtown area. Always welcoming, best on a Saturday night for atmosphere and good western music (no Hip Hop). Sunday nights for chilling, chatting and trying your hand at poker.

Deepin may be the famous bars in the city. It provide Jeonju's original watering hole.

Some of Jeonju Bars and Clubs here :

1. Deepin: Near to Geaksa house in the central shopping area of Jeonju. The origional and best westener bar in town, the best place to go and meet people if you are new to Jeonju. Ask a taxi driver for wedding gori deepin. Better still get someone to take you the first time as its down a tiny sidestreet and not very well signposted. Quiet on weeknights but really gets going friday and saturday nights from about 10pm. Also Texas hod-em poker night on Sunday from 8ish

2. J.R.'s Saloon Travelling from Bone Hospital toward Wa Bar Seoshin-dong, take the first street left. About 30 meters on, you will see a white J.R.'s sign on the right, on the second floor. J.R.'s is closed on Mondays. Every other day they are open from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. Thurday night is Ladies' Night.

3. Tombstone 1: On the main street across from the old-gate of Jeon-Buk University (구정문). Nice western style bar with tables and bar seats available. Frequent juggling and fire shows.

4. Music Bank: On the main street across from the old-gate of Jeon-Buk University (구정문). In the building next to Lotteria. Western-style nightclub with a mix of Korean and Western dance music. Frequent dancing on chairs and tables. Be warned though, a few months ago a Westerner was handed a notice saying that foreigners were not welcome unless they were accompanied by a Korean guide and could speak Korean

5. Jukebox: Once you reach Lotteria near the old gate (구정문), walk along the street facing it. You will see Tu-Pak Nightclub and Jukebox next to it. On the 2nd floor. New sound system has rejuvenated this club and is now popular with the same set and style as Music Bank.

6. Tu-Pak: Once you reach Lotteria near the old gate (구정문), walk along the street facing it. You will see Tu-Pak Nightclub and Jukebox next to it. On the ground floor. Nice layout for a western-style nightclub yet not as popular as Music Bank and Jukebox. Various DJs with different styles on different nights.

7. Tombstone 2: Near the old gate of Jeon-Buk University (구정문). Walk away from the gate and turn left at the first intersection. Downstairs. Popular with the foreigner crowd on the weekends, usually late at night. Mostly hip-hop.

Photos of jeonju

Deepin Jeonju
Near to Geaksa house in the central shopping area of Jeonju.

Gaeksa Gil Shopping Jeonju
Gaeksa-gil shopping district, downtown Jeonju

Jeonju Gaeksa
Jeonju Gaeksa. The Gaeksa was once part of the provincial government office complex.

Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival
Jeonju City, the hometown of hanji, contributed to creating excellent hanji culture. From the Goyeo Dynasty, Jeonju hanji was used in most diplomatic documents and writings for the king, and currently.

Jeonju Hanok Village
Jeonju Hanok Village. Jeonju Hanok Village is located in the city of Jeonju and overlaps Pungnam-dong and Gyo-dong. There are over 800 traditional Korean 'hanok' houses. While the rest of city has been industrialized, Hanok Maeul retains its historical charms and traditions.

Jeonju International Film Festival
The 11th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) will be held from April 29th to May 7th, 2010 at Jeonju, a traditionally beautiful city of Korea.

Jeonju Korea Style House Village.( Jeonju Hanok Village ,Han-Ok Village) video here


Daejeon Korea Science Town J Rock Nightlife

Minggu, 03 Januari 2010

Daejeon (대전) s the fifth largest city in South Korea. Daejeon is a somewhat quieter city than Seoul, Daegu and Busan, though certainly not small.

Daejeon is located in the heart of the Korean Peninsula and forms a major transportation crossroads, with the major north-south highways and rail lines splitting to follow the east or west sides of the country.

Nearby mountains (Gyeryong-san National Park, Sogni-san National Park and Daedun-san Provincial Park), temples (Beopju-sa, Donghak-sa, and Gap-sa), hot springs (Yuseong), and lakes (Daecheong Lake) offer many recreation opportunities for travelers and local residents.

The city is also home to K-League soccer side Daejeon Citizen, and Korean professional baseball league team Hanhwa Eagles.

Daejeon Tourism

Daejeon, naturally is not a tourist city. As an education and science hub of the country, most of Daejeon sightseeing is related to the field of technology. However, this does not mean that the tourists will not find natural tourist attractions in Daejeon. There are a number of natural attractions which form an integral part of sightseeing tours in Daejeon.

One of the main tourist sites in the South Korean city is the Daecheongho Lake at Miho-dong district of the city. The lake is the third largest artificial lake in the country and the work for it started in 1975. The project was completed in 1980. Besides being an important travel attraction in the country, the lake is also an important source of living for the locals. The lake is given a perfect backdrop by the Mount Yasan which is right beside the lake and creates picturesque scenery. Tourists can reach this beautiful destination via trains and buses which directly take them across to the site of the Daecheongho Lake.

Another popular site is the Yuseong Hot Springs. Situated at the central district of the city, the hot spring is flocked by tourists and locals as the water is considered to have therapeutic value. The water is rich in alkaline minerals making it perfect for treating diseases like Neuralgia and Geriatric. There are a number of legends associated with the hot springs at Yuseong in Daejeon. Tourers interested in traveling to this famous tourist site in Daejeon can easily avail of a bus from Daejeon Station. A short 40 minute drive will lead them to the hot spring.

Another popular site is the National Science Museum, a scientific cultural facility, which features exhibits scientific materials.

Daejeon best sightseeing :

1. Yusong Hot Springs.
Arguably the most famous Hot Springs in Korea, the water here is said to benefit those suffering from skin diseases(specifically neuralgia), arthritis and diabetes. Typically containing three to five pools of varying temperatures(from ice cold up to fifty degrees celsius), steam rooms and saunas.

2. Pomun-san.
Pomun Mountain towers over the city centre and offers unrivalled views over the southern half of the city. You can take a cable car halfway up to the observation post, from which a ninety minute hike leads to the 457-metre-high peak.

3. Daecheong Lake.
A 72 kilometre lake which provides the source of the city's drinking water. If you have a car then the riverside roads offer great views. If you're reliant on public transport then I wouldn't bother making the trip to see the Dam alone.

4. Expo Park.
In 1993, Taejon became the first city in a developing country to host the International Exposition. Almost a decade later, six pavilions still offer shows and exhibitions in the middle of the landscaped Expo Park.

5. Sikjangsan.
Southeast of the city, Sikjang Mountain is the loftiest of the encircling peaks at 623 metres. Two famous Buddhist temples, Gosansa and Gaesimsa, are located here.

6. Jangtaesan.
To the southwest of the city, Jangtaesan Recreational Forest offers a gorgeous lake surrounded by pine trees rising to the top of the 186 metre Mount Jangtae. Again, I'd recommend this more to those with access to a private car.

7. Gubongsan.
Next to Jangtaesan, the nine distinct peaks in this area are best viewed in Autumn. The tourist literature evocatively, or perhaps bafflingly, describes Gubong Mountain as being like "Oriental paintings on a folding screen".

8. Gyejoksan
Mount Gyejock rises to 423 metres and is reputed to offer the best views of the sunset. There are also some excellent views of Daecheong Lake at the summit.

9. The World Cup Stadium.
Located in Yusong, the Taejon World Cup stadium was used for World Cup 2002.

Daejeon Nightlife

Daejon is a little quite and simple compared with another major cities in Korea. For a medium-sized city, Daejeon has an active nightlife. The most popular areas are the Yusong district, the Dunsan-dong area (the "new" downtown), the city's old downtown region, and Gung-dong, near Chungnam University.

A good place to get imported beers or a cocktail is WA Bar, located across the street from the Galleria department store in the old downtown area of the Eunhaeng-dong district. A casual place, it's popular with people to grab a drink with friends after work.

Thriving nightlife can be experienced in and around the streets nearby to the Yousung Hotel located at Bongmyoung-Dong . One gets to perceive the real nature of the Korean Nightlife while strolling down the streets which have nightclubs and pubs lined on both sides of it.

Nightlife in Daejeon does not only signify pubbing and drinking but the extensive array of multi-cuisine restaurants are also a nice vent to unwind and relax. The WA Bar if not the most happening of all the nightspots in the city, attracts a lot of young crowd. J- Rock and Watermelon Sugar are the more swanky nightclubs of Daejeon.

Photos of Daejeon :

Daejeon Expo Bridge
Expo Science Park Bridge. In 1993, an international exposition (Expo '93) was held at Daejeon. Several landmarks such as the Hanbit Tower and the Expo Bridge were built at this time. After the exposition ended, the grounds were refurbished as Expo Science Park. Next to the park is the National Science Museum, which had moved to its current location in 1990.

Daejeon Nightlife
For a medium-sized city, Daejeon has an active nightlife. The most popular areas are the Yusong district, the Dunsan-dong area (the "new" downtown), the city's old downtown region, and Gung-dong, near Chungnam University.

Daejeon Skyline
Daejeon Metropolitan City is a metropolitan city in the center of South Korea. It is the fifth largest city of South Korea, with a population of 1,442,856 at the end of 2005.

Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Daejeon World Cup Stadium in the city of Daejeon

Daejeon Yusong Hot Springs
Daejeon Yusong Hot Springs situated at the central district of the city, the hot spring is flocked by tourists and locals as the water is considered to have therapeutic value. The water is rich in alkaline minerals making it perfect for treating diseases like Neuralgia and Geriatric.

Daejeon national Science Museum
Across the road from the main entrance to Expo Park, the Science Museum is extremely interesting if you're interested in that sort of thing. Admission is around one pound, with sections on the geological and natural history of the Korean Peninsula, the history of Korean science and technology and the evolution of the universe.

Daejeon Train Station
Daejeon train station in Daejeon, South Korea. This is a major stop for the Gyeongbu line. This is a separate station from West Daejeon station.

Watch Daejeon Nightclub and bars video here


Ulsan Hyundai Heavy Industry Nightlife

Kamis, 03 Desember 2009

Ulsan (울산) is the capital city of Ulsan Metropolitan District, in South yeongsang. Ulsan is a big city, with a population of 1.2 million it is close to Busan, Gyeongju, Daegu and Pohang.

Ulsan is not a something related to tourism. But Ulsan is the industrial dynamo for South Korea, and has the biggest automobile assembly plant operated by Hyundai Motor Company, the world's largest shipyard operated by Hyundai Heavy Industries and the world's second largest oil refinery owned by SK Energy.

As a city Ulsan is somewhat similar to Suwon compared to Seoul regarding distance and size. The city of Ulsan, although in area the largest in Korea, is quite small when the metro area is considered. It is possible to get just about anywhere for under 10,000 won in a taxi.

The city is also home to K-League soccer side Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i and Korean Basketball League team Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Automons.

Ulsan Tourism

Ulsan is not a tourist city for common travellers. Those who come to Ulsan are predominantly here to work for the large conglomerates or heavy industries (Hyundai Motors being one of the most notable) and to teach English as a foreign language.

Old down-town, Seongnamdong, is good for shopping at low, local prices (there are brand goods shops too however). It is the location of a small number of foreigner friendly/foreigner run bars.

Mugeodong, the home of Ulsan University, is the best place for the young, twenty-something’s wishing to eat, drink and party.

Ulsan has a lot of beaches, like Jinha beach, Ilsan Beach, or Jujeon and Jeongja beaches.

Ulsan Nightlife

Ulsan nightlife is still Ok and various as they are so many foreign expats and teachers work in Ulsan. If your are out for fun in Ulsan, go to some korean clubs or bars in old downtown or the new downtown., or alternatively Bangeojin area. The two mentioned bars here are just for teachers. As there is thousands of other expats in Ulsan - and if you are one of them, I recommend to stay away from these two lame holes and instead just pick any other.

These are the two main bars for foreign teachers (and some brave Korean teachers) in Ulsan. Great food, great atmosphere. Large screen TVs and foosball at each, Tombstone has a pool table, Bench has darts. Bench has open mic every Wednesday night, which is great fun. They're always open late (ie. when the sun's coming up), and a great way to meet fellow foreigners.

Acid Bar is the new place to be if you're an expat living in Ulsan. Located near the Gonguptop (sp?) Rotary and across from 'Bobos' (spot the gawdy neon red signage), it's a large basement club with bar, dance floor, big comfy chairs and a nori-bang room. The bar staff never deny my song requests and the beer is pretty cheap.

Recommended Ulsan bars and nightclubs :

1. Benchwarmers
Benchwarmers is a bar located in downtown Ulsan. The owner is from Newfoundland, Canada.
It is one of the more popular ex-pat hangouts in Ulsan.
He's from Cap Breton!!

2. 7- Club
7-Club is a hostess bar chain in Ulsan with a large number of Russian women employees. Beer is 3000 won but buying a hostess a drink is 10000 won. There are a few karaoke booths as well.
Locations can be found in Shinae (old downtown) and in Bangeojin.

3. MacKenzie's
MacKenzie's is a bar in Ulsan with a large number of expatriates, as well as engineers and Koreans. There is no dance floor but dancing is permitted. Every Saturday at 11 pm is a complementary buffet.

4. PBJ's
PBJ's is a small bar below ground, in the city of Ulsan. It has a bar, a few tables, and billiards. Beer is 4000 won.

5. The Royal Anchor
The Royal Anchor is a well-known bar in Ulsan with a number of tables and billiards as well. A large number of English teachers are patrons at the bar, and on Friday and Saturday it can get quite busy.

6. Tombstone (Ulsan)
Tombstone is a bar located in Ulsan, in Mugeo-dong, close to the university. The main website has a map showing where to get to the bar from the university so the easiest way to find it the first time is to take a taxi to the main gate and then follow the map, which apparently takes five minutes.
It is a popular hang-out for ex-pats; featuring a free pool table, foosball table and darts. There are often sporting events and movies shown from a projector. There are weekly events, including a poker night and a bowling night, as well as special events, such as hallowe'en parties, Christmas parties, etc.
The bar is owned by four Canadians, and their Korean significant others.

7. U.S. 66
U.S. 66 is a bar in Ulsan. Music selection is generally played through MP3s but CDs are available as well. Around 10 pm on the weekends is a cocktail show involving music, dancing and fire. The bar is located in Samsan-dong near the Viking ship ride.

Photos of Ulsan for tourism and nightlife information here :

Ulsan Skyline
Ulsan Skyline. Ulsan is the seventh largest metropolis with a population of over 1.1 million in South Korea.

Ulsan Downtown
Ulsan is a metropolitan city 70 kilometres north of Busan, and the closest large city from there.

ulsan daewongam park market
Daewongam Park Market in Ulsan. Some ladies sell sea shells and eels in the road-side market in Daewongam Park.

ulsan tombstone bars
Ulsan Tombstone Bars, address at 3F, 628-9 Mugeo-dong, Nam-gu, Ulsan 680-80, near the university in Mugoedong. (Say Mugeo-dong ULsan Dae hakeyo).

ulsan benchwarmers bars
Ulsan Benchwarmers bars, has open mic every Wednesday night, which is great fun. They're always open late (ie. when the sun's coming up), and a great way to meet fellow foreigners.

ulsan hyundai heavy industries company
Hyundai Heavy Industries Company, the world's largest shipyard , exceeds Its Annual Foreign Ship Order

Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium,n environmentally-friendly design which contrasts with the image of an industrial city. Ulsan also one of World Cup 2002 host.

Watch Ulsan Whale Dancing Festival Video Here (whale is the icon of the city) :


Kim Chi at Korean Food Cooking Class

Rabu, 25 November 2009

There is a saying : "to really understand one country's culture, you must try their food". So, what is the trademark food for Korea ? Yes, Kim Chi or Kim Cee is the most famous Korea food, not only for the local people but also at overseas.

Kimchi actually is a fermented vegetable dish highly seasoned with red pepper and garlic and is served at virtually all meals. Because for its popular, most of Korean Restaurants everywhere in the world are serving Kimchi soup for dessert or main menu.

For tourists who are visiting Korea, don't forget to take the Kimchi Making Lesson. There are many famous Korean cooking classes in Korea, include classes in royal palace cuisine at the National Palace Museum in Gyeongbokgung Palace, classes run by the Tteok Museum, and Yoo’s Family’s classes in Bukchon hanok village.

Kimchi Festival or Kimchi Contest is frequently hold by Korea governments now. Kimchi was again front and center on the Hansik (Korean food) tour arranged by the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea (EUCCK) that took place at the Hanok Village in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province)

There are 3 main site for visitors to take Korean Cooking Classes :

1. The National Palace Museum of Korea at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul.

The royal palace cuisine cooking classes at the National Palace Museum in Gyeongbokgung Palace have become particularly popular since the international success of the Korean TV drama, “Daejanggeum”, which was set in a Joseon era palace kitchen. This is a good course for people looking to learn Korean cooking over a longer period. Courses last three months, and participants learn a new royal meal every week. For those interested in partaking, be sure to make prior reservations through the homepage.

National Palace Museum of Korea Annex 1F

Program :
Learn 12 different Royal Court dishes over a 12-week period (accompanied by a guide)
Experience programs will vary according to the season, so please inquire by telephone or via the homepage.

Course Dates & Times: Fridays (3-month regular course) 6:30pm ~ 8:00pm
Irregular Course: to be scheduled on Saturdays.

Fees for Ingredients:
- Ingredient costs for regular courses will vary from 15,000 to 20,000won
per month. (around 50,000 won total for 3 months)
- Irregular Courses: 4,000 won ~ 10,000 won per class.

2. Tteok museum

The Tteok Museum offers classes in cooking traditional dishes like tteok (traditional rice cakes) and kimchi. During the classes, participants can wear a hanbok, and at the end of class you can eat the food you’ve made. The programs are only available for groups of at least 20 people.

The museum is a short walk from the front gate of Changdeokgung Palace in the direction of Jongno 3-ga Station, Exit 6. It is open Monday to Saturday, 10:00—5:00 and on Sunday, 12:00—5:00. It is closed on Seollal and Chuseok. Entrance is 3,000 won.

3. Yoo’s Family

At Yoo’s Family’s cooking classes, visitors can learn Korean dishes like kimchi, bulgogi, pajeon, and tteokbokki, which are popular among foreigners. Minimum of 2 people required per class. English and Japanese interpretation provided.

Some photos of Korean Cooking class like Kimchi and Tteok, and lesson at Korean Palace :

Pulmuone Kimchi museum seoul
Kimchi, a pickled and fermented dish, is displayed in the Pulmuone Kimchi Museum in Seoul

learn how to make kimchi
The Hansik tour group is learning how to season kimchi

kimchi lesson at Gyeongbokgung palace
Cook Traditional Royal Court Delicacies at the National Palace Museum of Korea (Gyeongbokgung Palace)

Gogung Tteurak Cafe
The newly opened Gogung Tteurak Café, located inside the National Palace Museum of Korea, presents the ambiance of traditional Korea. The facility is divided into a souvenir shop and a café, serving traditional teas.

Utgitteok Lesson
Tourist trying in making Utgitteok, an abundant pile of rice cakes topped with elegant decorations usually prepared for large events. We were also able to easily follow directions for Saektteok (colored rice cakes), which feature beautiful colors and shapes, often called Kkotsanjeok (meaning a mountain of flowers).

Korean Cooking Class
Famous Korean cooking classes, include classes in royal palace cuisine at the National Palace Museum in Gyeongbokgung Palace

rice cakes at Tteok Museum
Rice cake or TTeok. Tteok Museum teaches the history and tradition of Korae's Most Important treat

Kimchi at Dongrakwon Jeonju
The group is listening how to make kimchi at Dongrakwon, Jeonju Hanok Village in Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province)

first time making kimchi
For most of the participants it was their first time to make kimchi, and they were intent on following the given instructions as precisely as possible, slicing the radish and mixing it with other seasonings.

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