Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dreaming of Busan Machu Picchu

As part of the art village project in 2009, alias "Dreaming of Busan Machu Picchu", hasted by the Ministry of culture, sports and tourism, ten selected artworks were displayed along the hillside road .

This year, the second edition of the art village project ( this time called the " miro miro project" hosted by thw same ministry) will go upscale with six "house projects" and
six " alley projects."

           Gamcheon 2-dong has opted for for preservation and rejuvenation
       rather than redevelopmebt, using its resources to enrich the cultural content.

          It will set an example for all creative communities to come run by residents,
             professionalartists, and the administration office,

         The itinerary of this village from the beginning was replaced with the from of
           tree throgh temporal comparison of plant springing up and growing .

      The villages with various stones and looks were structured as concentric rings
             with diverse colors size and then formed into leaves.

             As grown tree bear furits, this work carry the hope of this village yield the
              fruits of consisent growth and development.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Best walking course Seongjigok Park The 'Healthy Road’

There are about 21 esplanades in Busan City running by mountains, sea, lakes and the city. The walks pass by cliffs, wind through mountains and offer outstanding views. And Busan’s Galmaet-gil Footpaths are some of the very best.

These roads not only have fantastic scenery, they have an abundance of anion and phytoncide in the air, making it even healthier to go for a walk there.

Among the Galmaet-gil Footpaths, the one running by Seongjigok Park (catchment area) ? the former source of drinking water for Busan’s citizens ? and the Mt. Baikyang therapeutic walk are particularly rich in anion and phytoncide.

Recently, I stepped into the entrance of Seongjigok Park. It was colorful as always. The park is full of beautiful flowers in different colors. Perhaps that is why the faces of everyone here are just so bright. The giggles of the children tickled my ears. Nice sunshine and a delicious breeze ? the weekend was bright and shining. All the roads of the park were a parade of deep green color.

Seongjigok Park, located on the slope of Mt. Baikyang in Choeup-dong, Busanjin District, also has outstanding scenery, with Japan cedar trees and Japanese cypress. It is beloved by Busan locals as a park full of trees within the city. It is designated Busan City’s local cultural asset No. 32.

I stepped onto a path flanked by big and tall Japan cedars. Love and life is shared in equal measure among the people who walk here. There are always so many baby carriers here, as parents yearn to share the life of the woods with their offspring.

Soon the forest was stretching out before me and the green leaves of the alder trees were shining brightly beneath the sun. The birds chirped and tree branches brushed against each other in the wind. As I stepped deeper in the woods, a sudden stillness surrounded me. The tranquil walkway continued on its distant path.

Soon afterward I came across a water spring, where I gulped down a glass of cool spring water. It felt like nature was pouring into me, and I was becoming part of it. The sound of the stream grew suddenly, and I could even hear pebbles spilling downward. My ears suddenly lit up.

Seongjigok Park is known as the best esplanade in the city, making it a big draw for visitors.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mallipo Beach in coast national park

The Sky-Like the Ocean
Toward a Clear Blue Ocean and a Wide Beach...
The ocean moves with you when you face the beach. Race along the ocean when you face the beach.
The ocean becomes you, and you become the ocean when you face the beach.

The whistle can be heard while one is dreaming. The sea gulls are singing at Mallipo. My love ~~’These are the lyrics from Mallipo Love, a song sung by Park Gyeongwon.

The younger generation these days does not know the song, but it was once very popular. The background of this song is Mallipo Beach, the largest beach of Taean. At the end of the shops, there is a monument honoring Mallipo Love that inspires people to hum the song. Mallipo Beach opened in 1955. It is the most people to hum the song. Mallipo Beach opened in 1955.

 It is the most well known of the beaches in Taean-gun. Thick pine woods, silver sandy beaches shallow water… It reminds you of the clean beaches on the east coast. Dig up a little sand, and water seeps out. With so much water, you can see sweet briers at Mallipo. The bottom is not steep, and the water temperature is high, making it a great beach

Geography of Taean county
It is located 181km north-west of Daejeon, the capital city of Chungcheongnam-do, and 174km south-west of Seoul, the capital city of Korea.

The eastern end is at 126º26' where Inpyeong-ri, Taean-eup is located, whereas the western end is at 126º25' where Gyeokryeolbiyeoldo of Sinjindo-ri, Geunheung-myeon, is located. The northern end is at north lattitude 36º58' where Nae-ri, Iwon-myeon is located, whereas the southern end is at 36º23' where Gonam-ri, Gonam-myeon is located.

Taean-gun is a peninsula surrounded by the sea except on its eastern side. It has a coast national park, which is unique in Korea. The coastal length is 530.8km, where every corner of the coasts boast of exclusively unique scenery with more than 120 small and big islands scattered all over the area. The land areas feature low-mountain hills, where many parts of the mountain have been cultivated as rice or other crop fields. The rias have severely curved places where reclaimed lands are well developed.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Korean Summer Foods stave off The Heat !

Summer in Korea kicks off in June, and brings with it periods of heavy rain that last until the middle of July and muggy temperatures. When these hot and humid days come, people stay inside, where air conditioners keep everyone cool, or visit parks, recreation centers, and water parks in order to make the most of the hot weather and have some fun.

However, there is a way for Koreans and foreigners to beat the heat and stay healthy this summer. Eating! Not just anything, but eating Korean dishes prepared especially for the summer! Read on to find out which foods will restore your strength and refresh your spirit this summer.

Soup for the Soul: Chicken Ginseng Soup, Samgyetang ( 삼계탕)
In Korea, the hottest period of the year is known as Boknal, which roughly translated means “the dog days of summer”. Boknal last for about a month, and during this time Koreans eat healthy food to try and keep their strength up in the hot weather. The first day of Boknal is known as Chobok, and this year it falls on July 14th. On Chobok, Koreans traditionally eat Chicken Ginseng Soup (Samgyetang).

Since Samgyetang is very high in nutritional value, it rejuvenates the body remarkably well. The dish is prepared by removing the chicken’s internal organs, adding garlic, glutinous rice, jujube, ginger, licorice root, and various other types of herbs, and boiling all the ingredients together. The dish is a great way to conquer fatigue and exhaustion during the hot months.

Although it might seem strange to eat a hot dish during summer time, you could say that Samgyetang “fights fire with fire”. Koreans believe that if you heat up the inside of your body with a hot soup, then the outside of your body will actually feel cooler. You can also add a number of different ingredients to this dish. Though the price may be a little steep, you may want to try the extremely nutritious Abalone Samgyetang.

Sweet , Spicy, and Chewy Chicken, Jjimdak ( 찜닭)

With samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup) and jjimdak (seasoned and simmered chicken), chicken is definitely a quintessential summer food. Jjimdak is made with chicken that’s already been prepared, hot peppers, mushrooms, carrots, and other vegetables. At the end, starch noodles are added and the dish is cooked again at a high temperature. This dish is characterized by its spiciness, so it is good to eat with dongchimi (watery radish kimchi) on the side.

Regain lost appetite with broiled eel, Jangeo-gui ( 장어구이)

When summer comes, it is easy to lose your appetite. If you are feeling low, broiled eel provides a great boost. Eel contains Vitamin A and Vitamin E and is very good for blood circulation. It is also believed to be helpful in boosting stamina. Many visitors that travel to Korea enjoy this dish.

There are two ways of cooking Jangeogui, broiled eels. One way is to first season it with various spices such as hot pepper paste, sugar, soybean sauce, minced garlic and ginger, sesame oil, and then grill the eel. The other way is to season the eel only with salt and then grill it. Jangeo-deopbap, rice topped with broiled eel is also a popular dish. The towns of Pungcheon and Paju are famous for Jangeogui. Pungcheon in Jeollabuk-do province is on an estuary, so eals caught in Pungcheon are very delicious. There are also many famous Jangeogui restaurants in Paju in Gyeonggi-do Province, which is on the outskirts of Seoul.

Cool Down with Cold Noodles, Naengmyeon & Kongguksu ( 냉국수,냉면,콩국수)
During summer, Koreans enjoy eating cold noodles, cold bean noodles, and Kimchi noodles. Naengmyeon (Cold noodles), made from buckwheat, are enjoyed by many Koreans, and the dish was once a specialty item in North Korea, where it was actually eaten during the winter season. North Korean style noodles, Pyeongyang Naengmyeon and Hamheung Naengmyeon, have now become famous throughout Korea.

There are two types of cold noodles: mul-naengmyeon (buckwheat noodles in chilled broth) and bibim-naengmyeon(cold buckwheat noodles with vegetables, meat and sauce). Mul- naengmyeon includes sliced beef, boiled egg, cucumber, and pear, while bibim-naengmyeon also has hot and spicy seasoning.

Kongguksu (noodles in chilled white bean soup), which is made out of ground beans, is another good dish for those who have lost their appetite. Kimchi noodles, which are made from a mixture of kimchi broth and meat broth, is also a summer specialty. kimchi noodles have the special taste of kimchi, which is cooked for a long time, and meat is added to enhance the flavor of the dish. Rice can be added instead of noodles to make it even heartier.

ice yogurt dessert with sweet red beans and fruit toppings. (빙수)

As well as regular ice cream, a traditional dish called “Bingsu” is very popular in Korea during summer. Shaved ice is mixed with fruit, rice cakes, milk, ice cream, and syrup. Other ingredients are also added to create different types of Bingsu. Depending on which ingredient you add more of, the Bingsu has a different name, such as Sweet Red Bean Bingsu, Fruit Bingsu, Green tea Bingsu, and Coffee Bingsu.

If you want to try sweet red bean Bingsu with its original pure taste, then the cafe Meal Top is strongly recommended. The key to the success of this cafe was that it stuck to the traditional way of making Bingsu. The cafe does not use artificial food additives. Instead, it uses only well boiled red beans and fresh fruit as ingredients. Meal Top is located on 5th floor of the Hyundai Department Store in Apgujeong-dong in Seoul. Also, is famous for green tea bingsu and the cafe is famous for its varied fruit toppings.

Recently a string of low fat foods have been introduced into Korea, of these low fat yogurt is very popular in Korea. , where low-fat yogurt and yogurt bingsu are sold, is very popular with people who are on a diet.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

beautiful Gwangalli Beach in Busan

Gwangalli Beach is one of the most popular beaches in South Korea.
Not quite as popular as Haeundae Beach to the east, this beach in Busan still manages to draw lots of visitors both because of its beautiful white sandy stretch of coastline and the area’s cafe scene.

It is particularly popular with young people in this area and young visitors to Busan in general. Besides the wide variety of eclectic cafes that each offer a different experience in terms of design and ambiance, the area on which the beach is situated is also home to a number of restaurants, bars, and clubs.  You will also have no problem whatsoever locating hotels near Gwangalli Beach as there are plenty in the area.

If you have never traveled to South Korea and simply search for any beach in Busan to help determine where to stay, you may overlook Gwangalli Beach. This will be no fault of your own. There are simply larger and better-known beaches such as Haeundae. You will find, however, that there are a lot of options for things to do on and around Gwangalli Beach. Numerous festivals and events take place throughout the year on the beach, including the Busan Sea Festival held every summer. Namcheon-dong is located at the southern portion of the beach and plays host to the Cherry Blossom Tree Festival each and every year. This is a very popular time of celebrations at Gwangalli Beach. People come from all around to take part in traditional Korean festivities and games. You can do everything from learning ancient forms of Korean wrestling to taking the kids to fun and interactive singing and dancing workshops. There is definitely no shortage of things to do at this beach in Busan.

The Novotel Ambassador is a gorgeous hotel located closer to Haeundae Beach, but well within driving or even walking distance of Gwangalli. It is worth a mention because it is one of the nicest hotels near Gwangalli Beach where you can also get a lot of value for your money. Booked far enough in advance, the Novotel Ambassador offers highly competitive rates, especially considering the wide range of luxurious amenities. The Novotel features an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna and spa, restaurant, 24-hour concierge service, and spacious guest rooms and suites.

The Busan Hotel is another of the popular accommodations in the area where you can find reasonable rates without having to compromise on anything. The amenities are comprehensive including massage and spa treatments, onsite dining, and swimming pools. The guest rooms and suites are decorated with fine furnishings and provide excellent views of the sea. It is one of the best hotels near Gwangalli Beach, both for the price and for the location. It is close to downtown and much of the nightlife in Busan. It is also right by several fish markets if you want to try the best in freshly caught raw seafood. Do not overlook this beach in Busan if you happen to be staying in this part of South Korea. Gwangalli offers a lot of cool cafes and a fun, laid-back environment where you can relax.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The lotus & Water lily are in full bloom.

 From July to early September,
 the hot weather When the water temperature is 26 degrees bloom blooming lotus&

 water lily.

Granted under the fragrance of a lotus flower Gungnamji walked along the ridge looks.
Lotus growing in muddy fields with beautiful white lotus on the trunk end section, Water lily, visible light bloom lotus.

Beautiful four-season climate in South Korea

Korea has four seasons, with a wet monsoon/summer season in the middle of the year, and a cold winter from November to March. The island of Jeju off the southern coast is the warmest and wettest place in the country. The ideal time to visit Korea is during the autumn months (September-November). During this time, the country experiences warm, sunny weather, skies that are cobalt blue and spectacular foliage that is perhaps the biggest draw. Winters are cold and dry and are a good time to visit if you are interested in winter sports as there are numerous ski resorts. Spring (April-May) is also beautiful with all the cherry blossoms in bloom. However, it is very busy and one needs to book in advance to ensure accommodation is available. The summer months are muggy and hot, and rather crowded. It is also when the monsoon season begins so many activities are subject to the fluctuations of heavy rain.

Four Distinct Seasons
Korea's climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoonal climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Spring (봄)
Spring lasts from late March to early May. Temperatures are mild and pleasant. It is the ideal season to witness cherry blossoms, forsythia, azaleas, magnolias and lilacs blooming during the peak season between March and May.

The cold winds and freezing temperatures of winter have passed and spring is welcomed with a grand entrance. In Korea the average spring temperatures range from 5℃ right up to 20℃, and this warm weather sees wild flowers blooming all over the country. As the weather improves so do people’s spirits and springtime festivals are held throughout the country. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the good weather by participating in Korea’s flower, food, and culture festivals that are sure to enchant and inspire visitors.

             Spring Flower Festivals Signal the Change of Seasons

Spring announces its arrival in Korea with a blanket of yellow and white blossoms spreading throughout the country. Cherry blossoms, apricot flowers, and cornus fruit trees bloom from the beginning of March when the air is still chilly. From mid-March the warm season sees a host of festivals take place in Korea where visitors can stroll amidst the glorious blossoming flowers and see the country at its best.

Summer (여름)
The hot months of summer last from June to early September. Half of the annual rainfall occurs during the monsoon season from late June to early July. Mid-July through mid-August is the hottest period and the most popular time for Koreans to go on vacation.

From June the temperatures start to climb in Korea, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun outdoors. Korea’s beaches offer visitors a chance to cool off, have fun in the water, and enjoy some beautiful scenery. Korea is surrounded by water and so there are plenty of good beaches to choose from. Visitors to the west coast can watch the sunset over the vast tidal flats, while on the east coast you can soak up the sun on dazzling white beaches. Jeju Island’s beaches even offer you a taste of tropical paradise.

High season for hitting the beaches in Korea is from early July to the end of August. During this time festivals are often held, and visitors can try out fun activities like water skiing or banana boats. Even during the off-season visitors can still enjoy the beautiful scenery of Korea’s beaches and visit other tourist attractions in the area.

Whether you want to swim, sunbathe, or watch an unforgettable sunrise, a trip to Korea’s beaches is a refreshing escape from everyday life. VisitKorea has prepared a guide to the best beaches in Korea.

* How to choose your perfect beach
Depending on where they are located, Korea’s seashores have distinctive characteristics. The East Sea has a fairly flat coastline, with clear, deep seawater.
 These wide beaches have white sand, and visitors can enjoy a barefoot stroll or just relax on the warm soft sand.

The West Sea has a more rocky coastline, shallow seawater, and wide tidelands. Visitors can have fun discovering sea creatures on the seashore, and the area is famous for its beautiful sunsets.

Korea’s south sea contains countless islands with many beautiful beaches. Each of these beaches is different according to the characteristics of the islands on which they are located. Some of the most beautiful beaches can be found on Jeju Island, one of Korea’s most popular tourist destinations. The climate of Jeju Island is close to subtropical, so visitors will enjoy white sands, turquoise waters, and palm trees.

Autumn (가을)
Lasting from September through November, the mild days of fall make it the most pleasant time of the year. The temperature varies greatly from day to night. The mountains, when blanketed with vivid golden and red autumnal leaves under the clear blue sky, are breathtaking.

    Autumn Getaways - Recommended Travel Highlights For The Autumn Season

The roads leading to rivers, lakes, and seas always seem to be crowded with vacationers during the summer months. Yet, in the fall, the roads leading to the mountains become especially busy. Korea’s best autumn travel destinations are the mountains colored with autumn foliage. The skies turn cobalt blue and the leaves a deep crimson color creating a beautiful contrast. Although the leaves change their hues at slightly different times every year, it usually begins in the northern regions in late September and moves southward.

The best time to see the autumn leaves change color is from mid-October to mid-November. Koreans enjoy the autumn foliage during this particular time of year with their friends, families, and loved ones in the form of hiking trips. Then after taking in the beauty of the autumn scenery, they soak in some hot springs to finish off the day. Although this can be enjoyed all year round, the best time to visit the hot springs are during the fall and winter. The warmth of the hot springs in the chilly air offers an experience you don’t want to miss! The various minerals in the hot springs are good for both your general health and skin. Let’s take a journey to some of Korea’s best spots for checking out the fall colors and the most popular hot springs.

Winter (겨울)
Korean winters last from December to early March and the weather is usually cold and dry. Heavy snow in the north and east makes for great skiing conditions.

Winter Getaways: Ski Resorts in Korea
Many of the ski resorts of Korea are scattered throughout Gangwon-do Province, the region that gets the most annual snowfall. However, skiers based in Seoul will be happy to know that there are a number of great ski facilities just past the city limits, allowing for quick, convenient ski trips during the weekend.

Most ski resorts are large leisure centers that offer pleasant accommodations and convenient facilites to visitors throughout the entire year. Of course, the most popular time to visit the resorts is during the peak ski season from mid-December to the end of February. During this time, prices for accommodations go up and rooms fill up fast, so visitors who are unable to get lodging within the resort complexes are advised to check out hotels, motels, or pensions (inns) in the surrounding area.

All of the resorts on our list offer both skiing and snowboarding, with new snowboarding facilities constantly being added to keep up with the increasing demand for this popular new sport. Skiing & boarding facilities at the resorts are usually open from mid-November/early December until March or April. During these times, Korea’s ski resorts become the nation’s vacation hotspots, attracting visitors from home and abroad to the pristine mountainsides for unforgettable wintertime fun, whether that be adrenaline-packed runs down the mountain, sledding with the kids, or long, luxurious soaks in slopeside hot tubs.

Winter Getaways: Spa Trips in Korea
If you are planning a trip to Korea this winter, the spa is definitely the best place to go. Spas are not only good for your physical health, but also for your mental health. Just by sitting in a hot spa, you can feel your body relax and all your troubles slowly slip away. Spa getaways are particularly popular among Koreans in the winter in order to relieve stress and keep skin from getting dry.

Korea is a spa paradise!
There are a wide variety of spa facilities throughout the country - from urban spas in convenient city locations to health spas for rejuvenating your mind and body; open-air spas overlooking majestic sunrises and sunsets; spa resorts where you can de-stress in a quiet, soothing environment; and, water amusement parks with a variety of fun water rides. Spas are located near almost every major tourist attraction, adding another unique and enjoyable element to your stay in Korea!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Dodong-Seowon confucian Academy in Daegu city

The realm of Ganghak is an area to pursue learning. The building in front is Jungjeong-dang, a lecture hall where directors and confucian students studied together. The lecture hall is a main building tn the confucian academy.

In the front yard, Geoin-jae, an east dormitory where confucian students lived and Geoui-jae stand face to face. while 4 dragons heads that hold cintamanies and fish in the mouths and a squirrel-shaped animal is decorated on the front stylobate in the lecture hall, 4 dragons heads are the symbol of "dragon" god of the water, as a secret plan
to prevent the overflow of water from Nakdong River in front of confucian academy.

In addition, as the wall around the lecture wall is a gabled wall made of mud and roof tiles, it is so beautiful in shape and composition. Jangpan-gak is a place to store artifacts and wooden writing boards.

The space for ritual ceremony is a place to perform and prepare ancestral rites.
Entering the inner triplet gate, there is a shrine which honors Kim,Goeng-pil ( his pen name is Han-hwon-dang) and Jung,GU 9his pen name is Han-gang). Jung, Gu was honored in the 4th year of the reign of King Sukjong 1678).

Since a shrine should be a holy, digninfied place, it was placed at the highest spot in the confucian academy and surrounded by walls. Jeungban-so is a place where utensils used in ancestral rites are stored and offerings are prepared and is usually located in a shrine.

Jeungban-so in this confucian academy is placed on the right side of the inner triplet gate and surrounded by another wall. Ancestral rites are held on Jungjeong Day in February and August according to lunar calenar.