Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The beautiful Dokdo island of korea.

    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.

     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.


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 Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs).

         The strait between Dongdo and Seodo is 151m in width, 330m in length, and about 10m in depth.

         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.

        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.

        Dokdo Address : #1  Dokdo-ri Ulleung-eup Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do Korea (101 lots)
           Postal : 799-805


Monday, February 27, 2012

The beauty of Breathtaking Haeundae is yours to see !

     Reathtaking HAEUNDAE
    Waves invade the sands of the beach,  refreshing completely your fatigued soul,
    washing away  all your troubles. The ocean embraces you.
    Seagulls fly over as your toes are tickled by the sands’ soft touch all along the golden shore.
    This is Haeundae, a beach that will fill your heart with a longing that you could stay here forever.

     Getting there
      From Busan Airport : Airport Limousine Bus No. 2 → Novotel Ambassador Hotel Bus Stop
      From Busan Station : transfer to Metro Line 2 at Seomyeon → Get off at Haeundae (Exit 3 & 5)
      From Busan Bus Terminal : transfer to Metro Line 3 at Yeonsan → transfer to Line 2 at Suyeoung
       → Get off at Haeundae (Exits 3 & 5)

    Metro : Line 2 Haeundae Station (Exits 3 & 5) → Walk 600m in the direction of Haeundae Beach
    By car : Gyeongbu Expressway → Busan City Expressway → Wondong IC → Haeundae Beach
    Haeundae-gu Office : tel051)749-4081
    Haeundae Tourist Information Center : tel051)749-5700

   Haeundae Beach
   Busan's No.1 beach, Haeundae boasts an emerald seascape,
   fine sandy beach and beautiful attractions.
   With its hot springs and excellent recreational facilities,
   it is also one of the most visited places in Korea with 500,000 to 600,000 tourists every summer.

    home: Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu  tel 051)749-5700
    traffic: Metro Line 2, Haeundae Station (Exit 3 or 5) → Walk approximately 600m towards
                                                                                    Haeundae Beach

     Nurimaru APEC House
     In harmony with the exquisite scenery of Dongbaek Island,
     the venue of the APEC Summit Conference overlooks Haeundae Beach
    and the beautiful landscape around Gwangan Bridge.
    Another attraction that you should not miss is the traditionalstyled Korean pavilion re-built
    with a modern architectural touch.

     home:714-1 Woo-dong, Haeundae-gu
     tel:: 051)744-3140
    traffic: Metro Line 2, Dongbaek Station. (Exit 1) → Busan Westin-Chosun Hotel
                → Dongbaek

     Sampo Esplanade
     Sampo Esplanade will take you past Mipo, Cheongsapo and Gudeokpo,
     coastal villages located between Haeundae Beach and Songjeong Beach.
    Walking along Sampo Esplanade, you will hear the sound of the waves
    and the whistle of the train come together like tender music. Mipo is a typical fishing village,
    with a breakwater, where Korean actress Ha Jiwon starred in the movie,

    "Haeundae". Cheongsapo, with its white and red lighthouses, became famous as the shooting location
    for the movie, "Blue Alarm"

    home:Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu
   traffic:Metro Line 2 Jung-dong Station (Exit 7)
               → walk 500m to Mipo 5-Road Junction and drop down to the seafront

    Dongbaek Park    The camellia and pine trees make a magnificent scene on Dongbaek Island,
    while the pathways and the trail to the summit of the hill promise a joyful promenade.
    At the summit, there is a bronze statue and a monument of Choe Chiwon,
    along with a stone carving on a rock at the southern edge.
    At the seashore, you can observe a statue of a mermaid that appears in a legend about
     Princess Hwangok.

     home:Woo-dong, Haeundae-gu
     traffic:Metro Line 2, Dongbaek Station (Exit 1) → Busan Westin Chosun Hotel → Dongbaek

Legend tip of the mermaid
The statue of the mermaid is about the sad legend of Princess Hwangok (Topaz)
who came across the sea to get married to King Eunhye.
The legend says that she suffered from homesickness, and used to comfort her sorrows,
by looking into the topaz where her fatherland was reflected at each full moon.

    Moontan Road
    Walk along the beautiful Moontan Road in the moonlight.
    The Moontan Road is one of Busan lovers’ favorite dating places because of its romantic
    atmosphere created by the moon-shaped street lamps that illuminate the surrounding woods.

     It’s a 30-minute walk connecting Dalmajigil Road, Dalmaji Garden Trail, Dalmaji Oeulmadang and      
      home: Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu
     tel :051)749-4081
     traffic :Metro Line 2, Jungdong (Exit 5 & 7) → 500m to Mipo IC

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Korean home food Kongnamul Kukbap[Bean Sprouts Soup ]

     Korean home Food & Drink

                         Korean  Kongnamul Kukbap[Bean Sprouts Soup ]

         Jeonju Kongnamulgukbap and Moju, for anytime of the day
         The Jeonju-produced Kongnamul is known as the best in Korea because the Jeonju soil is ideal
          for growing Kongnamul.

            The breed of beans for Jeonju Kongnamul is called the ‘mice eyes’ bean,
             and its soft texture is an ideal food for relieving hangovers.

             Historic records cite that Koreans long ago ate Kongnamul to relieve famines
               in the Goryo and Chosun dynasties.

               Detailed recipes for Kongnamul are seen in 1910, and tradition records that it first
               originated in Jeonju.
              The traditional Jeonju Kongnamul gukbap is made by boiling rice and kongnamul
               in a Tukbaeki (unglazed earthen pot)  with lots of seasonings. Instead of boiling,
                though, the hot soup can be added instead to the bowl of rice,
               which is Nambusijang-style gukbap.These two different types of gukbap are popular
                with drinkers of alcohol  in Jeonju.

               These gukbaps are low in cost, relieve hangovers and take the edge of hunger for families,
              working class people and friends.

Name of the Restaurant : Hyundaiok
Telephone Number : 82-63-282-7214
Menu : Kongnamul Gukbap
Location : Within Nambu Market
Price (Won) : 5,000

5,000원으로 추운 아침을 따끈따끈하게 해주는 현대옥 전주콩나물국밥

Name of the Restaurant : Darae Kongnamulgukbap
Telephone Number : 82-63-288-6962
Menu : Kongnamul Gukbap
Location : Wansan-gu Gyeongwo-dong
Price (Won) : 5,000

Name of the Restaurant : Dongmoon jip
Telephone Number : 82-63-284-3339
Menu : Kongnamul Gukbap
Location : Wansan-gu Gyeongwon-dong
Price (Won) : 5,000

전주콩나물국밥 건데기 안주에
모주 한잔이면 기분좋은 집 동문원 view 발행

Friday, February 24, 2012

Korean rice wine Makgeoli, a traditional that restores the culture and life of the past.

* The best place to meet up with your friends, the Jeonju Makgeoli streets*

You don’t need to worry about side dishes and no time is wasted in ordering.
Just holler ‘one kettle of Makgeoli!’, and everything is served at once.
With another order of Makgeoli, a new side dish is served, then again different side dishes with the next.
A true luxury for the eyes, the mouth and the tummy .

How best to enjoy Jeonju Makgeoli
1)Use public transportation, no need to worry about driving under the influence
2) Drink makgeli when you’re not too full to fully enjoy the drink  and its side dishes
3) As you empty your kettle,
      new side dishes are served, so take the opportunity to enjoy all the different side dishes.
     When the manager is generous, you will be served with an enormous amount of side dishes.
    All are welcome!

4) The side dishes are all different upon regions, Samcheon-dong, Seosin-dong or Gyeongwon-dong.
     Be sure to try all the different side dishes in the different regions
5) You can mix makgeoli with other alcohols.
    Varying ratios offer a whole variety of different flavors!

* Land of Co-existence and Harmony, where insiders and outsiders live together*
    There should be no distinction of insiders or outsiders,  and any distinction vanishes when drinking 
     Makgeoli.  Jeonju has long been known for harmony, equality and the coexistence of variety.
     Bimbap and Makgeli are the symbol of harmony.

   Here, outsider means those who only eat the side dishes and don’t drink the Makgeoli,
    while insiders mean people who only drink the alcohol without tasting the side dishes!
   You might be sober even after numerous shots or drunk even after having none.

You can be drunk four different ways with Jeonju Makgeoli,
     _ through flavor, side dishes, ambience and low price_

     1)Drunk on the ambience
     2) Drunk from the extraordinary taste
    3)Drunk from the generous side dishes
    4)Drunk from low cost and generosity


* Makgeoli represents the local life and culture of ordinary people *
    Jeonju Makgeoli is cited as one of the three most-known Korean Makgeolis,
      and they are as equally famous as the Jeonju Bibimbap,
       table d’hote and Kongnamul gukbap of Jeonju.

    Makgeoli will not make you too tipsy, yet can relieve hunger,
      boost energy and strengthen friendship.

     It is said Makgeoli is very similar to Koreans,
     as a soul food for them where they can drink with memories and nostalgia of the past.

- Well-being alcohol , Makgeoli -

Makgeli has a low alcohol content yet is actually nutritious, a food for well-being, it could be said.
First of all, it is high in protein and has 10 different essential amino acids.
A large amount of Vitamin B complex is coupled with large amount of lactobacillus and abundant fiber.
Makgeli is a naturally-fermented alcohol, making Koreans say that Makgeli is a food not an alcohol.

Extra Tips for Your journey

  A) Jeonju Traditional Alcohol Museum Restores and 
       reproduces traditional alcohol
       with various classes including traditional alcohol of
       the nobility, drinking etiquette,
      yeast making and Soju making classes.
    * Hours : 09~18, Closed on Mondays, Admission Free, 
       Classes Charging fees
    * Location  : Jeonju Hanok Village, Suldoga Street
        (Backside of Core Riviera Hotel)
   * Inquiry : 82-63- 287-6305 /

B)  Jeonju Jujo Makgeoli FactoryTo further promote Makgeoli at the global level,
      the whole manufacturing processes are automated and sterilized.
      Jeonju makgeoli is a wellness food made with Korean rice and Korean wheat.
      Jeonju Makgeoli has been imported to Japan since July of 2009, gaining popularity there.

     * Location : Deojin-gu, Jeonju City 175-19 Seongdeok-dong
    * Inquiry : 82-63- 213-0921

C) Leegangju Gocheon Museum Exhibited here are 1,400 alcohol making tools and relevant materials,
      collected by Gocheon Jo Jeong-hyeong, Intangible Cultural Asset,
      designated for his Leeganju (Leegang alcohol) making skills. This collection was produced over
        two decades.

    * Hours : 09-18:00, closed on Weekends

    * Admission : Admission Free (Group Admission for more than 15 people, pre-booking necessary)

    * Location : 806-61, Myeongdeok-ri, Soyang-myeong, Wanju-gun, Jeonbuk
    * Inquiry :  82-63- 243-5768 / http://www.leegangju/

D )  Moju
       cherished by true alcohol aficionados!
       Eating Jeonju Kongnamul gukbap would be incomplete without a glass of Moju.
       Moju is made with Makgeoli but with the addition of various medicinal herbs such as ginger,
       jujube, cinnamon, kudzu and ginseng, with a touch of sugar. Moju is known for hangover relief.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Stone pagoda of Bunhwangsa Temple in Kyengju city

This stone pagoda is the oldest of Silla’s remaining stone towers. It is an imitation brick pagoda that was made in the 3rd year of Queen Seondeok’s reign in the Silla era (634), by trimming Ansanam rocks into a brick shape so that they could be piled up.

Considered as big as a stylobate or a tower, this is estimated to have been originally a seven-story or nine-story stone pagoda.

In 1915, it was dismantled and repaired after the Japanese destroyed it.

It has double-hinged-door-type gamsils on the four sides of the body stone on the first story of the pagoda, where Buddhist statues are enshrined, on both sides of which Inwangsang (guard) statues, which keep the teachings of Buddha, are sculpted in relief.

The four s are mounted on the stylobate that is made of native rocks.

A stone sarira casket, which was discovered in the tower, contains various beads, scissors, gold and silver needles, a silver case, and coins (Sungryeongtongbo, Sangpyeongosu).

It can thus be presumed that this pagoda was dismantled and repaired during the reign of King Sookjong and King Yejong in the Goryo period.

Address 313 Guhwang-dong,Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
· Contact address Gyeongju City Depart
· Homepage

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mireuksa- Temple, the biggest temple of Baekje kingdom[AD600-641]

Mireuksaaji, the biggest temple of Baekje

'Samgukyusa' records the first construction of Mireuksa Temple which had been the biggest temple of Baekje kingdom. Madong who became the king after marring to the daughter of Shilla kingdom, King Moo(The 30th King of Baekje ruled the country during A.D. 600~641) had been on his way to visit a famous monk Jimyeong Great Monk in Saja-sa temple with the Queen. Then suddenly three mireuk Budda's came out of a pond and this led to the founding of Mireuksa. King Jinpyeong of Shilla sent many engineers for the construction of Mireuksa Temple; Therefore, we can know that the Mireuksa Temple must have been built with all technologies from three Kingdoms.


Another Mireuksaji relics, Mireuksaji stone pagoda and Dangganjiju

Mireuksaji has two interesting relics for visitors. One thing is Mireuksaji Stone Pagoda and the other is Mireuksaji Dangganjiju. Mireuksaji stone pagoda is national treasure number. 11 and the oldest and the highest stone pagoda in Korea. It was supposed that the east pagoda of Mireuksaji was not wooden but stone by survey of Mahan & Baekje culture Institute, Wonkwang University from 1974 to 1975. So we can know the fact that Mireuksaji is east-west double pagoda. And east pagoda was supposed to a 9 floors by excavation. So it was restored to 9 floors(Height 27.67m) in 1993. The reason to regard this stone pagoda as the best stone pagoda is that the form of the pagoda fully reproduces the beautiful parts of wooden pagoda by using stone instead of wood . Dangganjiju is the pillar which is built on either side of danggan to support danggan, namely jiju. It seems that it was made before mid unified Silla.


Contact: +82-63-290-6799  / +82-63-859-5778
 Location:  korea , Jeollabuk-do, iksan city, Giyang-ri Geumma-myeon 92-4
Hours : 00:00 ~ 00:00
Day off : none
Description : Myeongsan
Admission : none
Homepage :

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Mt. Mai looks like a horse's ear & mystery of Stone Pagoda Group

The 100 million year old mystery is pleasing to the senses. Mai Mountain! was easily overlooked with the simple story that the mountain looks like a horse's ear without acknowledging its mysterys, legends and histories of nature kept in it. Mai Mountain, the only double peaked mountain in the world, is at the center of Jinan Heights on the boundary of the Noryeong Mountains, approximately 32km to the east of Jeonju and 3km to the southeast of Jinan-Eup. The whole mountain consists of the sedimentary rocks. The female Mai peak of 673m and the male Mai peak of 667m form the backbone of the Geumgang and Seomjingang rivers.

Mai Mountain Stone Pagoda Group
If the culmination of mystery made by the nature is Ai Mountain, the summit of mystery made by the people will be Cheonjitap and stone pagodas made of natural stone. The pagoda group under the cliff south of the female Maibong Peak was built by arranging the stones by Paljindobeop drawing in accordance with the harmony of Yin and Yang. The pagodas show the culmination of harmony, sophisticated like an awl and elegant like a big mountain and stand row after row with the main pagoda, Cheonjitap Pagoda, as the summit. The Cheonjitap Pagoda is also a couple pagoda. The pagodas were built based on the Yin and Yang philosophy. The construction of Yin and Yang pagodas on the Yin and Yang Mountain includes a mystery that can't be called an accident.
                             The water drawn from the well and daybreak forms inversed ice pillar.
                              this kind of mystery until now not yet be solved.

Tour and Hiking Paths

* Major Paths
Deokcheongyo Bridge ~ Gwangdaebong Peak ~ Bondgubong Peak ~ Tapsa: 8.4km
Hapmiseong (Wolwun) ~ Gwangdaebong Peak ~ Bondgubong Peak ~ Tapsa: 8.5km
Boheungsa Temple ~ Gogeumdang ~ North Parking Lot: 5.4km
South Parking Lot ~ Seonghwangdang ~ North Parking Lot: 3.1km
North Parking Lot ~ Gwangdaebong Peak ~ Hapmiseong (Wolwun): 8.0km
North Parking Lot ~ Seonghwangdang ~ Geumdangsa: 2.2km
South Parking Lot ~ Gwangdaebong Peak ~ Deokcheongyo Bridge: 5.9km
South Parking Lot ~ Gwangdaebong Peak ~ Hapmiseong (Wolwun): 6.1km
North Parking Lot ~ Gwangdaebong Peak ~ Deokcheongyo Bridge: 7.8km
North Parking Lot ~ Seonghwangdang ~ Tapyeongje: 1.7km

* Notices (Hiking Path Closed)
Cheonhwangmun Gate ~ Female Mai Peak of 0.6km and Top of Muntanggol (Bongdubong Peak ~ Tapsa) ~ Cheonghwangmun Gate Remember the hiking path of 0.9m is closed for the restoration of vegetation in Female Mai Peak.

For further information or inquiry, please contact the Mai Mountain Provincial Park Administration Office (82 -63-433-3313, 82- 63-430-2556).

* Those that enter the closed hiking path without permission will face a penalty of no more than 500,000 won in accordance with Clause 2, Article 86, Natural Park Act.

* The following paths are open for hiking

Hiking (Tour) Paths

General Paths (more than 98% of tourists take the following paths)

North Parking Lot -> Cheonghwangmun Gate (Hwaeomgul Cave) -> Eunsusa Temple -> Tapsa -> Tapyeongje -> Geumdangsa Temple -> South Parking Lot : 2.7km (1 1/2 to 2 hours required)

South Parking Lot -> North Parking Lot: follow the route above in reverse order.

North Parking Lot -> Cheonghwangmun Gate -> Eunsusa Temple -> Tapsa -> Cheonghwangmun Gate -> North Parking Lot : 2.4km (1 1/2 to 2 hours required)

# Tourists who have parked in the north parking lot can return from Tapsa, and those parked in the south parking lot can retrace their path from Tapsa or Eunsusa Temple. Tourists using buses start in the south parking lot and return to the north parking lot, or go to the south parking lot when starting from the north parking lot.

Maintained Hiking Paths
General Paths (always open)

South Parking Lot ->Gogeumdang -> Observatory (Biryongdae) -> Seonghwangdang -> Bongdubong Peak -> Tapsa -> Eunsusa Temple -> Cheonghwangmun -> North Parking Lot : 4.7km (3 1/2 to 4 hours required)

Tapsa -> South Parking Lot: 5.0km

Seonghwangdang -> North Parking Lot : 3.1km

To get to Tapsa without passing the Bongdubong Peak, go down along the Tapyeongje milepost and continue on to Tapsa.

# Tapsa -> South Parking Lot: 1.5km, Tapsa -> North Parking Lot: 1.2km

This hiking path is maintained so that seniors and children can easily use this path. This path is the best one to appreciate the mysterious scenery of Mai Mountain in the congenial environment. A number of people take this path.

The scenery in which the rocks and the forest are harmonized reminds us of a Korean painting. The mysterious scenery is different every season.

In particular, the mysterious scenery of Mai Mountain along with the glorious tints of autumn foliage is beautiful and stands comparison with any place.

Furthermore, when you are on Biryongdae (observatory) on the hiking path, the open view makes even your heart cool. The breeze cools you even during the hot summer.

Long-Distance Hiking

Maryeong (Wongangjeong) -> Boheungsa Temple -> Gwangdaebong Peak -> Gogeumdang -> South Parking Lot: 5.0km (3 to 3 1/2hours required) -Closed during the forest fire prevention campaign period

ogeumdang -> Observatory -> Bongdubong Peak -> Tapsa: 7.3km

Hapmiseong -> Gwangdaebong Peak -> Gogeumdang (Closed during the forest fire prevention campaign period) -> Observatory -> Bongdubong Peak -> Tapsa -> South Parking Lot: 9.9km ( 6 to 7 hours required)

Deokcheongyo Bridge -> Taejagul Cave -> Gwangdaebong Peak (3.1km) -> Same as above(Closed during the forest fire prevention campaign period)

# The time required for an adult hiker is 1.5 to 2.0 km per hour.

This path is mainly for the expert hikers. It's too long for the general visitors.

However, when you go up Gwangdaebong Peak, you will have a bird's eye view of the southern region of Jinan. When you look at the Mai Mountain while hiking from Gwangdaebong Peak to Gogeumdang, the scene changes depending on where you stand. The mysterious scene is comparable to that of Seorak Mountain.

In autumn, the autumn foliage, rocks and Mai Mountain in harmony evoke exclamations from those who look at them. It's relatively easy to climb with the exception of Gwangdaebong Peak which requires a climbing rope. The elderly and small children should avoid this path. The Boheungsa Temple course is a good choice for general climbers. Since several paths are closed during the Spring and Fall Forest Fire Prevention Campaign period, you need to check if the path is open in advance

Tel : (82) 063-430-2114