Things You Should Know About South Korea

Here’s some brief information that you should know about south Korea!

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 The South Korean flag: The black lines are called Trigrams and they represent harmony. The yin-yang in the center, symbolizes balance within the universe.

 South Korea’s population as of July 2009 was 48,508,972. Its capital, Seoul, is one of its largest cities with a population of over ten million.

 The official language of South Korea is Korean but English is taught widely in the country’s schools. In addition, Japanese is common in South Korea.

 The population of South Korea is composed of 99.9% Korean but 0.1% the population is Chinese.

The dominant religious groups in South Korea are Christian and Buddhist, however a large percent of South Koreans claim no religious preference.

 South Korea’s government is a republic with a single legislative body which is comprised of the National Assembly or Kukhoe. The executive branch is made up of chief of state who is the country’s president and a head of government who is the prime minister.

 Most of South Korea’s topography is mountainous with its highest point being Halla-san at 6,398 feet (1,950 m). Halla-san is an extinct volcano.

 Around two-thirds of the land in South Korea is forested. This includes the mainland and Continue reading

Places you must visit while you’re in South Korea

As you might all know,  South Korea had become one of the touristic countries!!

If you’re planning to visit this fascinating country here’s some amazing places that you can go to.

I’Park Mall

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I-Park Mall, is a large shopping mall in Yongsan Station, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. The shopping center consists of I-Park Department Store; E-Mart Yongsan Store, a hypermarket owned by Shinsegae; CGV IMAX Yongsan, a large cinema with 11 screens; a shopping center for digital goods; e-Sports stadium, a stadium for computer games; many restaurants and clothing shops; and a lot of other incredible things!

Galleria Department Store

Galleria Department Store

Galleria Department Store, is an upmarket South Korean department store franchise owned by HanwhaGroup. It has 8 branches throughout Korea. Two of the branches, namely Luxury Hall West and Luxury Hall East, both in Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, are well known as the most popular luxury-brand fashion malls in Seoul.

Transportation: Take subway line 3 to Apgujeong, station ( exit 1 ).

63 Building

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The 63 Building , officially the 63 City, is a skyscraper on Yeouido island, overlooking the Han River inSeoul, South Korea. It was the tallest building outside North America when it opened in July 1985, and it is the tallest gold-clad structure in the world. It was South Korea’s tallest building until Hyperion Tower surpassed it in 2003 and remained South Korea’s tallest commercial building until the Northeast Asia Trade Tower was topped-out in 2009. The 63 Building was built as a landmark for the 1988 Summer Olympics. 63 refers to the building’s 63 official stories, of which 60 are above ground level and 3 are Continue reading

11/11 Time to eat some Pepero !

In Korea, there are many special days celebrated, sometimes for no special reasons at all. And Pepero Day is the exact example of such celebration. But it’s kind of cute how they make11.11 (11th day of November) special. So yes, Pepero Day is celebrated on 11.11 every year.

Pepero is a cookie stick, dipped in chocolate, manufactured by Lotte Confectionery in South Korea since 1983. Pepero Day is somewhat similar to Valentine’s Day and is held on 11th of November, since the date “11-11” resembles four sticks of Pepero. Currently Lotte has come up with various types of flavors for their Peperos.

So what do people do on Pepero Day? It’s actually akin to Valentine’s Day as couples (and also friends) exchange or give Pepero to their loved ones.

11.11 looks like a big yummy row of Pepero sticks, and it’s no coincidence that Pepero Day falls on this date! The clever peeps at Lotte created this day as a commercial haven to maximise sales of their yummy Continue reading

Samulnori …The four instruments

Samulnori is a group of four dynamic musicians dedicated to performing and preserving traditional Korean music and dance. The Korean words sa and mul mean four objects and nori means to play. In the case of Samulnori, it refers to the four musicians playing and dancing with their four percussion instruments. Founded in 1978, SamulNori (the group) sparked a renaissance in Korea’s music scene and has garnered worldwide acclaim.

SamulNori, founded by Kim Duk Soo, the group’s leader and master of the janggu (hour glass drum), has become the leading institution of traditional Korean performance that maintains up to thirty students selected and trained by Mr. Kim. The group performs in many configurations but usually tours as a quartet with Mr. Kim at the helm.The original performers of SamulNori were Kim Young Bae (deceased in 1985) who played kwaengari, Choi Tae Hyun on jing, Kim Duck-soo on janggu, and Lee Jong Dae (now teaching at a university) on the buk. But soon after, Choi Jong Sil took over on kwaengari, and Continue reading

Korean Superstitions

 

Superstitions had exist in all countries, and it’s not related only to undeveloped countries … And that is the case for South korea. In this article I will give you some of their superstitions and some of them might surprise you !

1. Fan Death:

A common Korean superstition that has been present in South Korean culture for quite some was after the invention of the electric fan. A really random idea from a random person thought that having an electric fan running overnight in a closed room (doors and windows shut) could kill you by either suffocation or hypothermia. This phenomenon is known as, “Fan Death.” You might notice that the weather in Korea in the summer time is very hot and humid. So what’s a good way to cool off your naked body on a hot, humid summer day? Cooling yourself off with an electric fan, of course. The “Fan Death” superstition has become so popular in the Korean culture that companies who make fans started to incorporate timers in these electric fans so that you can set it to turn off by itself when you are asleep.

2. Writing Names in Red :

Traditionally, red is the color used to write the names of the dead in Korea. To write the names of the living in red is therefore considered very unlucky, and to some is akin to the kiss of death.

 3. Whistling At Night:

There was this common Korean superstition that whistling at Continue reading

Buddhist Scripture Tablets

Photograph by Per-Andre Hoffmann

Hoping the word would prove mightier than the sword, King Gojong sought divine aid against a Mongol invasion by ordering his subjects to carve the entire Buddhist canon into wooden blocks. The task took 16 years (1236-1251). Today the 81,258 woodblocks, the Tripitaka Koreana, are in remarkable condition. They’re stored in special buildings at Haeinsa, or “temple of a vast sea of meditation,” which is perched on the flanks of Mount Gayasan.