Excellence in everything: South Korea

There is no doubt that South Korea became one of the most dynamic countries, by its economy, politic, traditions and culture… But Koreans didn’t stopped here; they targeted excellence in everything even in sports. So many great athletes emerged from such a small country so quickly. Over the last 50, years South Korea has quickly and quietly introduces the world to a new breed of athletics, unique and dominant, from figure skating to football.
Korean athletes don’t just compete they commit themselves completely…

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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.

Korean Traditional Clothing

   Traditional Korean clothing has its roots extending back at least as far as the Three Kingdoms Period (57 B.C. – 668 A.D.), as evidenced by wall paintings in tombs dating from this period. The Korean hanbok represents one of the most visable aspects of Korean culture.

The top part called a jeogori is blouse-like with long sleeves with the men’s version being longer, stretching down to the waist. Women wear skirts (chima) while men wear baggy pants (paji). Commoners wore white, except during festivals and special occassions such as weddings. Clothes for the upper classes were made of bright colors
and indicated the wearer’s social status. Various accessories such as foot gear, jewelry, and headdresses or hair pins completed the outfit.

Materials:

Clothes and accessories are made from a wide variety of materials. Different areas of Korea are famous for their specialized fabrics. Hansan, South Ch’ungch’ong Province, made such famous white ramie that it was sent to the Tang Chinese court for tribute during the Koryoperiod (918 – 1392). Andong hem was also favored by the yangban (upper class). The materials and manufacturing techniques strongly mirror Korean culture and society.

  • Fabrics:Because of the diverse weather conditions, clothes have been made from hemp, ramie, cotton muslin, silk, and satin. Cooler weather demanded heavier fabric, lined with fur in the northern regions, while sumer clothes used thinner materials that allowed breezes to cool the body. In the autumn, many women would wear clothes of gossamer silk because it gave a rustling sound while walking that is similar to walking through dry leaves.
  • Colors: White represents purity, integrity, and chastity, and was the most common color for common clothes. The upper class and court figures wore clothes in red, yellow, blue, and black in addition to white. These colors, symbolize the five traditional elements in Oriental cosmology (fire, earth, water, metal, and wood). Dyes were made from Continue reading

S.Korea: The Guardian Angel of Technology !

S.Korea is now known by the name of  “The guardian angel of technology”, and the better illustration for that is the ” Samsung company ” since it became the leader of technology all over the glob … But they didn’t stopped here!

I’ll let you watch this video and i’m sure a lot of you will be amazed by the technological progress made ​​by South Korea, and you’ll see that it’s not limited to smarts phones and 3D TV … They reached to the virtual reality!

Let me know about your reactions to the video through your comments 😉

Enjoy the video!