2018년 4월 21일 토요일

International Delivery Service through Post Office

Post office in Korea provide people with not only domestic delivery service but also international delivery service.

1. EMS Service
 


2. EMS Premium Service
 3. International Parcel Service



2018년 3월 7일 수요일

Cheongwadae (President Office) Tour

Cheongwadae (the Blue House), which literally means ‘pavilion of blue tiles’, is the presidential residence and office of Korea. Guided tours are free for those who make a reservation on a certain day. They walk in Cheongwadae and take some pictures. Trips involving Chilgung can take up to 1.5 hours.
- Operation hours: 10 am, 11 am, 2 pm (3 pm), and 3 pm (4 pm) (Summer)
- Unavailable on Monday, Sunday, and holiday
- Application has to be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance
- Each visitor MUST bring his/her passport.
- Tour courses: Chunchugwan -> Nokjiwon -> Former Main Office site -> Main Office -> 
           Youngbingwan -> Chilgung (optional) -> Sarangchae and Mugunghwa Dongsan (optional)
- Meeting: The East Gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace



1. History
The site of Cheongwadae was once home to a royal villa from year 1114 during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). Several pavilions as the back garden of Gyeongbokgung Palace were built during the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910). However, most of the buildings were demolished by Japanese during the Japanese occupation (1910~1945) and the official residence of the Japanese governor. The current main building and residence quarters were built in 1991.

2. Chunchugwan
Chunchugwan is home to about 170 domestic and international correspondents who report on president’s state affairs. The roof of Chunchugwan was made of earthen tiles. Tour visitors arrive at the gate in front of Chunchugwan by bus from Gyeongbokgung Palace. Then pass cards are given to them and they have to hang them on their necks. The tour begins with the simple instructions.

*The above photo from VisitKorea

3. Nokjiwon (Green Grass Garden)

Nokjiwon is one of the most beautiful places in Cheongwadae. Created in 1968, this garden is surrounded by more than 120 different types of trees. Especially there is one famous fine tree which is 310 years old.










4. Main Office
In 1939, Japanese governor built an official residence/office for the governor-general on the site. Syngman Rhee, the first Korean president, called the building "Gyeongmudae" (景武臺). He used it as his office and residence. It was dismantled during Kim Young-sam's presidency in 1993.



* The stone above is the only remaining part of the building.

5. Main Office
Main office building is characterized by its blue tiles. The roof of the building was constructed in the hipped and gabled style (a roof type in traditional Korean houses), regarded as one of the most stylish and charming styles of Korean traditional architecture. The building was built in 1991, with elegant blue tiles and gentle curved roofs. Especially blue tiles and soft roofs are beautifully blended with Bugaksan Mountain in the backdrop. About 150,000 tiles form the roof. Each is individually baked to make it strong enough for hundreds of years to use.




6. Yeongbingwan (Reception Hall)
Yeongbingwan is an official function hall, which is used for receptions for presidential guests and official conferences. It was completed in 1978.



7. Chilgung (7 Small Palaces)
Chilgung refers to seven small palaces situated in the southwest part of Cheongwadae, each of which guards an ancestral tablet of a royal concubine who bore a king during the Josun Dynasty. Only Cheongwadae visitors are able to visit Chigung (7 Small Palaces) where the public access is limited.




8. Cheonwadae Sarangchae
Cheongwadae Sarangchae is located across the street from the entrance of Cheongwadae. It is a historical memorial and museum where visitors can share the past, present, and future vision of Korea. It is composed of a planned exhibition hall, Korean culture exhibition hall, Korean food (hansik) promotion hall on the first floor and Cheongwadae Hall which introduces former Korean presidents and Haengboknuri Hall which presents the future vision of Korea on the second floor.



2018년 3월 4일 일요일

Cheolwon - Hantangang (River) Trek in Winter

The scenery of the canyons walking on the river along the frozen Hantangang (river) is mysterious.
The chance to see the true face of the Hantan River, which is blocked by the mighty waves and not seen in other seasons, can only be seen on the winter trek.

1. Goseokjeong
Goseokjeong is one of Cheolwon 8 wonderful sceneries located on midstream of Hantangang, which is peculiar because of a huge curious rock dominating in the middle of the river, this is a unique basalt gushing site in Korea. It has been well known as Imkkeokjeong's stronghold in early Joseon period thus a lot of legends have been handed down.

* Imkkeokjeong was the leader of a peasant rebellion in Hwanghae Province in 1559-1562. The initial cause of the revolt was taxation. He started off with a band but later the number grew as he began killing rich people and giving out food to the poor. Thus he is also known as Robbin Hood of Korea.





2. Hantangang Trek
In winter season (Jan.~mid Feb.) we can admire the beautiful scenery of the Hantan River, the basalt rocks, and granite fields, which have been blocked by the heavy water and have not been seen in other seasons. 
There is a floating walkaway where we can walk on ice and water.






3. How to Get There
- Subway (57 minutes, KRW3,100): Eungam stn. (Line 6) -> Hapjeong stn. for City Hall (Line 2) -> Get off at Gangbyeon stn. (exit 4) -> Cross the road
- Intercity Express Bus (2 hours, round trip fare KRW18,600): DongSeoul Intercity Express Bus Terminal -> Shincheolwon Intercity Bus Terminal
- Local bus (26 minutes, KRW3,000): Take local bus at Jipori bus stop (200m walk from the terminal) -> Get off at Goseokjeong bus stop





2017년 7월 10일 월요일

Korean Wedding

1. Ham ( Wedding Gifts Box)

    Generally Ham, a wedding gifts box, is sent to bride house by bridegroom family one day (a few days or a week) wedding. The box contains five pouches with five colors, jewelry, and a marriage letter.


Originally it was delivered by one of relatives and a blessed man. 




But after 1970s, bridegroom’s friend delivered it with a dry squid mask on his face in a humorous sense to shake off the tension elements that occur in godliness. He goes to the bride’s house with his friends, shouting “Buy this Ham” in front of 100 meters or so. Such scene would be often seen by 1990s.




2. Wedding Ceremony

Bridegroom went to the bride’s house with riding a horse.


* A pair of wooden wild geese
 Wild geese regarded the virtue of protecting the faithful of the couple and the symbolism that the wife followed her husband. Thus bridegroom brought them to the bride’s house.




In the house wedding ceremony was held. After the ceremony, bridegroom stayed 3 days in the bride’s house.







They went back to the bridegroom’s house.



In the meanwhile, the bride's family sent various kinds of foods to the bridegroom's house called as 'Ibaji'.



3. Paebaek

    Following the ceremony was 'Paebaek', where the bride would greet her in-laws and her relatives. Nowadays this portion of the traditional Korean wedding is still practiced in many weddings in Korea after the ceremony. Newlyweds pour drink and bow to the bridegroom's parents and relatives.






Generally parents-in-law and relatives throw the jujube and chestnuts to the newly-arrived daughter-in-law, blessing to give birth to the offspring of the family.


Nowadays it is held in a commercial wedding hall within a few hours by mixture of the western and the Korean.