1. South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK)isa country in East Asia, located on the southern half ofthe Korean Peninsula. It is neighbored by China to thewest, Japan to the east, and North Korea to the north.Its capital is Seoul. South Korea lies in a temperateclimate region with a predominantly mountainous terrain.Its territory covers a total area of 100,032 squarekilometers and has a population of over 50 million.
2. The National Assembly of South Korea Jikji, the first known book printed with movablemetal type in 1377, which is 62 years earlier thanGutenbergs Printing press. Bibliothèque Nationalede Paris. Gyeongbok Palace is the largest of the Five GrandPalaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. The Seoul Olympic Stadium, seen from the HanRiver, hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics .View of the Seoul World Cup Stadium used during the2002 FIFA World Cup co-hosted by South Korea andJapan. View of Seouls Gangnam district today. SouthKoreas economic success is often called the Miracleon the Han River
3. Eating in South Korea is an exciting and rich experience. Food inSouth Korea has many different styles with thousands of greatrestaurants in all the major cities and towns of South Korea. All ofthem seem to boast about one chef or another, which is good, but formost of us we want to get down to eating.In addition, food in Seoul and other South Korean tourist resorts isnot restricted to traditional South Korean delights. Cuisine from allover the world can be found in South Korea, including Asian, Indian,Middle Eastern, and other international tastes. Fast food chains arerising in popularity due to convenience and their family oriented style.
4. Bulgogi: A common dish that contains marinated meat that is stirfried. The addition of sugar gives the dish a sweet taste. Seolleongtang: Manduguk semi-stew, which consists of stuffeddumplings in soup. Naengmyeon: A cold beef soup served either extremely spicy or in amilder form. Yangnyeom Tongdak: Slow roasted chicken in a sweet and sour saucesimilar to the Chinese equivalent and it is popular with Westerners. . Deungsim Gui: Barbecued cuts of steak usually carved at the table tobe dipped into sesame seed oil and soya sauce.
5. Gyeongbokgung PalaceCity/Region: SeoulThe jewel of Seouls five historic palaces,Gyeongbokgung was built in 1395 by Lee Seong-Gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty, whoestablished the city as the capital of Korea. Themagnificent rectangular palace, which nowcontains the National Folk Museum of Korea,features Royal apartments and staterooms,gardens and elegant lotus ponds. The pavilionfeatures on the 10,000 won note. The palace is ina process of continual restoration as newarchaeological treasures are uncovered andrestored to their former glory.
6. Starting from May 22nd and running up until July 24th, Jeollanam-do Province’s Boseong Cultural Center will be presenting a Gukak(Korean music) concert every Saturday at 5:30 pm at Korea Tea &Sori Culture Park in Boseong-eup, Bongsan-ri. Open to visitorsand locals alike, the concert series aims at bringing culturalperformances to the farming community where such events maynot readily be available or easily accessible. The concert is also agreat chance for visitors to gain a deeper understanding of theBoseong area’s traditional music.With the coming of the spring, the Korea Tea & Sori Culture Parkhas turned a brilliant green, making this representative tour site ofBoseong really show its true glory. Other major sites of the areaare the Boseong Tea Plantations, Yulpo Beach, and the JeamsanRecreational Forest, all of which are located nearby the concertarea.
7. The Changdeokgung Office of the Cultural Heritage Administration,in cooperation with the Association of Korean Oriental Medicine andthe Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation, will be heading up varioushands-on Oriental medicine programs at the Naeuiwon inChangdeokgung Palace. Programs are scheduled to run from1.30pm to 5pm every Thursday from May 20, 2010 to June 24, 2010and from September 2, 2010 to October 28, 2010.Naeuiwon ( 내의원 ) was one of the three hospitals of the JoseonDynasty (1392-1910), and was the place where medical practitionersmixed medicine and provided medical services for the king and therest of the royal family. It is said that the renowned court physicianHeo Jun worked in Naeuiwon for 44 years.
8. Programs at Changdeokgung Palace are designed to help visitorslearn more about the traditional medical practices of Korea,practices that have long since been revered for their effectiveness.Doctors affiliated with the “Association of Korean Oriental Medicine”stand at the ready to offer visitors a variety of health services, evendressing in traditional medical attire to further help visitorsexperience the traditional medicinal culture. Services and treatmentsoffered include pulse examinations for health diagnosis (“jinmaek”),acupuncture (“chim”), and moxibustion (“tteum”), a process inwhich mugwort herb is ground into a fluffy consistency and lightlyburnt onto acupuncture points to improve blood circulation. In orderto maintain a high standard of excellence throughout the day, thenumber of patients seen each day will be limited to 40 (30 Koreansand 10 non-Korean visitors) on a first-come, first-served basis.
9. When: June 04 (Friday) - June 07 (Monday)Where: All of Haeundae White Sand Beach,BusanDescription: An eco-friendly celebrationrunning under the theme of the ‘Sand,’ thefestival features beach-related events likesand walking paths, a Ssireum ( 씨름 , Koreanwrestling) competition, beach soccer, andbeach volleyball. Hands-on experienceprograms are available including a ‘sandboardfestival,’ and making sandcastles and anhourglass. On the seashore, take pictures ofthe large sand sculptures created by thewinners of the World Sand SculptureCompetition.
10. When: July 17 (Saturday) - July 25(Sunday)Where: Chungcheongnam-do Boryeong-siDaecheon BeachDescription: One of Korea’s most famousfestivals, visitors to the Boryeong MudFestival slather themselves with mud,which contains many nutrients that areknown to be particularly good for the skin.Visitors to this fun-packed festival coverthemselves in mud from head to toe and tryout the mud wrestling, mud slides, and thegiant mud bath. To take a break from thefestival mayhem, head on over to the mudmassage zone for a little ‘you’ time
11. When: July 22 (Thursday) – July 25(Sunday)Where: Chungcheongnam-do Buyeo-gunBuyeo-eup Gungnamji Pond (SeodongPark)Description: One of the major draws ofthis festival is the Gungnamji artificialpond, which dates back to the BaekjePeriod (BC19 - AD600). During thefestival period, the surface of the pond iscovered with more than 50 different kindsof beautiful lotus flowers all in full bloom.Events on the festival program include aKorean traditional music concert, aperformance entitled ‘Love story inGungnamji,’ and a lotus flower drawingprogram.