Korea: the home of taekwondo


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A magazine promoting the sport of Taekwondo in Korea. Featuring courses, events and holidays, this publication was created by Mike Starling in conjunction with the Korea Tourism Organization. See more at http://thestarlingfiles.wordpress.com

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  1. 1. Korea: the home ofTAEKWONDO PAGE 4 PAGE 6 PAGE 9 PAGE 10Tour programmes Cultural Korea Focus on Jeju Island Where to stay
  2. 2. Recharge your energiesin a unique destination TAEKWONDO is the national sport of Korea and the birthplace of the martial art that is now a designated Olympic sport. With the designation of 2010- 2012 as ‘Visit Korea Year’, we are delighted to showcase our destination through these pages Korea is a place to come and recharge your energy using nature, tradition and belief in a society that has an ability to reinvent itself constantly. Korea is in the heart of north-east Asia and is the gateway to the Asia-Pacific region. Korea is a diverse, unique and proud destination boasting festivals, UNESCO cultural properties and breathtaking topography. and culture dating back 5,000 years. Using our expertise, knowledge These are exciting times for Korea and passion, we invite you to with the IAAF World Athletics discover Taekwondo, a diverse Championships Daegu 2011, Expo landscape of mountains, hidden 2012 Yeosu (under the themes of temples and adventure-filled water and sustainability) and a activities. Our highly advanced new ‘Taekwondo Park’ set to open and technologically superior in 2013. destination hides a scenically ■ For further information go to stunning landscape with a history http://www.visitkorea.or.kr
  3. 3. The Mecca ofTaekwondoKukkiwon – World MAJOR ACTIVITIES Taekwondo headquartersKukkiwon was established in 1971 Gyeonghuigung Palaceto introduce taekwondo’s philosophy Taekwondo demonstrationand skills and to enhance the sport’s ‘Power Art, Taekwondo’prestige abroad. A dynamic performance is operatedLocation: 635, Yoksam-dong, by K-Tigers, combining taekwondoGangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea, 135-908 with traditional music and dance.Tel: +82-2-567-1058-9 When: 2pm-3pm everyhttp://www.kukkiwon.or.kr/eng/index. Wednesday and Saturday fromaction April to December Tel: +82-31-938-0251 The Taekwondo Park (Opening 2013) Gyeonghuigung PalaceThe Taekwondo Park is a unique site, Taekwondo programmeswhere practitioners from all over the For those of you wanting to knowworld come to train, research and the very basics of Taekwondo, whylearn about taekwondo. It will also not try learning basic techniques inprovide space for guests to interact front of one of Seoul’s main palaces.with each other for taekwondo spirit, Times are as follows – betweenhistory and culture. Tuesday and Sunday:Location: San 119-1, Socheon-ri, ● 11am-12noon – basic techniqueSeolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun, ● 1pm-2pm – self-defence skillJeollabuk-do, Korea ● 3pm-4pm – breaking skillsScale: 2,314,049msq http://www.taekwonseoul.org/eng_Construction period: 2005-2013 main/main.html
  4. 4. Taekwondo one-daytour programme INTERNATIONAL KUMGANG TAEKWONDO CENTRE It is in one of the best taekwondo training centres where foreign tourists can get the chance to learn techniques of taekwondo and to experience mental training with Korean masters, who speak English. Location: 736-1 2F, Kumgang Taekwondo Centre, Mokdong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel: +82-2-2642-0692 http://www.taekwontokorea.com/en/ Email: cashin76@hanmail.net Master Ryan (An Byeong Cheol, +82-10-6303-4962) ● When signing up for the taekwondo one-day tour programme, you are required to give your full name in English and height. The three-hour programme is divided into three groups based on skill level. Three-hour programme Everyday from 9am-10pm ■ Group 1: Stretching, basic movements ■ Group 2: Target kicking, self-defence ■ Group 3: Sparring, breaking a pine 90-minute programme Everyday from 9am-10pm ■ Stretching, basic movements – kicking – self-defence – sparring – breaking a pine – ceremony – picture. 2011 TAEKWONDO EVENT CALENDAR World Taekwondo Culture Expo July 2011 in Jeonju and Muju Contact: http://www.wtcexpo.net Tel: +82-63-278-7021 Held: Annually Chuncheon Open International Taekwondo Championships July 2011 in Chuncheon Contact: http://koreaopentkd.org/eng/ main/main.asp Held: Annually
  5. 5. Geography, transport and climate GEOGRAPHY operates between the airport and major pointsKorea is in the heart of North East Asia and is the within the city, with a journey time of 1hr togateway to the Asia-Pacific region. A peninsula central Seoul. The cost ranges from 14,000stretching southward from the centre of the north- Won (approximately £8) one way.east coast of Asia with neighbours Japan to the eastand China to the west. Korea occupies an area of CLIMATEapproximately 220,000km-sq and a coastline dotted Korea’s climate has four distinct seasons,with some 3,400 islands of varying sizes. Mountains with the best times of the year to visitcover 70 per cent of the country, making it the country being spring and autumn.scenically stunning and perfect for soft adventure. Winters in Korea can be cold, while summers tend to be hot and TRANSPORTATION humid with heavy rainfall.The award-winning Incheon International Airport(airport code ICN) is the Asian gateway not just toAustralia and New Zealand, but many otherdestinations including Fiji, Hawaii, the Philippines,Bali, Mongolia, Vietnam, China and Japan.http://www.airport.or.kr/eng/airportThere are eight international airports in Korea:Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae, Cheongju, Daegu,Yangyang, Muan and Jeju International Airport.Korean Air and Asiana Airlines are the only airlinesthat provide direct services from the UK to Seoul:Korean Air Asiana Airlines0800 413 000 0207 514 0200http://www.koreanair.com http://eu.flyasiana.comFrom Incheon International Airport, taxisand buses connect to the heart of Seoul.Standard and KAL Limousine bus services
  6. 6. CULTURALexperiences TAEKWONDO HANOK STAY rice, soup and side offerings. KoreanTaekwondo is the national sport Hanoks are traditional, eco-friendly Royal Cuisine is designated as anof Korea, with an estimated 50 homes that use natural building Intangible Cultural Asset by themillion practitioners globally and is materials. Old furniture, paper-pasted government; http://www.food.co.kra designated Olympic sport. windows, and soy jars add to the Originating from ‘taekkyeon’ a traditional ambiance and BEAUTY AND AESTHETICtraditional martial art form is the understanding of Korean lifestyle Relieve stress and aches with a‘technique of kicking and punching’. and culture. Some houses offer massage, alternative medicines or Travellers can take part in a one- various programmes during the stay acupuncture. Many major hotels andday taekwondo experience or a full from pottery making to traditional resorts in Korea now provide luxury15-day training programme. Korean folk games. Simple meals are spa facilities, massages, saunas and See http://www.koreataekwondo. usually available at an extra charge. skincare treatments.org and http://www.kukkiwon.or.kr From oriental therapy to modern FOOD AND COOKING high-tech procedures, there are many TEMPLE STAY Food is a very important part of the ways to revitalise body and soul.Experience Korean Buddhist culture country’s culture with great attention Places to visit include:by booking a stay at one of the many chanting. Programmes include pre- paid to the way it’s served and the ■ Guerlain Spa, The Shilla, Seoul,Buddhist temples. dawn Buddhist rites; Zen meditation; types of ingredients used. http://www.shilla.net Many are located deep in the tea ceremonies; mountain trekking; The national dish is ‘Kimchi’, ■ Hue Skin Care, Seoul;mountains allowing complete lotus lantern making; and rubber (fermented spicy cabbage). All the http://www.hue-es.comimmersion in spiritual training such stamp making. For more information dishes are served at the same time ■ Etude House (Cosmetics);as Zen meditation and Buddhist see http://eng.templestay.com and a typical meal normally includes http://www.etude.co.kr
  7. 7. KOREA’S 10 UNESCOWorld Cultural Heritage sites 7 9 2 1 5 10A NUMBER of Korea’s cultural Culture. The beautiful temple 4assets have been recognised complex and the 3.5m-tall stone 6in the UNESCO World Cultural statue of Sakyamuni are locatedHeritage listing. They are not on Mt Toamsan in Gyeongju. Map courtesy of 3just of national importance but http://mapsof.nethave a universal significance for 4. TRIPITAKA KOREANA ANDfuture generations. HAEINSA TEMPLE: Nestled part of the way up Mt Gayasan and was the1. JONGMYO SHRINE, SEOUL: state temple of the Goryeo Dynasty.Dedicated to the spirits of Korea’s During the 13th Century, theroyal ancestors. The shrine is made people of Goryeo carved 81,258up of the main hall ‘Jeongjeon’ ‘Tripitaka Koreana woodblocks’(said to be the longest building in (Buddhism scriptures carved onAsia) and the hall of Eternal Peace wood blocks) to repel the invasion‘Yeongnyeongjeon’. by the Mongolians. 82. CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE, 5. HWASEONG FORTRESS,SEOUL: Built in the fifth year of GYEONGGI-DO: The fortress isthe Joseon Dynasty (1405) reign located in Suwon City and represents known as the ‘museum without walls’ of the Joseon Dynasty tombs markof King Taejong and is divided into the most advanced features of due to all its historic relics. the country’s 9th World Heritageadministrative, residential fortification sprawling across both site. They form a collection of 40quarters and has a secret garden. flat and hilly terrain; seldom seen in 7. GOCHANG, HWASUN AND tombs which showcase the country’s neighbouring China and Japan. GANGWHA DOLMENS: Korea has tradition of respect for ancestors and3. BULGUKSA TEMPLE AND the greatest number of preserved are located in areas of outstandingSEOKGURAM GROTTO (ABOVE), 6. GYEONGJU HISTORIC AREA: Dolmens in Asia; they are Bronze Age natural beauty.GYEONGJU: These are the The former capital of the Silla megalithic remnants serving as burialmasterpieces of Korea’s Buddhist Dynasty, is a 1,000-year old city chambers. They are similar in 10. HISTORIC VILLAGES OF appearance to Stonehenge in the UK. KOREA: HAHOE AND YANGDONG: Founded in the 8. JEJU VOLCANIC ISLAND AND 14th-15th centuries, Hahoe and LAVA TUBES: Korea’s first natural Yangdong are seen as the two most site became an UNESCO World representative historic clan villages Natural Heritage listing in June 2007. in Korea. Their layout and location Covering three sites: Geomunoreum, – sheltered by forested mountains regarded as one of the finest lava and facing out onto a river and tube system of caves; the fortress- open agricultural fields – reflect the like Seongsan Ilchulbong crater and distinctive aristocratic Confucian Mt Hallasan, Korea’s highest peak. culture of the early part of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). 9. ROYAL TOMBS OF THE JOSEON DYNASTY: The listing ■ See english.visitkorea.or.kr
  8. 8. FESTIVAL TIME!KOREA’S rich cultural, historic and mud slides and then use the mudreligious heritage is celebrated beauty treatments (pictured, right).throughout the year in a myriadof festivals, some in honour of Andong Mask Dance Festivalreligious figures (such as Held in AutumnBuddha’s birthday), while others Provides the opportunity to see afocus on nature (eg the changing traditional Korean mask danceseasons). Visitors can experience (pictured, above) and is held at thetraditional Korean Culture through popular Hahoe Village in Andong.these festivals, whichare divided into several types, Pusan Film Festivalincluding natural, cultural, Held in Autumntraditional and sporting festivals. This festival has gained major international importance alongSnow Festival with Korea’s film industry, which isHeld in January the next big thing according to theIncludes ice-cold activities such as film industry!giant ice sculpting. Gwangju Kimchi CulturalCherry Blossoms Festival FestivalHeld in April Held in OctoberThe perfect time to visit Korea and Clients can learn about the history,the perfect festival to enjoy a picnic ingredients and taste of Korea’sunder the pink cherry blossom. national dish ‘Kimchi’.Boryeong Mud Festival ■ For more information onHeld in July see: http://english.visitkorea.Is popular with young travellers or.kr/festival/eng/korea_festival.as you can enjoy mud wrestling, html?festival=0
  9. 9. Jeju Island:Korea’s sliceof paradiseJEJU ISLAND’S geographic location places itwithin easy reach of the Korean mainland, Japanand China. With a favourable climate and diverse andattractive natural beauty, Jeju is a destination withofferings and experiences that few locations, ifany, in the region can provide. The island enjoys a sub-tropical climate, first-class resort facilities and beautiful beaches. Risingfrom the centre of Jeju is Mount Halla Volcanowith a spectacular crater lake. Jeju is also famousfor its women divers the ‘Haenyeo’. The island is73km from west to east and 31km from north tosouth, with a coastline of 254km.MT HALLAMt Hallasan, the extinct volcano that rises to1,950m in the centre of the island, has a craterat its top. Hallasan is home to 1,800 species ofplants and has some incredible hiking trails ofbetween two-five hours.SEONGSAN ILCHULBANG (SUNRISE PEAK)Is a secondary crater of Mt Hallasan that risesfrom the ocean. It’s basin area is 9,000m2 insize and shaped like a crown. Early risers will beamazed by Seongsan’s unforgettable sunrise view.JEONGBANG FALLSThe only waterfall in Asia that drops directly intothe sea and one of the three most famous on Jeju,along with Cheonjiyeon and Cheonjeyoun Falls.JUNGMAN RESORTJungman is an integrated tourism and recreationcentre, situated close to Cheonjeyoun Falls andnext to the island’s most beautiful beaches. Theresort is home to some of the major hotel chainsand golf courses on the island.HAENYEO (DIVING LADIES)Stop to watch the ‘Haenyeo’ ladies (inset picture,top) diving to the sea bed without breathingapparatus to collect sea food. The women areone of the unique features of the island.
  10. 10. Where to stay in Korea TEMPLE STAY HOTELSLaunched in 2002 the Temple With some of the biggest global hotelStay programme has proved hugely brands on offer, you won’t be shortpopular and provides a unique of finding a room. Hotels areopportunity for visitors to learn classified into five categories: superabout and experience Korean deluxe (five-star); deluxe (five-star);Buddhist culture (pictured, above). first class (four-star); second classSee http://www.templestay.com (three-star) and third class (two-star). HANOK STAY MOTELS/YEOGWAN (INNS)Step back in history and book a stay Motels and yeogwan provideat a traditional ‘Hanok’ house (right). comfortable sleeping facilities.Locations are carefully calculated in Amenities such as air conditioning,accordance with fen shui principles. internet access and television are generally included.BENIKEA (BEST NIGHT IN KOREA)Benikea is a newly-formed chain YOUTH HOSTELSof independent hotels committed With a total of 52 youth hostelsto providing the very best services located throughout Korea, theat reasonable rates. properties are very large and canSee http://www.benikea.com offer facilities comparable to hotels. Guests must have a Hostelling GOOD STAY International Membership cardGood Stay is a reliable and affordable FARM STAY HOME STAY issued by Hostelling International.accommodation service authorised A farm stay focuses on well-being: Why not stay with a host family See http://www.kyha.or.kr/englishby the Korea Tourism Organization. it means exactly what it says – during your trip and infuse intoInternational standards were applied eating and living well. See the everyday Korean life? For travellers ■ For a full range of accommodationto select hotels, motels and inns National Agricultural Cooperative wishing to learn the language this options in Korea see:that have demonstrated quality Federation website at http://www. is the perfect opportunity. See http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/management and services. nonghyup.com/Main/main.aspx http://www.homestaykorea.com enu/1031_Accommodations.jsp
  11. 11. Health,well-beingand leisureKOREANS place great importance incultivating one’s character through SPA AREAS More than 70 natural hot springs are metabolism and alleviating neuralgia and muscular fatigue. can be reached via Seoul’s subway.body and mind. Maintaining one’s scattered throughout Korea and from The ‘mak’ in Hanjeunmak means NATIONAL PARKShealth through spa facilities, ancient times have been known to a dome-shaped steam room made Korea boasts 20 national parks,acupuncture and massage is be effective against such ailments as of stone and heated from below by a including the famous Seoraksancommon place all over Korea. skin disease and arthritis. pine fire, creating steam when water National Park. Located on the east Most of the modern springs in is thrown on hot stones. coast, Seoraksan welcomes hikersONE-STOP MEDICAL Korea are not only equipped with hot and soft adventurers attracted by theTOURISM SERVICE spring bathing facilities, but have SKIING beautiful forests, mountains, temples,As the popularity for high-quality been developed as comprehensive There are 13 ski resorts in the beaches and rivers.medical tourism increases in Korea, resorts known as ‘jjimjilbangs’. country and all are accessible within The highest mountain in Korea isour organisation has created an a few hours of Seoul. Mt Hallasan on Jeju Island, while theonline and offline ‘one-stop medical HANJEUNMAK The principal ones are the hot springs of Osaek in the southtourism service centre’ to assist Hanjeunmak is a kind of sauna with a Yongpyong Ski Resort (Dragon are popular.clients with all information regarding history of almost 600 years in Korea. Valley International Ski Resort) at Songnisan National Park is moremedical tourism. Information can be It serves as an excellent way Tackwallyong area and Chonmasan centrally located and home to thefound at www.visitkorea.or.kr of relaxing the body, promoting Ski Resort near Seoul. One resort spectacular Beopjusa Temple.
  12. 12. VISAS AND TRAVEL TIPS PASSPORT AND VISA hours ahead of Greenwich MeanThe UK is one of 99 countrieswhose residents are allowed to enter Time and eight hours ahead of British Summer Time. KOREA TOURISM ORGANIZATION:Korea for up to 90 days without therequirement of a visa with a valid UKpassport. Those travellers wishing General opening hours: Office hours are generally from 9am-6pm services on offer and contact detailsto obtain working visas or stay for and closed on Saturdays and THE Korea Tourism Organizationa longer duration must contact the Sundays. The majority of shops (KTO) is the first point of contactEmbassy for the Republic of Korea are open daily from 10am-9pm. and can provide assistance in thebased in London: Museums and some sightseeing following services: attractions are closed on Mondays.Embassy for the Republic of Korea, ■ Address: Korea Tourism Org,60 Buckingham Gate, London, Currency exchange: American 3rd Floor, New Zealand House,SW1E 6AJ, UK Express, VISA and MasterCard are Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4TETel: 0207 227 5500 or 5505 widely accepted. The currency is the Tel: 020 7321 2535(consular section) Korean Won. Travellers who carry Fax: 020 7321 0876www.korea.embassyhomepage.com internationally recognised credit Email: london@gokorea.co.ukOpening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am- cards can get a cash advance in12.30pm; 2pm-5.30pm Korean Won at automated teller ■ Free helpline number for machines (ATMs) installed at travellers, just call 1330 TRAVELLERS TIPS airports, major hotels, departmentSafety: Korea has one of the stores, subway stations and ■ Destination information:lowest crime rates in the world. tourist attractions. cities, resorts and UNESCO World Body and Soul’ and the KoreaYou can walk around freely at night Heritage sites. Tourism Organisation has created aas long as you exercise common Tipping: Is not a traditional Korean bespoke 16-page magazine to givesense and the usual precautions with custom. A 10 per cent service charge ■ Ground handling services: you ideas on how easy it is toregard to valuables. is added to your bill at all tourist a network of partner travel recharge your energy in Korea hotels and some big restaurants. companies that can deal with all using nature, tradition and belief.Inoculations: Korea has a high logistical issues on the ground. Articles include Finding yourstandard of hygiene and cleanliness. Goods and service tax: Value Soul in Seoul; Jeju Island: Korea’sInoculations are not required unless added tax (VAT) is levied on most ■ Tourist information services: slice of paradise; Hanok: bearriving from an endemic area. Check goods and services at a standard rate through educational seminars tempted by tradition and a guidewith your doctor. of 10 per cent and is included in the and press trips; presentations; to Temple Stay. retail price. In tourist hotels, the 10 provision of information; brochure Download the supplement at:Healthcare: It is recommended to per cent applies to meals and other materials; DVD and image http://www.sportstravelnews.info/use the international clinics at the services and is added to the bill. library access and assistance uploaded_files/KOREA_BE_large general hospitals such as with the development of tour INSPIRED.pdfSeverance Hospital, Asan Medical Electricity: In Korea, outlets for 220 products to Korea.Centre or Samsung Medical Centre. volts 60 cycles are dominant, but 110 volt is sometimes available. ■ Korea is a place to ‘RevitaliseTime difference: Korea is nine Two-prong plugs are used in Korea.
  13. 13. BOOK IT!Contact our travel partners who are waiting to help you visit‘KOREA: THE HOME OF TAEKWONDO’ UK BASED TOUR OPERATOR: Customer reservations call 0844 5574242 or book online at http://www.funwayholidays.co.uk KOREA BASED TOUR OPERATOR: Since 1996 Korea Business Travel Ltd specialises in arranging incentive tours and package tours to Korea for individuals and groups. For more information see http://www.kbs-travel.com