Thursday, December 27, 2007

Soraksan Hot Spring


Soraksan Hot Spring
Soraksan Hot SpringIf you had read my recent posts then you should know that I had put up three video clips for these posts. Two of them are about Christmas Parade In Perth of Australia. The third video clip is regarding Christmas Celebration In Portuguese Settlement in Malacca, Malaysia. I still have some Christmas festive video clips of other countries but since Christmas was over so I have to keep them for next coming Christmas.

After writing a few Christmas celebration posts, I am going to write about Korean stuff again. If without the post tittle, do you know what are the two photos of this post about ?

That is an outdoor hot spring at the foot of Mt. Sorak nearby Sokcho city of South Korea. The first photo is a full view and the second photo is a magnifying view of the hot spring. As you can see from the photos, there are many cars and a bus parking outside the compound of the hot spring. So, patrons just drop down from their vehicles and walk to the hot spring. Imagine that you soak yourself in the hot spring and feel the warm water bath in cold winter. It's so relaxing and enjoyable. Do you think so ?

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Celebration In Portuguese Settlement




This is another post with video clip that about Christmas celebration. The first and second video clips for previous posts were recorded in Perth, Australia. This video clip was taken in Portuguese Settlement.

Perhaps you think that Portuguese Settlement is in Portugal but actually it's not. For your information, Portuguese Settlement is in historical city of Malacca, Malaysia.

Portuguese Settlement formerly was a fishing village but has turned into a quite populated residential area. Most of the residents here are descendants of Portuguese. They celebrate Christmas every year by decorating their houses with beautiful light.

The Malacca State Tourism Authority promotes this settlement to be a tourist attraction. The Lisbon Hotel was built here recently to provide accommodation for tourists. There is a square here with pubs, restaurants and souvenir shops. There will be performance of Portugal folk dances during week end to entertain visitors from all over the world.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas 2007


Merry Christmas 2007Merry Christmas to my friends and readers. I also wish the following bloggers Merry Christmas. Hoping all of you happy and enjoy this Christmas.Mee Moe, Leena, Kslye, Erin Elizabeth, Agentc Was Here, Clare Dargin, Didik Wicaksono, Bubbles, Nadiah Alwi, Tomas, Maitri, Dan Hanosh, Julia, Heather, Peaceinspire, Tanny, Interestsgroup, Cyn, Elaine, Yurenbo.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Parade In Perth Australia 02



This is another video on Christmas parade in Perth, Australia 2002. If you had watched the video of my previous post then you should know that the crowd was so excited of watching the parade.

Actually I planned to visit Australia in early December. The travel agency kept on delaying the departure date. Finally, I flew to Australia in mid-December.

My trip to Australia was 7 days and 5 nights. The Christmas parade was held a few days before Christmas. So it's coincidence that I had the opportunity to watch this excellent parade.

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Parade In Perth Australia 01




In conjunction with the Christmas festival, I post this video clip to share with you. This video clip is about Christmas parade in Perth, Australia.

I recorded this video in December 2002 when I went to Perth with my family. I was lucky to have the opportunity to witness this Christmas parade in Perth.

The parade was scheduled to start at 7 pm. The streets were flocked with crowd as early as 2 pm because early birds could have good view.

I still remembered that afternoon I bought some fast food and canned drinks for dinner. The parade was remarkable. Hopefully you enjoy watching this video.

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Mt. Sorak 01


Mt. Sorak
Mt. SorakMt. Sorak is the third highest mountain in South Korea and located in Gangwon Province at the east coast of South Korea. It is a 4 hours drive from Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. The South Korean government established Mt. Sorak as a nature preservation area in 1965 and named it Mt. Sorak National Park. In 1982, UNESCO declared Mt. Sorak National Park as World Heritage of nature.

Autumn is the best time to visit Mt. Sorak. The beautiful mountain scenery with fantastic rock formation and colourful forests is really impressive. If you want to feel the cold winter breeze and white snow then you can visit Mt. Sorak during winter. Seokcho city is the nearest city to Mt. Sorak. It takes fifteen minutes drive from Seokcho city to Mt. Sorak. The most popular visited site of Mt. Sorak is the main entrance of Mt. Sorak National Park. The Giant Buddha statue and the Shinhung Temple are at the main entrance of Mt. Sorak National Park.

Arrive at the main entrance of Mt. Sorak National Park, you have to take a walk to the cable car station to take a cable car ride to the Gwongeumseong Fort. If you are fit enough then you can continue your journey by climbing up to one of the Mt. Sorak summit. There are mountain paths that lead you to the peak. The cable car is not operating in winter due to the windy weather. I went to Mt. Sorak in early December 2005. I was very lucky because of the fine weather so the cable car was accessible. Finally, I managed to reach to the top of Mt. Sorak.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

South Korea Giant Buddha Statue


Giant Buddha Statue

The Giant Buddha statue is at the main entrance of Mt. Sorak National Park. The statue is built beside the Shinheungsa Temple at the slope of Mt. Sorak.

Korea has been divided into North and South Korea for over half a century. The Government of South Korea built this huge statue wishing that the separated nation can be united. So, the Giant Buddha statue is the symbol of unification for Korean. It is the largest sitting bronze statue in the world. The duration of construction took 11 years.

The Giant Buddha has a merciful smiling face which looks down at its visitors. Many people come here to pray for their wishes. You can do so by lighting candles and face the Buddha statue to make your wish. The candles are available from the shop nearby the temple. There are containers at the bottom of the statue for prayers to place the candles.

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Korean Amethyst Bracelet


Amethyst Bracelet

Besides visiting ginseng center, amethyst factory is another destination which is included in the tour packages of most of the South Korea tourist agencies.

Chinese believe that amethyst is a symbol of fortune and prosperity. By wearing amethyst ornament, it will bring you good luck. This is something to do with "Feng Shui". To me the amethyst ornament is just an ornament. It's nothing to do with "Feng Shui".

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Korean Ginseng Extract 02


Ginseng Extract

Preparing ginseng extract drink is very simple. Add one spoon (The spoon in the above photo) of ginseng extract to 100 ml of warm water and drink it. You can add more water to dilute the solution. Add some honey to sweeten the drink if you want.

Ginseng is a traditional herb which is able to enhance our health. If you search for ginseng by using the internet search engine, thousands of web directories regarding ginseng will display in front of your eyes at the monitor screen. You will find out how good the ginseng is after reading these articles. So, remember to buy some ginseng or ginseng products when you pay a visit to South Korea.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Korean Ginseng Extract 01


Ginseng Extract

South Korea is famous for ginseng. Ginseng extract is one of the ginseng products.

If you are traveling in South Korea with a tourist guide,the tourist guide sure will bring you to a ginseng center. Based on the brochures of few South Korea tourist agencies (M.Club Travel, Cosmojin Travel Service, Grace Travel and Mercury Travel.) which I have, visiting ginseng center is included in their tour schedule.

I think the reason is probably that South Korea Government wants the tourist agencies to promote the popularity of ginseng.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Korean Ginseng Tea 3


Ginseng Tea

To make the ginseng tea for drinking is as simple as 123. Just add 50 ml of warm or hot water to a packet of ginseng particles.

The taste of the drink is a little bitter. You can add more water or a little sugar if you don't like the bitter taste. If you prefer to add honey to the ginseng tea then go ahead.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Korean Ginseng Tea 2


Ginseng Tea

The box of ginseng tea that I bought is packed with 30 small packets. Each packet weighs 3 grams.

The ginseng tea in the packet is in the form of small particles. It can be served as a daily beverage that nourishes our bodies. Ginseng tea also helps us in recovering of physical energy after a hard day work.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Korean Ginseng Tea 1


Ginseng Tea

Nowadays ginseng is a popular herb due to its effects to our bodies. Improvement of blood circulation, anti-aging, protection of liver and enhancing of brain activities are some of the effects of ginseng.

Since ginseng is so good for our health, Korean produces various forms of ginseng products. Ginseng tea is one of the products.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Korean Folk Craft 3


Korean Folk Craft

This item of Korean folk craft is a mobile phone accessory. It looks so cute and beautiful. This folk craft is worth buying because it's handy and not expensive. It wouldn't occupy much space of your luggage. The price (10 in a set) is just around 6000 to 7000 Won (South Korea Currency).

You can keep it as souvenir or attach to your mobile phone and show it to your friends. I bought some for my friends and children as presents. They really appreciate and like them very much.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Korean Folk Craft 2


Korean Folk Craft

This is another example of Korean folk craft. It is a key chain. I bought this key chain at Hallim Park in Jeju Island of South Korea. Jeju Island is the largest island of Korea. The location of Jeju Island is south of Korea Peninsula.

There are many strange formed of rocks, volcanic craters and caves in Jeju Island. Indeed, Jeju Island is a mysterious island. This island is famous for its myths and legends. As you can see from the above photo, the small statue with big eyes is made of Jeju Island rock.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Korean Folk Craft 1


Korean

These small and handy Korean folk crafts with Korean pretty traditional costumes are really cute. The price of these small dolls (10 in a set) is around 6000 to 7000 Won (South Korea Currency). You can buy them at shopping malls or roadside stalls. Remember to buy some for your friends or children when you pay a visit to South Korea.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Korean Wine


Korean Wine

This is the label of Korean grape wine bottle.

I bought this bottle of grape wine at Soraksan condominium mini market. I couldn't remember the price of this bottle of grape wine because I didn't keep the receipt.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Korean Grape Wine


Korean Grape Wine

Alcoholic beverage in Korean language is Ju and grape wine is podoju.

There are various Korean traditional liquors such as Cheongju, Podoju, Yakju and Soju. Beside these traditional Korean ju, South Korea also brews whiskey, brandy, vodka, beer, rum and gin.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Korean Drinking Culture


Korean Wine

Drinking of alcoholic beverages is one of the Korean cultures. This is what I heard from friends who live in Korea. You have to drink alcoholic beverages to be socialized. This is applied to men but I have no idea with ladies.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Korean Mini Wine Cups



These small cute wine cups (5 in a set) cost me 2000 Won (South Korea Currency). I bought them at Doosan Tower Shopping Mall in Dongdaemun of South Korea. The sizes of these cups are 6 cm in height and 4 cm in diameter. Each cup is printed with Korean characters and graphic of cultural activity.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Bargaining Fun In South Korea


Bargaining Fun

Shopping or buying something is very interesting for tourists when visiting South Korea.

Tourists have to use finger language as well as calculator to bargain with Koreans because of the language barrier. Most of Koreans whom I had met were very polite and friendly, so you will be satisfied for what you want and bring back your sweet memories. Remember to bring along a calculator and shop happily when you pay a visit to South Korea.

Friday, October 26, 2007

South Korea Seoul National Folk Museum


Seuol National Folk Museum

The National Folk Museum is located within the compound of the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul city.

There are three exhibition halls in the National Folk Museum which display actual relics, replicas and paintings of culture and history of Korean people. This museum is listed in the traveling brochures as a tourist attraction by most of the Seoul traveling companies.

Friday, October 19, 2007

South Korea Seoul Deoksu Palace


Deoksu Palace

Deoksu Palace is located in Seoul, capital city of South Korea. Among the royal palaces in Seoul city, Deoksu Palace is the smallest. This small royal palace has become one of the Seoul City Daily Tour destinations for tourists.

Deoksu Palace

Chunghwamun is the gate entrance to the Chunghwajeon (throne hall) of Deoksu Palace. The traditional Korean building structure of the Chunghwamun is really impressive.

Deoksu Palace

Chunghwajeon (Behind Chunghwamun)

Chunghwajeon is situated at the center of Deoksu Palace. It was the location for holding royal ceremonies by the rulers of Joseon Dynasty. The kings of Joseon Dynasty met their officials at Chunghwajeon during royal ceremonies.

Deoksu Palace

The modern buildings built within the compound of the palace are annexes of the Museum of Modern Art. Visitors can see classical works of modern art in this museum.

Deoksu Palace

The unique traditional architecture of the Deoksu Palace is a sharp contrast with the modern skyscrapers of Seoul city. Lovers of culture, history and architecture should list Deoksu Palace as a visiting destination when come to Seoul.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Colourful Ka Eul Of South Korea


Autumn

Ka eul (가을) in Korean means autumn. The above photo show tree with colorful leaves during autumn in South Korea.

Friday, October 5, 2007

South Korea Nami Island Winter Sonata


winter Sonata

Winter Sonata is a popular South Korea television drama. Many scenes of Winter Sonata were shot at Nami Island. This shooting location has turned into a prominent tourist destination in South Korea. Many fans of Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo visited Nami Island after watching Winter Sonata.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Dae Jang Geum Theme Park


Dae Jang Geum Theme Park

Dae Jang Geum Theme Park is a shooting location for many Korean television drama series. This filming venue was converted to a theme park after Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (South Korea Broadcasting Company) producing a popular television drama series : Dae Jang Geum.

This theme park was opened in 2004 for public and tourists to visit. Fans of Da Jang Geum drama can enjoy the scene exactly same as in the drama.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Seoul 2002 FIFA World Cup Museum


Seoul World Cup Museum

Seoul 2002 FIFA World Cup Museum is attached to Seoul 2002 FIFA World Cup Stadium. Visitors can acquire full detail information regarding 2002 FIFA World Cup Tournament.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Seoul 2002 FIFA World Cup Stadium


Seoul World Cup Stadium

Seoul 2002 FIFA World Cup Stadium is the venue for the opening ceremony of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Tournament and the opening match between France (1998 Champion) and Senegal. The bird's eye view of this stadium looks like the shape of a traditional Korean kite that symbolizes the spirit of Korean people fly toward victory.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Everland Theme Park Safari World


Everland Theme Park

Safari World is one of the most popular attractions in South Korea Everland Theme Park. There are two options available for visitors to travel through the Safari World. Visitors can either board a bus or take a jeep to enjoy viewing various species of animals in Safari World.

Lionger

Visitors will be surprise of the special feature in the Safari World where the King of the Jungle and the biggest cats coexist with each other. Besides that, a crossbreed of animal between the lion and the tiger which is known as "lionger" will draw the attention of the visitors.

Friday, August 3, 2007

South Korea Everland Theme Park


Everland Theme Park

South Korea Everland Theme Park is one of the most popular theme parks in the world. This world top ranking theme park is located in Yongin city of Gyeonggi Province South Korea. Yongin is in the middle of Gyeonggi Province and approximately 40 km south of Seoul. (Capital city of South Korea). The above photo is my sweet memory of my family trip to South Korea in December 2005.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Video Of Temerloh Sunday Market




Temerloh is a town situated at the central part of Pahang state in Malaysia.

There is a renowned Sunday market in Temerloh. This Sunday market is believed to be the longest (about 3 kilometers) in Malaysia. It is held once a week on Sunday morning.

The location of Sunday market is along one of the Pahang River banks. A wide range of stuffs are available at the Sunday market. It seems nothing that can't be purchased here.

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