Monthly Archives: January 2011

Visit Daegu 2011~

I was see this “Visit Daegu 2011″ so often in Seoul station. Yes so many publications about Visit Daegu 2011 there!! Dream, passion, and challenge. sprint together for tomorrow!!IAAF World Championships, Daegu 2011 Will be held on August 27 ~ September 4, 2011 (9 days). there will be 213 countries, 7,000 athletes (plus 3,500 officers and 3,500 reporters) 47 events (24 for male, 23 for female), it is a very big event!!! Therefore the daegu governor provide opportunity for a visitor to visit daegu this precious year!!

Last saturday and sunday i visited daegu, Its so awesome and amazing experience!!!Indeed daegu is an amazing places to visit. During my trip i was hosted my indonesian friends Zahra and Farra plus several other indonesian! We visit Warung indonesia, we eat the most delicious indonesian food!then we travel arround daegu down town with my WSK friends and also visit herb hills yungnamers. I think i need to visit daegu again since theres so many places i havent visit!! See you soon Daegu, I am Falling in love to visit you again!!!>.<

Thank you so much daeguers, for such a great host!!!I really think this visiting moment so so wonderful, I love you!!!You guys ROCK!!!

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Wishing list February Event: Photography exhibits brighten winter days

As the cold weather continues in Seoul, there’s no better way to warm up by catching one of the many photo exhibitions in town. Right now, there’s several major exhibits by photographers from around the world.

*Robert Delpire & Friends
Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul is hosting the “Robert Delpire & Friends” photo exhibition until February 27. Robert Delpire has been one of the most important people in French photography in the modern era, not just for his own personal photography, but also for his role as a publisher and curator. The exhibit is a retrospective of Delpire’s 60-year career in the arts, including his own works and those of the many photographers whose careers took off thanks to his work both behind the lens and in the gallery.


Robert Delpire and works from the exhibition “Robert Delpire and Friends” (Photo from the official website)

In addition to Delpire’s work, the exhibit features 185 photos by 50 artists, 150 photobooks and four short films. The artists include some of the best-known photographers of the 20th century, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, and Sarah Moon.

Photos from the “Robert Delpire & Friends” exhibition (Photo from the official website)

The exhibit is divided into four sections: One for Delpire’s works, another featuring some of the most famous photographs taken by the photographers he helped, another focusing on photography books, and a video installation area.

*Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs
From Feb. 9 to 22, visitors to the Mokpo Culture & Arts Center will be able to enjoy “Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs.”

Photos from the “The Pulitzer Prize Photographs” exhibition (Photo from the official website)

This exhibit, curated annually by the Newseum in Washington D.C., features 145 award-winning photographs from 1942 to 2010. The Pulitzer Prize is a awards excellence in journalism, literature and musical composition. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories, including “Breaking News Photography” and “Feature Photography.”

*A Revolutionary Lens, KORDA
Cuban photographer Alberto Korda, best known for his iconic photograph of Che Guevara, is the subject of “A Revolutionary Lens, KORDA” at Coex Mall in Seoul until March 1.
Photo of Alberto Korda and his work (Photo from the official website)

Korda is best known for his work during the Cuban Revolution and for his underwater photography, which sensitively and beautifully portrayed the natural, political, and social sides of Cuba.

Photos from the “A Revolutionary Lens, KORDA” exhibition(Photo from the official website)

PS: source korea.net

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Mr. Im Koo Bae He’s so helpful and Kind!!

I have been study in KAIST for 3 years, Yes I was taking master in KAIST for 1,5 years then i continued PhD in KAIST also now its already 1,5 year also. I can say that my professor is my angel!He’s a nice professor! But there’s another person also who’s so nice, helpful and kind, his name is Mr. Im Koo Bae! He’s work in Student welfare team in KAIST, he’s responsible as taking care all internationals student specially for their scholarship!:D

Every time i had trouble, without hesitate i can contact him through his office phone,cellphone or email! He always help me! Including if all of my friend has trouble he always help them! He also often give me a present, such as KAIST jacket, a souvenir when he’s baby has 1year birthday,delicious food, etc etc! Oh my god, i love this country the people so nice, helpful and kind to me!! Thank you so much Mr. Bae for everything!I owe you a lot!!

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Korean jjimdak (찜닭) Culinary Outing @Korea!^^Super duper delicious:)

I’ve always loved jjimdak – since it is almost have similar looks like semur daging in indonesian foods! The taste also so so delicious!!Really super duper delicious!! jimdak – a braised chicken dish served in a shoyu based sauce (usually accompanied with chewy glass noodles, potatoes, onions, and the occasional carrot and mushroom). The other reason i love jjimdak is there is a nodles which has the same shape like kwetiau, so i feel like i eat two different indonesian food semur and kwetiau goreng kuah! SO AMAZING!!! i love spicy food thats why i always request jjimdak which have more spicy flavour!:)

If you come to KOREA i recommend you to try jjimdak, the price with rice is 8,000won! But for sure you will so full because with that price you already get so many food, its so amazing and so delicious as well!!! I love korean FOOD so much!!!!!!!!!! Including my friend ayu and yos who just come to korea and love this food so much!! Last sunday we had a great Korean jjimdak (찜닭) Culinary Outing at myeongdong at the most famous jjimdak which called andong jjimdak! ^^

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Visiting Dae Jang Geum Them Park!^^

Last sunday i was go hunting picture with yoido photographer to Dae Jang Geum Them Park!It was amazing moment since first I love taking picture!The second is I also love Dae Jang Geum korean drama!This Dae Jang geum was so famous in Indonesia!

Dae jang geum them park is open set in MBC’s culture valley in Yangju, gyeonggi province. If you want to go this place, it so easy you just use subway line 1 to yangju station then after that use bus number 2-4 to go to this place!if you have 4 people you can use taxi from yangju stations, since our experience waiting the yellow bus 2-4 its takes hours!^^ But if you alone, you can also use taxi! the taxi fare from yangju station is 10,000won. If you use bus, its only 1,000won:D

Dae Jang Geum is a drama based on the true life of the poor, Jang-geum who raised to position royal physician. The drama excitingly describes the court culture such as royal cuisine, customes, medicines and games.

Dae Jang geum aired in MBC from september 2003 till march 2004 in many viewers interest, including in Indonesia it so famous korean drama! Dae jang geum open set panning 2,000 square meters consists of suragan (royal kitchen), sojubang (kitchen area within the palace where chefs cook meals for those who work in the palace), daejeon (king’s residence), daebijeon (queen residence), Toiseongan (kitchen), oksa (prison), gaeksa (inn), saongwon (government authority of the joseon dynasty in charge of cooking and food served in the palace), etc and the most of dae jang geum was filmed here.

In this dae jang geum them park, become more interesting because i can not only highlight the hystorical of dae jang geum drama but also have various experience such as riding korean sedan chair-gama, trying korean traditional costumes, see how korean raw rice wine makgeoli made, and playing tuho ( a game trowing arrows into a large jars). ITS SO MUCH FUN!! YOU only pay 5,000won for individual or 4,000won for a groups! So if you come to korea i recomended you to come and see this place, Its so so amazing place!!!^^

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Would you like a bowl of Ttukbaegi?

Onggi, a traditional Korean pottery has a significant role as a container preserving food in Korean food culture. In fact, among this time is when we remind of the rows of kimchi and doenjang (soybean paste) jars that used to be stored in the house yard. Nowadays as plastic and stainless containers became popular and the housing environment has changed Onggi lost its popularity in daily life of Koreans. However, recently the cultural value and identity of Onggi has been acknowledged. Books written in English to promote a global use of Onggi have been published followed by attempts of contemporary interpretation on the traditional pot. Let’s take a closer look.

Onggi, traditional Korean pottery of daily life

Onggi, in Korean means earthenware or pottery with a dark brown glaze, which is a native Korean pottery of daily life. Often used as a kimchi jar, for its cheap price and long-durability has been generally used by Koreans. Onggi Folk Museum in Ssangmun dong, Seoul, possesses a variety of Onggi; the big ones mostly used for preserving soy sauce, doenjang, kimchi and water and others used in a more wide range of use e.g. chimneys, candle bottles, lamp-oil containers, Gi-wa(roof tile) and tea pots.

The common use of Onggi can be explained with the characteristics of the Korean food culture. Onggi perfectly suits to preserve fermented food. Made from coarse sand-mud, its breathing holes allows air to enter but block water out that helps the preservation of the food for a longer duration. It also removes toxic substance of foods and reduces the smell. By enabling effective flow of air that helps the fermentation and preservation of the food, Onggi is perfect to store doenjang, soy sauce, kimchi and Jeotgal (salted seafood) keeping it fresh until the following year.

Especially, Onggi is a ‘pot from nature,’ that when cracked or broken to be thrown away it is simply back to earth as soil. The pot is made of soil, water, fire and wind that are harmless to our body. It is eco-friendly but also has traditional Korean scientific logics embedded, no surprise it was selected as one of ‘100 Cultural Symbols of Korea.’ Last year ‘Onggi Expo Ulsan Korea, 2010’ was hosted by Ulsan Oe-gosan Onggi village, the biggest Onggi trading center of Korea.


‘Onggi Expo Ulsan Korea, 2010’ under its theme ‘Onggi the Mirror of the Future’ introduced Onggi featuring the meanings found in its materials and decoration technology and also offering events to experience the difference between Onggi and other potteries from the world. It was the first international expo on traditional Onggi and especially its event for visitors to make their own Onggi was a great success.

CHA publishes an English edition book on Onggi

the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (NRICH), Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea published a book entitled as ‘Onggi’ written in English to introduce the Onggi culture to the world. In order to help the orientation of foreigners lots of visual images are included for explaining the production process of Onggi. The process is introduced by three themes – earth, fire and spirit, which are the essential elements for making the pot throughout the history. Among the three, spirit is the most critical that contains the heart of the artisan who made the pot.


This book will be distributed overseas through Korean Culture and Information Services and other related organizations. Also the PDF version will be available at the (NRICH) homepage (www.nrich.go.kr). In addition, NRICH based on their research on intangible cultural heritage of Korea, will continue to publish other English books for foreigners.

Due to the change of housing environments and industrial progress, there are less people who use Onggi in daily life, especially with the invention of kimchi refrigerator in Korea. A significant effort to establish the identity of Onggi culture inheriting its excellence as a traditional container for fermented food, and its historic and cultural value as deriving from the early pottery of human history, should be continued. To develop Onggi suitable for practical use in contemporary life or application to interior design can be one idea. Through a long-term and specific plan, a spread of traditional Onggi culture of Korea across the world is hopefully to be expected.

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Sharing Intangible Heritage of Korea with the World

Cultural Heritage can be divided into tangible and intangible heritage. Cultural assets with forms e.g. a palace or ceramics would belong to the former category, while formless assets such as music, dance, drama, and recreations would belong to the latter one. Especially the legacy of intangible cultural assets has been continued by the people throughout history until now, being re-created by time contributing to the diversity of culture.

UNESCO has well acknowledged the importance of intangible cultural heritage. In 1997, at the 29th UNESCO general assembly it has adopted ‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ in order to protect intangible heritage which has been under threat to cease to exist by industrialization and globalization.

In 2003 ‘Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage’ was adopted by UNECO and it designated an ‘Urgent Safeguarding List’ and ‘Representative List’ of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. In 2001, 19 assets have been assigned as intangible cultural heritage and the list of it is on increase since then. Last October the food culture of France and Mexico was added to the list receiving lots of attention.

CHA produces DVD on Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Half of cultural assets inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List are those of Korea, China and Japan; Kabuki theater of Japan, the Dragon boat festival and Acupuncture and moxibustion of traditional Chinese medicine of China. Korea has eleven assets on the list; the Royal Ancestral Ritual in the Jongmyo Shrine and its Music, the Pansori Epic Chant, the Gangneung Danoje Festival, Cheoyongmu, Ganggangsullae, Jeju Chilmeoridang Yeongdeunggut, Namsadang Nori, Yeongsanjae, as well as Daemokjang (traditional wooden architecture), Gagok (lyric song cycles accompanied by an orchestra), and Falconry the last three recently added to the list.

The National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (NRICH), Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea produced contents with foreign language services introducing the eleven assets distributed by this month. A video clip on five assets inscribed on 2009 (Cheoyongmu, Ganggangsullae, Jeju Chilmeoridang Yeongdeunggut, Namsadang Nori, Yeongsanjae) is as well produced in three language editions with Korean, English and French. The clip includes a brief introduction on each relevant item that will be a useful resource for foreigners interested in Korean culture.

To promote active use of it, NRICH will distribute those video clips to relevant organizations and researchers in Korea and overseas, as well as providing online access to the material at NRICH homepage. High-quality contents on the intangible cultural heritage of Korea acknowledged by UNESCO is planned to be developed, produced and distributed every year. Such attempts is expected to improve a worldwide recognition on those heritages of Korea that has been under-promoted, despite of its value and significance representing the history, culture and identity of Korea.

The Intangible Cultural Heritage, the dwelling place for the Korean Spirit

Let’s take a closer look to the five cultural assets featured on the DVD produced by NRICH.
Namsadang Nori is the no.3 important intangible cultural properties of South Korea. Literally meaning ‘all-male vagabond clown theatre,’ it is a traveling entertaining theater troupe consisted of forty to fifty men enjoyed by the common people.

Kkokdusoe (the head of the group) leads the group followed by gombaengisoe, tteunsoe, gayeol, ppiri, and jeoseungpae performing the six sessions of nori (recreation) that are Pungmul, Beona, Salpan, Eoreum, Deotboegi, and Deolmi. Its origin derives from late Joseon. It was to wish peace and wealth for the villages and deliver joy to the common people through various music and performance.

Ganggangsullae, the no.8 important intangible cultural properties of South Korea, is a more familiar traditional recreation of Korea. The tradition comes from the South-western area of Korea performed to wish good harvest and fecundity.

Especially a grand Ganggangsullae used to be performed on the night of Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), which origins back from the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592. Admiral Yi Sun-shin lighted up torches on the hill and gathered women to play Ganggangsullae to fake the size of the army to the enemy and later the play continued to sing joys and sorrows of life.

Cheoyongmu is the final dance of Narye and Yeonre, successive national royal events of Korea. It is the only royal dance performed with human face masks. The narrative of the dance is about getting rid of misfortune based on the principle of Yin-Yang and the Five Elements. Through its dazzling and confident movements the dance delivers great energy and vigor to the audiences.

Yeongsanjae is a kind of 49 jae (a Buddhist memorial ceremony held on the 49th day of one’s death). It is a ceremony for spirits to attain eternality based on the Buddhist faiths. It cultural value is recognized for reproducing Young-san Hwe-sang, reminiscences of preach Sakyamuni has performed on Vulture Peak Mountain; also called as Young-san jak Bup, a representative providence ceremony of Buddhism.

Jeju Chilmeoridang Yeongdeunggut is a kind of haenyeo gut (haenyeo means female diver, gut is a type of exorcism) that is part of the unique cultural heritage of Jeju along with haenyeo and folk religion. It has a cultural meaning as a cultural festival embracing the local community and encouraging mutual understanding between the people living on Jeju Island.

To preserve these inherited cultural assets of Korea an active promotion on the international stage should be continued. An active support and participation from the Korean people preserving and promoting their cultural heritage should be followed as well.

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