Sunday, December 27, 2009

Korea Headlines December 27

Seoul regrets Tokyo's claims over Dokdo

Korea Herald

Lee Chung-yong At Bolton Wanderers

Soccerphile

Forced Laborers Seek Due Compensation

Korea Times

How to Make the Most of Hot Spring Baths

Chosun Ilbo

Previous Korea news

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Korea Headlines December 20

North Korea and South Korea engage in swine flu diplomacy

BBC

Drunk driving on the increase in South Korea

Korea Herald

Pohang Steelers lose to Estudiantes at FIFA World Club Cup

Soccerphile

K-Pop Girls Generation live on sparse diet of water and cucumber

Korea Times

One in every five men is likely to have trouble finding a spouse by 2014

Chosun Ilbo

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Soju & Makgeolli

The traditional Korean drinks of soju and makgeolli are both enjoying a renaissance amongst drinkers in Seoul.

Makgeolli

Makgeolli is a milky-colored rice wine with a taste somewhere between Japanese sake and beer. Baekseju Village (1317-11 Seocho-Dong, Seocho-Gu near Gangnam subway station Tel: +82 2 595 1003) offers a range of specially prepared Korean traditional wines from the company's own brewery, together with some delicious side dishes. The roasted pork slices (bossam) braised with red pepper paste (gochujang) come highly recommended.

Soju is a distilled liquor similar to Japanese shochu and packs a real kick. Chungdam Ann Sojubang (118-19 Chungdam-Dong, Gagnam-Gu / +82 2 541 6381) offers excellent king ribs and pan-broiled octopus with your deceptively alcoholic fruit soju cocktails.

Soju

Cheers!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Korea Headlines December 13

North Korea agrees nuclear 'co-operation' with US

BBC

Ozawa apologizes for Japanese wartime atrocities

Korea Herald

Pohang Steelers win first game in FIFA World Club Cup

Soccerphile

Sejong City Project to Be Completed by 2020

Korea Times

Lee Offers to Help North Korea with H1N1 Flu

Chosun Ilbo

Previous Korea news

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Choral Singing In Pyongyang

Female voices raised in revolutionary fervor are a Pyongyang favorite, always propaganda, always praising the leadership.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Bulguksa Temple Guardians

Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju is a Korean national icon. Bulguksa was completed in 774 in the Silla dynasty but was unfortunately destroyed by an invading Japanese army in the early 17th century.



These huge temple guardians are a common feature in temples in China, Korea and Japan and are related to ancient Hindu demi-gods or devas (cheon in Korean). Their job is to prevent evil spirits from entering the sacred grounds of th temple's inner sanctum.

Image © Daniel Allen

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Korea Headlines December 6

North Korea currency change sparks panic

BBC

2010 no fun as weekends eat up public holidays

Korea Herald

Pohang Steelers in FIFA World Club Cup

Soccerphile

Transsexual Model Fights Prejudice

Korea Times

Skepticism Lingers Over Honam KTX Line

Chosun Ilbo

Previous Korea news

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Korea Headlines November 29

South Korean fined in first racial insult case

BBC

More Koreans seek foreign spouse for second marriage

Korea Herald

Senol Gunes Leaves FC Seoul

Soccerphile

Transsexual Model Fights Prejudice

Korea Times

Korea's Brand Power 10th Largest in World

Chosun Ilbo

Previous Korea news

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Korea Headlines November 22

Scepticism over North Korea's talks offer

BBC

Anticipation rising for U.S.-North Korea talks

Korea Herald

Chunnam Dragons Upset FC Seoul in K. League Playoffs

Korea Times

Plastic Surgery Boom Reaches Alarming Proportions

Chosun Ilbo

Previous Korea news

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hwangnam Bread

Hwangnam Bread is a specialty of Gyeongju.

Hwangnam Bread

Hwangnam bbang (Hwangnam Bread) is a delicious sweet red bean paste pastry and makes for a delicious snack with coffee or tea. Each bun is stamped with a distinctive sunburst motif.

The Hwangnam Bakery, where you can watch the bakers hard at work, is the mecca of Hwangnam Bread. The bakery is just across the street from Cheonmacheong, and bread is available to take away in various sized boxes.


Hwangnam Bread

Korea images © Daniel Allen

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Korea Headlines November 15

N Korean and S Korean ships clash at sea

BBC

Most South Koreans use cell phones

Korea Herald

Free Agent Kim Tae-kyun Joins Chiba Marines

Korea Times

Dual Nationality to Become Legal

Chosun Ilbo

Fire in South Korea shooting range kills 10 including 8 Japanese tourists

Reuters

Previous Korea news

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Korea Headlines November 8

N Korea 'has extracted plutonium'

BBC

U.S. Army headquarters to stay

Korea Herald

Kim Hye-ja Named Best Actress in China Festival

Korea Times

Fewer Korean Children Go Abroad to Learn

Chosun Ilbo

South Koreans Struggle With Race

New York Times

Previous Korea news

Monday, November 2, 2009

Anapji Pond

안압지

Anapji in Gyeongju is a beautiful pleasure garden and lake built by King Munmu in 674 as part of his palace.

The Anapji Pond is said to mirror the shape of King Munmu's kingdom at the time and the beautiful lotus pond and surrounding trees are illuminated at night.

Anapji Pond

When the area was restored in the mid-1970s the lake was dredged to reveal thousands of relics fom the Silla dynasty which are now exhibited in the National Museum in Gyeongju.

Anapji Pond

Korea images © Daniel Allen

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Korea Headlines November 1

South Korea plans non-combat Afghan deployment

BBC

Major parties differ over ruling on media laws

Korea Herald

Korea to Build Eco-Friendly Houses

Korea Times

Kim Yu-na Boosts Global Celebrity Status

Chosun Ilbo

Previous Korea news

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Cheomsongdae Observatory

Cheomsongdae Observatory in Gyeongju is the oldest observatory in East Asia.

Cheomsongdae Observatory

The building dates back to the 7th century and the rule of Queen Seondeok (632-647) in the Silla dynasty. The 12 stones at the base of the building may represent the 12 months of the year or the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. The number of stones in the construction equals the number of days in a lunar year - 362.

The structure is illuminated at night and a favorite place for lovers' snaps.

Korea images © Daniel Allen

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Korea Headlines October 25

North Koreans meet US envoys in New York

BBC

Fears grow about roaming wild boars

Korea Herald

Calvin Klein’s Sexy Billboard to Be Taken Down

Korea Times

Seoul to Host Snowboarding Contest

Chosun Ilbo

Previous Korea news

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Arirang Festival 2009 Ends

The Arirang Festival 2009 officially ended on Tuesday in North Korea. The world's largest chorepgraphed display attracted 1.4 million spectators according to the authorities in Pyongyang.



The Arirang Festival began at May Day Stadium in mid-August. Guests included Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao who watched the festival with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on October 5.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Seoul By Night

As well as the Banpo Bridge many areas of Seoul are now lit at night and have colored water displays.

Seoul By Night

Korea images © Daniel Allen

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Korea Headlines October 18

North Korean diplomat to visit US

BBC

Drunk defense under scrutiny

Korea Herald

Koreans Detained in Foreign Countries Top 1,000

Korea Times

Construction of Asia's Tallest Building Starts

Chosun Ilbo

Previous Korea news

Monday, October 12, 2009

North Korea Map

New "cartograms" from Worldmapper graphically show the population density of North Korea.

North Korea Map

The estimated total population of North Korea in 2008 was 23,479,088, less than half the population of South Korea.

Click on the map to enlarge it.

© Copyright 2009 SASI Group (University of Sheffield)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Korea Headlines October 11

North Korean 'may return to talks'

BBC

More Korean women in 20s, 30s remain single

Korea Herald

President Lee’s Bicycle Sold for 310,000 Won

Korea Times

'Sarang' Named Loveliest Korean Word

Chosun Ilbo

Previous Korea news

Monday, October 5, 2009

Banpo Bridge Seoul

In 2008 the 1.4km-long Banpo Bridge in Seoul got a major facelift with the installation of a 9,380-jet fountain that runs along both sides of the bridge that crosses the Han River.

Banpo Bridge Seoul

The nozzles spray 190 tons of water per minute pumped from the river below. The fountain is illuminated at night, set to music and makes for a dramatic sight.

Banpo Bridge Seoul

Korea images © Daniel Allen

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Korea Headlines October 4

Chinese premier meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-il

BBC

"Comfort Women" victims pin hopes on Japan PM Hatoyama

Korea Herald

Chuseok holiday-travelers' traffic clogs highways

Korea Times

Korean Economy 'to Grow 3.6% Next Year'

Chosun Ilbo

Previous Korea news

Saturday, October 3, 2009

South Korea Map

New style "cartograms" from Worldmapper graphically show the very high population density of South Korea.

The main population density areas are Seoul and neighboring Incheon. The gray areas represent areas of low population density, with only the south west and eastern coasts having a relatively sparse population.

South Korea Map

The estimated total population of South Korea in 2008 was 48,379,392.

Click on the map to enlarge it.

© Copyright 2009 SASI Group (University of Sheffield)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Korean Sashimi

Thick cut and delicious Korean sashimi (raw fish) is a gastronomic delight.

Korean Sashimi

Eat at Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan or at numerous specialist fish restaurants in Seoul, Korean raw seafood is a culinary adventure.

Korean Sashimi

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

KTX

서울

The KTX is one of our favorite trains. It has a very elegant shape - sleek and refined.


KTX

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Korea Headlines September 27

Korean families in rare reunion

BBC

Japan PM Hatoyama to visit Seoul October 9

Korea Herald

After School Girl Band Harassed by Rowdy Bikers

Korea Times

Korea 'to Host Next Year's G20 Summit'

Chosun Ilbo

Previous Korea news

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pusan International Film Festival

Pusan International Film FestivalPusan International Film Festival in Busan will take place this year from October 8-18 on Haeundae Beach in the southern port city of Busan.

PIFF is Asia's largest film festival and began life in 1996. Cinemas for screenings are MegaBox Haeundae 5 and Busan Yatching Center Outdoor Theater.

2009 PIFF
Annex 2-1, Yachting Center
1393 Woo1-Dong
Haeundae-Gu
Busan 612-797
Korea
Tel: 82 51 747 2684
Fax: 82 51 747 2694

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Korea Headlines September 20

North Korea ready for nuclear talks.

BBC

Charges pressed over Imjin flood deaths

Korea Herald

Koreans Fighting Obesity

Korea Times

Three Men Arrested for Illegally Uploading 'Haeundae'

Chosun Ilbo

A Succession Saga Goes Silent

Washington Post

Previous Korea news

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dongdaemun Gate

동대문

The Dongdaemun or "Great East Gate" has stood on its present spot in Seoul since 1396 though the present structure dates from 1869.

Dongdaemun Gate

Dongdaemun Market is the major tourist attraction in the vicinity.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Eating Korean: from barbecue to kimchi, recipes from my home

Eating Korean
Eating Korean: from barbecue to kimchi, recipes from my home

by Cecilia Hae Jin Lee

John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0-7645-4078-5
272 pp

This book is an excellent introduction of the delights of Korean cooking. Written by a first generation Korean-American and award-winning chef, the book covers the standard favorites of Korean cuisine such as bulgogi, bibimbap and kimchi as well as offering recipes that may not be so well-known to a Western audience.

Among the one hundred plus recipes presented are plenty of hot soups, vegetable dishes, noodles and those saucy, hot Korean dips.

The author interweaves the recipes with personal stories about her large extended Korean family as well as interesting cultural insights into Korean food and culture. Highly recommended for those wanting to try Korean food at home with a useful list of US suppliers of Korean ingredients listed by state.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Korea Headlines September 13

Ruse or reality in North Korea's uranium admission?

BBC

Exhibition showcases Korean medicine

Korea Herald

Book Highlights Essence of Korean Temples

Korea Times

More Foreigners Take Korean Proficiency Test

Chosun Ilbo

South Korea says supports U.S. talks with North

Washington Post

Previous Korea news

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Seoul Puns

The fact that the word "Seoul" has the same pronunciation as the English words "soul" and "sole" is a punner's and headline writer's dream.

In English "soul" can mean spirit or individual, sole is the bottom of your shoe, a type of fish or can have the meaning of only as in 'the one and only'. Then there is the soul music genre.

Here's a list of our favorite Seoul puns - add yours in the comments section below.

Soul Seoul - spirit, individual

Seoul Brother(s), Seoul Sister(s), Heart and Seoul, Lonely Seoul, Wandering Seoul, Lost Seoul, Seoul Food, Seoul Searching, All Seoul's Day, Rest His/Her Seoul, Seoul Mate, Set My Seoul On Fire, Seoul To Seoul, Seoul Eater, Seoul Dust, Seoul Kitchen, Body and Seoul

Sole Seoul - as in instrinsic, one and only

Seoul Trader, Seoul Survivor, Seoul Application, Seoul Purpose

Soul Seoul - the music

Seoul Classics, 1960s Seoul, Black Seoul, Seoul Man, Soul Lyrics, Seoul Train, Seoul Asylum, Seoul Singers, Seoul Hits, Seoul Music, Seoul Kitchen

Sole Seoul - as in the shoe

Rubber Seoul, Leather Seoul, Double Seoul

Or how about Dover Seoul, Seould Out?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Japan Korea Flights

Japan Korea FlightsFlights to Korea from Japan have become much cheaper over the years and with the present exchange rate making the Won good value against the Japanese Yen, there is no better time to fly over the East Sea (Sea of Japan) and enjoy a visit to the Land of Morning Calm.

As well as a number of daily services from the big airports such as Narita, Haneda, Osaka, Fukuoka and Chubu International, there are regular flights to both Incheon International Airport and Busan from smaller, provincial airports in Japan, including Hiroshima.

English language newspapers or your travel agent are a good place to find cheap flights and good value package trips on tours. These will include airfare, hotel and usually a bus tour and last usually for 3 or 4 days. Recent prices quoted include 17,000 yen from Tokyo, 18,800 yen from Osaka (KIX).

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Korea Headlines September 6

North Korea enters final phase of uranium enrichment

BBC

Korea beat Australia 3-1 in football friendly

Korea Herald

Foreign Investors Flocking to Kosdaq

Korea Times

Report Predicts Older, Multicultural Korea on Stilts

Chosun Ilbo


Previous Korea news

Saturday, September 5, 2009

South Korean Provinces

For administrative purposes, South Korea is divided into 8 provinces (도,道,do), 1, Special self-governing Province, 1 Special City and 6 Metropolitan Cities.

The 8 provinces are: Chungcheongbuk, Chungcheongnam, Gangwon, Gyeonggi, Gyeongsangbuk, Gyeongsangnam, Jeollabuk and Jeollanam. The 1 Special self-governing Province is Jeju. The 1 Special City is the capital Seoul and the 6 Metropolitan Cities are Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwanju, Incheon and Ulsan.

Gyeonggi is the largest province in terms of population with Busan the largest Metropolitan City, though, of course, smaller than Seoul - the Special City.

Gyeonggi-do Province includes the capital Seoul, though Seoul has its own administration. The provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do is Suwon. Other provincial capitals are Chuncheon (Gangwon), Cheongju (Chungcheongnam), Daejeon (Chungcheongnam), Jeonju (Jeollabuk), Muan (Jeollanam), Daegu (Gyeongsangbuk) and Changwon (Gyeongsangnam).

Municipal level divisions are slightly similar to those in Japan: Si (city), Gun (county), Gu (district), Eup (town), Myeon (township), Dong (neighborhood), Ri (village).

Friday, September 4, 2009

Moon Handbooks South Korea

Moon Handbooks South Korea
Moon Handbooks South Korea

by Robert Nilsen

Moon Handbooks

ISBN: 1-5669-1418-3
860 pp

If you are considering a stay of a few weeks or more in Korea, then Robert Nilsen's excellent Moon Handbooks South Korea, should be one of the first things you pack. Full of detailed travel, historical and cultural information on Korea's main cities and often hidden places of interest, this book takes you well off the normal traveler's well-beaten track.

The clean black and white design and decent maps are a bonus, as are the well-penned and informative history and language sections. A great background resource for the long-term traveler or resident, but in need of a sharper edit on more precise travel information for the hungry or lost, casual Seoul-searching tourist.


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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Korea Headlines August 30

Koreas to resume family reunions

BBC

Government to introduce anklets for criminals

Korea Herald

N. Korea Frees 4 S. Korean Fishermen

Korea Times

One-stop Service Centers Open for Medical Tourists

Chosun Ilbo


Previous Korea news

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Internet Cafes in Korea

As befits the most wired nation on earth, internet cafes are everywhere.

Look out for the "PC" sign on buildings and in the street.

Internet Cafes in Korea

Mainly popular with gamers rather than surfers, cybercafés or PC bangs are comfortable and cheap and most seem to be open 24/7.

Expect to pay around 1 USD an hour to get online in any of the major Korean cities.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Busan Weather

The climate in Busan is less extreme than the weather in Seoul to the north. The sea acts to cool temperatures in the Korea Peninsula's very hot summers and helps to moderate the harsh cold of the Korean winter. Busan can be 4 or 5 degrees Centigrade warmer than the capital in winter and a couple of degrees cooler in summer.

Weather Pusan


August is the hottest month on the south coast with July the wettest with an average of around 300mm of rainfall expected in the month. November through March are the driest months with average precipitation less than 70mm.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gwangalli Beach & Gwangan Bridge

Gwangan Bridge is a huge bridge in Busan on the southern coast of South Korea. Gwangan Bridge carries National Highway 66 and crosses the bay west of Haeundae to Daeyeon-san-dong.

Gwangan Bridge, which is 6.5km long is the largest bridge in Korea and is illuminated at night.

Gwangalli Bridge

Gwangalli Beach looks out on to the bridge and is a popular spot for water sports or to try one of the many seafood restaurants or trendy cafes and shops in the area.

image © Daniel Allen

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Jagalchi Fish Market Pusan

자갈치시장

Jagalchi Fish Market is the largest marine products market in Korea, and like Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, is an ideal place to sample raw fish and the Korean version of sushi or gimbap (steamed white rice - bap - with seafood rolled in dried seaweed - gim).

Jagalchi Fish Market Pusan

Jagalchi is located in the Nanpo-dong area of Busan and the market itself is both indoors and outdoors. Fried tuna or chamchi is a popular dish here.

Jagalchi Fish Market Pusan

Korean sashimi - hoe - is usually cut thicker than in Japan and served on a bed of lettuce.

Raw seafood in Busan

Images © Daniel Allen

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Korea Headlines August 23

South Korea's champion of democracy Kim Dae-jung

BBC

Rocket launch hopes for lucky number 8

Korea Herald

Foreigners’ Crimes Outgrow Interpreters

Korea Times

Korea Bids to Host 2022 World Cup

Chosun Ilbo


Previous Korea news


Friday, August 21, 2009

Photographs of Busan South Korea

Enjoy this slide show of images of Busan by travel photographer Daniel Allen.




There are images of Busan by night, Jagalchi Fish Market, Korean food, Hurshimchung and Gwangan Bridge.

© Daniel Allen

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Korea Headlines 16 August 2009

Samsung ex-boss Lee Kun-hee breached trust

BBC

Lee to propose peace regime with North Korea

Korea Herald

TV Show Hosts Park, Choi to Tie the Knot

Korea Times

Matching N.Korean Women with S.Korean Men

Chosun Ilbo

South Korea Start South Africa Preparations

Korean Soccer News

Previous Korea news


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pyongyang Weather North Korea Climate

Pyongyang in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula has extremes of temperature. Hot and humid in summer, Pyongyang can get extremely cold in winter.



The rainy season arrives in June and usually lasts until the latter stages of July. Snow and frost can be expected for at least a month during the winter in Pyongyang with ports, such as Wonsan, freezing up from December thru March.


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Korea News 2 August 2009

North Korea seizes South Korean fishing boat

BBC

Teachers to be fired for political protests

Korea Herald

Lee Chung-yong signs for Bolton Wanderers

Korea Times

New Gwanghwamun Square Opens

Chosun Ilbo

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Seoul Nightclubs

Some of the best night clubs in Seoul are in Hongdae, Itaewon, Sinchon and Daehangno.

Seoul Nightclubs

In Hongdae look out for M2 and QVo (for hiphop) which have the same owners. Tinpan 1 & 2 are heaving meat markets with cheap drinks.

Seoul Nightclubs

Friday, July 31, 2009

Photographs of Seoul South Korea

Enjoy this slide show of images of Seoul by travel photographer Daniel Allen.




There are images of Seoul by night, night clubs, Korean food and Korean martial arts.

© Daniel Allen

Thursday, July 30, 2009

North-South Korea Border

The roughly 248km-long Military Demarcation Line between North and South Korea is a forbidding and heavily militarized place.

North-South Korea Border

Tours of the DMZ can be arranged in Seoul and are an amazing experience. Visitors are taken to the now deserted village of Panmunjom (Panmunjeom), 53km from Seoul. Main points of interest on your organized tour are the Joint Security Area and the Third Tunnel (dug by North Korea to try to infiltrate the South) and Camp Bonifas - "In Front of Them All".

South Korea Border Guard

T1 through T3, in the Joint Security Area (JSA) are conference rooms (image below) right on the "border" between the two Koreas.

North-South Korea Border

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lonely Planet Korea Guide

Lonely Planet Korea GuideLonely Planet: Korea

by Martin Robinson, Andrew Bender, Rob Whyte, John Banagan
Lonely Planet
ISBN: 1-7410-4558-4
416 pp

At first glance, one would think it would be impossible to feel lonely in Korea, being the intensely dense country that it is. However, after spending a day trying to navigate around the sometimes bewildering concrete megalopolis that is Seoul, endless streams of people pushing past you and cars honking constantly in your face, a first-time visitor to Korea will be thankful for the Lonely Planet’s new guide to this, oft overlooked, country.

Many tourists often jump between more well-known China and Japan but they are missing out and this comprehensive guidebook helps to tell them why. Of course, everyone who visits Korea spends time in Seoul and the capital and its offerings are extensively covered. As a long-term resident of Seoul, the book is perhaps not aimed at people like me but I found much of the information useful and I was inspired to try one of the walks suggested and I am very happy that I did, I was even happier with the amazing restaurant that I found on the way, though I may keep that to myself.

The rest of the country is covered in impressive detail, as you would expect from Lonely Planet. There is quite a comprehensive and interesting section on visiting North Korea which certainly whetted my appetite as did the section of Korean food which offered a useful introduction to the nation's colourful and fiery cuisine.

One minor quibble is that the locations for Seoul attractions and facilities are shown on maps only, while the information about the attraction is listed on another page. So, if you are looking for good pubs and clubs you have to constantly flick between pages. The nearest subway station in the information section would be helpful as a quick guide to where the place was.

The strength of the book is in the little nuggets of background information and the enthusiasm of the writers that is immediately apparent and which provided me with a new-found determination to explore the fascinating, maddening and unique country that is South Korea.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Korean Police

The Korean police force the Korean National Police Agency is a unified national police force. The KNPA was set up in 1945.

Korean Police

As in neighboring Japan, Korean police operate hundreds of local police boxes throughout the country as well as larger police stations.

Korean Police

The emergency telephone number for the police is 112.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Korea News 26 July 2009

South Korean Economy Grows

BBC

Korean Bicycle Companies Making a Comeback

Korea Herald

Manchester United Beat FC Seoul 3-2

Korea Times

Korea's Oldest National Tree Found

Chosun Ilbo

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Changing of the Guard

Seoul, like Buckingham Palace in London, has a Changing of the Guard ceremony. Seoul's Changing of the Guard takes place at Gyeongbok-gung Palace.

Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place on the hour from 10.00-16.00 outside the main entrance with the soldiers wearing traditional uniforms. Look out for the feathers in the guard's helmets and the beautiful beads of their chin straps from their wicker helmets.

Image © Jake Davies

Friday, July 24, 2009

Seoul Weather

July is a hot and humid month in Seoul with temperatures in South Korea's capital rising above 30 degrees Centigrade. June and July are the months of the annual rainy season or monsoon.

Temperatures plunge below freezing in the winter months of December through February.

Weather in Seoul

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