Sunday, April 22, 2012

Korea Headline News April 22 2012

Korean news
South Korea deploys cruise missiles amid North tensions

BBC

K-League gathering pace

Soccerphile

Unknown Starlet Gets Big Break as Korean Lolita

Chosun Ilbo

IOC ethics panel to probe Moon case

Korea Times

Seoul Philharmonic is here but not quite there yet

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Korea Headline News April 15 2012

Korean news
UN deplores North Korea rocket launch

Korea Herald

North Korea's Kim Jong-un in first major public speech

BBC

K-League gathering pace

Soccerphile

More Police Bungling Revealed in Suwon Murder

Chosun Ilbo

US cancels food aid for North Korea

Korea Times

Plastic surgery: The price of (eye) baggage

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Korea Headline News April 8 2012

Candidate’s obscene remarks put damper on DUP campaign

Korea Herald

Samsung expects profits to double from smartphone boost

BBC

K-League Kicks offs

Soccerphile

Koreans, Foreigners Disagree What Hinders Communication Here

Chosun Ilbo

Suwon murder shames police

Korea Times

Down at the heels, South Korea shantytown digs them in anyway

Los Angeles Times

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hareubang Grandfather Statues

Hareubang known as "Grandfather Statues" can be seen all over Jeju Island in South Korea.



These odd-looking statues are carved from the porous basalt volcanic rock of Jeju and are found outside homes, on bridges and now in the foyers of hotels and in front of restaurants and shops.


Though the origins and symbolism of the Hareubang statues is obscure it is thought they are guardian gods of homes and may also have a phallic (hence fertility) symbolism. The mushroom shape of the carvings may also be associated with an ancient magic mushroom cult practiced by shamans on Jeju Island.


Hareubang of various sizes can be purchased in souvenir stores throughout Jeju as garden ornaments, phone straps or keyrings. Bukchon Dol Hareubang Park on Jeju has a collection of 48 Dol Hareubang and information on these curious carvings.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Black Pork Pig Jeju

"Black Pork" from the meat of black pigs is a specialty of Jeju Island off the south west coast of South Korea.


Traditionally the porkers were kept in volcanic stone pens to be slaughtered for special occasions such as weddings, births and funerals.


Black Pork is eaten in kebabs and as a barbecue, traditionally roasted over charcoal with garlic.


Up until the 1960s in some areas of Jeju Island the pigs were human waste disposers, with latrines emptying into their sties, as the image of a stone statue at Geumneung Stone Garden graphically shows below.




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