Sunday, August 30, 2009

Korea Headlines August 30

Koreas to resume family reunions


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


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


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


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


Teachers to be fired for political protests

Korea Herald

Lee Chung-yong signs for Bolton Wanderers

Korea Times

New Gwanghwamun Square Opens

Chosun Ilbo

Last week's Korea news

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