Lunar New Year’s Day – Unhyungung

27 02 2010

Lunar New Year’s Day is January 1st.
Lunar New Year’s Day called “Seollal” in South Korea.
And this day is South Korea’s biggest holiday.
People wear new clothes called “Seolbim”.

This time, I was reported Unhyungung.

Unhyungung is located Bukchon, Seoul.
Unhyungung held Seollal-Lunar New Year’s Day- event.

This event included traditional perfomance.
One of the perfomance is traditional percussion quartet.
Traditional percussion quartet called “Samulnori” in South Korea.
Samulnori-traditional precussion quartet- plays four musical instruments.
Four musical instruments are drum, janggu, kkwaenggwari, gong.

This amusement is neolttwigi.
Neolttwigi is jumping game. It is similar to see-sawing.

People play yut on New Year’s Day.
A game of yut using four sticks.
A game of yut has five cases such as Do, Gea, Gul, Yut, Mo.

From old times, people plays this game called “Tuho”.
It throw the sticks into the barrel.

Seollal eats a special food called “Tteokguk”.
Tteokguk makes slices of rice cake, beef, eggs, etc.

Seollal is special holiday only in Asia.
If you want to feel special holidays, Seollal must to be good experience!

** Unhyungung has many events.
Refer to Unhyungung homepage for details.
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My Winter Story

7 02 2010


I’m high-school girl in Korea.

After high-school student, the first winter vacation was on the move.

One months in first, I took lessons in school.

Very unusual experience had during winter vacation.

A tremendous amount of snow fell on the Korea.

It’s very novel experience.

The remainder of winter vacation toured together with relative.

Younger sisters visited Seoul during winter vacation.

We went to Children’s Grand Park, Gyeongbokgung, Bukchon hanok village, Gwanghwamun Square.

I go back school tomorrow.

This vacation was happy days. Will I be happy vacation next time?

I’ll devote to study. Keep your fingers crossed for me!


5 02 2010


Korean traditional clothes, hanbok!




Enjoy Seoul!

4 02 2010

Bukchon Hanok Village & Unhyungung

2 12 2009

Breeze Reporter’s November theme is Hanok.
We went to Bukchon Hanok village and Unhyungung at November 21.

Unhyungung is private residence of Heungseon Daewongun who father of king Gojong.
King Gojong is Joseon dynasty’s 26th king.
Unhyungung has dignity, not official palace.




Many houses which have been keeping Korea’s native cultures are near by Unhyungung.
These houses called ‘Bukchon Hanok Village’.

Bukchon Hanok Village with Namsangol Hanok Village is famous for Korea’s native cultures.
Now, Bukchon Hanok Village has been developing on tourist resort.
For example, there has ‘Good Photo Spot’ and ‘museum day pass’.
It helps visitors to be convenient tour.

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village

If you visit Korea or interested in Korea, You should go Bukchon hanok village.
Because, you must realize Korea’s genuine native culture in Bukchon hanok village!

+ Unhyungung and Bukchon Hanok Village – Anguk Station of Subway Line 3.

Soul of Asia, Seoul – Deoksugung

29 10 2009

  Combination of traditional and modern construction. Deoksugung.

I went to Deoksugung at last weekend. Deoksugung has unusual attraction than the other palace. I’m impressed by Deokhongjeon, Seogeodang and Jeonggwanheon.



First, Emperor Gojong received high-ranking officials and foreign envoys in Deokhongjeon.



Feature of Deokhongjeon is that the big chandelier is suspended from the ceiling. It shows the period already has used electricity.



Also, stone sculpture called “Japsang” on Deokhongjeon’s tiled roofs, depend people.  And Seogeodang is the only building at Deoksugung with a two-tiered roof. Because it is not painted, Seogeodang resembles a typical home of that time.



Lastly, Jeonggwanheon is very unique. Jeonggwanheon is role such as the rear garden. The tops of the veranda columns are decorated with carvings in traditional Korean motifs such as blue-and-gold dragons, bats, and flower vases. And Gojong enjoyed coffee at Jeonggwanheon.
taking pictures with a chief of gatekeepers

taking pictures with a chief of gatekeepers

Also, Deoksugung is famous of ceremony that take turns a chief of gatekeepers. Especially, Foreigners like this ceremony.

Many tourist resorts such as Seoul Capital, Gwanghwamun Square, Cheonggyecheon is next to Deoksugung.

And, Deoksugung has cicerone. They support foreign language guidance ; Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese. If you go to Deoksugung, cicerone helps your tour.

If you go to Seoul or Korea, I recommend to visit Deoksugung. You will be impressive in Deoksugung’s unique style!