5 Korean Dolls That We Totally Love!

If you are into Korean drama, you will probably love those period drama like Empress Ki, Dae Jang Geum, Hwang Jin Yi and the likes. What I love about these drama in ancient setting are the beautiful traditional Korean Hanbok worn by the actresses.

They are so exquisite!

Recently on Amazon, I came across some pretty Korean dolls that I just had to share them here. If you are into dolls like me, you will probably drool after some of them like me!

1) Princess of The Korean Court – By Mattel

Barbie doll in Hanbok! How cute is that? At $49.95 on Amazon, this one will probably be a great buy as a collector’s item.

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2) Korean Display Doll 1

You can probably find one these dolls in Korean souvenir shops. Still, I love the exquisite the face, totally asian and Korean!

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3) Korean Display Doll 2

Another display doll with beautiful Hanbok.

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4) Yeonji Doll 1

This doll has ball joints, so it’s body and limbs are movable and can be rotated to make it look more life-like. I absolutely adore the costume !

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5) Yeonji Doll 2

Another beautiful Yeonji doll. Apparently, this doll is very popular in Korea now!

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And that’s it for now. I’ll update on this post if I come across more cute korean dolls!

‘Gangnam Style’ Dance Fever On The Rise (강남스타일)

Ever since the famous Korean Pop song ‘Nobody’ by the Wonder Girls became a huge global hit in 2009, there were probably no other Kpop songs that came close to becoming a global sensation. All these are set to change by PSY with his wacky thumping dance video ‘Gangnam Style’ that was first published at 15th July 2012 on YouTube.

PSY’s original name is known as Park Jae Sang (born in December 31, 1977). He is a well-respected Korean hip hop artist cum rapper and is well-known for his satirical humor and entertaining persona, where he impersonates female singers such as Park Ji Yoon and Lee Hyori. An alumni of Boston University and Berklee College of Music, PSY proves that he still have the prowess to create not just a signature piece, but one that takes the world by storm, despite being out of action for the last 2 years.

Gangnam Style’s success is purely out of entertainment value. Perhaps it’s the catchy ‘Op…Op…Op..Oppa’ phrase, the comical horse-riding and cowboy dance moves, the hilarious way that PSY look in the video, or even the wacky title ‘Gangnam Style’ which totally makes no sense. Gangnam is one of the affluent districts in Seoul and is where all the big name offices and commercial buildings are located. ‘Oppa’ is brother in Korean. Just thinking of what ‘Oppa Gangnam style’ means can make you feel silly and laughing in bewilderment.

Anyway, there’s just something about the mish-mash of all these elements that makes the entire video an odd success. Fans of this video include Josh Groban, Robbie William and T-Pain. Pop-opera singer Josh Groban tweeted, “It’s a Gangnam Style world, we’re just living in it. Amazing video.” UK pop star Robbie Williams shared the video with his fans and this liner: “P.S. TRY WATCHING THIS AND NOT SMILING I DARE YOU…(NOT EVEN A LIP CURL).” US rapper T-Pain tweeted: “Words cannot even describe how amazing this video is.” ‘Gangnam Style’ has since gone viral worldwide and has garnered 39 million views in just a short span of less than 2 months.

Enough said, let’s check it out now.


If you are curious like me, here’s how PSY look like without the shades

PSY - Gangnam Style

PSY – Gangnam Style

 

Numberous versions of ‘Gangnam style’ videos are already sprouting across YouTube like fire, including spoofs and flash mobs. Just do a search and you’ll see many. After all the laughs watching the original video, let’s do a sexy take of ‘Gangnam Style’ by Waveya, which is a group of Korean Female Dancers who are famous for making sexy dance covers of popular Kpop songs. Enjoy the video!

Thai tourists surge on ‘hallyu’ boom

For an innumerable amount of newlyweds and young frugal vacationers, Thailand has been a favorite destination for many years now. This was not reciprocal as very few Thais visited Korea.

But thanks to “hallyu,” or the Korean wave sweeping Southeast Asia, more and more Thai tourists are coming to Korea.

According to the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), the state-run promoter of Korean tourism overseas, Tuesday, Thais now rank the sixth largest tourist group visiting Korea after the Japanese, Chinese, Americans, Taiwanese and Filipinos.

As of the end of November, the number of tourists from Thailand jumped 20.7 percent from a year earlier to 277,000.

Among Southeast Asian nations, only Malaysian visitors increased at a higher rate of 44.9 percent to 102,000.

KTO also said that per-capita-spending among Thai tourists reached $1,392 in 2010, higher than Japanese tourists’ average of $1,070.

Shortage of flights

“There are many reasons why more Thais are choosing to tour Korea. Above all, hallyu is the main reason,” said Park Suk-ju, director of KTO’s Asia Oceanic division. “K-pop groups are enormously popular among Thai youths. Additionally, “Hello Strangers” and other recent Thai movies filmed on Nami Island along with the traditional popular tourist spots here have been a big hit among Thai moviegoers, further encouraging more people to come here.”

Park said the majority of Thai tourists are women in their 20s and 30s, adding their shopping patterns are identical to that of the Chinese visitors.

“Thai tourists buy cosmetics, clothes, and other fashion and beauty-related products. Many want to copy their Korean idols,” he said.

To attract more visitors from the Southeast Asian country, the director said the number of flights connecting the two nations should be drastically increased.

“Winter is a good season to draw more Thai tourists because it doesn’t snow in their country. But a shortage of airplane tickets during the winter peak season has and will make it difficult to bring more Thai visitors into the country,” Park said. “We would like to see more planes fly between Korea and Thailand.”

Subsequently, Park expects the number of Thai tourists to grow at a double-digit rate next year.

According to a recent survey by consulting firm Nielsen, Thais have picked Seoul as their top travel destination for three consecutive years since 2009.

(Source: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/12/113_100273.html)

Seoul Korea Travel Guide

Seoul Travel Guide

Seoul Travel Guide (By Lonely Planet)

A great and useful free online guide by lonely planet (commissioned by Seoul Tourism office) about traveling in Seoul. Over 60 pages of information, it is a must see booklet if you are planning to travel to South Korea.

National Geographic Guide to Seoul

National Geographic Guide to Seoul

A beautiful online photo-book produced by National Geographic Channel.

Design Culture in Seoul

Design Culture in Seoul

An online book about the arts, design and architecture in Seoul, with background information and facts about Seoul.

All the online booklets above are produced by Seoul Metropolitan Government. For more information, please visit: http://english.seoul.go.kr.

To download Korea maps, Korean shopping maps, Korean restaurant guide, Korean calendar and festivals etc, please visit: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/GK/GK_EN_2_7_4.jsp

Korean Celebrities And Korean Cosmetic Surgery | Korean Entertainment News

Are you curious to know if your favorite Korean celebrities had gone under the knife? In this post, we feature the past and present pictures of several famous Korean celebrities. Do they look different? Do you think they had Korean cosmetic surgery done? You be the judge…

1. Ahn Jae Wook

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Ahn Jae Wook

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Ahn Jae Wook

2. Bada (Choi Sung Hee)

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Bada Choi Sung Hee

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Bada (Choi Sung Hee)

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Bada Choi Sung Hee

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Bada (Choi Sung Hee)

3. Bae Yong Jun /  Bae Yong Joon / Bae Yoon Joon / Bae Yoong Jun / Bae Yoong Jung

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Bae Yong Jun

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Bae Yong Jun

4. Chae Rim

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Chae Rim

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Chae Rim

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Chae Rim

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Chae Rim

5. Choi Ji Woo

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Choi Ji Woo

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Choi Ji Woo

6. Ha Ji Won /  Ha Ji Woon

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Ha Ji Won

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Ha Ji Won

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Ha Ji Won

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Ha Ji Won

7. Han Eun-Jeong / Han Eun Jung

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Han Eun Jung

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Han Eun Jung

8. Hoon Shoo Shan

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Hoon Shoo Shan

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Hoon Shoo Shan

9. Im Soo Jung / Im Soo Jeong

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Im Soo Jung

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Im Soo Jung

10. Jang Seo Hee

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Jang Seo Hee

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Jang Seo Hee

11. Jeon Ji-Hyun / Jeon Ji Hyun / Jeong Ji Hyun /  Jeong Ji-Hoon /  Jeong Ji Hun

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Jeon Ji Hyun

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Jeon Ji Hyun

12. Jiang Na Ra / Jiang Nara

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Jiang Na Ra

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Jiang Na Ra

13. Kangta

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kangta

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kangta

14. Kim Hee Sun / Kim Hee Sung

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kim Hee Sun

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kim Hee Sun

15. Kim Jae Won / Kim Jae Woon

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kim Jae Won

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kim Jae Won

16. Kim Kyung Ah

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kim Kyung Ah

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kim Kyung Ah

17. Kim Nam Joo / Kim Nam Ju

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kim Nam Joo

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kim Nam Joo

18. Kim Sung Ah / Kim Sun Ah

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kim Sun Ah

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kim Sun Ah

19. Kim Yoo Jung / Kim Yoon Jung / Kim Yun Jeong

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kim Yoo Jung

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kim Yoo Jung

20. Kwon Sang Woo / Kwong Sang Woo / Gwon Sang Wu

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kwon Sang Woo

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Kwon Sang Woo

21. Lee Bo Young / Lee Bo Yeong / Lee Bo Yong /  Lee Bo Yon

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Lee Bo Young

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Lee Bo Young

22. Lee Dong Gun / Lee Dong Goon / Lee Don Gun / Lee Dong Geon

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Lee Dong Gun

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Lee Dong Gun

23. Lee Yoon Ji

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Lee Yoon Ji

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Lee Yoon Ji

24. Ok So Ri

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Ok So Ri

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Ok So Ri

25. Park Han Byul / Bak Han Byeol

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Park Han Byul

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Park Han Byul

26. Park Ji Yoon / Park Ji Yeong / Park Ji Yeon / Bak Chi Yun / Park Ji Young

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Park Ji Yoon

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Park Ji Yoon

27. Rain (Bi) / Jung Ji Hoon / Jeong Ji Hun

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Rain (Bi)

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Rain (Bi)

28. Ryu Shi Won / Ryu Si Won

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Ryu Si Won

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Ryu Si Won

29. So Ji Sub / So Ji-Seob / So Ji Seob

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - So Ji Sub

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - So Ji Sub

30. Son Ye Jin / Son Yeh Jin / Son Yi Jin

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Son Ye Jin

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Son Ye Jin

31. Song Hae Gyo / Song Hae Kyo / Song Hye Gyo / Song Hye Kyo / Song He Kyo

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Song Hae Gyo

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Song Hae Gyo

32. Uhm Jung Hwa / Um Jung Hwa / Eom Jeong Hwa

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Uhm Jung Hwa

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Uhm Jung Hwa

33. Korean Actresses / Korean Actress / Korean Singer / Korean Singers

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Korean Celebrities Korean Plastic Surgery - Korean Actresses

Think Twice Before Going For Korean Scrub Bath | Korean Culture News

In Korean drama, the Korean scrub baths are often portrayed as a relaxing activity for both Korean men and women; it is also a good way for daughters to bond with their mums, aunts, female friends and for sons to bond with their fathers and etc. However, the scrub bath towel can be  so damaging that dermatologists in Korea have even started a campaign to ban it. Is the Korean scrub really that bad?

Korean Scrub Bath

Korean Scrub Bath

According to the doctors, it is actually good to have scrub bath occasionally as it promotes blood circulation and helps maintain your skin velvety and feeling refreshed. People with oily skin can benefit from scrub bath, as it also reduces acne. Doctor Kim Yong Jiu, director of Dermatology department in Yonsei University College of Medicine, said, “Without scrub bath, you might accumulate oil on your skin overtime, dead skin will then accumulate because they can’t be washed off easily, acne will then start to developed.”

If you use soap, the bubbles will get clog the pores, thereby preventing your skin from breathing. For best results, one should soak in warm water for about 30 minutes before scrubbing the skin. One should never scrub their skin too hard, as there is a tendency for the epidermis to be scrubbed out, thereby damaging the skin. Mudong Wonderful World Skin Hospital Director Lee Hao Nan said, “If you scrub your skin with too much force or have it done frequently, it will cause the thinning of the skin and making it vulnerable to dangers of bacteria, carcinogenic and allergic substances, which trigger skin problems.” The white stuff during your rub bath is the epidermis and if it is scrubbed out too much, your skin will be damaged.

If you have skin inflammation, dry or sensitive skin, it is not advisable to have scrub bath. Elderly people and those who are suffering from diabetes, hypertension, lymphoma and nephritis are also not advisable to have scrub bath, as their skin will develop eczema easily.

Whether one should go for a scrub bath or not is not really important. Samsung Hospital of Jiangbei Dermatology Professor Lee Jia Rong said, “Keratinocytes will naturally fall off to create new skin; even if a person do not have scrub bath, he or she will not look much different from those who did.”

8 Ideas For A Romantic Christmas This Year | Korean Entertainment News

Its coming to year end and if you are still busy with work and haven’t got to spend quality time with your loved ones, then Christmas is the perfect time to make up for it! Fret not if you are still thinking hard for ideas on that romantic Christmas date, for what can be a better way than to get inspirations from those romance themed Korean advertisement?

The Screen Couple: Rain & Lee Na-Young
Dating Location: Romantic candlelight dinner at a romantic restaurant
Romance: * * * *
Effectiveness: * * * * *
Cost: * * * * *
A romantic candle-light dinner is the most fool-proof date. Simply do an advance booking for a table at a nice restaurant with romantic ambiance. However, this can be pretty costly and do make sure that you bring extra cash.

Korean Advertisement - Rain and Lee Na-Young

Korean Advertisement - Rain and Lee Na-Young

The Screen Couple: Kim Rae Won (My Love Patzzi) & an unknown girl
Dating Location: Rooftop on a high rise building
Romance: * * * * *
Effectiveness: * * *
Cost: * * *
Pick a roof top on a high-rise building with the best city skyline view. Do make sure that you are planning a surprise for him or her (picnic, serenade, proposal etc), otherwise it’s just plain meaningless.

Korean Advertisement - Kim Rae Won

Korean Advertisement - Kim Rae Won

The Screen Couple: Kim Ju Hyuk (Lovers In Prague) & Moon Geun Young (Autumn In My Heart as young ‘En Ci’)
Dating Location: Shopping
Romance: *
Effectiveness: * * * * *
Cost: * * * * *
Wear the trendiest vintage wear (best if its couple wear) and go on a Christmas day shopping date. It might not be as romantic or filled with surprises, but just holding each other’s hand down the streets on Christmas day can also be a form of happiness.

Korean Advertisement - Kim Ju Hyuk & Moon Geun Young

Korean Advertisement - Kim Ju Hyuk & Moon Geun Young

The Screen Couple: Jang Dong Gun (All About Eve) & Lee Na Young
Dating Location: Park
Romance: * * *
Effectiveness: * * * * *
Cost: * * *
Get away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas celebrations. Take a romantic stroll in the park with your loved one and enjoy the ‘just-the-two-of-us’ moment.

Korean Advertisement - Jang Dong Gun & Lee Na-Young

Korean Advertisement - Jang Dong Gun & Lee Na-Young

The Screen Couple: Ji Hyun Woo & Seo Ji Hye (both from ‘Over The Rainbow’)
Dating Location: Home
Romance: * *
Effectiveness: * * * * *
Cost: *
Staying at home can be the most boring and unromantic way to spend Christmas. On the other hand, getting away from the crowd to spend Christmas together in the house with your loved one, wearing your most comfortable home attire, cooking a meal together and playing a game or two on the Xbox can also be pure bliss…

Korean Advertisement - Ji Hyun Woo & Seo Ji Hye

Korean Advertisement - Ji Hyun Woo & Seo Ji Hye

The Screen Couple: Lee Byung Hun (All In) & Park Soo Ae
Dating Location: Cafe
Romance: * *
Effectiveness: * * * * *
Cost: * *
Spend Christmas day with your loved one in a nice cozy cafe. Talk about your dreams, plan your future, set your goals for 2007 or just enjoy each other’s company while watching the world goes by.

Korean Advertisement - Lee Byun Hun & Park Soo Ae

Korean Advertisement - Lee Byun Hun & Park Soo Ae

The Screen Couple: Kwon Sang Woo (Stairway To Heaven) & Kim Min Jeong (Fashion 70s)
Dating Location: School
Romance: * * * *
Effectiveness: * * * * *
Cost: *
Visit your old school with your loved one and revive the sweet memories of your schooling days. This will be very meaningful if you and your darling are high school sweethearts! Perhaps even going to the classroom where you once attended and start drawing silly sweet nothings to each other on the blackboard.

Korean Advertisement - Kwon Sang Woo & Kim Min Jeong

Korean Advertisement - Kwon Sang Woo & Kim Min Jeong

The Screen Couple: Lee Dong Gun (Stained Glass) & Eugene (Save The Last Dance For Me)
Dating Location: Walking the dogs
Romance: * * *
Effectiveness: * * * * *
Cost: *
If you or your partner are dog owners, then walking the dogs together can be the most economical thing to do on Christmas day. Take a romantic hand-in-hand stroll with your partner and the dogs along a quiet park or the downtown streets where all the action are.

Korean Advertisement - Lee Dong Gun & Eugene

Korean Advertisement - Lee Dong Gun & Eugene

The Reason Why Korean Single Women In Their 30s Can’t Get Married | Korean Culture News

When popular Korean drama <My Lovely Sam-Soon> came on TV in Korea, it was a hit with many Korean single women in their 30s, as they can identify with the drama. The trend continued rising with the release of DalJa’s Spring, followed by a series of Korean drama that revolves around similar themes. The 30-something single women on TV are often seen as having a hard time with their love lives and living with society’s standards. So what are the reasons for women over the age of 30 in Korea finding it hard to get married?

Korean Culture - Korean Single Women In Their 30s

Korean Culture - Korean Single Women In Their 30s

In Korea, many women over the age of 30 are complaining about how hard it is to get married. It seems impossible to meet potential mates and it is even harder for their friends and family to introduce new guys. So where then, does the problem lie?

These women seems to fall into one of these three categories. The first category is the “survival” type where the woman is just contented to stay home managing household chores and taking care of the family. The second category is the “dependant” type where the woman is fully capable of taking care of herself but is looking for a man with a higher income so that she can have the privilege to decide if she should work after marriage. The third category is the “preserving” type where the woman has a high income and will only consider marriage if it does not interfere with her career.

Most Korean women belong to the second category, the “dependant” type, because they do not plan on taking care of themselves for the rest of their lives and so they will search for a man anxiously so that they can be taken care of.

However, accepting a guy with good financial background has its own disadvantages. If they meet a man with high income, they are afraid of degrading into the first category (the “survival” type), and only stay at home to do housework. Another issue that women worry is that if both parties are working, she will still have to do housework and take care of the kids.

It is really rare to find someone who can offer them the best of both worlds. With such a specific requirement, these women are having difficulties in finding their suitable partners. Perhaps a better way for this group of women who are looking for love is to get out of the “dependant” mindset and adopt the “coexist” mindset instead. Instead of focusing on material benefits, it will be more realistic to find suitable partners to “coexist” with as life companions, someone whom they can share their burdens with and do things together. The career/material aspect can always be planned out along the way after all.

Hot Tourist Spots And Shopping Havens In Korea | Korean Culture News

According to the locals in Korea, here are the must-try Korean food, the hottest places for shopping, value-for-money accommodation, cool places of interests and cheap transport.

A. Food

According to a local student, Lee, if you are eating outside, barbeque meat is one of the cheapest, which costs only 3000 to 5000 Korean Won (Note: 10000 won is approximately USD10.80) per set. The best drink to go with barbeque meat is Shochu (Korean’s version of Sake), which cost about 3000 won in restaurants and 1500 won in supermarkets.

Braised ribs would cost about 20000 won per set while mixed rice is about 3000 won per set. Beef and seafood are expensive as they can easily cost you about 20000 to 30000 won for one set. Fruits are expensive too, as there is only one place that produces them and that is Jeju. One kilogram of grapes cost about 2000 won and 2 apples for 1000 won.

There is a lot of variety for Korean foods, like the barbeque meat, glutinous rice cakes (their rice tastes good), ginseng chicken soup, hot stone bowl mixed rice (Bibimbam), delicious and nutritious soy sauce broth, duck soup, sashimi, beef rice soup, pan fried crucian carp and tofu hotpot are all very delicious.

At Jeju Island, you must try the raw seafood and at Suwon, there are the delicious pork ribs. In Korea, there are lots of unique snacks, like fried rice cakes, fried intestines, fish balls, rice wrapped in seaweed, chicken sticks, egg noodles, sweet biscuits, Shilim-Dong’s intestines, Sindang-Dong’s spicy rice cakes, Namdaemun market’s braised spicy oxtail, and many more.

In conclusion, Korean cuisines usually have lesser oil and meat and are usually ate with stainless steel cutleries. Koreans like to eat food that are raw, cold or fried and foreigners usually have a hard time adjusting to these tastes.

B. Accommodation

A posh hotel room would cost you about 170000 to 220000 won per night. The rates of inns and guest houses are much cheaper. Guest house costs only 11000 won per night, while inn costs between 20000 to 50000 won. Living with the locals is not only cheap but you will get the chance to develop friendship a local family and have fun experiencing the Korean lifestyle and culture.

In conclusion, there is plenty of accommodation to choose from in Korea. Although each of them is different in style, they are all neat, clean and warm in winter but some do not provide basic amenities.

C. Transportation

The transportation system in Korea is very efficient and easy to get around. Taking a cab is very convenient but different taxi company charges differently; usually the fare starts from 2000 won. For buses, 1000 won can cover a long ride.

Plane tickets are reasonable too, it costs only 1050 won to go from QingDao to Incheon and the round trip costs only 1900 won.

Seoul’s underground train system is also very convenient but is always crowded. The ticket prices vary between 600 to 1400 KRW depending on the destination. Trains arrive every 2.5-3 minutes during peak hours and 4-6 minutes during off peak hours.

As a tourist, you can choose to drive around but you must be at least 21 years old and have a valid car license. You must have at least one year of driving experience and an international driving license which has an expiry date that is at least a year from the day you enter Korea.

Conclusion: Tourists need to arrange travelling schedule, food and accommodation 3 months prior to the peak period or festivity period as Koreans usually travel back to their hometowns for festive celebrations. Some of the peak period festive seasons include Lunar Chinese New Year, summer vacation (starting from the last week of July to the third week of August) and the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival.

D. Places of Interest

Seoul, Jeju, Busan are among some of the places that you must visit when touring Korea. In Seoul, you must visit Gyeongbokgung, which was an old palace. Namsan Park’s view is pretty nice too. For breath-taking beautiful night scenery, you can take a drive out at night to the bridge in Han-gang. If you want to visit Korea’s universities, you have to go to Sinchon. For beautiful scenery and a chance at experiencing a laid back and simplistic lifestyle, visit one of the most famous islands in Korea – Jeju Island. It is a must-visit tourist spot.

There are lots of fun and interesting places in Korea. In Seoul, there is the Changdeokgung, Changyeonggung, Deoksugung and there are also lots of temples. There is also the TaDong Park, Yong Pyong Ski Resort, Bukhansan, Seoul Tower and Gwanaksan where the views are beautiful. Dongnae Oncheon is beautiful too and there are also Suwon, Gang won-do, Incheon and Daejeon where you can visit its tea garden valley.

In Seoul, there are lots of cinemas, theatres, performances, movies and dances. There are also many parades, festivals and unique performances like the mask dance and the Nong-ak dance which can be seen around the year in several places in Korea.

E. Shopping

Dongdaemun and Namdaemun are Seoul’s biggest wholesale markets where you can find lots of merchandise like clothes , shoes and bags and they are sold at reasonable prices. If you want to shop for branded goods, visit Myeongdong. For unique goods or decoration items, you can visit Insadong, which is like a Korean cultural street. There is also fun amusement parks in Seoul like Lotte World and EverLand, which you can also visit.

Busan’s international market is popular with foreigners and the Jagalchi Market is opened 24 hours. There are also several streets nearby these markets selling great food and snacks.

Jeju’s Dongmun market and HanShanXiaBu market are also very nice places to shop at, but some open air markets, like the Dongmun market, are not opened on weekdays. In Seoul, there are many major departmental stores which include Shinsegae , Lotte, Midopa, Samsung Plaza.

Conclusion:Popular shopping areas in Korea are usually Dongdaemun and Namdaemun, where you can find almost all kind of merchandise, especially clothes and fashion accessories. Food products are expensive but the fashion, cosmetics and electronic products are relatively cheap and you can even bargain with the shop owners.

Korean Actresses’ Dieting Secrets | Korean Entertainment News

The secrets are out! Here are what these Korean actresses did to get their washboard tummies and to look great in Korean fashion.

Jun Ji Hyun has a body that every woman will die for; what’s her secret to this? It’s the Da Vinci Diet. Simply put, its means the intake on carbohydrates, protein and fats to follow the ratio of 52: 20: 25. She thinks this diet is best for her due to her weakness for bread and other carbohydrate-rich food. It does not require her to get off carbohydrates totally and thus is not difficult to follow. Her personal view on this diet is that it is not a get-thin-quick program, it only shows results in the long-term and exercise is still a must to shed off those calories. So ladies, if you have a weakness for noodles, rice, pasta, bread and etc, this diet might be worth to try since it’s about eating in moderation. Since carbs take up 50%, perhaps you can work out in such a way where you consume carbs during one of the main meals like breakfast and then stay off carbs for lunch and dinner.

Korean Actor Jun Ji Hyun | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Korean Actor Jun Ji Hyun | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Lee Hyo Lee has to thank Pilates for her washboard abs. In fact, a lot of Korean female celebrities love Pilates. The exercises and stretches are great for toning up the body and increasing flexibility. However, do take note that one should not rely solely on Pilates. Like Yoga, it’s great for toning and flexibility. For losing weight, the best way is still through cardio exercises for burning off the fats and then Pilates or yoga for toning up or building flexibility. – Korean Fashion Online

Korean Actor Lee Hyo Lee | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Korean Actor Lee Hyo Lee | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Oak Joo Hyun is famous for her transformation from being an overweight actress to one with a hot-hot-hot body! What is her success secret? It’s a combination of Yoga plus cardio exercises and intake of food that are rich in protein. She follows a strict diet of not taking any complex carbohydrates and salty food, and mainly consumes vegetables and chicken breast meat. As for Yoga, she claims that doing the half-moon pose on a daily basis is very effective for slimming down the waist area.

Korean Actor Oak Joo Hyun | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Korean Actor Oak Joo Hyun | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

BOA has to credit ballet for her svelte figure. Besides being great for building good postures, ballet is also good for shedding off the fat and maintaining a slim waist. Due to a higher amount of legwork in ballet, it is great as a form of lower body exercise and is especially good for toning the legs. However, ballet only work in long-term and one has to practice it for at least 6 months before it shows any results. – Korean Fashion

Korean Singer BOA | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Korean Singer BOA | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

In the drama <Love Generation>, Sun Ye Jin acted as swimming coach, where she had the chance to flaunt her to-die-for figure. She had to thank crunches for giving her rock hard abs. Besides this, she also does toning and stretching work for an hour everyday and end it off by spinning with a hula hoop to give the abs area a complete workout.

Korean Actress Sun Ye Jin | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Korean Actress Sun Ye Jin | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Sexy Korean actress Chae Yeon’s has a very interesting way to keep her tummy flat, and that is using her belly button. She will place a button in her belly button and then tighten her abs to prevent the button from falling down. This exercise also helps to improve blood circulation around the tummy area and helps to release toxins from the body. Some people even claimed that this exercise had help them to reduce tummy fats, prevent constipation and reduce weight. – Korean Fashion Online

Korean Actress Chae Yeon | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Korean Actress Chae Yeon | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Another ‘S’ league actress, Kim Ah Jeong, credits skipping as her way to keeping her tummy flat. Not only this exercise is beneficial to the overall body, it is particularly helpful in slimming down the tummy area. Like her, by keeping up the discipline to skip 3000 times daily, you will notice the fat around your abs will melt away slowly. Besides skipping, Kim Ah Jeong also drinks black vinegar to reduce the fat and sugar content in the blood.

Korean Actress Kim Ah Jeong | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Korean Actress Kim Ah Jeong | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Lee Tae Ran is well known for her flexibility in the Korean entertainment circuit. She does stretches & toning activities whenever she has the time for it. Besides this, she also workout in the gym, golf and ice-skate regularly to maintain her fab figure. – Korean Fashion Online

Korean Actress Lee Tae Ran | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion

Korean Actress Lee Tae Ran | Korean Entertainment News | Korean Fashion