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 Men’s Fashion Accessories – Korean Fashion Scarves For Men

It is not uncommon to see a man walking down the streets in South Korean fashion capital Seoul, who feels his style needs something a little more. He enjoys the way he dresses, but wants to be able to stretch the look of a simple outfit.  This simply means that he wants to wear the same outfit in a multitude of different ways.  Well, the best way to diversify style and add an extra hip factor to the clothing one wears is to add some men’s accessories. The most basic accessory is a belt, but that’s more of a necessity than an accessory.  For now, the focus will be accessories that add some style and flair to any outfit.

Here’s  some accessories that can enhance a man’s look if worn in the right manner – Scarves, Ties, Hats, Suspenders/Braces, Shades, Glasses, and Out-of-the-box accessories.  Some good fashion sense is needed her because it is a fine line between something matching of fashion accessories to create an outfit that is pleasing to the eye versus a mess of different fabrics and styles worn in the wrong way.

Although all of these Korean fashion accessories can turn a simple outfit into something unique, the focus for now is going to be on scarves.  The reason for this is simple.  It is beginning to be cold outside and everyone wears a scarf, but not everyone knows how to use a scarf to make them look good. Men can really look good and fashionable by wearing the right scarf in the right way.

Scarves have been worn for a long time, but recently have began to gain popularity with the Korean men in South Korea.  There are also numerous Korean celebrities being seen sporting them and it’s a trend that is brewing in Korea. The good old black and white plaid scarf might sounds boring but in fact, it is a classic item that can look good on anyone. Its good to have a scarf or two in your wardrobe,  as this is a versatile accessory that can give an instantaneously boost to your outfit. Classic scarf design in Korean fashion are those that come in plaids and checks in black and white combination. However, there is also extension to this can now be found in a variety of interesting color combination like black and white, yellow and black, purple and white etc.

Do keep in mind that plaid scarves may give off a more hip-hop look. If it’s for professional or work related purposes, then plain color scarves are more appropriate. Dark or neutral color plain scarves are always a safe bet. If you want a more unique look that stands out, perhaps you can opt for more colorful scarves like dark purple, maroon or blue. A rule of thumb is to get silk-type scarves that are more neutral in color and that you could possibly wear years from now. The scarf is a timeless piece of Korean fashion accessory and is something that the South Korean men know how to wear and will possibly wear it for a long time.

Korean Fashion Accessories - Korean Mens Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories – Korean Men’s Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories - Korean Mens Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories – Korean Men’s Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories - Korean Mens Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories – Korean Men’s Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories - Korean Mens Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories – Korean Men’s Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories - Korean Mens Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories – Korean Men’s Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories - Korean Mens Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories – Korean Men’s Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories - Korean Mens Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories – Korean Men’s Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories - Korean Mens Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories – Korean Men’s Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories - Korean Mens Scarves

Korean Fashion Accessories – Korean Men’s Scarves

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Stay in trend with our updates on Korean street wear! Check out our latest pictures on Korean women and men street wear and street fashion for April 2007. Pictures are updated regularly, please sign up for our newsletter to stay tuned..

This month, we are going to feature the hip hop street fashion in South Korea. Hip hop culture in South Korea is a strong and thriving one with heavy influences from the US. From hiphop music, hiphop street dance like their famous B-Boys performance, to hiphop fashion gear, the youth in Korea is very big time into hiphop. In fact, South Korea can be considered one of the top countries with the most vibrant hip hop culture here in asia. The Korean hiphop scene is somewhat different from US, it has its own unique flavour and following. We shall take a look at what it’s like below…

 

1. Yi Da Hae, Student, 17 years old

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

Stussy Tee

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

Nike Sneakers

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

2.  Kang Chong Hoon

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

YSL Sunglasses

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

Cheap Monday Jeans

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

Doc Martens Boots

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

3. Chong Ye Sorl, student, 18 years old

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

G-Shock watch

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

Nikon camera

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

Porter Pouch

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

CR sneakers

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

4. Han Yong Hwee, student, 18 years old

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

Supreme cap

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

BBC tee

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

Nike SB Dunk Low Hawaii Edition

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

5. Chang Ji Woon

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

New Era Cap

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

La Clef Tee

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

MDR 2000 limited beltchain

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

Black sneakers

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

6. Kim Min Sung, Editor, 19 years old

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

Tattoo

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

G-Shock watch

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

Shorty’s backpack

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

 

New Balance sneakers

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Fashion Street Wear April 2007

Korean Match Making | Korean Culture News

South Koreans get scientific about finding love
(Reported In Singapore Newspaper: The Straits Times – 17 Jan 2007)

SEOUL – A South Korean matchmaking firm has come up with a computer system which it says can help singles find spouses the scientific way.

After obtaining information on an applicant’s academic qualifications, job, salary and other personal details, the computer tosses up a ‘competitive index’ rating indicating the person’s desirability.

From its database, the computer then throws up a batch of photos of potentially compatible partners.

Invariably, though, a high-scoring man is likely to land a pretty catch, while a good-looking woman will snag a man with deep pockets.

The system, named Shiny, is the brainchild of Mr Lee Woong Jin, who owns Sunoo, the country’s second largest matchmaking company, with about 20,000 members.

He told The Straits Times: ‘Shiny is able to objectively analyse our members and provide compatible matches. Computers are better than people in this area.’

One in 10 meetings proposed by his staff results in a date, but the figure rises to one in three when computers do the job.

Over the past 16 years, the company has seen about 10,000 marriages among its members, but it is still early days for Shiny, which cost US$10 million (S$15.4 million) to set up.

South Korea’s matchmakers are pouring big money into new ideas, because there are huge returns to reap in a country where busy singles have little time to socialise.

According to the Korean Institute for Health and Social Affairs, two in five couples who married between 1998 and 2003 met through matchmakers.

About 1,000 agencies rake in more than 50 billion won (S$82.6 million) a year, a 20 per cent increase since the late 1990s.

Some agencies send staff to university convocation ceremonies to seek out the top graduands and offer them free services, knowing that they will be highly sought after.

Even banks get in on the act, with some providing free matchmaking services for children of clients who deposit more than US$100,000.

Sunoo is anticipating a windfall from its investment in Shiny, which allows users to go online and pay for every step leading to a date.

The client starts out paying 20,000 won to key in a long list of personal particulars, including a description of his dream home, how much alcohol he consumes, and if he consults fortune tellers.

When the information is processed and the photographs of potential partners pops up, names or contact numbers are not revealed as yet.

If the client spots someone he likes, he can then send a greeting via Shiny to the person by paying 300 won for a text message and 700 won for a message with a graphic.

The recipient can then go to Shiny to check out the sender. If both agree to meet, the sender must pay 30,000 won to get the other person’s contact number.

After they meet, Shiny will ask both for feedback. Members pay 1,000 won a day to stay in circulation in the system.

A beaming Mr Lee said: ‘Since Shiny started operations in April, it has brought in an average of US$80,000 a month.’

On top of that, clients seeking personal counselling from one of his 60 ‘couple managers’ pay up to 3 million won for services that include access to Shiny.

The cost did not deter bank teller Park Jin Na, 30.

‘The matching process filters out unsuitable people, and I am willing to pay more to save time,’ she said.

One of the system’s strong selling points is that it claims to verify crucial data such as a member’s job, academic qualifications and marital status.

Sunoo has access to the databases of the Registry of Marriages and 240 universities across South Korea to check the background of its applicants.

New clients must also fax a letter from their employers to certify what they do and how much they earn before getting a date through Shiny.

Mr Lee said: ‘Such measures enhance our credibility and give our members greater peace of mind.’

The matchmaking agencies’ methods are not without critics.

They have come under fire for refusing to accept disabled or bald men and non-graduates as clients.

Last year, the two biggest matchmaking companies, Sunoo and Duo, were sued for discrimination.

Lawyer Kim Joo Kwan, who is disabled in one leg, complained: ‘They refused to accept me, citing their standards. This is against the basic human right of equality and against our law.’

The firms defended rejecting him.

Mr Lee said: ‘Even if we accept the disabled, it will be a waste of the client’s money because he is not going to get a date anyway. Call it stereotyping, but we are just reflecting society’s standards.’

Others have slammed Shiny for the way it is programmed to match well-off men with good-looking women, leaving the rest to take their chances.

‘They are reinforcing the stereotype that only a rich man gets the beauty,’ said Busan National University Professor Choi Yoon Tae, who has done research on the matchmaking industry.

The Shiny desirability index ranges from zero to a perfect score of 100.

A man’s ability – his job, salary and academic qualifications – is given a 50 per cent weightage, while the rest is evenly split between his looks and family background.

For a woman, however, looks count for half the score, with the rest split between her abilities and family background.

‘In other words, they are saying that women want men for their money and men favour beauties with no money over ugly women with a fortune,’ said Prof Choi.

But Sunoo’s head of public relations, Ms Roh Kyung Sun, insists that there is only so much a computer can do, no matter how it is programmed.

There are no guarantees that a computerised match will lead to marriage.

‘We can improve the odds, but a relationship depends a lot on personal chemistry that is impossible to quantify,’ she said.

Korean Culture - Korean Match Making

Korean Culture - Korean Match Making

LOVE BYTES: According to the Korean Institute of Health and Social Affairs, two in five couples who married between 1998 and 2003 met through matchmakers. — REUTERS

Korean Culture - Korean Match Making

Korean Culture - Korean Match Making

MASTER MATCHMAKER: Mr Lee Woong Jin owns Sunoo, South Korea’s second largest matchmaking company.

Korean Actor Joo Ji Hoon’s Biography

Korean Actor Joo Ji Hoon Korean Actor Joo Ji Hoon

PROFILE

Name: ???, Joo Ji Hoon (Ju Ji Hun)

Birthday?16 May 1982

Birth Place: South Korea

Height: 187cm

Weight? 68kg

Horoscope: Tarus

Profession: Model, Actor

Hobbies?PC Games, swimming and basketball

Education: Kyonggi University (Acting major)

Skills: Speed-reading and self defense

Drama Serials:

- The Devil (KBS2, 2007)

- Goong (MBC, 2006)

- Old Love ??? (MBC, 2004)

Movies:

- The Naked Kitchen (2008)

- Antique Bakery (2008)

Endorsements:

- Crown Butter Waffle

- Clride

- Bon

- Hi Harriet Shopping Mall

- Calvin Klein

- CF- SKT

- Cass Beer

- IBM

- LEVI’s

- POLO

- Reebok

- Cyworld

- KTF

- Sshil On-line game

- OB Lager Beer

Awards & Recognitions:

- The 45th Baeksang Arts Awards: Popularity Award (Male) for “Antique Bakery” (2009)

- 2006 MBC Drama Awards: New Actor Award

- 2005 Style Magazine: Most Stylish Male Model

- The Photographers’ Association: Best Male Model (2005)

- 2004 Best Dressed Model Award

- 21st Swan Award: Best Outfit – Best Male Model

(Source from Drama Wiki)