Something unique to South Korea

I’m just back to Hong Kong from a short trip to Seoul.  When travelling to another country, you may discover the local version of something that is sold only in that country – South Korea is no exception.  During my trip to Seoul, I discovered something that is unique to South Korea – let’s share them in this post. Continue reading

A Closer Look at Korean Banknotes

When you travel to South Korea, one of the items that accompanies you all the time is the Korean banknotes.  Although it is such a must-have item, many people do not take a closer look at the pictures on these banknotes and understand the stories behind them, and in the past I was one of them.  However, after I had got more information on the portraits and pictures printed on these banknotes, I could really appreciate the importance of the Confucian culture in the Korean society. In this blog post, let’s talk about the stories behind these banknotes. Continue reading

The Royal Culture Festival is back in Seoul!

Geunjeongmun of the Gyeongbokgung Palace

You may notice that a lot of Korean historical dramas and movies have the Joseon period as their settings.  The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897) was the last dynasty and the longest-ruling dynasty in the Korean history.  Given its long ruling period, it has left a lot of cultural legacy to modern Korea, for example, Hangeul, the Korean language, which was invented by King Sejong, and a lot of heritage in arts, literature, architecture, science and technology, etc.

If you want to learn more about the Joseon royal culture, you should participate in the annual Royal Culture Festival (궁중 문화축전) which is held from 28 April to 7 May 2017.   Continue reading

Let’s enjoy Lotus Lantern Festival in Seoul!

In late April every year, the Lotus Lantern Festival (or in Korean,연등회 – Yeon Deung Hoe) is held in Seoul to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday (which falls on the 8th of the fourth month of the lunar calendar).  In 2017, this Festival will be held from 28 to 30 April. This Festival has a long history of over 1,200 years, beginning as a religious festival in the Silla Dynasty (57 BC – AD 935), and is designated as Korea’s National Intangible Cultural Property. Nowadays, it has become a festival to be enjoyed by people from all walks of life, whether they are Buddhists or not.

Every year the Festival has a theme/slogan, and for the 2017 Festival, it is “We Can Make a World without Discrimination” with the aim of promoting respect and kindness among the people.  During the Festival, a number of events and activities are held.  Let’s talk about some of the interesting events and activities in this post.   Continue reading