If you are in S. Korea, you have to try this signature dish! Its very tasty and all foreigners love it...
Bulgogi is as typical as Kimchi when you mention Korean food. It is BBQ marinated beef, sliced thinly to obtain the sweet, juicy taste and it goes with sticky rice.
South Korea has the highest ratio of internet access, especially broad band services in the world. In fact, some of the hotels in Seoul will provide free 24 hours broad band internet access in your hotel room !
The legend of Dan Gun, the first Korean
Thousands of years ago, a god named Hwan-ung decided to come to earth to live. He ended up at Baekdusan, a beautiful mountain in North Korea. One day, a tiger and a bear came to the god, wanting to become human. They made a deal that if the animals could live in a cave, eating only garlic for 100 days, their wish would be granted. The tiger quickly gave up and left the cave. The bear remained and was turned into a beautiful woman. The bear/woman became lonely so Hwan-ung agreed to marry her. They eventually had a child they named Dan Gun, who founded the Chosun kingdom in 2333 BC. Supposedly, Dan Gun's remains have recently been discovered at Baekdusan by the North Korean government.
Make your own Korean food...
I love to make Kalbi (even now that I'm back in the US). The right cuts of Kalbi meat are sometimes hard to find...in English, look for beef chuck short ribs. It seems that all Korean groceries in Korea and the US sell this cut, but big American grocery stores rarely have it except in areas with large Korean populations. Sometimes you will find the meat thin cut with 3 thin ribs, but to make kalbi like Koreans make it, you'll need the kind cut into a roughly 1" x 2" x 2" cube with one thick rib. Cut it from the edges into an S-shape from the top so it stretches into one long, thin piece (see picture).
Kalbi marinade is sold at most Korean grocery stores as well. Just soak the thawed ribs in this sauce for 4 hours or longer, or make your own marinade from soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, corn oil, garlic and onion.
The best condiment is the roasted hot pepper paste (called go chu jang) that is spicy but flavorful, and is also frequently used in bibimbap and dolsot bibimbap. Many people call this spicy bean paste, and it does contain soy beans, but it's mostly red peppers and glutinous rice.
Serve the kalbi on romaine lettuce, with fried sliced garlic, sticky rice (in the US buy Calrose Rice), and maybe some fried mushrooms.
Popular side dishes with this meal include kimchi, spinach seasoned with sesame oil, seasoned soybean sprouts, and sliced pickled radish.
I often serve mandu as an appetizer with rice cakes as a desert.
Bears Town Skiing
Skiing for the ski enthusiasts.
We went in mid-December 2007, and there wasn't a lot of snow. Luckily (like all resorts these days) they have snow making machines and these had kept the slopes in good condition.
Disappointed that their ski instructors did not speak English (like the people selling ski passes), so we took to teaching our son by ourselves. Luckily, there are various areas to do this (not for that purpose however). From the website, there is a slope for sledding but no-one told us and it wasn't in the main area so we didn't find it.
The runs looked good, although I only managed to try one intermediate run twice. Not too crowded and the longest I waited for the lift was about 3 minutes (the queue for the beginner slope was longer).
My view of the place was that is was good for those who only want to ski, but not for children. Ski rental from the resort. Did not try rental from nearby shops, but pretty sure they would either be cheaper or better.