Seoul's Folk Village
The amazing South Korea. Once in Seoul, a friend of mine who is living there suggested me to visit the Korean Folk Village. So I did and after the entry gate (there is a ticked to be paid, of course) I really enjoyed the whole place which is merely a re-creation area if a tradition Korean village that is home to numerous collections of
Korean cultural artifacts. They provide an opportunity, mostly for Korean
children, to experience and learn the culture of their ancestors, as life in Korea before the industrialisation. The site provides a venue to promote traditional Korean culture to both Koreans and foreign visitors, at the same time it provides an open-air learning place for succeeding generations. The village has been developed to convey the wisdom and the spirits of the ancestors.
This is a "must-visit" theme park where traditions have been handed down till the present.
The area is so big, it would take the whole day to finish everything. Things not to be missed are, among others, the Farmers' Harvest Dance, traditional Wedding Ceremony, and some shops selling traditional artcrafts and cakes. I visited S. Korea having in mind some advices given from my friend “do not go, why are you going there, is not worth a trip…” and so on. Instead, as a westerner I discovered a beautiful world. During my month long holiday a visited the peninsula by train, bus and plane. It included trips to Cheju island as well as the old imperial town of kyongiu.
Seoul is the South Korea capital’s and main city. It is modern city which hosted the 1988 successful Olympic games and proved the world the right to be considered as a most advanced and technogic Country. Few of the old city remains and mostly consists of old gates and ancient villa-like buildings. Those are well kept and good maintenance is a great concern for Koreans. Large roads and Department stores make the rest.
Ga ( Street ) : Jongno 2-ga, Toegyero 3-ga
No or Ro ( Road ) : Jong-no,Toegye-ro
Dong ( Administrative Unit ) : Myeong-dong, Insa-dong
Gu ( District ) : Gangnam-gu, Dobong-gu,Jongno-gu
Si ( City ) : Seoul-si, Sokcho-si, Suncheon-si
Do ( Province or Island ) : Chungcheongnam-do,Jeju-do
San ( Mt ) : Seorak-san, Nam-san
Cheon ( stream ) : Cheonggye-cheon, Naerin-cheon
Gang ( River ) : Han-gang, Nakdong-gang
Gyo ( Bridge ) : Hangangdaegyo, Seongsandae-gyo
Hang ( Harbor or Port ) : Busan-hang, Incheon-hang
Yeok ( Train Station ) : Seoul-yeok, Busan-yeok
Ji-ha-cheol ( Subway )
Jeong-yu-jang ( Bus Stop )
Gung ( Palace ) : Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung
Jeon ( Hall ) : Geunjeongjeon, Jiphyeonjeon
Jeong ( pavilion ) : Hyangweon-jeong
Sa ( Temple or Shrine ) : Bulguk-sa, Hyeonchung-sa
Tap ( Pagoda ) : Dabotap, Seokgatap
Mun ( Gate or Door ) : Dongdaemun,Namdaemun
A shopping mecca ....
Do some shopping, because Seoul is a paradise for those, who like to go shopping. If you look for a nice souvenir only, or for electronic goods, or music cds or clothing ... Seoul has it all! Have a look at Namdaemun or Dongdaemun Market, at the huge department stores like Lotte or Hyundai, or at Myeongdong ... Last one has a good nightlife too .... Don´t forget to take enough money, you will love it!
Retirees Playing Go in the Parks
Most city parks are jammed with retired men passing the time. Often, you'll see them engaged in very competitive games of go. One of the best place to see this is Jongmyo Park, right by the famous shrine of the same name.
Colours of vehicles
When you are in Seoul or other parts of South Korea, you will notice that the colours of the vehicles (especially cars) are mostly either white, black or grey/silver. There are very few vehicles of more striking colours such as red, blue, yellow etc. I think this is probably due to the culture of the Korean people :) Also as expected, most of the vehicles here are Korean brands e.g. Hyundai, Kia