I’ve created this blog almost a year, but I haven’t posted about South Korea itself. What if the post this time I’m talking about South Korea? Hihihi ..
South Korea, also called the Republic of Korea (Hangul: 대한민국;Daehan Minguk), is a sovereign state located in the southern part of theKorean Peninsula. The name “Korea” is derived from Goryeo, a dynasty which ruled in the Middle Ages. Its neighbors are China to the west, Japan to the east, and North Korea to the north. South Korea lies in the north temperate zone with a predominantly mountainous terrain. It covers a total area of 99,392 square kilometers and has a population of 50 million. The capital and largest city is Seoul, with a population of 9.8 million.
Archaeology indicates that the Korean Peninsula was occupied by the Lower Paleolithic period (2.6 Ma-300 Ka). Korean history begins with the founding of Gojoseon in 2333 BC by the legendary Dan-gun. Following the unification of theThree Kingdoms of Korea under Silla 668 AD, Korea was ruled by the Goryeo Dynasty (918—1392) and Joseon Dynasty (1392—1910). It was annexed by Japan in 1910. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided into Soviet and U.S. zones of occupation. An election was held the U.S. zone in 1948 which led to the creation of the Republic of Korea. Although the United Nations passed a resolution declaring the Republic to be the only lawful government in Korea, the Soviets set up a rival government in the North.
The Korean War began in 1950 when forces from the North invaded the South. The war lasted three years and involved the U.S., China, the Soviet Union, and many other nations. The border between the two nations remains the most heavily fortified in the world. In the decades that followed, the South Korean economygrew significantly and the country was transformed into a major economy.Civilian government replaced military rule in 1987. Presently, South Korea has strict gun control laws that rank them among countries with the fewest quantity of firearms per capita.
South Korea is a presidential republic consisting of seventeen administrative divisions and is a developed country with a very high standard of living. It is Asia’s fourth largest economy and the world’s 15th (nominal) or 12th (purchasing power parity) largest economy. The economy is export-driven, with production focusing on electronics, automobiles, ships, machinery, petrochemicals and robotics. South Korea is a member of the United Nations, WTO, and OECD. It is also a founding member of APEC and the East Asia Summit.
Korea is very famous for Korean Pop or Hallyu Wave. Hallyu Wave made famous Korean artists around the world, as well as Korea itself. Why? Because, when in the Hallyu Wave, the artists not only sing KPOP they also introduced their culture, Korean culture. They introduced their culture through their unique language, to be honest it is difficult to learn, their activities are always concerned with Korea wherever they are, and always use Korean products. That automatically makes them fans all over the world are interested to use items / terms used by their idol. That way people who don’t know about Korea before became know much about Korea. And Korean culture around can spread all over the world.
In addition, Korea also has a beautiful place. Here are 12 mountains in South Korea is a favorite among tourists.
South Korea is one of a small country filled with high mountains in the entire region. Because of the large mountains here, so many tourists who have a hobby of mountain climbing / hiking come to feel the sensation of sight of the mountains in South Korea. Some mountain in South Korea even very famous in the world because it has a natural beauty and unique shape. For chingudeul who want to know what the mountain is a favorite for tourists, let us consider the following.
1. Seoraksan (설악산)
Mount Seorak or Seoraksan is the highest in-ro Seoraksan, Sokcho-si, Gangwon Province. The reason why this mountain was named Seorak because the mountain has eternal ice dipuncaknya (Seol = Es and Ak = large mountain). The mountain is a very favorite dukunjungi by tourists and hikers because of the beautiful scenery and the route is quite challenging but not dangerous. Info: http://bit.ly/TOKHrZ
2. Bukhansan (북한산)
Bukhansan mountain has been declared as a national park since 1983. Within the National Park there are two mountain Bukhasan the mountain itself and also Bukhasan Dobongsan mountain and has an area of about 80,699 km2 which includes Seoul and Goyang-si. At the peak of Mount Bukhansan there Baegundae Terrace (836.5m), Peak Insubong (810.5m) and Terrace Mangyeongdae (799.5m). For those who want to climb the mountain chingudeul this, see the info here: http://bit.ly/Vy9Fbe
3. Taebaeksan (태백산)
Taebaeksan located in Taebak, Gangwon and includes several peaks such as peak Yeongbong, where in the past, this peak be the location of the ritual in honor of Heaven in Cheonjedan. In addition there Janggunbong Peak (1567 m) and Munsubong Peak (1517 m). The mountain is fairly high but very easy because it is not a steep climb. Info: http://bit.ly/SRJuxI
4. Songnisan (속리산)
Songnisan National Park is located in the province of Chungcheongbuk. Songnisan mountain is one of the sites of the most beautiful South Korea. This mountain has a sharp granite peaks and valleys of sedimentary rock are spectacular. Therefore, the mountain is also known as Mount Songnisan Sogeumgangsan, meaning a smaller version of Mt Geumgangsan. Info: http://bit.ly/TOJGjS
5. Jirisan (지리산)
On December 29, 1967, Mount Jirisan has been designed to become the top national parks. Jirisan is the largest national park in Korea. Chingudeul can see views of the River Seomjingang (섬진강) completely, which flows from the mountains to the sea Namhae. If chingudeul lucky chingudeul can also see a variety of plants and animals, including black bears Asia. Info: http://bit.ly/T08fI7
6. Naejangsan (내장산)
Naejangsan is a famous mountain in the province of Jeollabuk, and the best mountain in South Korea to see the red leaves of autumn. An area of 76 032 square kilometers and a National Park in conjunction with the district Baekyangsa on 17 November 1971. Naejang name means ‘many secrets’. Because the bright red leaves in autumn menyelimut Mount Naejangsan, the mountain is also known as the “Geumgangsan of Honam”. Info: http://bit.ly/T07Vcp
7. Hallasan (한라산)
Mount Hallasan Hallasan National Park there and received recognition from UNESCO as a world natural heritage. What mountain is in the middle of the island of Jeju and become one of the main tourist destination on the island of Jeju. This mountain has several times used as a filming location South Korean dramas and movies. With beautiful scenery and there are also incredible flora and fauna that live here is the reason many of the climbers were down this national park. Info: http://bit.ly/YSNQv7
8. Sobaeksan (소백산)
Sobaeksan Mountain is famous for its natural beauty and its mystery, standing upright in the middle of the Korean peninsula, and offers some magnificent peaks as Hyeongjebong, Sinseonbong, Gukmangbong, Birobong and Yeonhwabong. This mountain offers a captivating beauty in every season (spring azaleas, wildflowers in summer, leaves fall in autumn, and in winter Snowscape) attract visitors throughout the year. Info: http://bit.ly/T07IGh
9. Dobongsan (도봉산)
Dobongsan mountains, located northeast of Bukhansan National Park, known for its rock formations such as mountain peaks megahdi Manjangbong, Seoninbong, Jubong, Obong and Uiam. Peak Seoninbong has 37 hiking trails, including the Golf (Bat) Bakjwi famous. The mountain is also home to Cheonchuksa Temple, the oldest temple in the region. Info: http://bit.ly/UP6f7K
10. Inwangsan (인왕산)
Inwangsan Mountain is a mountain located near the city center of Seoul is in San 3-1, Fed-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul. Inwangsan mountain stands at a height of 338.2m and includes mountain districts Honghedong, located in Seodaemun-gu, and Muakdong, Nusangdong, Ogindong, and Buamdong located in Jongno-gu. Info: http://bit.ly/T07yia
11. Bugaksan (북악산)
Seoul covered by mountains, notably: Bugaksan, Namsan, Naksan, and Inwangsan. Bugaksan is a mountain located in north Seoul, and is the highest among others. The mountain is also a branch of the south south of Mount Bukhansan. The mountain is also known as Baegaksan. Info: http://bit.ly/UP5wUg
12. Gwanaksan (관악산)
Standing at a height of 629 meters, the mountain is a symbol and pride Gwanaksan Gwanak-gu area, one of the districts of Seoul. Most of the county’s cultural heritage from Mount Gwanaksan. Since the city designated as a natural park in 1968, the mountain has become a favorite place for relaxation and sightseeing for the citizens of Seoul. Rocky mountain peaks and valleys give the feel sturdy. Size of the mountain and close to Seoul Seoul making it easy for residents to visit in one day. Info: http://bit.ly/RkugEQ
Beside the mountains, Korea is famous for cold weather, it also has a wonderful places to play skatting or ice sladding.
Winter has arrived in Korea, with frequent forecasts of snow and freezing nighttime temperatures. Though many people tend to spend more time indoors, Korea’s winter sports offer plenty of tempting reasons to go outside. The good news is, when it comes to winter activities, the colder outside it is, the better.
Ice skating and sledding are two of the most popular and affordable winter leisure activities, and are loved by people of all ages. Winter cold will be forgotten as you zoom down snowy hilltops or gracefully glide across the ice. Visit ice skating rinks or snow sledding parks nearby and give yourself the gift of an unforgettable winter memory in Korea.
Seoul Square Skating Rink
At Seoul Plaza, you can ice skate amid the dynamic energy of downtown Seoul. The rink opens at 10:00am. The surface of the runk is cleaned and resurfaced for 30 minutes every hour. Skate rental is included with your admission ticket.
The biggest merits of the ice skating rink are its convenient location, as it is placed at the center of downtown Seoul with easy access by public transportations, and the affordable ticket price – only 1,000 won per hour. After skating, it is just a short walk to Gwanghwamun Square and the Insa-dong neighborhood, where you can enjoy a variety of tourist attractions.
- Seoul Square Skating Rink
- ☞ Period: December 14, 2012 – February 3, 2013 (no closing day)
- ☞ Hours: Sun – Thu 10:00 – 22:00 / Fri, Sat, and National Holidays 10:00 – 23:00
- ☞ Fees: 1,000 won per hour (including admission fee and rental fee)
* Make sure to bring gloves (or purchase ones on site)
- ☞ Convenient facilities: toilet, book café, coin operated lockers, lounge, outdoor tables, and heater
- ☞ Homepage: http://www.seoulskate.or.kr/eng.php (Korean, English)
- ☞ Nearby Attractions: Gwanghwamun Square, Cheonggyecheon Stream,Insadong, Deoksugung Palace
Lotte World Ice Rink (indoor)
Photo credit: Lotte World
An indoor ice rink is located on the 3rd basement floor of Lotte World, one of the major amusement parks in Korea. A glass ceiling lets in natural sunlight while protecting skaters from inclement weather or extreme temperatures. At night, moving laser lights add to the atmosphere. Around the ice rink are family restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a pleasant dinner while enjoying views of the rink. On weekends, there is ‘Christmas band on ice’ at 2:30p.m. featuring figure skating performances to Christmas carols. Upon presenting your ice skating rink ticket, you can get a 2,000 won discount if you choose to purchase a Lotte World all-day ticket, so don’t forget to enjoy other fun rides at Lotte World.
- Lotte World Indoor Ice Skating Rink
- ☞ Period: Open all year round
- ☞ Hours: Three hours per one entry (inclusive of ice resurfacing period)
High Season (Jul-Aug / Dec-Feb) Low Season (Mar-Jun / Sep-Nov) Mon – Fri Sat, Sun, Holidays Mon – Fri Sat, Sun, Holidays 11:00 – 22:30 10:00 – 22:30 10:00 – 21:30 10:00 – 22:30
- ☞ Fees: Adults & Youths 14,000 won, Children 13,000 won (inclusive of admission fee and rental fees for skating shoes & a helmet)
* Admission not allowed for children ages 7 or younger
* Make sure to bring your gloves (or may purchase ones on site)
- ☞ Night Laser Show Time: High season 21:20 – 22:00 / Low season Weekday 20:50 – 21:10 / Sat, Sun & Holidays 21:20 – 22:00
- ☞ Convenient facilities: coin operated locker, dressing rooms, tables and chairs, restaurants & cafés
- ☞ Homepage: http://www.lotteworld.com/Family_sports/menu01.asp?mn=Mn101 (Korean)
- ☞ Nearby attractions: Olympic Park, Children’s Grand Park, Seokchon Lake
Everland Snow Buster
Photo credit: Everland
Everland Snow Buster, located in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do Province, boasts a wide variety of high-speed sledding slopes. There are three slope types: Jungfrau, Eiger, and Munch Children’s Sled. Eiger, in particular, offers twice as much fun and thrill with its 200m curved slope. Family visitors can share a two-person sled, or fly down the slopes solo in a one-person sled. A newly created lift takes the sledders up to the top while they are seated on their tube sleds. With this new lift in place, sled riders no longer need to carry their sled up to the top of the hill. Heaters are placed around the ride for riders to warm their hands as needed.
As the Everland all-day ticket covers Snow Buster, you may also want to enjoy the other fun rides of the amusement park after enjoying your sled ride. At night, fantastic light displays will double the festivity in the air.
- ☞ Period: December 14, 2012 – February 28, 2013
- ☞ Hours: Mon – Fri 10:30 – 18:00 / Sat, Sun and Holidays 10:30 – 18:00
* Operating hours and opening/closing time may vary in the event of unexpected conditions
- ☞ Everland Daypass: Adults 40,000 won, Youths 34,000 won, Children 31,000 won
- ☞ Convenient facilities: coin operated lockers, indoor heater, lounge/snack bar, restaurants & cafeteria
- ☞ Homepage:http://www.everland.com/web/multi/english/everland/main.html (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- ☞ Nearby Attractions: Caribbean Bay, Korean Folk Village, Yongin Recreational Forest
Seoul Land Snow Sled Park
Photo credit: Seoul Land
The Snow Sled Park in Seoul Land, located in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do Province, is a perfect family outing place for the ultimate winter experience. Flat plastic snow sleds provide high-speed fun. For safety, separate courses have been created for adults and children respectively. The children’s slope, where parents may ride sleds with their children, is the most popular among family visitors. Without an automated lift ride to take you up the hill, you may bring your own sled and walk up to the top for another ride.
At a playground adjacent to the slope, you can enjoy winter fun while making a snowman and having a snow fight. At the playground is a snow sledding ride field exclusively for toddlers and young children. The all-day pass for Seoul Land covers the Snow Sled Park, but the general admission ticket does not. In this case, you would need to pay an additional 3,000 won to enter Snow Sled Park.
- Seoul Land
- ☞ Period: December 10, 2012 – February 28, 2013
- ☞ Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
* Operating hours and opening/closing time may vary per unexpected conditions
- ☞ Seoul Land Day-pass: Adults 31,000 won, Youths 27,000 won, Children 24,000 won
- ☞ Seoul Land Admission Fees: Adults 18,000 won, Youths 15,000 won, Children 13,000 won
(Seoul Land Day-pass / Annual Pass holders can enter the sled park for free. Big 5 Pass / Admission ticket holders can enter the sled park with extra 3,000 won.)
- ☞ Convenient facilities: coin operated lockers, lounge/snack bar, wood-burning stove, restaurants & cafeteria
- ☞ Homepage: http://eng.seoulland.co.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- ☞ Nearby Attractions: Seoul Race Park, National Museum of Contemporary Art,Cheonggyesan Mountain
Other Skating & Sledding Facilities
- <Skating Rink>
Skating Rink Period Hours Fees Garden 5
December 7, 2012 –
February 17, 2013
Mon – Fri
12:10 – 20:50
Sat – Sun
12:10 – 22:00
* 10:00 – 12:10: Not open to General visitors due to skating lessons
Children: 1,000 won
Youth: 1,500 won
Adults: 2,000 won
*Rental: 1,000 won
Olympic Park Ice Skating Rink December 12, 2012 – February 3, 2013 Mon – Fri
09:00 – 20:30
*Admission: 1,500 won
*Rental: 1,000 won
World Cup Park Ice Skating Rink December 2,2012 – February 20, 2013 Mon-Sun
*Admission + Rental: 4,000 won (first 2hours),
1,000 won per extra hour
Mokdong Ice Rink Open
Mon – Fri
14:00 – 18:00
Sat – Sun
12:00 – 18:00
Children: 3,000 won
Youth: 3,500 won
Adults: 4,000 won
*Rental: 3,000 won (first 2 hours),
1,000 won per extra hour
Grand Hyatt Seoul Ice Skating Rink
December 1, 2012 – February 28, 2013
Mon – Fri
12:00 – 21:00
Sat – Sun, National holidays
10:00 – 22:00
* Temporarily run from 10:00 to 22:00 from December 22 through the end of January
Mon – Fri: 24,200 won
Sat – Sun: 28,600 won
*Rental: 18,700 won
Korea University Ice Skating Rink Open year round Mon – Sun
14:00 – 18:00*Summer/Winter Vacation Period
Mon – Sat: 13:00 – 18:00
Sun: 14:00 – 18:00
Children: 5,000 won
Youth: 5,500 won
Adults: 6,000 won
*Rental: 3,000 won
- <Sledding Park>
Snow Sledding Park Period Hours Fees Supia December 15, 2012 – February 27, 2013 Mon – Sun
09:00 – 18:00
Day Pass: 8,000 won
(available sledge and rides)
Noeul Park Snow Sled in World Cup Park December 2, 2012 – February 20, 2013 Mon-Sun
Day Pass: 8,000 won Korean Children’s Center Snow Sledding Field December 14, 2012 – February 24, 2013 Mon-Sun
Day Pass: 12,000 won
(includes snow sledding and catching icefish)
* Period and hours may vary in the event of unexpected conditions
Well.. I can only give a little information about South Korea now. Another time, I’ll make a post about South Korea again. I hope your knowledge about South Korea will increase, not only from Kpop artists, but also from the country ^ ^ Thx~
source : wikipedia, KTOJakarta