FOOD FOR THE SENSES

It’s a delight to see, smell and most especially, taste the colorful array of Korean cuisine! Advertisements

A Miracle

Centuries of strife had its crippling effect for a while but it did not permanently paralyze this beautiful place in Asia. Their determination to rise above the ashes brought forth their ingenuity and industriousness. After the Korean War, from 1961 to 1987, they were led by a dictator who implemented extremely harsh measures to achieve a desired outcome…then the successor was succeeded by liberal leaders who had the vision and were able to rekindle the flames within their citizens so they would shine brightly once again. Ultimately, they had experienced a miracle… Read More

On Dangerous Ground

DMZ is one of the scariest places on earth. South & North Korea designated this Demilitarized Zone 2 kms. away from the truce line on each side of the border right after the Korean war. This 4 km wide and 240 km long DMZ is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world. There are thousands of landmines, electric fences and tank traps on both opposing sides within the DMZ area.

Democracy For South Korea

On July 11, 1953, an armistice for the restoration of the South Korean State was signed here in Panmunjeom,  known as the “truce village”, located just 55 km north of Seoul, in the Demilitarized Zone. A line not far from the 38th Parallel divides Korea into communist-controlled North Korea and democracy-dominated South Korea.

Brothers Vs. Brothers

Though sixty summers have come and gone since the Korean War ended, conflict still hovers around them. Peace and unity seem a distant memory, a memory that chants in dramatic bereavement.  Every story of war is a story of sorrow… and a war where a brother is made to fight a brother, friend against a friend, is a story of such deep sorrow. This emotional scene of the Statue of Brothers at the War Memorial showing an ROK soldier desperately embracing his brother, a North Korean soldier,  when they saw each other in… Read More

Profound Demographic Effects

It is geography that designs a nation’s vulnerability, dictates people’s mode of thinking, their attitude and their lives as shaped by their own society. With Korea’s  geographical location, in the middle of competing powers, it had struggled in warding off external forces on their prismatic corner on earth. Feuds continuously haunted this small peninsula, both externally and internally.  War is in the fabric of its history. The War Memorial of Korea seeks to commemorate the history of warfare in Korea. On the grounds which used to be the headquarters of the Korean… Read More

Architecture Inspired by Nature

The earthy feel of their traditional houses called Hanok begs to be surveyed by a touch.  Its earth tones laced esteem from nature’s midst, blend well with the  natural surroundings.

Museums

The National Folk Museum, which was built in 1939,  is located inside the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace. It showcases over 4,000 artifacts  and it is divided into  three large sections, namely History of Korean People, Korean Way of Life and  Life Cycle of the Koreans.

Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies

Guards in Joseon time uniforms set a dramatic scene at the Gwanghwamun Gate, the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace in downtown Seoul, as they perform the re-enactment of the changing of the guards as done during the ancient Joseon Dynasty. 

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Ancient Korea was ruled by three kingdoms, namely Goguryeo (37 B.C. – AD 668), Baekje (18 B.C. – AD 660) and Silla (57 B.C.- AD 935). During the Goguryeo Dynasty (918 to 1392),  Gaeseong in North Korea was chosen as the nation’s capital. Goguryeo was later named Goryeo, known in modern times as Korea. In 1392,  Goryeo Dynasty was overthrown by Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). King Taejo, founder of Joseon,  then built his grandest palace called Gyeongbokgung  in Hanyang, later known as Seoul.  Surrounded by mountains, Seoul is a strategic location and has become… Read More