Friday, January 2, 2009

Full of Memories in Korea

Korea in Brief...Korea Sparkling!
The Korean Peninsula extends southward from the eastern end of the Asian continent. It is roughly 1000km(621 miles) long and 216km(134 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Mountains cover 70% of the land mass, making it one of the most mountainous regions in the world. The lifting and folding of Korea's granite and limestone base has created breathtaking landscapes of scenic hills and valleys. the mountain range that stretches along the east coast falls steeply into the East Sea, while along the southern and western coasts, the mountains descend gradually to the coastal plains that produce the bulk of Korea's agricultural crops,especially rice.
The peninsula is divided just sightly north of the 38th parallel. The democratic Republic of Korea in the south and communist Korea in the North are seperated by the Demilitarized Zone. South Korea has a population of 48.5 million (2007).Administratively, the Republic of Korea consists of nine province (do); the capital Seoul;the six metropolitan cities of Busan, Daegu, Incheon, Gwangju,Daejeon and Ulsan, and an additional 77 cities (si) and 88 counties (gun).
National Flower Yan and da flower..
The national flower of Korea is the mugunghwa ( Rose of Sharon). Every year from July to October,a profusion of mugunghwa blossoms graces the entire country. Unlike most flowers, the mugunghwa is remarkably tenacious and able to withstand both blight and insects. The flower’s symbolic significance stems from the Korean word mugung(immortality). This word accurately reflects the enduring nature of Korean culture along wih the determination and perseverance of the Korean people.

Hanbok The Hanbok has been the Korean people’s unique traditional costume for thousands of years. The beauty and grace of Korean culture can be seen in photographs of women dressed in a Hanbok. Before the arrival of Western-style clothing 100 years ago, the Hanbok was everyday attire. Men more jeogori (Korean jackets) with baji (trousers) while women wore jeogori with chima (skirts). Today, the Hanbok is worn on special occasions such as weddings, Seollal ( Lunar New Year’s Day ) and Chuseok ( Korean Thanksgiving Day ).
Unique Flavors of Korea...

Kimchi is a fermented vegetable dish that can be stored for along time. In the past, Korean used to prepare it as a substitus for fresh vegetables during the winter months. Today, housewives still prepare a large amount of winter kimchi sometime between late November and early December. This nationwide annual tradition is called gimjang. The introduction of red pepper to Korea from Europe through Japan in the 17th century brought a major innovation to kimchi and the Korean diet in general. There are now more than 160 kimchi varieties differentiated by region and ingredients, most of them quite spicy. Kimchi is the basic side dish at every Korean meal ; is also an ingredient in other popular dishes such as kimchi stew, kimchi pancakes, kimchi fried rice and kimchi ramen noodles. Kimchi is widely used in various ways to create new tastes and flavors. These days, kimchi is gaining popularity worldwide for its nutritional value and healthful properties.

Korean cuisine is made up of unique aromas and tastes.In addition to being highly nutritious, it is also low in calories, being mainly made of a wide variety of vegetables...
Let me show to you,our lunch food the first day in Korea....

Now, I show you my diner food @ my hosts family house...

I love this food...i ate too much!!!Like 'cucur' ....huhuhu

I think...i cant ate it,but im try my best.

"Seasoning include garlic, red pepper, scallions, soy sauce, fermented bean paste, ginger and sesame oil. Visitors cannot really say they have been to Korea if they have not tasted kimchi,the internationally famous spicy fermented cabbage dish. Koreans eat it at almost every meal. There are actually dozens of varieties of kimchi, including some that are not spicy!!!"

13th July 2008...Sunday

PDT @ Mandarin Court Hotel


3.30pm...registration of the delegation in Mandarin Court Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Briefing of the programme by Mr.Mod Nadzri & Miss Aida from Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia.

14th July 2008...Monday

PDT..Pre Departure Training...

Dinner @ Hotel

6.30pm...Check out & depart from Mandarin Court Hotel to KLIA by Coaster Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia.

15th July 2008..Tuesday

1st day in Korea...

still in my mind!

1.00am...depart from KLIA to Incheon International Airport, Korea
by MAS MH 66,seat no.41H..with Christina.

8.20am ( Korea time)...we arrived in Incheon International Airport and directly go to Seoul.Pick up at the airport by the secretariat,Mr. Woong Park ( Assistant Manager of Korea Youth Exchange Centre) & Ms.Hwikyong ( General Manager of Korea Youth Exchange Centre).

Wecome to Korea...

Courtesy Call to Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs in Korea.
Luncheon Hosted by Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs....
our first lunch here!

Back to the Ibis Hotel.

4.20pm...watching The Comic Art Performance "JUMP",Nanta Theater.

Whats that???

The Nanta Theater is exclusively for the performance of Nanta. This wild and funny percussion performance has won international awards and acclaim. Nanta is performed using kitchen utensils,pots, pans, garbage cans, broomsticks, chopsticks, and some especially exciting vegetable chopping an blocks with sharp kitchen knives.


Back to the hotel

Tourist attraction by!