Saturday, 6 October 2012

Things Must Do in The Land of morning clam (Korea)

Hello"안녕하세요" Friends From All Around The World I Am 

Virendra Rathod From Pune, India.

I Just Fall In Love With Korea Because Of K-POP & Can't Live A Single Day Without Listing to the 
K-POP Songs Especially of  Girl's Generation & T-ara.
K-POP Showed Me the Path To Korea.Korea Is Also Known As
"Land of the Morning Calm" 

Though I Have Never Been To Korea Before but I have seen it on TV & Videos on Internet such as what are the Famous Tourist Spots,What to Eat N Were to Eat,Shopping Streets were I can buy things in cheap price,Hiking In The Beautiful Mountains & Last But Not The Least Do The "Gangnam Style" Dance In Korea.
But through All this I just Fell in Love with Korean Culture,Traditions,Food,Technology & Stunning Man-Made Marvels that I just can't stop dreaming to visit once in lifetime . 

  1. Hallyu Effect

       I want to attend a K-POP Concert & Enjoy it Live as there haven't been any K-POP Concert Here in India.Visiting on location sets of Running Man, Invincible Youth 2 and Gag Concert & meet My Favorite Korean Celebrity's Specially Girl's Generation hope so figures Crossed!
    I Want to Visit
     Everysing Studio it is Run By
    SM Entertainment & it has many Stickers ,Photos, Music CD/DVDs  of  celebrities working for SM Entertainment Such As Girl's Generation, F(x),Super Junior. I want to buy CDs, Signed Photos many things from there. This is a must visit place which I am just crazy about.
    Because seeing many Korean Dramas I just loved the way of soft Spoken Korean language & respect shown to each other.Inaugurated last year K-Star road is a must visit for a K-POP fan like me. 

2. Beautiful Landscapes & Amazing Architectures.

    Korea Is gifted with many Breathtaking Natural landscapes such as J
eju Island,Seopjikoji,Hyeopjae Beach,Ggotji Beach,Uleung Island Seaside Road this all and many more the list is long.Korea should be the land of Gods or the way to the Heaven on Earth.Words are not enough to describe the Beauty of Mother Nature.It has a Such a clean environment with crystal clear sea water were even we can see the bottom of sea.If any non photographer like me would become a photographer because of amazing picture perfect locations.That Is Why Korea Is Also Known As"Land of the Morning Calm".With White sandy beaches its just perfect spend our early morning with a cup of tea with cool breeze N little Warm sun and at time of sunset enjoy BBQ party on Ggotji beach as Sun sets in a perfect line of two rocks its just amazing scene.To Watch Awesome Cherry Blossoms which lies between March to April.Want to go Hiking in the peaks of misty mountains which is very popularly among Korean peoples. Jeju Island is famous for it locations so there are many Korean Dramas & Movies shot there.But its also renowned for caching squids from the beach's by digging our hands in the sand
I have seen it on Invincible Youth show once.I also want to catch some squids & have a party.
Bukhansan National Park is the famous among Seoul residents for hiking, bird-watching & rock climbing.It has forest area, temples & granite peaks with 3 main peaks called as Beakundae, Insubong & Mangnyeongndae.


Historical Architectures

As There are many UNESCO 
World Heritage sites in Korea which are almost 800 years old.It is amazing & hats off to Korean Government that they have kept all monuments as they are built in 21st Centuries as new.This Palaces are must visit sites which could be helpful to understand Korean culture & Architecture better.Get the Feeling how was the royal life of Kings N Queens back in 1400 century.This Palaces are made up of woods and strong stone base in bottom.
There is Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul which also almost 600 years ancient historical & cultural heritage of world.

Bulguksa Temple is also UNESCO World Heritage site.It is a Buddhists Temple with two pagodas in central main hall.It is also built in stones base platform as other palaces.But this temple is the oldest of all & must see.   

Bulguksa Temple

Modern Man Made Marvels

Must see & what humans are capable of Banpo Bridge is example of that.It is a double deck N Worlds longest bridge fountain. Which is made over Han River it joins Seocho & Yongsan districts.It has a Guinness World Record To its Name for 10000  Different colored LED lights on both sides.It is The Jewel Of Seoul which shines at night and attract many tourists toward it.
Namsan/Seoul Tower is another big attraction & landmark of Seoul which is 777ft tall.It has a revolving restaurant which rotates every 48 mins. I want to enjoy dinner in this restaurant in evening with amazing night view of Seoul this is so romantic for couples and then tie a padlock to the tower fence so that my love become Eternal.
63 Building is on the banks of Han River as it is the Tallest Gold-Cladded Building in the world.It has the world's tallest
Art Gallery & Observation Deck on 60th floor.It is also known as The 63 Golden Tower as it Shines like Gold for 15mins. at sunrise.It has even a Love Elevator only for couples in evening.

3. Korean Food

Korean Cuisine base is Rice many dishes are made from rice.

Songpyeon is a specially made on Chuseok which is sweet stuff in side and I have tasted it once when a friend brought it for me last year it was so Yummy.Just melted in my mouth.But Korean popular food is Tteok (Rice Cake) which is important in four ceremonial occasions of Coming Age,Wedding,Funeral & Ancestral Rites on Lunar New Year's Day or in any Feast.There are various kinds of Tteok such as Injeolmi, Honey Tteok, Baekseolgi & So on.
Kimchi represent Korea's best known food around the world though its a side dish but it is serve in almost every Korean meal.
It is a spicy dish with variety of seasoning mainly cabbage & radish are used as main ingredient.I have tried once making it but  don't know how it tastes when made by a Korean.So I have to learn this dish and give a taste of Korean food to my Family N Friends.
Kimbap is another popular outdoor/light dish which is made of steamed rice with carrots,cucumbers,fish,eggs are rolled with gim & served with kimchi. Kimbap origin is from Japan.
Korean traditional Noodles are hand made known as onmyeon. There are many types of  hot & cold noodles such as guksu jangguk, naengmyeon, bibim guksu and so on.
I love eating food so want to try each and every dishes.    

Gwangjang Market is a paradise for food lover like me were there are hundreds of food counters were we can enjoy each and every food items of Korea with alcoholic beverage Soju. That to Hot directly from pan to our dish then into our hunger stomach. 
Many of Counters are open all night for those who work, wholesalers and for those who want to enjoy night life.   

View Of Gwangjang Market
4. Shopping & Night-life
          "No Travel Could be Complete without Shopping!"

 Shopping in Seoul is one of popular activities which tourists like me would like to do.The City is home to numerous markets, malls & wonderful shops.Well Gangnam is not only popular because of "Gangnam style" but also because of it markets.It attracts many young crowd with selling various trendy items.Here we can find many famous Cafes, Coffee shops, Pubs,Clubs & Restaurants so its
 also famous for its Nightlife.If we are luck enough we can come across to any Korean Celebrity's shopping there or having fun in Clubs.


Cafe, Clubs, Restaurants & Shopping Streets in Gangnam-Gu

Namdaemun is the largest open-air traditional & oldest market of Seoul that sales many things from cloths to ginseng.Many cloths sold in other places in Seoul come from Namdaemun. We can get here discounts on the original quoted price & this is a right place to buy souvenirs like t-shirts, Key chains and many other things which are widely available.There are many food stalls so we can enjoy shopping with mouth watering food.This market is the popular tourist attraction of Shopping Seoul.
Dongdaemun/Gwangjang Market is also an famous shopping destination here can find out many notable goods such as silk fabric, leather goods,shoes, traditional dress Hanbok for men & women, electronic goods, Fortune tellers & as I mentioned above it is also a paradise for food lovers with many food counters.There are huge 26 shopping malls with english speaking staff to coordinate with the tourists.which are open all night till morning.So this two places are the shopping paradise.
I want to buy A Hanbok which is for mens it consists of Jeogori & Baji.
Traditional Hanbok & Hwahye Available in Stores 

Namdaemun & Dongdaemun Market
Besides The Traditional & old Markets there are many New Shopping Mall which is the biggest in Asia its COEX mall located in gangnam-gu Seoul with hundreds of stores with branded products. Kimchi field museum,aquarium & a huge 16 screen multiplex theater.This is the perfect place to know the latest fashion trends going in Korea.We can also find many branded beauty products for both men & women which we can try it first and then buy it.As many beauty products are been endorse by Korean celebrity's so they are getting popular.I too wanna buy some beauty products for myself not just girls love it we boys also do.There are various other special stores only for branded beauty products .      

Korea is the Leader in Electronic market with Samsung & LG.
In no time people around world can't think living without Samsung's Galaxy Mobile Phones which are leading the mobile world.Seoul is the perfect blend of an high tech city.
Yongsan Electronic Market is the ideal place to buy electronic gadgets. Here we can get A to Z electronic items right from household appliances To Computers Software CD, games,movies,music,cd-dvd's & Imported Items too. We can get any gadgets with cheaper price than other retail outlets all over Seoul & barging can also be done on the quote price.This is also a must visit place if  any one is a electronic geek like me.

Yongsan Electronic Market
5. National Museum Of Korea
National Museum of Korea is the 6th largest Museum in the World by its Area.To understand any country better there is no other place than the museum its speaks the history & Art of that region.It is divided into three floors :
  • First floor

    It is the Archaeological Gallery which contains approx. 4500 artifacts excavated from sites across Korea.
    It's also a Historical Gallery.
  • Second floor

    It is a Fine Art & Donation Gallery which contains 890 artifacts of traditional & religious Arts of Korea.
  • Third floor

    It is a Fine Art Gallery II with 630 artifacts of Korean Buddhists sculptures and Craft-work.
    It also have an Asian Art Gallery with 970 artifacts which were found on Silk Route.It has 5 Rooms for artifacts which is found across Asia.
  • Ground floor

    It contains parks,gardens,waterfalls,pools and collection of Pagoda,Stupas,Lanterns & National Treasure of Korea.     

Upper Left Gyeoncheonsa 10 storied Pagoda upper Middle Golden Crown upper right Throne of king  
   * Fun-Time*
    Everland Resort is a Theme Park in Yongin which was opened in 1976. It is the largest theme park in Korea & ranked 13th in the world ranking of theme parks.It is Run by Samsung Group.It has many attractions such as:
  • T Express is the wooden roller coaster which is the 6th longest wooden roller coaster in the world & its also the steepest.
  • Jigu Maul(Global Village) it is a first dark boat ride which shows worldwide cultures,traditions with the help of dolls & iconic miniatures from more than 18 countries.
  • Zoo Topia is were animals from many countries are brought such Tigers,Lions,Elephants and so on.Here there is a safari bus ride in which we can see animal closely.
and many more you just have to be there to enjoy it.

Everland Resort

Lotte World is situated in the heart of City(Seoul) which was opened in 1989.It is the worlds largest theme park which is also a Guinness world record.It has monorails,shopping malls,luxury hotels,various sports facilities,thrilling rides,a lake,lasers shows,ice rink & movie theater all in one place. Magic Island which is situated outdoors with a magical castle.Many Korean dramas are shot in this locations.But it is famous for its Thrilling rides such as Gyro Drop & Gyro swing which have a steep drop of 70 meters.There is also a spanish pirate ship which swings 75 deg. 

So Everland & Lotte world This two theme park are must visit if  you would like to have some Thrill,Entertainment & Fun added to your trip.

So this all above are must to do or see when I visit Korea.
Who says Paris is the only one place of Love here in Korea there are many Romantic place with beautiful mind blowing scenery.Seoul is the City that Never sleeps & with count less fun unlimited.Korea have maintain the Balance as Adapting to modernization & Keeping there Tradition, Culture Alive.   
*Truly Korea Is Sparkling*

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