Thursday, 30 October 2014

22nd Korea Sign and Design Show (KOSIGN) at COEX

22nd Korea Sign and Design Show (KOSIGN) at COEX (5 Nov 2014 - 8 Nov 2014)

Visitors to the 22nd signage industry this year, as the exhibition sees 3D Printing Korea held concurrently for the Korea Sign and Design Show at Coex, Seoul, will be able to experience a whole new side to the 3D Printing Korea, jointly organized by Coex and Korea’s 3D Printing Industrial Association, will showcase a range of 3D printers, printing materials, scanners, software, prototypes, and organizations for research and education. Participants may also hear from 3D printing industry leaders and specialists for insights into this new generation of printing technology.
Adding to the impressive range of digital sign and design items already showcased at the annual KOSIGN, 3D Printing 2014 is expected to further boost the show’s standing as a comprehensive business platform for the global signage and printing market. Korea’s International Sign and Design Show is the largest exhibition in the Korean outdoor advertising and digital printing industry, showcasing 179 exhibitors across 641 booths to more than 10,000 visitors last year. In 2013, the World Economic Forum selected 3D printing technology as one of the Top 10 current most influential technologies. 3D printing has also been selected by the Samsung Economic Research Institute (SERI) as one of seven technologies expected to contribute most heavily to future industries.
According to the WOHLERS Report 2014, the 3D printing market was worth $3.07 billion in 2013, showing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.9%. The industry is expected to grow at a remarkable pace over the next several years, fueled by sales of personal 3D printers and expanded use of the technology for parts production. For more information about 3D Printing Korea 2014 or KOSIGN, please contact the KOSIGN


Monday, 27 October 2014

Marronnier Park Hyehwa

Marronnier Park takes it’s name from the Marronnier tree that is located in the center of the park. The park is quite small but plays an important part in the lives of Seoulites.  The park is located near Hyehwa Station. In 1975 the area began to develop. There are now over 50 theaters and hundreds of cafes. The park is located on the old ground of Seoul National University.  Many university students come here to hang out with friends or before they go to the theater.

There is a stage in the park where small concerts or plays are held. In the center of the park there is a statue of Kim Sang-ok. Patriot Kim Sang-ok was a freedom fighter against the Imperial Japanese occupation of Korea. Also located in the park is the Arko Art Center, opening hours 11am – 8pm, Closed on Mondays.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Seoul Wins Bid for 2016 International Photography Congress

Seoul recently secured the winning bid to host the 33rd Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) Congress, which in 2016 will bring to the city 800 of the world’s top photographers from 60 countries, and provide them with a golden opportunity to show the world both Seoul and Korea at its best. During the event, scheduled to take place from August 22-28, 2016, participants will be able to network, exchange industry information, and explore Seoul’s top sites with their cameras.

FIAP, also known in English as the International Federation of Photographic Art, is the only photographic society to be officially recognized by UNESCO. Its membership includes over one million persons affiliated with FIAP-approved branches and associations. Congresses are held every two years in rotation.

Event organizer and FIAP member the Photo Artists Society of Korea received assistance for its winning bid from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, which provided the services of its Seoul Convention Bureau (SCB) bidding clinic, such as consultation on bid strategies, presentation workshops, and assistance with proposal development. Praising the SCB’s efforts, the society’s FIAP Liaison Officer Jun Shil Keun said, “The presentation that the Seoul Convention Bureau helped us create for our bid proposal was absolutely perfect and was received with thunderous applause by all the members of the judging panel, and we were complimented on its content.”

Planned tour destinations in Seoul for the congress participants in 2016 currently include Sungnyemun Gate, royal palaces Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, and Deoksugung, as well as the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Samsung d’light, and the Jongmyo Shrine. They will also visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone, Andong Hahoe Village, and Gyeongju, with many of the selected locations both in and out of Seoul UNESCO World Heritage sites. The congress itself will be held at the Grand Ambassador Seoul.

The week-long event is expected to generate an estimated KRW 4.5bn (US $ 4.5m) in tourism revenue for Korea, and create up to KRW 10bn (US $9.7m) in added value for the regional economies hosting the participants, according to a release by the Photo Artists Society of Korea.

The bidding clinic of the Seoul Convention Bureau has been instrumental in securing many large international congresses for Seoul. Earlier this year, the Korean Physical Society also sought the help of the Seoul Convention Bureau bidding clinic before securing the bid for the 2018 International Conference on High Energy Physics, which is expected to bring over 1,200 international attendees for its eight-day event.

Monday, 13 October 2014


"In 2006, keepers at Seoul's Everland amusement park/zoo complex were surprised to hear a voice coming from inside the elephant enclosure. Kosik, a 16-year-old elephant, had learned to talk (in Korean of course) by putting its trunk in its mouth and mimicking the words it heard from its caretakers: "yes," "no," "lie down," "sit down," and four other phrases." 
Check Out the Video Below


Perhaps surprisingly, Kosik is not the first talking elephant on record. In the 1970s, a pachyderm called Batyr kept in Kazhakstan's Karaganda Zoo also learned to speak (in Russian), supposedly stringing together phrases like "Batyr is good" as well as verbs like "drink" and "give." He also appeared on Soviet television, once swearing on a live broadcast.

Though it has been shown that elephants do indeed have a sense of self awareness and are intelligent problem solvers and tool users, the question of whether the elephants are capable of expressive speech (as opposed to straight mimicry) has yet to be fully resolved. In the meantime, visitors flock to Kosik's enclosure, hoping to catch a few words.
Smart Elephant :D

Sunday, 12 October 2014


Hello! Everyone! I am going to introduce another good place to eat in Seoul today, A BAKERY CAFÉ with a name showing their brand philosophy about home-made food as if cooked by MOMMY-this is the most trendy one among a number of newly launched bakery cafés. They have many things on their menu: sandwitches, soups, paninis, salads, and etc, and of course, all of them are FRESHLY MADE at their kitchen each time the order is taken. Ricotta cheese salad and Honey Camembert cheese panini are the most popular menus-and especially, you SHOULD try the Honey Camembert cheese panini as it tastes so nutty-it has almonds toppings- and deliciously sweet. Why don’t you have it for your lunch today? You can easily find this cafe as they have many branches all over Seoul.



Saturday, 11 October 2014

Chungmuro Pet Street

The Chungmuro 4(sa)-ga and 5(oh)-ga Streets from the Chungmuro Station (Subway line No.4) to Hullyeonwon-romake the biggest pet shop street of the country, home to 40 or so such shops, vet hospitals for pet medical checkups, vaccinations and treatment, beauty salons for pets and more. Well-known also overseas, a lot of pet-owning foreign tourists visit here.

Namdaemunno/Toegyero‘Design Seoul Street

The Namdaemun-ro street, many foreign tourists’ favorite, has reinvented itself into a shopping haven perfect for relaxation in the wake of the Design Seoul project. The following changes are being made to improve the quality of shoppers’ experiences in the area: building a square at the entrance to Myeong-dong; relocating bus stops and street vendors; securing a higher level of pedestrian convenience; planting pine trees along major streets; and re-arranging thread in the past, were overhauled and revamped to create some harmony and balance, adding to the charm of the street representing the city of Seoul and the finance and distribution industries of Korea.


The Toegye-ro street has added modernity and efficiency to its traditional elegance by relocating and rearranging its street furniture while the newly paved ramp to the Hanok Village has boosted the safety and convenience of the tourists visiting here. The pine street trees have been said to symbolize well the historical and cultural identity of the street located along the ridge of Mt. Nam. Also anticipated is a significant sales increase for local shopping centers and stores.