Ja-Bol-Lae Observatory – Seoul (자벌레 전망대)

19 08 2010
Jabollae Observatory on the banks of Han River (TtukSeom Resort) is one of the unique buildings in the shape of a Korean Jabollae bug. More than an observatory it is also a multiplex housing 3D theatre, Digital Art Museum, Animation Studios, Gift Shops, Restaurants and Cafes with the panoramic view of the Han River.
Jabollae Observatory is a good place to introduce your kids to the world of animation and digital art. They have continuous videos playing the behind-the-scenes of various animation techniques. Plus it also introduces the kids to the various technique like storyboarding, sketching, scenario etc.
They also have a section where it explains Korean Characters using animation and a section where you see a digital reflection of your self.
The exterior of Jabollae park is equally exciting with beautiful lush green park  where you relax on a busy evening. Just a stone throw away from the observatory you have rock climbing facility and a few water sports like water rides and water surfing.

You can also take a water cab (taxi) from Ttukseom Resort towards Banpo bridge. Take it in the evening to avoid traffic and enjoy the night view across the river.
Once you reach Banpo Bridge you will be able to view the Moonlight Fountain flowing across the bridge in the evening around 8 pm. Its a 20 minute fountain show synchronized with soft instrumental music.

To reach Jabollae Observatory by subway – you need to take Line 7 and get down at Ttukseom Resort – Exit 1.
To reach Banpo Bridge by subway – you need to take Line 3 and get down at Express Bus Terminal – Exit 8-1 and walks towards Banpo Bridge.




Korea Vs Greece

13 06 2010

The World Cup fever is now here in Korea and how.

There are many a parks and public places in Korea these days where the Korean Government as well as biggies like Hyundai, SKT are hosting the World Cup live using Massive LCD screens… and it is one awesome experience.

So yesterday I had been to Seoul Plaza, City Hall to experience the Korea vs Greece match with my friends. And regardless of the weather – THE RAINS – the whole of Korea was out on the streets in their true spirits to cheer for their team.

It was so much fun to see everyone in red tees and wearing the Red Devil Horns..

And as we all know – KOREA WON… to the cheering of the crowd – DAE HAN MIN GUK – all the way..





Jai Hind Korean Ishtyle..

19 05 2010

Desi Gal.. , originally uploaded by breeze-O.

The Buddhas Birthday Lantern Parade happens a week before Buddhas Birthday from Dongdaemun to Jogyesa Temple. The entire Jongno Street is lit up with lanterns and people are cheering on both the sides of the street. If you visit Korea around May make sure you don’t miss this event.

I reached Dongdaemun a bit early before the Lantern Parade could start where I got this good opportunity to take a few behind the scene pictures of the parade. There was this huge queue of floats waiting for the parade to begin and people taking pictures with the guys all decked up in their costumes for the event. In one such float I came across this beautiful lady wearing a Saree. I almost missed her in the first glance and had gone ahead, but with a fleeting glance of this girl in a Saree I had to walk back to the float. And make her say ‘Kimchi’ for my lenses.





The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony

10 05 2010

His Highness, originally uploaded by breeze-O.

Seoul has lot of palaces in the metropolitan area of Ganghwamun and Gyeongbook. Every day at the Gyeongbokgung and Deoksugung palace in the afternoon one could witness the Changing of Guards ceremony and get a glimpse of Korean history back in time. Make sure you visit the Korea.net and Visit Korea website to get the details about this ceremony before you visit any of the palaces.





Weekly Winner – Korean Herald – 20th April 2010

22 04 2010

Carlos Steiner Yeosu.., originally uploaded by breeze-O.

This one of mine won the photo challenge and got published in Korean Herald under the Expat Living section on 20th April.

I clicked this on our trip to Mt. Youngchisan, Yeosu with Seoul Hiking Group just after sunrise. After reaching the sunrise point, Handsome n Suave Carlos Steiner started posing on the edge of the cliff for our shutter bugs. A perfect moment for us to capture him on our lenses.

I went ahead and submitted this photo to Seoul Photo Club on Flickr and the rest as you know it by now…

Thanks to Seoul Photo Club for giving us the platform to share and learn and for making me the weekly winner.
Thanks to Warren for organizing such a wonderful trip.
Thanks to Carlos for giving such a killer pose.





Cute-um Buddha at Insa Dong

19 03 2010

Cute-um Buddha.., originally uploaded by breeze-O.

This is by far one of my cutest finds.. Cute Gautam Buddha amongst the streets of Insa Dong.

It was kept inside a shop among other antiques and I could not help but capture it when I saw it. It was like love at first sight.. Instant attraction.. infatuation.. whatever you call it..

Insa Dong is really popular amongst tourist as you ll find all traditional stuff offered for sale.. from korean dolls to handicrafts, for cups to korean tea, from sculpture to all the things which are good to see but of not much use you will be able to find here..

Its a must visit walk for every photographer and alike visiting Korea.. you fill find many a mementos here for gifting it to your loved ones at home..

Getting there – Anguk Station, exit 6.. Jonggak Station, exit 3.. Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station, exit 1..





Useful Websites – Seoul n Korea

14 03 2010
Useful Blogs:
  • Marmots hole and Korean Beat are like Korea insiders.. Korean Times and the other English news paper available in Korea is pretty dry and news published is more or less filtered. If you really want to know what is happening around you check these websites with articles from Korean Newspaper translated in English.
  • Seoul City Blog – This blog is maintained by Seoul Global Centre and has very helpful information for foreigners on most of the things.
  • Kimchi Crew – This blog has interesting info on Korean Language, Kpop and youth culture in general. Kimchi Crew also offers Korean and other language exchanges classes on weekends at Meeple Cafe, Sinchon.
  • Kiss My Kimchi – This blog has info on Culture, Entertainment, Food, Shop, Teach, Travel, Clubbing and everything in general in Korea. So before you are planning to visit any part of Korea you can just do a quick search on his blog to get some useful info for the places he has visited and blogged about.
  • Brian in Jeollanam-do – Brian has been contributing articles to Korea Herald, Korea Times, Joongang Daily and has around 2500 posts on his blog about the culture, educations, news and events in South Korea. I specially enjoy reading his articles on Love Motel in Korea.
  • Recruiting in Korea – tells you the Honest truth about recruiting English Teachers in Korea.
Newspaper and Magazines:
  • 10 Magazine – Events, Movies, Workshops, Art Cafes, Music,Theatre, Parties in Korea.. one of the widely read English Magazine in print. Copies available at Kyobo Bookstore and other places frequently visited by foreginers:
  • Groove Korea – similar information as above. Available in Print. Mostly covers the music scene in Korea.
  • For the list of Korean newspaper in English available online click here.
Online Entertainment – Dramas, Movies & Kpop
  • MY SOJU – the mecca of Korean Dramas and Movies. These guys do a very good job of uploading drama episodes with English Subtitles. Most of the foreigners who watch Korean Drama owe their viewing to MySoju. Apart from Korean Drama and Movies it also has Japanese and Taiwanese Drama and Movies.
  • KoreanMusic.tv – does a very good job of uploading KPOP videos with useful info about the band and the artist.
Online Shopping
  • Gmarket – you need an Alien Card to register your self and then you are on. This is by far the cheapest place I ve come across to buy your things. They offer almost everything and had various options to chose from. And most of the goods you order they deliver if for free.

Adventure

  • Seoul Hiking – has a group on facebook. You need to just join the group and every week they will mail you details about the hiking conducted by them. With so many mountains surrounding Seoul this one is not to be missed.
  • Adventure Korea – offers very interesting packages on weekends for exploring Korea in an adventurous way. Skiing, Ice Fishing, Rafting, Mud bath, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Temple Stay, Jeju Island they have travel packages on almost everything.
Photography
  • Seoul Photo Club and Flickr in Seoul are the two most commonly used group on Flickr where people from in and around Korea submit their photos and offer constructive comments.
Other Listings
  • Craigslist in Seoul – Buy / Sell / Rental / Dating / Events etc in Seoul. These listing are very popular amongst the Foreign Community in Korea.