Summer is a time for exciting vacations and outings with family and friends. Wherever one’s destination in Korea may be, check out some of these fascinating summer festivals to help you forget the scorching heat.
For summer activities, the best includes beach festivals like Busan Sea Festival in August. There are also cultural festivals like Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival and Tongyeong Great Battle of Hansan Festival, where one can enjoy a variety of Battle performances. With so many great festivals to choose from, it’s easy to enjoy your summer in Korea.
1. Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival will kick off on this coming August at the Pentaport Park in Moonlight Festival Park in Songdo, Incheon. This large-scale rock festival will entertain rock music fans for three days from August 9th to 11th.
Many Korean and international bands will take the stage at this major outdoor music festival, such as Two Door Cinema Club, Steel Heart, Romantic Punch, YB, Weezer, The Vamps, Riot Kids, The Rose and more.
2. Tongyeong the Great Battle of Hansan Festival Tongyeong Hansan Battle Festival commemorates the Great Battle of Hansan, one of the four most famous sea battles in history. Visitors to this festival will be able to see models of the Geobukseon (turtle ship) designed by Admiral Yi Sun-shin and the ships used by the Japanese navy at the time.
In addition to learning all about the battle, guests will be able to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of Tongyeong. A variety of hands-on experience programs are available for visitors to learn in a fun way.
The region of Muju in Jeollabuk-do (Also known as Jeolla Province) celebrates its clean and beautiful natural environment with a Firefly Festival every year.
The Muju Firefly Festival takes place in the environment of Muju, where it is a natural habitat for fireflies and the snails. The festival offers many attractions and acitivities, and the highlight of the festival starts after 20:00 when the fireflies begin to light up the night sky.
Korea started to get ridiculously hot since the first week of July and the moment you step out of the house, the humidity starts to torture you. Summer is not a gloomy season but can ruin your metabolism because of much sweat (=loosing water).
So Koreans have found their solutions to battle the heat: a tradition called Chobok. The Starting date of this period in 2019 is the 12th of July. During 10 days from then, the Korean ancestors figured out their own recipe to cool down their body, by eating Stamina Foods.
1. Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup) Considered as an 'energy-boosting' dish best eaten during Chobok , this is a classic Korean dish that has become popular among international dinners as well.
Samgyetang is made by chicken with sweet rice, ginseng and other medicinal herbs, that clear up bacteria in metabolism and boosts up our digestive system. Some restaurants even use more medicinal herbs to make the dish more nourishing! Here's where to get to the Best Samgyetang Restaurants in Seoul.
2. Jangeo (Seasoned Eel) A seasoned Eel is a common dish in Korea, and it is probably the best-known dish when it comes to stamina. Jangeo is good for anti-aging and lowering cholesterol, and has plenty of Vitamins. It also tastes great when served after it's sliced down with a mixture of seasoned sauce.
3. Jeonbok-Juk (Abalone Soup) Jeonbok-juk is a delicacy made of sliced abalone and rice. It is rich in nutrients. Jeonbok is usually eaten live or fried, Jeonbok develops liver functioning and also increases stamina.
In addition, it has Taurine, which helps increase blood circulation and clean blood vessels. Nowadays, Jeonbok-juk are more easily available. And Jeonbok-juk is still the first thing people will make when a family member falls sick.
If you imagine the Memorial of Korean War as a serious exhibition, it is in fact surprisingly user-friendly and lighthearted for visitors to appreciate and learn.The 6th of June was a Memorial day in Korea.
We would like to introduce a brief history of Korean War and the War Memorial that reflects Korea's past and the future !
When you first step on the entrance of Yongsan War Memorial, a 20,000 square meter museum welcomes you from the front. Did you know that the Korean War Monument near the entrance commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire?
The soldiers look defiant and belligerent, which reflects how the seriousness of the Korean War.
The museum was opened in 1994, and the site exhibits over 13,000 pieces of the war traces and military equipment. That's A LOT of stories you can tell :) The indoor space of museum is divided into 7 halls, each representing the war histories of their own.
The exhibitions which include placards and artifacts are both explained in Korean and English language, so don't worry if you are a first-time traveler in Korea ! What makes the museum so special are the guides who voluntarily participates to explain the history. How amazing it is to hear the real stories from the retired Korean Soldiers !
You can say that they are the living legends of the War.
Indoors, the memorial focuses on the Korean War, which is set up for visitors to see, touch, and feel what it is like to be on the front lines of War. We say it's not an exaggeration, since there are audiovisuals, vibrations, and even the smell of ash to feel the War. Plus, with a patriotic Korean music plays, you can listen to the strong messages of winning the war.
While looking at the exhibitions, we should then come up with the question 'Why.' Why on earth is this Memorial built? And Why are we indirectly experiencing the battle?
The questions will lead to the painful history of Korean Division.
To explain briefly about Why Korea was departed, we should first understand the political ideologies of the world.Back then, there was a Cold War (meaning a quiet, but rival relations between America and the Soviet Union) going on.
This Cold War was an important cause in the Korean War. Communist theories controlled North Korea, and the opposite idea lead South Korea. Each theories had a strong advocate, with the Soviet Union and China supporting Communism and America supporting the opposite. Eventually, the systems collided, resulting in Korean War in 1950, June 25th.
(So, the other way to call the Korean War is the 625 War).
The Korean War is well reflected in the massive warplanes and tanks exhibited outside.
In the artillery, you can take photos and pretend like you're handling them.
There's one lesson you can learn from the Korean War Memorial : Don't mess up with countries. Korean War Memorial is the best place to tell you this learning!
The War Memorial of Korea in Seoul
• Operating Hours : Open Everyday 9:30~18:00 / Closed on Mondays
• Location : 29 Itaewon-ro, Namyeong-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Food Tourism, highlights local delicacies and the culture of Korea’s eight provinces.
This time, we introduce our readers to the foods of Jeolla-do (Jeolla Province). Filled with fresh vegetables, meat and sometimes seafood, the recipes are an enormous
boost for positive energy.
In the first field trip of WOWKOREA, the supporters visited a Korean Restaurant called “Happy King.” Indeed, the travel was happy, with tasty menus and enjoyable laughter filling up the entire field trip.
Ddeokgalbi is a grilled short rib served in patties. Korean people generally try this food with rice, or teriyaki sauce, but it tastes amazing when eaten Itself. Ddeokgalbi is a cuisine that is one level up from your usual Korean BBQ.
Have you ever eaten Beef-rip Soup? But first, what is it? It is a soup boiled and cooked with beef ribs which turns into a nourishing soup. Plus, beef short ribs are said to be an expensive cut of meat, so it’s considered luxury among Korean people.
☞ Korean Vegetable Fries
Vegetable fries, or also called “Yache Twigim,” is a very popular snack and street food for students in Korea. The mix of vegetables and Korean style batter makes these taste very delicious!
We all could try different kinds of Jeolla-do Food together in each group, and was able to select the best menu that foreign tourists would love to eat! But overall, Jeolla-do itself is very famous for its delicate Korean dishes !
Imagine one of the roads in Gangnam that are introducing K-pop Idols.
Hallyu, which means “Korean Wave,”has gained global popularity in music and dramas.
Gangnam, which became famous as PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style,’ became a popular place for leading Korean trends. Since more than half a number of Korean entertainment companies are located in Gangnam, it’s a birthplace of many Korean Stars! Our WOWKOREA member Chris, decided to tour the street.
Let’s look what’s in the K-Star Road.
When you take the Exit 2 from Apgujeong Rode Station, you can find GangnamDol which is a symbolic sculpture of the K-Star Road. The human-scale figures greeted Chris from the start!
Walking along the GanngnamDol Street, he had also entered an area packed with enterntainment companies like JYP and Cube Entertainment. Take your time to take a picture with your favorite singer’s GangnamDol, and look over to the entertainment center! You can also find the tourist information in this place.
Also, the GangnamDols of Girl’s Generation and EXO were near SM Entertainment, the largest entertainment company in Korea. If you prefer a tour around the entertainment companies, we recommend that you start from FNC Entertainment to SM Global Traininng Center, to JYP Entertainment, finally ending at Cube Entertainment. K-Star Road may be short, but it provides a long distance journey into K-pop!
- About K-Star Road : https://bit.ly/2z00gXv
- Source by : Chris (Explore with Ajussi: https://bit.ly/2WOyTgI)
Museum may not be a place that we visit ordinarily.
We are close with internet and IT technology, but rarely get closer to what had really brought us here. Chris who is a WOWKOREA Member, took off to National Museum of Korea out of curiosity, has learned a lot about the history and culture of Korea !
Inside the gigantic museum, there are four exhibition Halls that you should watch. The first floor is composed of Prehistory and Ancient History, as well as Medieval and Early Modern History. From cast-iron to Buddhism, history can provide a glimpse into the culture.
The second floor is divided into two sections – Calligraphy and Painting. Visitors can appreciate the beauty of Korean calligraphy and painting sections, by having a look at the beautiful strokes and colors !
The third floor has Sculpture and Crafts. These Asian Art showcases the tradition of diverse culture including Indian and Southeast Asia. What’s special in here is that you can notice that the similarities between countries.
National Museum of Korea was an eye-opener especially for foreigners like Chris! The museum offered English language that helped him experience the value more easily.
Don’t forget to visit a Café inside! You can quench your thirst after touring, and buy yourself a unique souvenir at the museum shop.
Information about National Museum of Korea ☞ Address
- The National Museum of Korea 137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
☞ Operating Hours - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (10:00-18:00) - Wednesday & Saturday (10:00-21:00) - Sunday & Public Holidays (10:00-19:00) - Children's Museum : Opens until night time only on last Wednesday of the month. - National Museum of Korea is CLOSED on New Year’s Day, Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) and on Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
There’s an absolute place of natural beauty in Korea.
On last week, WOWKOREA Supporter had made a 1N2D trip to Sokcho, which is in Gangwon-do. The most intriguing part of Sokcho may be the foods and sight-seeing in the ocean. From noodles to fresh sea foods, there have enjoyed plenty of mouth-watering dishes that made the whole excursion enjoyable.
▶ Naengymeon (Korean Cold Noodles in chilled broth) in Soya Makguksu
For people suffering from the killing weather, Koreans had been eating noodles that were served with cold seasonings. Since Gangwon-do is especially famous for its skilled Korean cooking, never miss out tasting Naengmyeon in Soya Makguksu
These days, renovating old buildings to a modern interior are popular among Koreans. Chilsung Boatyard Salon is not an exception, since it also boasts its antique walls, and traces of the past in the 1952. As the name tells, this café was a shipyard built by an old Man. Many people were fascinated by the overall atmosphere that the café gives.
With a sound body filled with delicious foods, the supporters headed to the ocean for a sound mind. The girls felt relaxed at the calming sound of the waves hitting the ocean. Plus, the magnificent view of seashores was all unforgettable to their memories.
Followed by the touching moment of sightseeing, the 2 WOWKOREA supporters made a visit to a special tourist site, where they were spoiled with delicious foods.
▶ Sokcho Tourist & Fishery Market
If you are a foodie, you would love to visit this market full of fresh sea foods and plenty of street foods. The best of going to the Sokcho Tourist & Fishery Market is that everything are served cheap. Fish BBQs, Mango Ice Jolly, and Fried Crab Cheese Sticks... What more could you ask for?
If the first day was an ocean-themed, blue adventure, the 2nd day might be a green tour ! Into the lush mountains, the girls went to Seoraksan National Park. Thankfully, they didn’t have to hike up all the way to the mountain thanks to a cable car! The view from above was breathtaking.
▶ Seoraksan National Park
Mount Seorak is the highest mountain in the mountain range of Gangwon-do, and is the thrid-highest mountain in South Korea. Not only does this park offer hikes for any level of expertise, but i`t offers some of the most beautiful sceneries of Korea.
WOWKOREA Supporters, operated by Korea Tourism Organization, are a group composed of international students from more than 10 countries in Southeast Asia and the Middle-East who enjoy traveling together in Korea, and who will promote Korean tourism and culture to their native people by using social media.
1. Participating in field trip provided by Korea Tourism Organization (4 times)
2. Creating and promoting social media contents about Korea tourism and culture
3. Networking with supporters from Southeast Asia and Middle-East countries
- 8 months (April - December, 2019)
* 27 – 29 April : Pre-Orientation/Opening Ceremony/1st Field Trip
1. Opportunities to participate in official field trips and group mission tours
2. Providing marketing seminar of Korea tourism
3. Opportunities to participate in festivals and events in Korea
4. Rewarding for mid-term and final excellent performance
5. Providing supporters' uniform and souvenir
6. Certificate of participation of WOWKOREA Supporters
▶Supporters - Eligibility : International students residing in Korea, from *Southeast Asia & Middle East countries with interests in tourism *Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia,Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, India, Kazakhstan, etc.
- Number of members : 40 people [Group : 30 (15 teams) / Individual(creator) : 10]
1. Group applicants : A team of 2 members from Southeast Asia & Middle East countries
2. Individual applicants(Creator) : Students from Southeast Asia & Middle East with expert skills in creating social media contents
How was your year 2018? Did you achieve your goals that you set in the beginning of this year?
Some of the big issues In Korea in this year were 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the South-North Korean Summit, Russia World Cup, and all other big or small events. It was an exciting, meaningful, and a peaceful year and we hope everyone to be happy and healthy in the upcoming year 2019 as well! So if you are in Korea on the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, how about we invite you to the best spots to make a New Year’s wish and watch the first sunrise of the year? Make a wish, and make a list of your goals for next year here in some of the great sunrise festivals of 2019.
Jeongdongjin Sunrise Festival (Gangwon)
Located in the East part of Korea, Jeongdongjin is a very popular place among Korean people for watching a sunrise over the sea. Every year on January 1, the area around the beach is filled with people enjoying the sunrise festival. Watch the burning sun rising over the sea, giving off a great mixture of color reflecting in the ocean.
Pohang Homigot you see in the picture is located at the easternmost end of the Korean peninsula and here you can see the earliest first sunrise of each year in Korea. There are two hand statues here and they became the signature symbol of the sunrise festival. Two hands give message that all people live together by helping each other. Every new year, there is a variety of performances and fireworks to celebrate the New Year's Day at this festival.
Of course, it is Jeju Island's most loved sunrise attraction: Seongsan Ilchulbong (AKA Sunrise Peak). The castle-shaped peak located above the blue sea is a perfect place to watch the sunrise all around the year. In addition, the Seongsan Sunrise Festival features parades, performances, fireworks, and other events during December 30-January 1 every year.
Join the countdown and welcome of the New Year at these best sunrise spots in Korea. Enjoy watching the golden sun rising over the beautiful sky and let us wish for another great year ahead! New beginnings are always exciting!
As the weather gets cold, the number of people looking for indoor places to hang out has increased. Today, WOWKOREA will introduce a majestic mall where you can find tons of fun activities including eateries and a movie theater!
Starfield COEX mall is an underground shopping mall which is best fit for all kinds of people from youngsters to elderly people, to foreigners as well as Koreans. People come here to do shopping, having food and chilling. Let’s see what’s inside COEX, one of the great meeting spots in Korea.
1. Starfield Library (별마당 도서관)
Being located in the center of COEX, this library is like a meeting place thanks to its convenient location to find. The library provides spacious tables where you can read a book as well. Also, people come here to take a lot of pictures because stacks of books and the interior of the library make the place look like a big photo zone studio!
2. Pierrot Shopping(삐에로 쇼핑)
This shopping mall with the circus theme literally has everything you need. It has incredibly various sections for items from cheap to luxurious goods. Since it has so many interesting stuffs, you don’t realize how long you have spent the time while walking around the shop. I highly recommend you to visit here once!
3. Mega Box(메가박스)
Watching a movie with your loved one is, for sure, a great way for killing time. No one doesn’t like movies, right? If you have some spare time before dinner, go and watch a movie! Mega Box is famous for playing a lot of movies with short intervals!
4. 코엑스 아쿠아리움(COEX Aquarium)
It’s a great place to visit with your family! This is a highly recommended place for the family with little kids. This aquarium has 40,000 marine creatures with 650 species that help your kids improve their creativity while seeing and touching amazing water creatures. It has the most numerous numbers of sharks in Korea as well as 3 generations of penguin families.
5. VR Monsters
Are you looking for some unique and fun experience? How about trying VR games while waiting for the movie? This huge VR set is located right next to Mega Box! This is super fun and I guarantee that you will laugh a lot with your friends.
6. The Place
Have you heard of Bomb pizzas? Imagine putting fire on and around the pizza that you are going to eat! Try one of the hottest (in fame) pizzas at COEX that is visually crazy!