Monday, 31 July 2017

Joyful Day in Jeonju 1

Jeonju has much to offer than just Bibimbap. I love everything in this village especially the traditional Han-style vibe in this small city. It's a must visit destination in Korea which I always recommended my friends whenever they plan to go to Korea.

The first reason why I recommend it is because you don't even need to worry of transportation in this village, because you can just walk from one place to another place. It's so convenient that even someone like me who hate walking and no sense of direction can do it.  

Secondly, if you're tired walking just stop and have drink and some snacks that available at every corners. Remember to pamper your stomach because the food here is incredibly yummy and have lots of selection ranging from traditional to unique fusion meal.
  Jeonju Nambu Market.

After checked out and leave our luggage at WannaBe Design Hotel (워너비호텔), we went to Nambu Traditional Market to have our breakfast.

Luckily this stall was open, because lots of them still closed when we're there. 

Waiting for hot food to keep our bodies warmer.

 Patjuk Red Bean Soup and Seafood Kalguksu.

I prefer sweet red bean soup which I had at 서울서둘째로잘하는집  
in Seoul or 외할머니 솜씨 in Jeonju.

We only order these 2 dishes, because we wanted to taste others delicacies. They all seemed delicious, however we didn't have much time to join the queue.
 Pungnammun Gate (풍남문) is jus a walking distance from Nambu Market.

Didn't rent Hanbok's veils (쓰개치마 =  sseugaechima) from Bettl Hanbok
therefore can only use my fur jacket as sseugaechima. 

  Sonyeosang, statue of a girl representing sexual victims during 
Japanese military sitting in front of Pungnammun.

Remembrance booth of the Sewol ferry incident (Day 593).

Fish Bread 페스츄리 에빠진 붕어빵.

Leisurely strolling around charming Jeonju village after breakfast and found this cute fish bread on the way to Gyeonggijeon

Fish Bread (붕어빵) - ₩2,700 / piece.

We bought 4 pieces of different flavours for ₩10,000. There's option for 6 pieces at ₩15,000 too.
This fish bread is bigger than normal fish bread sold at the street and the filling was generous too.

 Candid photoshot of these two kiddos that always avoid taking photos.

Gyeonggijeon is a must visit historical site in Jeonju.

Please click this link if you want to read more about Gyeonggijeon Main Hall, and this link for Royal Portrait Museum which enshrined portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. You might also like to visit this link to know more about The Annals of the Joseon Dynasty which stored inside Jeonju Sago.

 I purposely stopped in front of Doldam-gil (Stone Wall Walkway)
because it's perfect and matching background to snap photos in Hanbok.

 Ladies in colorful hanboks.

In just a merely one year, I can see the big difference in this Hanok village, where there are a lot of stores renting Hanbok. Therefore, about 30% of people in the street were swanning in their beautiful hanbok. I really love the atmosphere where I felt like the time was turned back to Joseon era or I was filming Korean drama where you can see pretty agassi or handsome yangban and hanok houses.

To be continued, please stay tuned...

Sunday, 23 July 2017

How and Where to Learn Winter Sports in Korea?

[Korea] - [Buyeo] - How and Where to Learn Winter Sports in Korea? | by Meheartseoul
Too bad that not every country experience winter. For countries located near equator like Singapore only recognized two seasons which are wet and dry seasons. Therefore, it has been my dreams to visit countries where you can build snowman!

Without explanation, we all know that winter is icy cold, dry and humid. But, it didn't stop us to visit Korea during winter. In fact, out of our 5 trips to Korea, twice were in winter season. However, it wasn't snowing during our visit in Feb 2014. It's just snow covering some places that we visited. 

Actually, cold won't bother you much if you wear thermal insulating clothing, winter jacket, protecting your neck with scarf, wear hat and if not enough... you can use hot packs to keep yourself warm! I would recommend you opt to stay in Korean style hotel or Hanok House, because it's nice to sleep on ondol (heated) floor.

Still remember how we flew out from Ashley Queens Restaurant the moment I saw the weather forecast notification that it's snowing. Yes, it's our first time seeing white fluffy snow falling from blue sky. Happily 'dancing' in the snow as we tried to catch as the snow on our palms. 

It's phenomenal moments for us... but, we'd to rush back to the restaurant before being escorted back by police. You know we'd not paid the buffet.  I just used sign language to the staff that we wanted to see snow, not sure whether she understood or not.

Snow is like magic blanket and turning Daewallyeong ranch to wonderland!

Snowscape in Jeonju on 27 Nov vs cold winter without snow on 29 Nov.

 My weird body reacted as if it's colder if it's not snowing.
Completely fine even snow pouring down on me.

There are a lot of activities that you can do in winter, such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, ice fishing and so on. I know, most of us that living in hot countries which ice melted in just few minutes doesn't know how to ski. Worry not, why not pick up a new skill while travelling and it'll be extraordinary and unforgetable experience in winter~^^

Korea has so no lack of ski resorts and mostly scattered around Gangwondo and Gyeonggido. Here are the list and more detailed information from VisitKorea for your easy reference.

Most of these resorts do conduct classes for skiing and snowboarding. You can even get special or discounted price if you're staying in the resort. Or you can get private instructor for one to one, where the instructor can concentrate just to one person instead of a group of students.

 You can check my previous post about Muju Ski Resort here
and also 3 hours private skiing lesson here.

Hubby's pose like he's so satisfied after successfully sliding down from expert slope.

 After the session, you should be able to slide down the hill. Cool, right?! 

Well, not for us... We're still far to be considered as fair in skiing. It's nothing to do with the instructor. He's very good that I think with his skill, he can participate in upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics Games.

I just want to lie down on the snow and make snow angel~! ;P

Actually, we wanted to learn skiing together with kids on our last trip, but too bad that all of us were sick and just stayed in the pension houseand had mild winter activities such as fed animals, built snowman, and had a good rest.

 Playing snowtubing at Elf Pension House.

Yes, my hands are itchy whenever I see thick snow!
Let's make a cool snowman~!

Do you know that building snowman, snowball fighting and ice fishing 
are considered as winter recreational sports? 
It can be casually enjoyed by whole family from young to old. 

Talking about winter sports, world mega scale winter Olympics games will be held in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do which will feature 102 events in 15 sports: 

 Event calendar (Source: Wikipedia)

I wish to be there to witness the spectacular opening ceremony and few competitions like figure skating, Alpine skiing, and Snowboarding. 

Would love to see  the exquisite and elegance figure skating as close as I can. Still don't understand the formula of how they manage to balance themself after super fast spin, turns, twizzles. And the most fascinating is they're like a feather... flying and spining in the air effortlessly and gracefully. Really unbelieveable skills they have by practicing hard! 

Adrenaline rush sport, Alpine skiing was one the reasons and my encouragement to take up skiing class. My ultimate goal is able to slide down the magical white hill without my legs trembling or jellified. 

I'll back to workforce tomorrow, which coincidentally marking countdown D-200 to Pyeongchang Olympics.

Oh yeah, KTO Singapore will be celebrating D-200 with many exciting activities on 8th July 2017 (Fri), 3pm to 8pm. If you want to experience mini hockey and curling, fishing game or just to get information for your next visit to Korea, do visit them and who knows you might win and bring back home souvenirs featuring cute Soohorang and Bandabi as mascots of Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games.

Please click here for more information.

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