Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Threats and Warning for Foreigners in South Korea

By Christine Kim and Joyce Lee

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea warned foreigners in South Korea on Tuesday to quit the country because they were at risk in the event of conflict, the latest threat of war from Pyongyang.
Soaring tensions on the peninsula have been fuelled by North Korean anger over the imposition of U.N. sanctions after its last nuclear arms test in February, creating one of the worst crises since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
"We do not wish harm on foreigners in South Korea should there be a war," said the KCNA news agency, citing its Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee.
Last week Pyongyang advised embassies there to consider pulling out in case of war. Earlier on Tuesday, North Korean laborers failed to turn up for work at a factory complex operated with South Korea, effectively shutting down the last major symbol of cooperation between the hostile neighbors.
Few embassies in Seoul have advised their citizens to quit. The United States, which has also been threatened by Pyongyang, has said there were no imminent signs of threats to American citizens.
Pyongyang has shown no sign of preparing its 1.2 million-strong army for war, indicating the threats could be partly intended for domestic purposes to bolster Kim jong-un, 30, the third in his family to lead the reclusive country.
South Korea's president said she was disappointed at North Korea's decision to halt operations at the Kaesong industrial park, which generates $2 billion in trade for the impoverished state.
News of the Kaesong closure diverted attention from speculation that the North was about to launch some sort of provocative act this week -- perhaps a missile launch or new nuclear test. However, residents of Seoul carried on with daily activities with no trace of anxiety.
A spokesman for textile company Taekwang Industrial and at least two other firms said North Koreans workers did not show up for work and that production had stopped.
"North Korean workers didn't come to work today, and production has halted in our Kaesong facilities," said a spokeswoman for Shinwon, a women's clothing maker.
About 475 South Korean workers and factory managers remain in Kaesong, a few km (miles) inside the border with North Korea. The South Korean government said 77 would return on Tuesday.
An executive at another South Korean apparel firm running a factory in Kaesong said late on Monday his employees had told him they would stay.
"I don't know what to do, honestly. I can't simply tell my workers to leave or stay," said the executive, who requested anonymity.
Many South Koreans have been reluctant to leave, worried about the impact on their companies and jobs. Some bedded down in budget hotels at the South Korean border town of Paju in the hope that the zone would soon re-open.
"I have been feeling anxious now and then. Now it's really preposterous facing this," said Shing Dong-chul, 55, a South Korean worker who transports wire made in Kaesong.
"North Korean workers didn't talk a lot, but they appeared to have complaints about Kaesong being closed. They worried whether they would be working or not."
North Korean workers at the park have appeared increasingly agitated in recent days, refusing to talk to their colleagues.
Addressing a cabinet meeting, South Korean President Park Geun-hye described the suspension of Kaesong as "very disappointing" and said investors would now shun the North.
"Investment is all about being able to anticipate results and trust and when you have the North breaking international regulations and promises like this and suspending Kaesong while the world is watching, no country in the world will invest in the North," Park said.
More than 100 representatives from businesses operating at Kaesong held an emergency meeting at which they pleaded for the South Korean government to intervene to re-open the facility.
"Re-opening the gates to Kaesong would be the greatest step towards normalizing operations," Yoo Chang-keun, a senior representative of firms in the complex, told reporters.
South Korean markets, which until recently had taken little notice of the turmoil, took a battering on Tuesday.
Stocks slipped to another four-month low, having lost nearly 4 percent since last Wednesday, when North Korea first began restricting access to Kaesong. The won currency moved little, but stood at its lowest since last July.
The North's official KCNA news agency said on Monday that the complex was being suspended as Seoul was trying to "turn the zone into a hotbed of war" against the North. It said no decision had yet been made on shutting it for good.
Few experts had expected Pyongyang to jeopardize Kaesong, which employs more than 50,000 North Koreans making household goods for 123 South Korean firms.
"They're using this as shock therapy because, regardless of what they say, if they close Kaesong the damage they will sustain will not be small," said Moon Seong-mook, a retired South Korean brigadier general who took part in previous military talks with the North.
The zone is practically the last vestige of the "Sunshine Policy" of rapprochement between the two Koreas and a powerful symbol that the divided country could one day reunify.
South Korean companies are estimated to have invested around $500 million in the park since 2004.
World leaders have expressed alarm at the crisis and the prospect of a conflict involving a country claiming to be developing nuclear weapons.
China, the North's sole diplomatic and financial ally, has shown increasing impatience with Pyongyang. Russian President Vladimir Putin said hostilities could create a cataclysm worse than the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The North is also angry at weeks of joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises off the coast of the peninsula, with B-2 stealth bombers dispatched from their U.S. bases.
But the United States announced the postponement last weekend of a long-planned missile launch, a move officials said was aimed at easing tensions on the peninsula.
North Korean authorities told embassies in Pyongyang they could not guarantee their safety from Wednesday, after saying conflict was inevitable amid the joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises due to last until the end of the month. No diplomats appear to have left the North Korean capital.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Seoul this week and the North holds celebrations, and possibly military demonstrations, next Monday to mark the birth date of its founder, Kim Il-Sung - the current leader's grandfather.
In Washington, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter urged China at a forum to use its influence with the North and said Moscow wanted similar action from Beijing.
"I think Russia, like others beholding this situation in North Korea, would like to see China exercise more of the influence that it evidently has with North Korea," Carter said.
But Chinese criticism of North Korea is unlikely to mean tough new action against Pyongyang because China would see any collapse of its troublesome neighbor as a disaster.
"I don't think we'll see dramatic shifts overnight and I don't think we'll see publicly announced shifts," said Paul Haenle, former China director on the U.S. National Secretary Council. "This is the kind of thing that will happen gradually and will happen behind the scenes."
(Additional reporting by Ju-min Park in PAJU; Writing by Ron Popeski; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)
This is the news which I read today. Just sharing what are your comments? Write below!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Taj Mahal in Geoje, Busan, Gimhe, Changwan, South Korea

The Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The magnificent architecture with white marble and an integrated complex structure which symbolizes love, romance and sacredness. World is aware of the magnanimity of the architecture and its history.

I being the biggest foodie so I am here to introduce the amazing food in Taj Mahal Restaurant. First time I encountered and explored Taj Mahal Restaurant near PNU, Busan.

I was surprised by the preparation. The food was simple yet amazing blends of spices. I have been visiting the restaurant since then.
I also heard the restaurant has several branches in Korea.
I saw the Tajmahal resturant is also located in Changwon.

I was surprised that the Taj Mahal restaurant was recently opened in Geoje in Okpo Area.

I specially love the samosas, Dal (lentil curry) is amazing, Butter chicken and grilled Tandoori chicken.
Now they also offer Lunch buffet in Okpo which is just amazing.
 Though I feel the quantity is little small. I think the food is really amazing and worth a try.

Enjoy the Indian Food in South Korea,

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Food for your skin in South Korea

"Food that is good for your health is also good for your skin" its the motto of skin food company.
The skin food store opened in geoje. Though I was bit hesitant to try it out.
But once I entered it, I just got attracted to test their products. I liked their unique bottles of the product and  was surprised that every product was made by some food.

I bought the Avocado hair serum as my first product. The store owner gave me free samples to try.
I started using the avocado hair serum and it gave amazing results for my hair.
The skin food products are made by natural food ingredients. They use special food which nourishes your hair & skin etc.

Also I love the egg white face foam which is another amazing product. The smell is also good.
Recently I am in love with their Pomegranate lipchip peach color lipstick.
I just love their products. I received the sample of gold cavier cream which is really unique and awesome product to use.

Also see their commercial: 

I believe the quality of the products are just awesome, with lovely bottles and nice fragnance.
Website: http://eng.theskinfood.com/

Monday, January 7, 2013

International Penguin Festival in Geoje-do 2013


Event : The 9th Geojedo International Penguin Swimming Festival
website: http://geojedopenguin.co.kr/web-eng/home/?section=1
• Our Motto : Sharing Friendship and Love in the Sea of Enchantment
• Time : 11:00 pm Saturday, January 12, 2013
• Location : Dukpo Beach, Geoje City, Kyungnam Province, South Korea
• Hosted by : Geojedo International Penguin Swimming Festival Committee
• Sponsors :
• Reception (Invitation to the Sea of Enchantment) :
Farmers’ Concert (An Offering to Guardian Spirits) / Reception Performances / Opening Ceremony
• Reception (Invitation to the Sea of Enchantment) :
International Penguin Swimming Competition (50m Relay) Bare Handed Flatfish fishing / Golden Flatfish Fishing Competition
• Main Event (Experiencing the Sea of Enchantment) :
Fringe Performances / Korean & Expat Talent Contest
• Social Event (Memory of the Sea of Enchantment) :
• Other Events :
Beach Treasure Hunt / Penguin Race / Bear-footed Standing on the Ice Challenge / Bare Handed Sea Eel Passing Competition
• Complimentary Food Service :
Complimentary Fish Filleting Service / Rice Cake Soup and Fortune Egg kiosk / Coffee and Tea Stand / Western Snack Stand / Face Paintings / Local Food Corners / Writing Wish List Ritua


Monday, November 5, 2012

Global Gathering ,Busan, South Korea, 2012

I would call it a multi-cultural festival.
The experience was awesome with different Exhibition booths displaying their culture, food, dresses etc.
There were many luck draw prizes for the visitors.
I could taste Russain food, Iranian Food, Holland cheese, Turkish Kebab, Nigerian cookies, Nepal food,
I could buy Pashmina shawl from Indian booth, taste the Canada maple syrup chocolate etc. I als tried the American coffee and mexican food.
The visitors could try the Korean traditional dress and could take pictures.
It was so fun. I could meet so many foreigners from different countries.
There were also many cultural shows. I loved the Chinese traditional dance and Russian dance.
The whole atmosphere was fun-filled.
There was so much to learn from the booths about different countries.
I would highly recommend it.

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