Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Famous water parks of South Korea

Summer in Korea is really reaching it's peaks from the temperature varying from 30-38deg.
Also if you are living in Geoje island, the humidity is very high.
The best way to escape the scroching heat is to enjoy at the water parks of Korea.

  • Caribbean bay, location: Yogin, near Seoul, operating hours: 9am to 6pm and weekends is 9am to 7pm for the peak season the price is 70,000won per adult and 55,000won per child.
  • California Beach, location: Gyeongju World Resort, operating hours:08.50am to 8:30pm in Gold season, price:64,000won per adult and 49,000won per child
  • Ocean World. location: Gwang-do, in Vivaldi park, Operating hours are different for indoor and outdoor water park from 9am to 8pm, the price is 75,000won per adult and 60,000 per child
  • Ocean water park, located:  Yeosu, Operating Hours: 9am to 8.30pm, price is 59,000won per adult and 49,000won per child
I enjoyed the Caribbean bay which is one of the biggest water park in Korea  which has 5 zones. Each zone has some water activity. It is located inside the Everland. It has spa, water slide, amusement park, indoor and outdoor pool. You can get more information http://www.everland.com/

The best one was Wave pool, its a man-made wave pool which goes 2.4m high. It was really exciting.
Just try for one of the water park to kill the heat!
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Monday, July 30, 2012

The 3D's of shipbuilding jobs, South Korea

This blog potrays the Three D's for the workers and engineers who are associated with the Marine life and job. The shipbuilding companies in South Korea are considered the topmost in the world. The ranking goes from HHI, Uslan as number one, then DSME, Geoje and SHI, Geoje. The job has lot of benefits and are among topmost jobs of the world with the package, bonus, facilities etc. But on the other side the job is straneous, with lot of hard-work, honesty, rough and tough attitude to survive in such a hazardous areas. The quality and quantity of ships which are constructed in South Korea are among top and number one. The owners of the ship are always satisfied with the ship construction by the Korean shipbuilders, as Korean companies manage the time well and deliver the ship before the deadline of the project completion with good quality. This takes a lot of hardwork of the employees construct such giant structures.

Hence the marine workers and engineers consider the Marine jobs has shocking 3Ds. So what are these 3Ds= 1. DIRTY, 2. DEADLY, 3. DANGEROUS

  • Dirty The shipping yards of Korean shipbuilders are well maintained but not comfortable to work in. Some places are extremely small and some places are wide enough, high, steep and deep. While in the concept of constructing the giant structure they require welding, painting which needs to work on heights or hanging around the ship. The conditions are not well -suited to the human at times. The construction site is generally dirty with heavy machinery.
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  • DANGEROUS The working place, especially the shipyards are not safe and also have erratic time schedules. The worker needs to have extreme strength and excellent skills to handle the machines, otherwise it may lead to machinery hazards or major problems, with leakage of life threating fluids etc.

  • DEADLY The marine jobs can be life threating with chances of falling while working. There have been several accidents like fire & explosions etc. Some material which is being used in the manufacturing of the ship are not suitable to human-body. There are several high pressure areas and high voltage areas which extremely deadly can lead to the death.  
Hence the working knowledge in these shipyards are extremely important.
 The shipbuilders always care well for their workers and hence they developed a special HSE, health safety engineering department which constantly keep a check in the yard and provide special training sessions to the workers and engineers who are involved in the construction of such giants.
 Many efforts are constantly being made by the shipbuilders to avoid any kind of accidents and they keep the health and safety of their workers and engineers on the top priority list and develop a free cordial environment to work.
copyright of pics and thanks to etrs, busan, korea

Sunday, July 29, 2012

5 steps to get rid of Bugs on the waste food in South Korea

These days the climate is little weird with heavy rains and strong sunshine. Also in this weather you see some strange insects creeping in the house, especially if you have plants or garden around.  Many kind of insects usually enter the house also.
These days the waste food bug is really a nuisance. The bugs or insects are very tiny and can fly around. Generally black in color, they keep flying over the food and also they can bite human while they are asleep at night.
This the real mating season for such bugs and they keep growing their population in the house.

They can easily damage the raw food, or cooked food etc. One has to careful from these bugs, they can lead to health problems.
I can suggest you some simple ways to get rid off these bugs:
  1. The food bugs generally are found flying around the waste food. You must throw away the waste food almost everyday and clean the place where you keep the trash bin regularly.
  2. I would suggest clean your kitchen or food storage areas with some detergents dry them well and store the food.
  3. For storage of food use the vacuum packing, so that the bugs cannot damage the food.
  4. Use some astringents or insects spray to kill these bugs almost on daily basis until the climate is changed.
  5. Wash the utensils regularly and don't pile up your utensils in the sink. Use hot water to clean the utensils.
These are basic five steps which will really help you kill these bugs or at least reduce them.
Keep your beds clean and spray the insect killer in the bed room before sleeping or use the mosquito repellent.
In the market you can find several products to kills the bugs, I suggest you must keep it handy.
Keep environment and  home clean always which keeps your family healthy and happy.
So just be careful!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

World Champion Korean swimmer in London Olympics, 2012

South Korea's Olympic and world champion Park Tae-Hwan gestures after he competed in the men's 400m freestyle heats swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. (AFP Photo) "I don't know why I was disqualified, I will have to speak to my coach," said Park, the first male swimmer to win four individual medals at an Asian Games in a single stroke, after the pool. Park Tae-hwan (born September 27, 1989) is a South Korean swimmer. He is a member of the South Korean national swimming team, based in Taereung, Seoul. He won a gold medal in the 400 meter freestyle and a silver in the 200 meter freestyle events at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He is the first Asian swimmer to win a gold medal in Men's 400 metre freestyle event, and the first Korean to win a medal in swimming. It was really surprising!

5 facts about TOPIK, Korean language test, South Korea

The test of proficiency in Korean, TOPIK. The test is conducted four times in a year and twice in other countries for people learning Korean Language.
  • . The test is divided in four parts vocablary, grammar,writing and listening. There is no oral session.the test has maximum score of 100. The test fees is different in different countries.
  •  There are two types of test Standard and Business test. The standard test has three types test:1-2 beginner (초급), 3-4intermediate (중급), and 4-5advanced (고급).
  •  You can download the Sample test on the www.topik.go.kr.
  •  The writing section is really hard and scoring in writing the essay is little hard if you are not confident in writing, you need to prepare well.
  •  The test results came declared after one month which can be seen on www.topik.go.kr. There are several Topik test guides available online. The test is more popular than KLPT. The test is taken in different countries.

 The test is important for the students learning Korean language, the people who wants a job in Korean govt or Korea job where Korean language is very important. Once you take up the exam, solutions of the exam will be uploaded on the website, hence you can check your answers. Later, they display the result on the website.

 The test is designed to check the ability of non-Koreans, with expressions and comprehensions. If you are still a beginner, I would suggest you take the KLPT exam first and then go for TOPIK. The TOPIK is harder than KLPT. Good luck for all the learners!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Indian Restaurants in Changwon city, South Korea

I love to try new food, so as recommended by my friends we drove to  Changwan city. I have heard there are many Indian engineers in changwan city in many companies like Doosan, LG, samsung etc. Hence there is an Indian Restaurant named Bombay which is very popular.
Till now I just loved the food from Delhi Restaurant which is located in Okpo.
So in order to go for a long drive we chose to have lunch in the Indian Restaurant named Bombay.
Actually the names of the restaurant are derived from  the list of  Big Cities of India named Delhi(being the capital of India and Bombay (now called Mumbai), which is famous for Indian cinema, Bollywood.
The Delhi restaurant is among the top restaurants of Geoje and offers are very authentic Indian food.
But once I drove to Changwan city for the Indian food in Mumbai that was just amazing. It was much more like a home food which I enjoyed alot. The food had no color content. The resturant is really huge and service is very good.
We ordered the starters named Samosa, indian mandu with Khamja.

The lunch set of Bombay restaurant is around 15,000 to 17,000 Won depending on the Lunch set 1, 2, and 3. The set offers several choices of drinks which include the salad a curry, naan, Barbecue chicken, curd, rice and fried rice.

The food had a lot of quantity and really made us full.
The food was very delicious and I might rate the restaurant very high.
The driving from Geoje might take 1hour 30mins but I think its worth it coz the food is really awesome.
And to my surprise I was shocked to see there are two more restaurants next to bombay restaurant named Punjab and Taj mahal which are also Indian restaurant. So I feel the competition is high hence quality and quantity of the food is perfect.

Street market or farmers market in South Korea

Thank you for your comments and liking my blog. Well! today I will share my experience about the street market or farmers market in South Korea. Previously, I wrote about the grocery marts in South Korea which are located in each locality.

Generally the street markets are located in the market where the farmers bring the freash vegetables, fruits, kimchi, special snacks, some cheap clohes. The street markets are very popular among korean housewives. They buy the vegetables, fruits, sea-food, fish, kimchi etc from these street market.

 The farmers market offer good price, quality and quantity. Best part is the korean old ladies sell products on a cheap rate, if required you can even bargain the price. The old ladies selling the vegetables keep cleaning or washing the vegetables well.

 Otherwise in a big street market you can find products other than food like clothes, general daily stuff, pans, utensils, decoration items, CDs, DVDs old oncs etc.

 But i might recommend you to buy fresh vegetables from the Korean street market and sometimes you can experience the street food like Thikim(fried food), dakpokki etc. You can even buy the rice cake from there which is home made by ajumas.

 Do have an experience of it!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Top 10 facts of Korean History

Koreans are born with good manners, patience, hard working attitude, and intense love for their mother land.Tan-gun was the founder of Korea. His father was considered a heavily diety who had shown his interest to live on earth. The philosophy about Korean are endless but I am here to share about the top 10 facts of Korean history:
  1.  Koreans emerged from pre-historic North Asia. They use to hunt and animals and survived. Lately, they started growing rice.By the bronze age they started developing good metal tools.
  2.  Since 1st century three major kingdoms grew named, Goguyeo, Baekje and Shilla.These kingdoms were very strong and famous. Later they were unified Goryeo Dynasty.In this dynasty civil laws were identified and the buddhism was considered as the religion. 
  3. Then came Josun Dynasity with a new king , who laid several civil, social and adminstratitive laws. Hangul came as the national language and dialect.
  4.  Josun dynasty faced several foreign invasion espeally from Japan. They titled it as Korean Empire.
  5.  Several Resistance movement took place and in 1945, division of North and South Korea was done. The divison Created several tensions between the Democratic and Communist which led to Korean war in 1950,as North Korea invaded South Korea.
  6. Korean pottery has been a very famous and several artifacts have been found in teh Korean peninsula. 
  7.  There has been several facts which show the existence of Chinese records in North Korea.
  8. A small Jin state was established in 300B.C which was made in relation with China.
  9.  Gaya was also a small kingdom which hailed near a river. It was constantly in war with the three kingdoms.Gaya King had married an Indian queen, most famous expatriate Queen Hwangok of Gaya.  
  10.  King Taejo identified Seoul as the Capital of South Korea which was previously called Hanyang. The word Korea was derived from Goreoyeo Kingdom.
Also it is called the land of morning calm. The art and music of Korea are very much dedicated to Nature.
Korea has been gifted by several natural sites with the mountains around, river coast, sea, beaches, islands. The most famous ancient sports of Korea are taekwando, Hapkido(martial arts),and Ssireuim(wrestling). Modern Korea has made several developments in science and technology with their good education system and immense hard work. The modern Korea is a blend of historic philosophies and new technology which is worth to visit and experience.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

5 Astonishing facts about Religion in South Korea

Before I came to South Korea I always thought that China, Japan and Korea are following the Buddhist Religion. When I started living here I found some astonishing facts about South Korea religion and their beliefs.
 If you see the figures about the Koreans following Buddhism are only 22% of the whole poulation. Though there are many beautiful budha temple in South Korea. Second in the figures is Christianity, in which around 18% are protentant christians and only 10.8% are Catholics. Also there are many Church in South Korea. I have also attended few prayers there.
3. The highest in figure are people with no religion is South Korea which caters to almost 46.5% of the Korean population, i.e almost half of the population.

4. So there is a very clear distinction between the people who have no belief's in their life. I have also seen people who are Buddhist or Christians but do not have the right knowldege to practice it or havent been to Church or temple even once in their life.

5. Sometimes you might meet people in Korean whose mom is buddhist and Her son is Christian or any kind of multi-religion families. Its astonishing but true at times I think there is no such strong faith about heavenly dieties in South Korea.

Hence they confirm that they have no religion. Buddhism in Korea came from the influence of China whereas Christianity was propogated by American missionaries in South Korea. But these days trends are being changed as I can see some buddhist monks and Christian missionary making an effor to propogate the religions on the streets of South Korea.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chinese food in South Korea

I have travelled to many countries and always liked the Chinese food and Indian food. Though basic Indian food is generally the same and authentic, but I have also found out that Chinese food is absolutely different in different countries. The Chinese food I ate in Germany was not available in USA or the Chinese food I ate in Hong Kong, Japan or South Korea was different. Even I travelled to China there were 100's of dishes in each restuarant, which were different from the chinese food served in Europe or anywhere. Even South Korea and China are very near but the chinese food is different. Its surprising! In Korea the Chinese food comprimises of : 1. Black soya noodles, jjajangmyeon; 자장면; 짜장면, are made up of pork and sea food. Its very popular in South Korea.It consists of wheat noodles topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (a salty black soybean paste), diced meat and vegetables, and sometimes also seafood. Jajang (alternately spelled jjajang), Initially I was little hestitant in eating it but once I ate it I just loved it from that time.
2. Chang-pong is the spicy sea-food noodles which are made by special red color sause.Champong is a popular noodle dish that is prepared in a red, spicy seafood broth containing hearty vegetables and variety of seafood. This dish presumably has its origins in Japan with influence from China and is known to be very popular at various restaurant.
3. Bokumpbap which is the fried rice with different combinations. My favourite is prawn Bokumbap.
4. Thang-suyu i.e is the fried pork which is served with sweet and sour sause. The sause is specially prepered by fruits like pineapple. These are the main dishes in the Chinese restaurant also. There serve seven course meals for the party which inlcudes fried pork, fried chicken, fried shrimps, whale soup etc.
So I recommend to try the Chinese food in South Korea.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Korean Barbecue, Samgyeopsal, grilled pork belly, South Korea

In my last post I already introduced the  Korean barbecue, here I discuss the Samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly). Its the most popular Korean cuisine. As I told you in Korea BBQ style food or the grilled foos is really popular. The electric grilled are placed on each table in the restaurants. The grilling is usually done with charcoal which makes it super delicious.
The samgyeopsaal is generally eaten in parties and with a group of people, enjoy it with soju and beer. Soju is a kind of Korean alcohol.
The pork belly is cut in large sizes of thick strips, grilled which gets soften and almost melts in your mouth. 
The grilled meat is generally eaten with lot of salad in Korea. 

The grilled meat is rolled in a leaf with kimchi, grilled garlic or you choose your wraps and enjoy it. 

After finishing the grilled pork, generally the meal is ordered some soup with rice or cold noodles.

Norebang or Singing rooms in South Korea

Norebang (노래방)or the Karaoke or the singing rooms in South Korea is one of the prime source of entertainment. You can see the norebang in most of the streets in Korea. There are several rooms inside the norebang where a group can occupy one room. Each room is equipped with Karoke list of book, sound system, audio, video and dancing lights.
List of latest songs
Karaoke with dancing lights
They serve beer, or any drinks with the snacks. The average price of Norebang is 15,000 won. The Karaoke book list includes Korean songs, Japanese songs and English songs. I had the chance to visit the norebang a couple of times with my Korean friends. Some are really good singers. Generally, Koreans are very quiet but in norebang you can see the hidden talent of many as they emerge as pop-stars. There are wide screen in the room where the songs are displayed with Karaoke text. The Karaoke system has a special feature which helps in ranking the best singer. One can easily rate their capabilities. Its a fun place to be in.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Top 3 South Korean T.V Dramas

The Korean dramas series are very popular especially in South east Asian countries. Especially Japan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam etc. The dramas are gaining popularity all over the world. I choose the best and most popular Korean dramas.
  •  BIG Title: 빅 / Big Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy Episodes: 16 Broadcast network:
KBS2 Broadcast period: 2012-June-04 to 2012-July-24
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
Synopsis 18 years old Kang Kyung Joon (Shin Won Ho)’s spirit suddenly becomes transplanted in the body of 30 years old Seo Yoon Jae (Gong Yoo). Seo Yoon Jae is a successful doctor and engaged to high school teacher Gil Da Ran (Lee Min Jung). Gil Da Ran just so happens to be the teacher of 18 years old Kang Kyung Joon. Jang Ma Ri (Bae Suzy) is a girl who love Kang Kyung Joon (Shin Won Ho) and try any effort to escape Kang Kyung Joon’s spirit from Seo Yoon Jae’s body. Cast Main Cast Gong Yoo as Seo Yoon Jae Lee Min Jung as Gil Da Ran Bae Suzy as Jang Ma Ri Jang Hee Jin as Lee Se Young Shin Won Ho as Kang Kyung Joon Jang Hyun Sung as Kang Hyuk Soo
  •  Title: 아랑사또전 / Arang and the Magistrate Chinese
 Title: 阿郎使道传 Also known as: Arang Magistrate Story / Arang Genre: Fantasy, Melodrama, Period, Mystery, Comedy, Romance Episodes: 20 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: MBC Broadcast period: 2012-Aug-15 to 2012-Oct-18
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
  • Synopsis The drama is based on famous folklore. During the Joseon era in the city of Miryang, Arang (Shin Min Ah) was the pure, beautiful, goodhearted daughter of a magistrate. She grew up without a mother, and was raised by a wicked caretaker who conspired to have her be raped and ruined by a servant. He attacked and she resisted, so he stabbed and killed her, and left her body to rot in the woods. Her father the magistrate just believed that she dishonorably eloped with a man and so resigned his position swathed in shame. Thus the legend goes that every time a new magistrate comes to Miryang to fill the position, Arang’s vengeful ghost shows up to tell him her story and he flees in terror. But one day a new magistrate comes to town — a young man by the name of Eun Oh (Lee Joon Ki). Arang appears to him like every other magistrate before him, but this man doesn’t flee, and instead sympathizes with Arang, and promises to find her killer and avenge her death. (Source) Cast Main Cast Lee Joon Ki as Eun Oh Shin Min Ah as Arang Yun Woo Jin as Joo Wal Hwang Bo Ra as as Arang’s shaman sidekick Kwon Oh Joong as Dol Swe
  • Title: 내게 거짓말을 해봐 / Naege Geojitmaleul Haebwa / Lie to Me Chinese Title : 骗我试试 / 對我說謊看看 Also known as: Try Lying to Me Previously known as: 달콤한 스캔들 / Sweet Scandal Genre: Romance, comedy Episodes: 16 Broadcast network: SBS
  • Broadcast period: 2011-May-09 to 2011-June-28
  • Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55 Synopsis Gong Ah Jung, a level 5 Ministry of Culture official, gets entangled in a web of lies when she mistakenly lies that she’s married to Hyun Ki Joon, a hotel manager from an affluent family. Their relationship is further complicated when Ki Joon’s ex-fiancée and a close friend of his brother’s, Oh Yoon Joo, reappears in his life. Cast Yoon Eun Hye as Gong Ah Jung Kang Ji Hwan as Hyun Ki Joon Sung Joon as Hyun Sang Hee Jo Yoon Hee as Oh Yoon Joo Hong Soo Hyun as Yoo So Ran Ryu Seung Soo as Chun Jae Bum

Monday, July 16, 2012

Job as an English Teacher: application requirements & benefits, South Korea

In Korea the best opportunity to work is to be an English Teacher. There is a tremendous requirement for English teachers at nick and corner of this country. English teacher job is the most in demand. The Korean Education system does not have a good curriculam for teaching English. Previously and now also some schools have considered English as secondary language and didnt focus on it. Hence Korean citizen suffered from global recognition and also at many platforms in their life. But now Korea is surely on their changing phase where we find Korean Govt. has made a big effort in propogating English Language through all kinds of modes like TV, Radio, Schools, Universities etc. Its diffciult to mention but almost every corner they have spread the informatio to to Learn English. It has also become mandatory to have a good English TOEIC Score in order to get a good job in Korea.

Somehow English language has become a reason for Stress for Koreans. Generally, Koreans are really shy to speak to foreigners. A good english teacher surely have a very good chance for getting a highly paid job. If you are looking for a job as English teacher in South Korea, you must fullfill these requirements:
First and Formeost is that you have to be native speaker and so your nationality automatically is Important. Secondly,they chec your backgroud with some previous employment or experience certificate, license teacher certificate, also Health check-up is done. You might also need the Police verification certificate and your valid degrees. Also they sometimes check your birth certificate. In Korea they prefer young or middle aged English teachers. Surely you need to have a vlid passport, Resume, and recommendation letters. Benefits of working as an English Teacher:
So as you see there are several benefits of this job. But the job is really compititive. If you have any question, feel free to comment on the blog. Good luck!

Madame Tussaud(Wax Museum) in South Korea

The wax museum of London has been growing its popularity over the years. Its a unique museum which displays the iconics or famous celebrities in  wax figures.
The celebrities which are popular around the world from any part of the world have been waxed there.
Also it is a sign of prestige for most of the celebrities who have been waxed and also a sign of pride for their home countries.
In order to visit such a museum, you need not fly to London , now we can have the glimpse of such wax figures in South Korea and can enjoy it.

You can have the experience of the museum as the Madame Tussade exhibition will be held in Busan.
Please the website below:
Madame Tussaud

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