Wishing All Readers a Happy & Prosperous Chuseok~! ^^

Today (12 September) is Korea’s Chuseok (추석)~! It is also known as Hangawi (한가위). It falls on the 15th day of the lunar eighth month and also when the moon is at its fullest. In Korea, Chuseok is a big festival and Koreans will return to their hometown to celebrate this joyous festival with their family and loved ones. They will put on Hanbok (한복), pray and thank their ancestors for their blessings with food and fruits, play traditional games and also enjoy many traditional food such as Songpyeon (송편). 

In here, Gongjunim wishes all readers a Happy & Prosperous Chuseok~! ^.~

 

Korea Culture – Lunar New Year Day (설날)

In Korea, the first day of the lunar calender is known as the Lunar New Year Day (설날). In this year (2010), the Lunar New Year Day falls on February 14. On this day, Korean families will gather and celebrate together traditionally. One tradition observed on Lunar New Year celebration is the eating of rice cake soup (떡국). It is said that it will bring one longevity. While Korean families and relatives gather together to eat rice cake soup, they also make wishes for each other for better health in this new year.

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Other than eating rice cake soup, Korean buddhists will pay visit to the temple to make greetings to Buddha and to the Reverend of the temple. Some folk games which Koreans will do during Lunar New Year Day include playing shuttlecock with the feet and kite-flying.

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Gongjunim wishes all a Happy and Healthy Lunar New Year! ^^

Happy PEPERO Day! ^^

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11.11 (November 11) is Korea’s PEPERO (빼빼로) Day!

On this day, Koreans will give chocolate sticks to their loved ones (family, lover and friends) in showing their appreciation and concern to them. In a way, it also spreads their kinship, love relationship and friendship!

In here, Gongjunim wishes all a Happy PEPERO Day! ^^

Thank you for your visit to Gongjunim blog! ❤ Really appreciates!~

SEOUL’d OUT! Concert 2009 in Singapore

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Good news for all Korea-lovers in Singapore!

Sundown Festival will be bringing  SEOUL’d OUT! Concert 2009 held at Fort Canning Park, Singapore, on 12th December. Participating artistes include: T-Max, Brown Eyed Girls, FT Island, Mario and Lee Ji Su.

The tickets will go on sale from 21st October.

A must-not-missed event for Korea-lovers!

Ride on the Korea wave at this Korea-filled festival! ^^

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Korea Buzz – Kim So Eun Sends Her Happy Chuseok Greetings

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Kim So Eun is dressed in a beautiful Hanbok here to greet everyone a Happy Chuseok!

She looked really pretty and cute in this Hanbok. Jjang! ^^

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More pictures of Kim So Eun in her gorgeous Hanbok:

Korea Buzz – Lee Min Ho Wishes Everyone a Healthy and Warm “Chuseok”

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Lee Min Ho is seen here dressed in Korea traditional costume, Hanbok, to greet everyone a healthy and warm “Chuseok”.

(source – 뉴스엔, credit – gongjunim.wordpress.com)

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Korea Culture – Chuseok (추석: 秋夕)

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Chuseok (추석: 秋夕) is the harvest festival of Korea which is held on the 15th of August on the lunar calender. This year Chuseok, it falls on the 3rd October. There will be 3-day holidays for Koreans during this festival. For this year, it will be from 2nd October to 4th October.

During this period, many Koreans will go back to their hometown to pay their respects to their ancestors and also have reunion with their family. They will also have songpyeon (송편) together. Songpyeon is a traditional Korean food which is eaten during Chuseok. It is a crescent-shaped rice cake which is made from rice or non-glutinous rice powder.

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Happy Chuseok in advance to everyone!~ ^^

Korea Fashion – 2NE1 in FILA F/W 2009 Ad

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(Translated from 아시아경제) Catch 2NE1 showing their own charms in FILA F/W 2009 ad.

Recently, 2NE1 were engaged in the fashion ad shoot for Italian sports brand FILA F/W season. Inside the ad shoot, the four of them presented 4 different attractive colours.

The ad shoot was taken based on retro-modern mood and the concept was “Stylish Sport”. The ad photography shoot also contained 2NE1’s each member own personality style.

In particular, 2NE1’s utilized products also stood out. And FILA has plans to introduce a special limited-edition 2NE1’s own unique fashion style series which include clothing, hats and shoes.

FILA rep said, “2NE1 has good skills and style as our models. We’re very happy with the photography.” He has also expressed satisfaction with 2NE1.

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Korea Buzz – “2009 Mnet 20’s Choice” Event

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(Translated from bntnews.co.kr) “2009 Mnet 20’s Choice” event has come to the third year. The 20 awards categories and nominees list are released through Mnet Wide Entertainment News yesterday (5th August).

“2009 Mnet 20’s Choice” will be held on 28th August. This event is being held to grace the choices of the 20s generation on their true trend / cultural setter icons. The event highlights include awards ceremony, blue carpet ceremony and exceptional perfomances. Some of the awards are freshly introduced this year.

The final results will be based on 50% from survey ratings from the 20s generation and 50% on the polling outcome. “2009 Mnet 20’s Choice” will be held live from 5pm to 10pm at Jamsil Indoor Stadium on 28th August.

Let’s take a look at the list of 20 awards categories and the respective nominees:

▲HOT Drama Star (Male)▲
Kim Bum – Boys Over Flowers
Kim Hyun Joong – Boys Over Flowers
Yoon Sang Hyun – Queen of Housewives
Lee Min Ho – Boys Over Flowers
Lee Seung Gi – Brilliant Legacy

▲HOT Drama Star (Female)▲
Go Hyun Jung – Queen Seonduk
Goo Hye Sun – Boys Over Flowers
Kim Nam Joo – Queen of Housewives
Jang Seo Hee – Temptations of Wives
Han Hyo Joo – Brilliant Legacy

HOT Movie Star (Male)
Kang Ji Hwan – My Girlfriend is an Agent
Kim Yoon Suk – Turtle Runs
Wonbin – Mother
Jo In Sung – Frozen Flower
Ha Jung Woo – Country Representative

HOT Movie Star (Female)
Park Bo Young – Speedy Scandal
Kim Ock Bin – Thirst
Kim Ha Neul – My Girlfriend is an Agent
Uhm Jung Hwa – Insadong Scandal
Ha Ji Won – Hawoondae

HOT CF Star
Kwak Min Seok – Minsuk Look
Kim Yuna – Ssing Ssing Ssing
Big Bang & 2NE1 – Lollipop
Lee Min Ho – Donut
Gal Mae Gi – Expert

HOT New Star
2NE1
Kim So Eun
Wan Suk Hyun
Lee Min Ho
Jang Ki Ha & Faces

HOT Variety Star
Gil
Kim Tae Won
Nicole
Sunwoo Yongnyuh
Lee Ha Neul

HOT Character
Shin Aeri – Kim Suh Young
Dressing Room’s Teacher Kang – Kang Yoomi, Anh Youngmi, Jung Kyungmi, Kim Kyungah
Taebong– Yoon Sang Hyun
Sup Sup Brothers – Eun Ji Won & MC Mong
Goo Joon Pyo – Lee Min Ho

HOT Multitainer
Kim Hyun Joong
Dae Sung
Yoona
Lee Seung Gi
Lee Hyori

HOT Sports Star
Kim Yuna
Kim Yo Han
Park Ji Sung
Park Tae Hwan
Bong Joong Geun

HOT Body
Park Jae Bum
Son Dam Bi
Shin Min Ah
Lee Hyori
Jessica Gomes

HOT Style Icon
Kim Yuna
Seo In Young
Son Dam Bi
Lee Hyori
G-Dragon

HOT Fashionista
Kim Nam Joo
Kim Min Hee
Shin Min Ah
Yoo Eun Hye
Jang Geun Suk

▲HOT Girl Group Style*
Leggings
Marine Look
Vivid Color
Cyborg Sunglasses
Hot Pants

HOT On-line Song
2NE1 – Fire
Davichi – 8282
So Nyeo Shi Dae – Gee
Super Junior – Sorry Sorry
8eight – Without a Heart

HOT Performance
2NE1
2PM
So Nyeo Shi Dae
Super Junior
Son Dam Bi

HOT Boom Up Song
Super Man – Speedy Scandal
Ssing Ssing Ssing – Kim Yuna
Perhaps That – Park Bo Young
As Years Pass – Song Seung Hun
Never Ending Story – Yoon Sang Hyun

HOT Couple
Kim Young Joon & Hwang Jung Eum
Noh Hong Chul & Jang Yoon Jung
Se7en & Park Han Byul
Jun Jin & Lee Si Young
Tablo & Kang Hye Jung

HOT Mr. Beauty
Kim Bum
Kim Hyun Joong
Nichkhun
Yoo Seung Ho
Yoon Sang Hyun

HOT Summer Heat Popularity Award
2NE1
2PM
Lee Min Ho
Lee Seung Gi
MC Mong

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You can go to http://choice.mnet.com/2009/AwardVote/AwardVote.asp to make your vote today!

(source: bntnews.co.kr, translation copyrights credit – gongjunim.wordpress.com)

Korean Food – Samgyetang (삼계탕)

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Samgyetang (삼계탕) is Korean’s traditional ginseng chicken soup. It is a healthy food which is made of a whole young chicken, ginseng and other herbal ingredients. It is also known as a popular summer tonic.

There are sambok (삼복) which are the hottest period in Korea’s summer season.

They are:
~ Chobok (초복)
~ Jungbok (중복)
~ Malbok (말복
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It has been a traditional culture in Korea where Koreans will eat Samgyetang (삼계탕) as tonic food during summer season. It is because they want to have a rest and build up their health stamina by taking tonics during the hot summer period (삼복).

As it is the summer season now, don’t forget to try Samgyetang (삼계탕) as an experience for Korean traditional food culture! ^^