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! ^^

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!~ ^^

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! ^^

What’s The “IN” Fashion Culture in Korea now? (Featuring 2NE1 & 4minute)

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Featured Celebrities: 2NE1 & 4minute

What’s the “IN” fashion culture in Korea now? 

You can catch korean young teenagers wearing “candy colours” all over the streets of Korea now.

Due to the influence of fashion trends emerged from popular korean girl groups – 2NE1 and 4minute, korean young teenagers aged between 10 ~ 20 years old adopting the “Candy Funky Style” are increasing. This fashion style is currently the most popular in Europe and it has also became a hit in Korea fashion scene now.

What’s importantly is, what are the main elements which make up the “Candy Funky Style”? Let’s check them out now!

~ Pop art shirts
~ Neon colour high cut pop shoes
~ Colourful leggings
~ Bold colour accessories

~ Colourful Makeup (Yellow  / Green eyeshadow + exaggerated eyelashes)

Candy colours is definitely a must fashion factor for “Candy Funky Style”. To obtain this style, you can coordinate by a pop art loose fitting shirt (one which you feel is the best on you) together with a colourful fitting leggings. For best “trendy” results, you can match with torn cutting leggings or skinny jeans.

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Another important coordinate – Neon colour high cut pop shoes. The neon colours coming up are neon blue, neon lime and neon raspberry. They are currently gaining popularity in Korea.

The popular dressing style – Leggings. Recently due to the fashion trends brought by 2NE1 and 4minute, there are some special leggings designs released. They are the flora and marine styles. It is a “do not missed out” popular item in summer fashion too now.

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Lastly, we move on to accessories and makeup. To further enhance your fashion style, accessories is a must have trendy item. In particular, there are 2 affordable items which are colourful bangles and child-size glamourous sunglasses. Both are the current favourites among young Korean teenagers now. Colourful makeup is also a key element to the “Candy Funky Style”. For this, you will need to use a variety of colours to create a youthful look. For example by applying orange colour lipstick.

As it is the summer vacation in Korea now, the “Candy Funky Style” is also well-received among young Korean teenagers. Many candy funky items like high cut top shoes (especially neon colours series) are selling out very fast.

The sensational hit “Candy Funky Style” will still continue for a while in the Korea fashion scene.

(source – bnt news korea, translation copyrights credit – gongjunim.wordpress.com)

Loving “Candy Funky Style”! ^^