Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ayo Jelajahi Korea! ~ Perjalanan impian ku

Hai semua! Saya Nadia Astari dari Indonesia. Saya membutuhkan sedikit bantuan dari teman-teman pecinta Korea. Sekarang ini, saya sedang ikutan event yang diselenggarakan oleh  KTO (Korean Tourism Organization) di websitenya buzz KOREA   Nah, di event ini, saya sudah membuat sebuah jadwal rencana perjalanan (itinerary) untuk ke Korea, nanti temen2 bisa baca itinerary saya di bawah ini yaa. Untuk memenangkan hadiahnya yang adalah tiket penerbangan ke Korea, saya harus mengumpulkan 'Like' untuk itinerary saya sebanyak mungkin. Jadi, yang temen2 perlu lakukan hanyalah mem-vote itinerary saya.

Oke, berikut ini cara untuk vote :
1. Temen2 perlu register (sign up) di sini http://www.ibuzzkorea.com/eng/membership/signup.html, kemudian, temen2 bisa langsung login.

2. Vote itinerary saya di link ini http://www.ibuzzkorea.com/touchkoreatour/eng/tkt_tours_view.html?road_id=1857

3. Klik "Like"


4. Klik "Add"

Selesai, simpel kan? Temen-temen bisa "like" setiap hari, sehari satu kali sampai tanggal 25 Nov, jangan lupa yaa untuk "like" setiap hari, terima kasih!

Nah, sekarang temen2 bisa baca rencana perjalanan saya berikut ini (ini singkatnya ya) :



My Itinerary:
1st Day
- Arrived at Incheon International Airport
- Go to Full House Shooting Location
- Go to Hostel in Seoul

After landing at Incheon International Airport, i plan to visit the shooting location of drama Full House which fortunately located in Incheon. I plan to go by bus from gyesan station to the ferry terminal, and then take the ferry to Sindo Island, then take the bus to Sido Island to get at Full House shooting location. I want to go there because Full House is the first korean drama i watched, it is a beautiful house with a unique and comfortable model, and a view of beautiful sea. I wish i could have a house like that. After visiting this spot, i would stay at Seoul Backpacker hostel.

2nd Day
- KTO Office
- Cheonggyecheon Stream
- The Story of King Sejong Museum

On the 2nd day i planned to visit some places that located around The Seoul City. First i want to visit KTO Office to wear a Hanbok at Hanbok Studio, explore the Hallyu Wave Gallery and take some pictures, and to get more informations about travel in Korea. After that i want to go to the amazing Cheonggyecheon Stream (that was once a dirty river and now it has turned into beautiful and clean stream) to feel the quiet atmosphere. Another place is the amazing King Sejong Museum, i want to explore and learn more about Hangeul History directly.

3rd Day
- Myeongdong
- Seoul Central Mosque

On the 3rd day I want to go shopping at Myeongdong to buy most popular korean souvenir and taste the Korean street food. It seems yummy, i want to try them all! Another destination, as a Muslim i really want to visit Seoul Central Mosque to see and experience the activities of Muslims in Korea.

4th Day
- National Museum of Korea
- Coffee Prince Coffee Shop
- Samsung Delight Shop

On the 4th day, i still want to get around Seoul by visiting National Museum of Korea, i want to see the museum that represent the Korea by the important collection of its historical objects. And then i want to visit Coffee Prince Shop to try the coffee and also take some pictures in the place which is one of the famous korean drama tv. After that i want to visit Samsung Delight where it showed the Samsung development of technology.

5th Day
- COEX Aquarium
- Olympic Park
- SBS Broadcasting Center

On the 5th day, still located around the Seoul, i want to visit some places where Running Man's missions taken place. The first is COEX Aquarium, according to my opinion the place will remind me about the funniest moments in the Running Man. The second is Olympic Park as another Running Man landmark, because it seem as a beautiful park so i want to relax and enjoy this beautiful garden while riding a bicycle. And the third is SBS Broadcasting Center because i want to see where the Running Man programs proceed.

6th Day
- 63 City Building
- Banpo Bridge

On the 6th day, i wanted to know how it feels to see the Seoul City sight from the height of 63 City Building. i wanted to explore this building because it is equipped with pleasure that can be enjoyed from the sky, land and sea by visiting the observatory called 63 skydeck, imax theater and 63 sea world. After that, i wanted to visit Banpo Bridge to see the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain Show.

7th Day
- Namsan Tower
- Gyeongbok Palace

On the 7th day, i wanted to visit Namsan Tower to see the great view of Seoul from the top, ride the cable car, take some nice pictures of N Seoul Tower from the roof terrace at P2 level and buy some souvenirs at Gift Shop on the first floor. From Namsan Tower, i wanted to visit Gyeongbok Palace to feel the atmosphere of ancient Korea.

8th Day
- Dongdaemun Market
- Spa

On the 8th day, i planned to shop at Dongdaemun Market to buy presents for my family. After shopping, i like to relax at Jjimjilbang in The Seoul Leisure Sport Club.

9th Day
- Jeollabuk

In the last 2 days, i wanted to visit the city of Jeonju in Jeollabuk province to try Bibimbap, because Jeonju is famous for bibimbap.

10th Day
- Herb Hillz

In the last day, i wanted to visit Herb Hills in Daegu province to learn how to make ceramic and wood craft, see the green-tea garden and go to the Korean farming meseum. I planned to go by train from Seoul and stop at DongDaegu station, and then take a subway line 1 directing to Daegok and get off in Jungang-no subway station, then take express bus no. 2 or 704 bus in front of Jungang Cinema. Last, i had to go to incheon airport again to return home to Indonesia. Goodbye Korea, i wish i can go back and explore another spot again ^^


Jadi, apakah kalian suka rencana perjalanan saya ini? Jangan lupa untuk like dan add yaa!

Terima Kasih banyak temen2 pecinta Korea!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Let's Explore Korea! ~ My Dream Trip

Hello everyone! I am Nadia Astari from Indonesia. I need a little help from all of you who loves Korea. Now i'm joining an event held by KTO (Korean Tourism Organization) on buzz KOREA website. In this event, i have made an itinerary to trip to Korea, you can read my itinerary below. To win the prizes which is a round trip airline ticket to korea, i have to collect 'Like' for my itinerary as much as i could. So, all you need to do is just simply vote my itinerary.

Okay this is how to vote :

1. You'll need to register an account in this link http://www.ibuzzkorea.com/eng/membership/signup.html, then you can Login to your account
2. Vote my itinerary in this link http://www.ibuzzkorea.com/touchkoreatour/eng/tkt_tours_view.html?road_id=1857
3. Click on the 'Like' Button

4. Click on the 'Add' Button

That's all, simple right?

You can read my brief itinerary to Korea here :

My Itinerary:
1st Day
- Arrived at Incheon International Airport
- Go to Full House Shooting Location
- Go to Hostel in Seoul

After landing at Incheon International Airport, i plan to visit the shooting location of drama Full House which fortunately located in Incheon. I plan to go by bus from gyesan station to the ferry terminal, and then take the ferry to Sindo Island, then take the bus to Sido Island to get at Full House shooting location. I want to go there because Full House is the first korean drama i watched, it is a beautiful house with a unique and comfortable model, and a view of beautiful sea. I wish i could have a house like that. After visiting this spot, i would stay at Seoul Backpacker hostel.

2nd Day
- KTO Office
- Cheonggyecheon Stream
- The Story of King Sejong Museum

On the 2nd day i planned to visit some places that located around The Seoul City. First i want to visit KTO Office to wear a Hanbok at Hanbok Studio, explore the Hallyu Wave Gallery and take some pictures, and to get more informations about travel in Korea. After that i want to go to the amazing Cheonggyecheon Stream (that was once a dirty river and now it has turned into beautiful and clean stream) to feel the quiet atmosphere. Another place is the amazing King Sejong Museum, i want to explore and learn more about Hangeul History directly.

3rd Day
- Myeongdong
- Seoul Central Mosque

On the 3rd day I want to go shopping at Myeongdong to buy most popular korean souvenir and taste the Korean street food. It seems yummy, i want to try them all! Another destination, as a Muslim i really want to visit Seoul Central Mosque to see and experience the activities of Muslims in Korea.

4th Day
- National Museum of Korea
- Coffee Prince Coffee Shop
- Samsung Delight Shop

On the 4th day, i still want to get around Seoul by visiting National Museum of Korea, i want to see the museum that represent the Korea by the important collection of its historical objects. And then i want to visit Coffee Prince Shop to try the coffee and also take some pictures in the place which is one of the famous korean drama tv. After that i want to visit Samsung Delight where it showed the Samsung development of technology.

5th Day
- COEX Aquarium
- Olympic Park
- SBS Broadcasting Center

On the 5th day, still located around the Seoul, i want to visit some places where Running Man's missions taken place. The first is COEX Aquarium, according to my opinion the place will remind me about the funniest moments in the Running Man. The second is Olympic Park as another Running Man landmark, because it seem as a beautiful park so i want to relax and enjoy this beautiful garden while riding a bicycle. And the third is SBS Broadcasting Center because i want to see where the Running Man programs proceed.

6th Day
- 63 City Building
- Banpo Bridge


On the 6th day, i wanted to know how it feels to see the Seoul City sight from the height of 63 City Building. i wanted to explore this building because it is equipped with pleasure that can be enjoyed from the sky, land and sea by visiting the observatory called 63 skydeck, imax theater and 63 sea world. After that, i wanted to visit Banpo Bridge to see the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain Show.

7th Day
- Namsan Tower
- Gyeongbok Palace

On the 7th day, i wanted to visit Namsan Tower to see the great view of Seoul from the top, ride the cable car, take some nice pictures of N Seoul Tower from the roof terrace at P2 level and buy some souvenirs at Gift Shop on the first floor. From Namsan Tower, i wanted to visit Gyeongbok Palace to feel the atmosphere of ancient Korea.

8th Day
- Dongdaemun Market
- Spa

On the 8th day, i planned to shop at Dongdaemun Market to buy presents for my family. After shopping, i like to relax at Jjimjilbang in The Seoul Leisure Sport Club.

9th Day
- Jeollabuk

In the last 2 days, i wanted to visit the city of Jeonju in Jeollabuk province to try Bibimbap, because Jeonju is famous for bibimbap.

10th Day
- Herb Hillz

In the last day, i wanted to visit Herb Hills in Daegu province to learn how to make ceramic and wood craft, see the green-tea garden and go to the Korean farming meseum. I planned to go by train from Seoul and stop at DongDaegu station, and then take a subway line 1 directing to Daegok and get off in Jungang-no subway station, then take express bus no. 2 or 704 bus in front of Jungang Cinema. Last, i had to go to incheon airport again to return home to Indonesia. Goodbye Korea, i wish i can go back and explore another spot again ^^


So, do you like my itinerary? Don't forget to like and pick, okay!

Thank You so much Korean Lovers!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

[Buzz Korea] Vote your Favorite Team in Touch Korea Tour and win the prizes!

Touch Korea Tour is a campaign hosted by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO). Its goal is to invite fans of Korea to experience Korea together with 2PM and Miss A, while unlocking the hidden beauties and cultures of Korea.

The lucky winners of the Touch Korea Tour campaign will be assigned to one of three teams, together with 2PM and Miss A and will be given missions on their search to find the hidden beauties and charms of Korea.

Here are the teams...

 Fun Tour
Junsu, Min, Wooyoung






Gourmet Tour
Chansung, Suzy, Junho
Style Tour
Fei, Taecyeon, Jia






read here for more details

Finally the winners was selected and they have traveled to Korea for a week. Here are the Final winners

And now you can watch their experiences being a Touch Korea Tour winners here

After you watch the Touch Korea Tour Videos, chose your favorite team by clicking all 4 voting buttons including the FB and Twitter logos. You'll need to register an account in Buzz KOREA, then you can use that account to give 4 votes everyday. You can win a SAMSUNG GALAXY LAPTOP, a SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE and a SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB. The winners will be chosen randomly from all the persons who voted.

Hurry VOTE now! The event period is Oct 5 - Oct 15, 2012 (Announcement : Oct 23, 2012)

How to participate?
See event details >>

[Buzz Korea] Korean Food - Budaejjigae (부대찌개) Spicy Sausage Stew

Last month i and my friends went to a korean restaurant at Lotte Mall near my house. We planned to eat Budaejjigae or Spicy Sausage Stew. We know budaejjigae from Korean Veriety Show 'Running Man' and it makes us drooling while watching it. So, after watching it, i did a survey to the restaurant and the waitress told me that they sell budaejjigae.


Budaejjigae consist of several ingredients such as ramen (instant noodle), sausage, kimchi, beef, tofu, Tteok (rice cake) and other vegetables stewed with spicy gravy. It also served with Banchan or side dishes such as kimchi, cucumber, omelette, potato, bean sprout, salad and etc.

 Banchan (반찬) : Cucumber, salad, omelette
Banchan (반찬) : Kimchi, potato, bean sprout, tuber

Maybe because i can speak korean a little, we were served by the owner of the restaurant itself who really kind to us while explained the food *am i too confident? :p :p* and of course i'm happy to speak korean with her.

So while all the ingredients except ramyeon stewed, she explained to us the steps to cook this food. After all the ingredients was a bit cooked she put ramyeon into the stew and mixed it with other ingredients and after about 3 minutes budaejjigae was ready to serve! Then she shared it into our bowls. 감사합니다!

We finished eat it in an hour because it was a very large portion for us.

And once again, maybe because i can speak korean a little, they given us a plate of watermelon for free ahh my favorite fruit! Thank you so much 사장님!

잘 먹었습니다!

[Buzz Korea] Korea Winter Travel Fair 2012 (3rd Oct - 7th Oct)

Planning a holiday to Korea? Don't miss this event!
Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) offers winter tourism for korean lovers by holding Korea Winter Travel Fair 2012 at Mal Taman Anggrek, Jakarta together with Korea Indonesia Week 2012.

 Face Painting

The exhibition has been going on since 3rd Oct until 7th Oct 2012. There are 17 booth travel agents and 3 airlines that is present in this exhibition.

"There are about 1000 package tour in Korea Winter Travel Fair 2012", said Kwon Jong Sul, Director of KTO Jakarta in a press conference at Mal Taman Anggrek Friday (5/10).

"The number of Indonesian tourists who visiting Korea has increased from year to year and reach 29% over the previous year. We highly paid great attention to the Indonesian market" said Kim Dong Il, Director of Tourism Product Team KTO.

Not only exhibition, Korea Indonesia Week 2012 also brings K-Pop Music Festival, K-Movie Festival, Dance cover competition Gangnam Style, Face painting like i did and many more.



Source : http://www.tabloidbintang.com/perjalanan/58773-korea-winter-travel-fair-2012-hadir-di-mal-taman-anggrek.html

[Buzz Korea] Korean Culture Performance at Korea-Indonesia Week 2012

At Korea Indonesia Week 2012 on Thursday 5th Oct, there was Korean Culture Performance at Balai Kartini, Jakarta. At this event, 4 different groups presented the traditional korean percussion and dance performances. They were Noreum Machi, Ha Yong-bu, EDx2 Dance Company and Last For One.

Now, let's take a look at their performances!

The first performance was Noreum Machi - The Traditional Korean Percussion group.






Traditional Korean percussion group Noreum Machi is a highly original musical ensemble. Since its foundation in 1993 Noreum Machi has been trying to re-discover its traditional music that suits out time by communicating other kinds of music through the basic traditional Korean music without loosing its structure. The group takes its name from the term used by Korean minstrels to indicate a combination of skill and timing attained only by the best players. In competition "noreum Machi" would refer to the players so skilled that no one would dare follow. Noreum Machi has recently received a great deal of attention in Korea and around the world.  At the same time is determined to avoid being bound by the past and to communicate with audiences in here and now. Critics and audiences have called Noreum Machi a fascinating and future-oriented ensemble because of the way the artists connect with the audiences, the obvious pleasure they take in.

The Second performance was Ha Young -bu - The Drum Dance

Ha Yong bu (Center)
*I'm sorry for the poor image quality hohoho*

He danced a free dance with a korean traditional drum.
"Boemboo" in Beomboo Dance means "a common man". Interstingly enough,  this repertoire takes the literal meaning to have dancers performed without any elaborate props or instruments. Beoumboo Dance has been varied into several different types depending on the originilaty and characteristics of an individual dancer. Ha Yong-bu's Beomboo Dance involves a drum which quite shows its powerful spirit as the sound of the drum is getting infused inside the dancer's body and then gradually being laid out again on the stage. The slow movement in the first part of the dance picks more and more speed, later becoming rapid and energetic.

The Third performance was EDx2 Dance Company - The Contemporary Dance




last image by EDx2 Dance Company

I like their performance! They danced together with the music and the music was really perfect timing.
Choreographer Lee In-soo from the LDP Dance Company, established EDx2 Dance Company in 2010. EDx2 aims to discover outstanding original repertoire alive with artistic sensitivity and descriptive movements; and to meet its aim, it is open to other artictic genres such as hip-hop, contemporary dance, drama and mime, acrobatics, etc. EDx2 enthuastically communicates with the sensitivity of the contemporary audience and introduce a diverse spectrum of modern dance with both artistry and popular appeal.

and the last performace was Last For One - The Street Dance


Last for one internationally renowned dance performance team based in Soul, Korea.
Performing primilary in the medium of what's broadly known as "street dance" (which encompasses different styles such as b-boying, popping and locking), they are one of the most respected ensembles of their kind in the world. Since 2009, Last For One has been touring the world with the B-boying gala show "One Dream" and with "Soul Beat" that combines percussion music with B-boying. To date, the performances have been staged in over 30 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

At the end of the show the four groups collaborated. This collaborations showed a mix of modern and traditional art that really good.








Thank you so much KCCI for the nice event! And also to all the artists who have given a very good performances. We are very glad if you come to Indonesia again!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

[Buzz Korea] Hanbok (한복) Experienced - The Korean Traditional Cloth

How do to wear a Hanbok? Since last year, Korean Cultural Center Indonesia (KCCI) has always held a Hanbok Experienced twice a month. We are given an opportunity to wear Hanbok for about 15 minutes. And for 15 minutes we are allowed to take some pictures with the background provided there. And of course is free of charge XD


Until now i've tried four times to wear hanbok with different colors. The designs are very unique, luxury, beautiful and sexy. I felt beautiful and comfortable while wearing it.



The following step is a little explanation about its components and how to wear hanbok for women.
1. First, we will wear Sokchima (속치마) or white underskirt.



2. Second, we'll wear Chima (치마), a skirt with variety of colors, such as red, pink, blue and so on.





3. Third, we'll wear Jeogori (저고리) which is a short vest adorned with two long ribbons or Otgoreum (옷고름) tied.




Have you feel beautiful? Let us take some pictures!






With some traditional korean musical instruments, they are Janggu, Haegeum, Geomungo, Pansoribuk and etc.

















Very exciting right? I love Hanbok! It will be great if i can wear it in Korea. So please chose me to go there XD

Monday, October 1, 2012

[Buzz Korea] Korean Keyboard Layout (Hangeul)

Hello everyone! In this post i want to help you in memorizing the Korean Keyboard Layout. For those who are familiar with korean letters or Hangeul (한글) definitely want to be able to type Hangeul, right? Whether it is on PC Keyboard, notebook or mobile phone. So let me introduce you the Korean Keyboard Layout.

The layout of Hangeul letters on the keyboard is not the same as the latin letters, for example the letter A button in latin mean the letter M (ㅁ) in hangeul as well as for the letter S in latin mean the letter N (ㄴ) in hangeul and so on. Then to type double letters like 'Double B' or 'Ssang Bieup' (ㅃ) in korean, press the 'Shift+Q' button.

For those who already know how to write hangeul, and when you are able to type hangeul quickly will feel that in typing hangeul, your fingers will turn left-right-left-right-left-right and so on. If you look at its structure, the consonant letters are on the left side and the vowel letters are on the right side. So, the left fingers is used to type the consonants and the right fingers is used to type the vowels. Easy right?

That was a little help to memorize the keyboard layout when typing hangeul. To make you easier to memorize it, there are many book stores that sells hangeul keyboard stickers nowadays, so if you live in an area where no one sell it, or if you don't want to bother looking for, you can purchase it here ^^


and here is my Hangeul keyboard sticker...

I hope this article can help you typing Hangeul, good luck!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

[Buzz Korea] My Interest About Korea

South Korea, when i talk about korea surely are endless, too many experiences related to korea i want to share, and i think it'll be a looong story. But don't worry i'll make it shorter and this is my passion about korea.....

The first time i knew about korea four years ago *actually it was late already when compared to my friends who have known korea since they were in junior high school* from korean drama "Full House". It has a good story, it made me curious about the ending and the actor's acting ability -Rain and Song Hye Kyo- makes us, the audience, can feel the joy, sadness and even their cuteness, not only that, even the shooting location was also amazed me, korean drama lovers would know what i mean, yap Han Ji Eun's (Song Hye Kyo) house, located at the side of beach ahhh i'd love to have a house like that one day *dreaming*


image by Visit Korea

Moving from a drama, i began to want to know how korean language was. Because basically i am a person who love to learn foreign language and from this drama, i was curious about how to say "I Love You" in Korean. Hahaha...

Yap after that, i started looking for korean language learning through the internet. Slow but sure, i found several sites that teach korean language, start from the introduction of the letter and then read and write. i learned it all by myself, and i felt "it's really easy huh?" because only by learning it from internet i've started a little bit able to read and write Hangeul "wow it's fun!" that's how i searched harder the korean language learning in the internet, until one day, i was told by a friend that her sister was studying in Korea and she teaches korean language in an Muslimah Indonesia Community in Korea once a week via Skype! I was soooo happy at that time because i could learn from someone who already proficient in Korean. And i immediately join the community and learn korean once a week. Not only from her, i had a free korean language course near my grandmother's house, i also buy some books that i thought good and now my korean language skills become better and better :p I'm really happy! Now i can understand a little bit if there is a korean talk and come interact with them in korean! Yeay!
A lot of friends interested in learning korean language with me when they know i can speak korean hihihi and i was willing to teach them, so that there will be more people who can speak korean and it's good for my experience. :D



Korean Culture. Korean culture is very unique. I like the korean traditional cloth -Hanbok-. I wanted to wear them until one day i was informed that Korean Cultural Center Indonesia organized a 'Hanbok Experience' and i was excited to go there to try it out ahh Hanbok is really beautiful! Wanna know how was my experience wearing Hanbok? okay okay i'll share in the next post okay! :D



Food! Korean food has its own taste for the lovers. The ingredients, cooking techniques and presentation are different. Korean foods are famous for its variety of side dishes called Banchan (반찬). Many korean foods like Kimchi, Bulgogi, Kimbab which is famous in the world. Kimchi is the main ingredients of some korean dishes. I think korean food is very healthy and good for our body because it generally comes from vegetable and meat.



I've tried some korean foods like Kimchi (김치), Ramyeon (라면) and Budaecigae (부대찌개), are you curious about budaecigae? just wait for the next post okay! :p

Kimchi
Budaecigae
 Ramyeon

 and also korean sncaks like Pepero (빼빼로) and Chocopie.
 Choco Pie
 Pepero

I've also tried korean street food like Odeng, odeng very tasty! Everything is delicious and addictive hahaha and fortunately now in Indonesia is not too difficult to find korean restaurants and korean department stores. Especially with the Lotte Mall near my house i feel like i want to buy odeng and kimbab everyday hahaha
Odeng


Kimbab

There is one more thing that makes me more interested in korean, the last two years, the variety show tittled Running Man (런닝맨) has made my day happy after i watching it, is a bit too much yes, but i'm serious, watch running man makes me laugh and laughed until my stomach hurt hahaha they're all funny! In every missions they had to do, was show the audience many interesting and beautiful places that must visit, they also showed a variety of korean traditional foods that make us drooling. The missions that Running Men to do is very creative. I was impressed with their creativity. You should watch it too! XD


image source here