In Korea the New year has always been a very important holiday (Eastern New year, of course, according to the lunar calendar). It sought all day to spend at home, in the family circle. In the past years around the holidays, even petty criminals were released from prison to go home under parole. In the New year, it is rare to meet travelers, but if someone had to celebrate a holiday on the road, the innkeeper, traditionally did not take money from the traveler for meals and overnight. I can’t guarantee that if you arrive in Korea for the New year – i.e. on 12th Feb, — you will be provided with free billeting. But in any case you will not regret it.
What to do, say, in Seoul for the New year? Ideally a quick meet with some local citizen and to get invited (still homemade holiday when it is customary to pay visits). If not – go to the restaurant, so at least there’s plenty of naprobovatsya Korean new year treats. On the street you can buy roasted acorns “amp”, sticky caramel “ut”, beans “tan-UNSC” and other traditional sweets. Be sure to visit one of the many bars in Seoul-karaoke. Stranger you feel there will not be: I love the Koreans of the Soviet Estrada. This is the rare country (even more interestingly, a cap, and not the SOC), where modern Patriotic songs are very well known, and, moreover, extremely popular. I love Kobzon, Continue reading
Typical traditional Korean architecture were two main styles: a Palace-temple which has been formed under the strong influence of Chinese canons, and folk — the building of houses for ordinary people, who had many local varieties. Ancient architects who built palaces and temples, borrowed a system of beams and supports the Chinese. For residential buildings of ordinary people were characterized by thatched roofs and under floor heating system, ondol. Rich people built large houses with elegantly curved tiled roofs ended at the end slightly raised eaves. Great value in architecture was given to the natural landscape. So, many Buddhist monasteries scattered throughout the country, usually built in the mountains, perfectly blending into the surrounding landscape. A place for building only then was considered appropriate, when opened from there the corresponding view of the “mountains and water”.
Architectural symbols of modern North Korea are the Mansudae Theatre, people’s Palace of studies, the Palace of congresses Mansudae, the Palace of pioneers and schoolchildren, the Museum of the Korean revolution and the 105-storey hotel «Rougon” in Pyongyang.
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All peoples wedding — the most solemn event in life. The bride and groom are trying to look great, to appear in the best outfits.
Get acquainted with traditions of different countries.
In the old days the main elements of a wedding dress of Russian brides were bottom shirt and top shirt. Lower the shirt was sewn from the thinnest tissue, what was available, and richly trimmed with lace. Top and shirt made of homespun cloth and decorated with embroidery.
Ukrainian bride is also generously covered wedding shirt with embroidery. On top they wore a skirt, which in Ukrainian is called “reserve” or “the female plakhta skirt”. It is a piece of homespun material, which is wrapped around the waist and tied the belt.
Bride from Belarus for the wedding wore the shirt, then the skirt, and on her apron. On top he wore a tight-fitting vest.
Here the most important thing in bride’s attire — brightly colored skirt. Fancy bride’s head wrapped with a cloth, so as to obtain a headdress that resembled a large turban. Bride’s hair is braided into many plaits. An essential attribute of a wedding dress are big African jewelry.