Invaluable assistance in the preparation of the guide was provided by the national Organization of Tourism of Korea. Now Russian tourists appeared comfortable and reliable travel guide for South Korea. Travelers will be able to discover mysterious, mystical, yet modern and dynamically developing country. The country – pearl of the Far East – South Korea. Nice to add that from January 1 2014 year from Russia to South Korea is a visa-free regime!
South Korea – a distant and mysterious Russian tourists to the country.
A country famous for rich culture and ancient history, you parasite Buddhist temples and monasteries. Royal palaces of ancient dynasties and numerous fortresses. Healing mineral springs and clean sandy beaches.
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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
Tea in Japan came from China, whence it was brought by Buddhist monks. So many people think that tea ceremony in Japan is very similar to Chinese traditions. But actually it is not. General is only one — the total absorption by the process and, of course, tea.
The ritual was often changed but the respect for tea remained unchanged. Modern tea ceremony in Japan was invented in the XV century by Murota JUKU — a monk. And at the beginning of the next century one of ZEO Takano enriched the tradition of tea houses and pottery is rough work.
Disciple of ZEO Takano sen-no-Rikyu went further and even defined, what can be said during the ceremony. Also designed the atmosphere: it became obligatory garden with a stone path that leads to the tea house. Thus, a simple meditation with an offering of tea to the Buddha turned into a small performance with scenery, where roles are strictly divided.
Fortunately, Since school based sen-no-Rikyu, not only flourished, but by the 18th century opened several other schools as their basis.
Utensils for the tea ceremony in Japan is chosen the most simple — it is an undecorated coarse pottery. Especially in the price of aged items. The tea set includes the box where Continue reading