The Republic of Korea occupies the southern part of the Korean Peninsula, acting on 1100 kilometers from the Asian mainland.
From the West the Peninsula is washed by the Yellow sea, the East Japan sea and to the South the Korea Strait and the East China sea. The total land area is 274 square kilometers 99. The landscape is mostly mountainous, plains occupy only 30 % of the territory. Off the coast of about 3000 Islands, mostly small and uninhabited. The largest island — Jeju.
Population: 49 million
Currency: South Korean won
Most of the country lies in the temperate zone, which clearly felt the seasons. Spring and autumn are rather short and warm, mostly Sunny days falls on the period from March to may. The summers are hot and humid, the temperature can reach +35°C. monsoon Season (“carma”) usually begins in late June and lasts until mid or end of July. August — hot and humid. Autumn in late September brings continental winds and clear, dry weather, making it the most pleasant time of the year. Winter is cold (down to -10°C) and dry, with periodic rainfall in the form of snow or rain.
The best time to visit is between late April to October.
The national currency is the Won. In circulation are banknotes of 10,000, 5000, 1000, and 500 won coins Continue reading
History of Korean cuisine originated in the distant past. Documentary evidence of Korean culinary art found in ancient Chinese and Japanese sources.
The Chinese mentioned Korean dish called magic, which, according to historians, probably is a precursor of bulgogi (thinly sliced, soaked in special sauce of beef, roasted on the fire). In the Chinese Chronicles of the VI century BC mentions with admiration the Korean art of fermenting soybeans. 1300 years later, in 700 Japanese chronicler mentioned that soybean paste tenjan was first brought to Japan from the Bark. Since then, tenjan, received in the name of Japan’s miso is still widely used in Japanese cuisine.
Koreans have long loved and appreciated meat. This is evidenced by the fact that in Buyeo, one of the ancient Korean States, in the II century BC officials, to which were breeding cattle, horses, pigs and dogs, enjoyed a high status and rank were almost immediately behind the king.
Great influence on the development of Korean cuisine was provided by the emergence in Korea of Buddhism approximately in the year 400 of our era. More and more common instead of meat then began to get vegetarian dishes with very complex recipes. It was during this period in Korea are beginning to drink the tea and ancient tea ceremonies Continue reading
Travellers wishing to explore the traditional methods of greeting different nationalities and tribes, must be ready for anything. Not to be trapped, we bring you 10 most unusual ways of greeting.
Any tourist who arrived in New Zealand, faced with the traditional greeting of the indigenous Maori people called “hongs”. According to the ancient tradition, when two people they need to touch or RUB each other noses. This symbolic act is called “ha” or “breath of life” and, according to the beliefs, it comes directly from God.
The Council . In case of lack of experience, do not close eyes to monitor your distance, otherwise you will find yourself in an awkward situation.
In any other point of the globe protruding tongue can be seen as a sign of disrespect and insults, but not in Tibet. Custom show languages appeared in the 9th century during the reign of the evil king lang Darma, who had a black tongue. After his death, the villagers feared that he may move into another person’s body, so everyone started to greet each other with his tongue, a sign that they are not evil. This tradition has been preserved and is often accompanied by crossing hands on his chest.
The Council . Try not to greet the residents Continue reading