As part of the Four Rivers Bike-Trails Project, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) will be hosting a “Bike Camp” at Ipobo camping village, Yeoju-gun County, Gyeonggi Province this coming weekend (June 2-3) .
The bus will be departing from KTO’s Jongno building at 9am June 2nd. KRW 20,000 will get you a seat and free access to bikes, horse rides, kayaking, water rafting and a BBQ meal.
You must bring your own camping gear or rent it at the site. There is probably space under the coach to bring your own bikes and ride them back to Seoul along the Han River the next day if you want to. Bus departs for return to Seoul at 12pm on Sunday.
Contact either Roger Shepherd at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and inquiries.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is hosting ‘Delicious Canada’, a spring celebration of Canadian delicacies this coming Saturday (May 19th) at the Grand Hilton Hotel. The formal, white tablecloth dinner will combine the ultimate in delectable Canadian food with music, dancing, and great prizes.
It’s the perfect opportunity to experience what is uniquely delicious about Canadian Beef and Canadian Lobster. Doors open at 6pm and the event runs until 11pm, beginning with a first class dinner of succulent Grade AAA Canadian beef and mouth-watering Canadian Lobster flown in fresh from the Atlantic ocean.
Diners will be treated to live entertainment throughout the event, with a jazz instrumental group playing throughout dinner and dancing to follow with a traditional maritime-style band. There will also be a drawing of several outstanding prizes, including a free round trip ticket on an Air Canada flight to Vancouver.
CanCham Chairman Don Mackenzie talked about why the Spring Celebration is already generating so much enthusiasm. “We’re very excited about this event because it offers the best of the best in Canadian cuisine,” he said, adding that “our Christmas event was also an all-Canadian food extravaganza and not only did it sell out completely with nearly 200 people but everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and all of the outstanding Canadian food.”
The event is sponsored in part by the Canadian Government and its Canada Brand Initiative. Tickets are KRW 165,000 (members and guests) and 185,000 (non-members).
For ticketing and RSVPs, contact email@example.com
Seoul really is a buzzing capital and they captured it brilliantly in this vid.
Spent the weekend before last taking in Seoul’s five grand palaces for my latest Yonhap article. Those already familiar with Korea’s capital can attest that no visit to the city is complete without a walk through at least one of them.
Pummeled to near ruin during the Japanese invasion (1592-98) and colonial occupation (1910-45), they represent remarkable architectural achievement and the relentless resilience the nation still prides itself upon to this day.
All five have undergone significant restoration in recent years. Due to their relatively close proximity to each other (they were once all joined together) it’s possible to get to all of ‘em on foot within a day.
Admission ranges from 1,000 to 5,000 won (1,000 won roughly US 80 cents).
On Saturday, April 21st, at 7pm David Kilburn will be hosting an exclusive interactive music performance with composer Jee Soo Shin at his hanok home in Gahoedong. The event aims to bring awareness to the ongoing plight of Seoul’s dwindling hanok community in the Bukchon neighbourhood.
“Nokha” is an interactive music installation. The performance was designed for, and takes place in a hanok (traditional Korean home). The audience, by their movement in the performing area, conduct and shape the sonic environment around them. “Nokha” was created by the Korean composer Jee Soo Shin.
There will be four players each playing a violin, geomungo (traditional Korean string instrument), flute and a toy piano in different corners of the performance area. The players spontaneously and systematically react to the audience movement.
You can read more details at www.nokha.org or on the Facebook page. If you want to schedule an interview with Jee Soo Shin or David Kilburn you can contact her directly at 010-3488-9842 or through email firstname.lastname@example.org.
새해 복 많이 받으세요! Happy New Year! Not much blogging going on here these days. I was home in Canada over the holidays and ever since my return two weeks ago the new job and several new freelance assignments have been keeping me from posting. Going to try and get things rolling again.
♦ Interview with the very talented Bae Bien-U, one of my favourite Korean photographers.
♦ Mindblowingly good photos from the rooftop of Busan’s tallest skyscraper. Awesome.
♦ Cool new project that explores Gwangju one day at a time.
♦ Corey Rich crafts this gorgeous film to launch Nikon’s powerhouse D4.
♦ Absolutely gorgeous shot from Simon Bond from his trip to Sri Lanka.
♦ Beautiful shot from Flash Parker that made its way in to Asia Geographic.
♦ Sarah Lee’s ‘Playing in the Winter Waves‘. Huge, huge fan of her work. Epic.
♦ Jeonju Folk Village to hold Lunar New Year Festival. Truly beautiful part of Korea.
♦ Some great photographic content in Peter DeMarco’s ‘Busan Lightstalkers’ pool.
♦ ”The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” (Saint Augustine)
I love street food. One of my new favourite food alleyways in Seoul is Geumcheon Market. It’s a great place to sample all sorts of traditional Korean dishes. The restaurants and bars are sandwiched together along the strip so you don’t have to hop very far to the next venue.
I started eating here a lot after I moved north of the river to Seochon-dong. The food is excellent and affordable. There’s this fantastic mandu (traditional Korean dumpling) snack restaurant called 손만두 분식 that’s been in business for ten years. Dumplings are handmade on site and will run you around 3,500 won for a box of ten.
Getting there: Take subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station, get out Exit 2 and take your first left.