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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Nurimaru APEC House Boasts Beautiful Scenery Surrounded Trip Korea

Used as the venue for the 2nd APEC Summit, the Nurimaru APEC House boasts beautiful scenery surrounded by camellias and pine trees. Since the summit, it has been used as a memorial hall and an important international conference venue. Nurimaru literally means “a house where leaders have a meeting.” The 12 outdoor poles represent Busan’s active image and the building’s interior design visually delivers Korea’s traditional culture. The first two floors of the building have a dining room, event room, and kitchen, while the top floor is occupied by an auditorium, a conference room, and waiting rooms for high-ranking officials.

Nurimaru APEC House

The roads on Dongbaek Island and the path to the peak are popular routes for walks. Also famous is the mermaid statue sitting on a rock by the beach. Nurimaru means the “summit of the world” in Korean. The house resembles a Korean traditional pavilion. It is the venue for the 3rd APEC Summit Meeting held in November 2005. Participants said that Nurimaru was the most beautiful Nurimaru APEC House Summit Meeting venue ever. Dongbaekseom Island, where the Nurimaru APEC House is located, is famous for camellia blossoms and can be accessible on foot from the Haeundae Beach.

Nurimaru APEC House

Lotte Super Tower 123 Amazing Bulding In South Korea

Lotte Super Tower 123 is a 123-floor supertall skyscraper currently being erected in Lotte World 2, Seoul, South Korea. It is located next to the existing Lotte World complex which opened back in 1989. Ground was broken in 2005 but due to nearby airport's height restrictions, further construction was postponed to February 2010 when restrictions were removed in 2009. At 555 m (1,821 ft) in height, the building would become one of the world's tallest buildings if completed on schedule in 2014.  The Lotte Group of South Korea is owner and developer of the project.

Lotte Super Tower 123

The architectural team is led by KPF design principal James von Klemperer. The concept melds a modern aesthetic with forms inspired by the historic Korean arts of ceramics, porcelain, and calligraphy. “The tower’s uninterrupted curvature and gentle tapered form is reflective of Korean artistry. The seam that runs from top to bottom of the structure gestures toward the old center of city,” said von Klemperer. “Elegance of form was one of our prime objectives, following Lotte’s desire to bestow a beautiful monument to the capital city skyline,” he added.

BEXCO World Class Exhibitions and Conferences

BEXCO is an eight-story building (7 floors aboveground and 1 floor underground) for international exhibitions and conventions. It includes a grand exhibition hall three times as large as a football field, a multi-purpose hall, an outdoor exhibition space and a permanent display space. With advanced facilities, it has been selected as the venue for world-class exhibitions and conferences such as the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan Final Draw, the 2003 ICCA Congress and Exhibition and the 2005 APEC Summit Meeting.

Bexo Map

Friday, July 1, 2011

Gyeongju National Museum Dating From The Silla Dynasty

The Gyeongju National Museum exhibits numerous relics dating from the Silla Dynasty. The museum is divided into three main halls and an outdoor garden, housing a total collection of 2,700 pieces. The museum contains various items excavated throughout Gyeongju and neighboring areas, as well as sculptures and paintings. Relics unearthed from the old burial mounds of the Silla Period, including splendid jewels and ornaments can be found in the Ancient Tomb Hall.

Gyeongju National Museum

The outdoor garden contains Korea’s largest bell (National Treasure ). Officially known as the Divine Bell of the Great King Seongdeok, this 3.3 meter-high bell is better known as Emile Bell because it is said to sound like a child crying for its mother.

Gyeongju National Museum

Descriptions are available in English throughout the museum. Gyeongju National Museum Various Relics of the Silla Period All Together The Gyeongju National Museum exhibits numerous relics dating from the Silla Dynasty. The museum is divided into three main halls and an outdoor garden, housing a total collection of 2,700 pieces. The museum contains various items excavated throughout Gyeongju and neighboring areas, as well as sculptures and paintings. Relics unearthed from the old burial mounds of the Silla Period, including splendid jewels and ornaments can be found in the Ancient Tomb Hall.

Gyeongju National Museum

The outdoor garden contains Korea’s largest bell (National Treasure No. 29). Officially known as the Divine Bell of the Great King Seongdeok, this 3.3 meter-high bell is better known as Emile Bell because it is said to sound like a child crying for its mother.

Gyeongju National Museum Most Popular South Korea tourism

Daewangam Park The Beautiful Landscape South Korea Trip

Daewangam Park exceeded my expectations. There are a few things you can do there. First, you can walk around the peninsula while taking in the picturesque coastal scenery and you can visit an old lighthouse. It’s not a long walk and not strenuous at all. Second, you can cross a footbridge to get to a beautiful set of rocks just meters from the shore.

Daewangam Park

Third, you can enjoy fresh seafood harvested by Haenyeo women divers from the nearby waters or just bring your own picnic, like I did, and eat it while sitting on the rocks or under a shady tree.
Located a short walk from Ilsan beach, clustered together and leading into one-another are Ulgi and Daewangam park, along with Daewangam rock (shown here). These are must see sights for anyone travelling through or staying in Ulsan.
Daewangam Park

Daewangam Park

Daewongam park is a rock island located off Ulsan accessible by an iron bridge and offers some amazing views. King Mummu, the 30th king of the Silla dynasty achieved unification of the countries of the Korean peninsular in AD 668 and upon his death desired to become a dragon to protect his kingdom from enemies. Thus he was buried under a great rock in the East Sea and became a guardian dragon. However his rock is up the coast somewhat in Gyeongju but his queen is right here in Ulsan. She became Daewangam rock.

Temuli Park UNESCO Heritage Most Atteactions Popular South Korea Tourism

The Temuli Park UNESCO HERITAGE has more than 20 large and small tombs from the Shilla period and has been designated Historic site #175. The tombs are presumed to be those of kings and court officials. The dimensions of the tombs vary with heights range from less than 1 meter to 23 meters. Most of them are earthen and mound-shaped. Some double gourd-shaped ones are for the joint burial of a husband and wife. As those excavated were all found to be stone-pilled wood-lined chamber type, most of the tombs here are presumed to be of the same type.

Temuli Park

This Temuli park one has been partially excavated and turned into an exhibit containing various artifacts and explaining how the tombs were built. Tumuli Park is home to numerous tombs from approximately 1500 years ago.  The only tomb that has been identified for sure, through documentation, is that of King Michu, from about 1750 years ago. The other tombs have been dated, using radio-carbon dating, so there are fairly good guesses about whose tombs they are, but no proof, at least that was the impression I got from our tour guide.  One of the tombs has been partially excavated, and has been turned into an exhibit, which is open to the public.
Temuli Park

In this particular exhibit, there was a tour guide who spoke English, though he was quite difficult to understand, largely because of a very very thick accent.  A lot of what he said had to do with explaining that the artifacts found in the tomb offered proof that either Koreans had contact with Mongolia and Tibet, or originally came from there (I could never really figure out which he was saying).  The old man was very nice, and he spoke more English than almost anyone else I had seen in Gyeongju.  Most of the other English I heard was along the lines of what one vendor in the park said:  "Buy this book!!!" while waving a book about the city at me.

Temuli Park

Korean Peninsula History Of South Korean War

The Korean Peninsula is located in the eastern tip of the Asian Continent along with other East Asian countries China and Japan. Its total area is 222,135㎢: South Korea has 99,461㎢ (41% of the land) and North Korea has 122,762㎢ (55% of the land). The Korean Peninsula borders Manchuria of China and the Maritime Province of Siberia of Russia over the Yalu and the Tumen to the north, Japan over the East Sea and South Sea to the east and north and the mainland China over the West Sea to the west.

with distinct four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter, as it is in the mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere. Spring is warm with an average temperature of 15~19℃℃ and summer is hot with an average temperature of 30℃℃. Autumn is warm with an average temperature of 11~19℃℃, but the difference between daily highs and lows is big. Winter is cold and dry with an average temperature of 6~7℃℃ and has heavy snow depending on the region.

Korean Peninsula In History
Prehistoric times began on the Korean Peninsula about 700,000 years ago when people started to settle down on the Korean Peninsula. In 2,000 BC, the Bronze Culture was introduced to the peninsula, leading to the establishment of Gojoseon, the first of several kingdoms in Korea’s history. After Gojoseon perished in BC 108, the Three Nations emerged. After the Three Nations were united by United Silla Kingdom and when the United Silla Kingdom collapsed, Goryeo Kingdom was created.

Goryeo Kingdom perished at the end of the 14th century. For the next 500 years, the Joseon Dynasty ruled the Korean Peninsula. Joseon was forcefully opened to the outside world by the Japanese in 1876and colonized by Japan with the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty in 1910. After liberalization in 1945, the Republic of Korea was founded. However, the Korean Peninsula was divided into South and North Koreas following the Korean War in 1950. Today, the two Koreas are engaged in various exchange programs to prepare for a re-unification.

Centum City Center of Asia’s Film Culture Most Favoueite Busan Trip Tour

Busan Haeundae’s Centum City is transforming into the center of Korea’s retail, movie and media industries, international conferences and information communication industry. Busan is rapidly emerging as the heart of Korea. Since Busan began developing the former Suyeong Airport in 1997, the area has transformed into Busan’s version of Manhattan within ten years. Centum City is also being reborn as the center of Korea’s retail industry. Following the opening of Lotte Department Store Centum branch in January last year, Shinsegae Centum City will open on March 1st as Asia’s largest department store.

Shinsegae Centum City Center
Shinsegae Centum City is a mega-scale project, which will be built in an area of 75,570 square meters with a floor space of 284,000 square meters. One trillion won will be invested in this project. Shinsegae Centum City is a multi-complex where visitors can enjoy shopping as well as sophisticated culture, leisure and entertainment in one place. The shopping center (40,590 square meters) will house various facilities including not only a department store but also an ice-rink (2,800 square meters), CGV movie theater (2,400 seats), Kyobo Bookstore (3,300 square meters), and a golf range.

Centum City is rapidly emerging as the heart of Korea’s movie and media industry. Everybody knows that Busan is popular both home and abroad for movie shoots. Not only that, supporting facilities where people can edit films and do computer graphic work was opened on the Feb 24th in Centum. Busan is now equipped as a onestop service for the movie industry, which enables people to handle the processes of moviemaking from shooting to editing.

Centum City Center

Just beside this facility, Dureraum is now under construction. Dureraum is the Busan film center for Pusan International Film Festival or PIFF that has become a world-renowned film festival. Dureraum’s design was selected through an international competition and will be built by October 2011. Another landmark will be created in Busan, the center of Asia’s film culture. Centum City is also transforming itself into a center of the information communication industry. Centum City already plays an important role as the home of the Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency, the Busan Design Center, and the Community Media Center.

Centum City Center

Apartment-style factories housing companies related to knowledge, information communication, electronics, electricity and RD are springing up in this region. Centum Science Park is building Centum Science Park, a structure 23 floors above ground. Ace Hi-tech 21 is building a 21 floor apartment style industrial building that can house 400 IT companies. IS Engineering and Construction is building a 20 story “Centum IS Tower” and Samhee Tech Ltd., is building, and possibly selling the nine story “Centum SH Valley.” Centum City, once a barren district, is rapidly being transformed into Korea’s version of Manhattan.

Bulguksa or Bulguksa Temple UNESCO World Cultural Asset

Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world. The original Kim Daeseong was the legendary architect of the first temple on this site, who overcame extreme poverty and ugliness he was called "Big Wall" for his flat forehead  through Buddhist devotion. The Bulguksatemple complex is entered via a double-sectioned staircase and bridge.

Bulguksa or Bulguksa Temple

The temple's records state that a small temple was built on this site under King Beopheung in 528. The Samguk Yusa records that the current temple was constructed under King Gyeongdeok in 751, begun by Prime Minister Kim Daeseong to pacify the spirits of his parents. The building was completed in 774 by the Silla royal court, after Gim's death, and given its current name Bulguksa (Temple of the Buddha Land).

Bulguksa or Bulguksa Temple

The Bulguksa staircase has a 45-degree slope and 33 steps total, corresponding to the 33 steps to enlightenment. It was probably built in 750 during the reign of King Gyeongdeok. The large arch underneath the staircase testifies to the use of arches in Silla-style bridges and the remains of a pond and once flowed underneath the bridge.

Bulguksa or Bulguksa Temple

The Bulguksa terrestrial and the two celestial abodes are manifested in Bulguksa: the terrestrial with a Shakyamuni Buddha Lotus Sutra, the celestial with Amitabha Buddha Avatamska Sutra. The large temple site is centred around two courts. One of the courts is centred on Daeungjeon, the hall which houses the Shakyamuni Buddha. The other is centred on Geungnakjeon, the hall of paradise where the Seven Treasure Bridge Chilbogyo is housed.
Bulguksa or Bulguksa Temple

Seokguram Grotto Is Beautiful South Korea City

The official name of Seokguram, National Treasure No. 24, is Seokguram Seokgul. Designated as World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite. Seokguram is an artificial stone temple made of granite, and is located on the eastern peak of Mt. Toham. Inside the roundshaped main hall, there are the Bonjon Statue, Bodhi-sattva and his disciples. Seokguram was built to preserve these statues. The Bonjon figure wearing a generous smile is seated on the stage engraved with lotus flower design. The rounded ceiling looks like a half-moon or a bow and has a lotus flower decorated cover on it. As the sunrise from this spot is so beautiful, many people climb the mountain at daybreak.

When the National Museum of Korea asked a team of researchers to digitally reconstruct a national treasure for public enjoyment, they employed 3D scanning and Rapidform software to create a complete 3D virtual replica. Seokguram Grotto is a 1200 year old cave shrine in Gyeongju, South Korea, sitting 750 meters above sea level and overlooking the East Sea (Sea of Japan). It was designated a national treasure of Korea in 1962, and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. It embodies some of the finest Buddhist sculptures in the world. Despite the shrine’s tremendous cultural significance, the Korean public is restricted from close access – as are the large number of tourists who visit the region every year.

Seokguram Grotto

So the National Museum of Korea and a team of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) resolved to give people a way to easily experience and interact with the shrine despite its seclusion. They came up with a great solution: to display a complete, full-scale, 3D digital replica of Seokguram Grotto in the National Museum. Such a replica would also allow them to preserve the present condition of the shrine if they ever needed to restore it from damage in the future.

Seokguram Grotto

But how do you create an exact digital replica of an entire shrine with all its intricate details? This team did it with another great solution – pairing the Konica Minolta Vivid 9i, a state-of-the-art 3D scanner, with one of Rapidform’s powerful software solutions, Rapidform XOS. To make matters even more challenging, they would need to have everything together in one master file for analysis, so they needed to work with a huge amount of data simultaneously. Finally, they planned to construct physical models of the human remains found in the tomb, so they needed a solution that was flexible enough for them to split up the data and optimize it for reproduction in resin.

16 Unique Lighthouses Shine to South Korea Tourism Scene

Unique lighthouses in the shape of a feeding bottle, a lotus flower and a turtle are gaining a fair share of attention from visitors in Busan, adding a new dynamic to the city’s tourism industry. The lighthouses provide a one-of-a-kind view, towering over the coast with the ocean as the backdrop. On Nov. 25, the Busan Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Busan Regional Maritime Affairs & Port Office held a ceremony to officially celebrate the new baseball-themed lighthouse at Busan Gijang County Chilam Port.

The lighthouse was designed to boost Busan’s image as a baseball city and to celebrate the country’s gold medal in the sport at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The structure is shaped like a baseball, bat and glove and sits in a diamond-shaped foundation that resembles a baseball field. Inside the lighthouse, visitors can see pictures of the gold medal match as well as player autographs and quotes.


The lighthouse cost 130 million won ($113,935) to build and is 10 meters tall. It’s the latest of the city’s unique lighthouses. Busan also boasts lighthouses in the shape of a baby bottle and one that resembles
a lotus flower. The Busan Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Busan Regional Maritime Affairs & Port Office have teamed up to promote these lighthouses and integrate them more closely with the city’s tourism infrastructure.

Under this project, a total of six lighthouses have been introduced in recent times. The Busan Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to develop and roll out a slew or related products, including calendars, post cards and souvenirs featuring these lighthouses. Additionally, it will use the lighthouses in tourism-related efforts.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Banpo Bridge Fountain Uniques and Amazing In Seouls

The Banpo Bridge is a major bridge in downtown Seoul over the Han River, South Korea, connecting the Seocho and Yongsan  districts. Banpo Bridge is on top of Jamsu Bridge, forming a "double deck" bridge. When the water level rises too high, the Jamsu Bridge becomes covered with water and gets closed off. The lower deck incorporates pedestrian and bicycle paths that provide easy access to the Banpo Hangang Park from the north side of the river. Banpo Bridge is a girder bridge  and was completed in 1982.

Banpo Bridge

Banpo Bridge Fountain is very original of the kind. 380 nozzles equipped along the both sides of of Banpo Bridge (570m each, 1140m in total) pump up the river water which will fall from the top toward the surface of the river 20m down. 200 lightings equipped around the fountain provides a gorgeous view of a beautiful rainbow while the columns of fountain water dancing to the music offers a unique and joyful experience to the public. The fountain has been registered in the Guinness Book of Records last December as the world’s longest bridge fountain.

Banpo Bridge

Banpao Bridge South Korea

Jogyesa Temple Traditional and Unique Temple Korea

Jogyesa Temple Traditional and Unique temple korea does not give off the solemn and traditional air of the other temples located deep in the mountains, or offer the seasonal scenery of the mountains and the sea. But because it is located in the middle of the city, the transportation is convenient, and is well connected to the surrounding areas. It is good for tourists on a tight schedule. Along the street around Jogyesa Temple are many Buddhist specialty shops, selling such things as prayer beads, Buddhist writings, incense, as well as souvenirs such as dolls and key chains.

Jogyesa Temple

Jogyesa Temple In 1954, after the great clean-up movement to rid the coun-try of any vestiges of the Japanese occupation, the temple came to be called Jogye-sa. This is the name of the mountain on which the Sixth Patriarch of Chinese Chan Buddhism, Huineng (638-713), lived. He is highly revered by Korean Buddhists and his life and teachings are constantly studied and remem-bered.

Jogyesa Temple

These locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, the main temple building, are about 500 years old. One locust tree is about 26-meter high, and in the summer, provides a large amount of shade to enhance the mood of the temple. The baeksong tree is designated as a Natural Monument. The Daeungjeon building is a stately building built in 1938. The Dancheong is particularly beautiful with all the different colors painted on it, and inside the building is the statue of Seokgamoni.

Jogyesa Temple

Situated in downtown Seoul, Jogyesa is a peaceful oasis. This temple is open to visitors from 4:00am to late at night, and all Buddhist events held here are open to visitors. It also has exhibits explaining much of the history of modern Buddhism. A variety of temple-stay programmes are also available.