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June dan Julai bakal tiba.
Sila tempah pakej kami sekarang dengan hanya 470,000 won.
4D3N per pax.
Tempoh penjelajahan; 24 June 2012 – 13 July 2012.
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새해복 많이 받으세요! Happy Lunar New Year! February 3rd is 설날, or Lunar New Year in Korea!
Traditionally, families meet up at the head of the family’s house for New Years. This usually means a Grandpa or someone similar.
From what I understand, my family makes a slightly bigger deal of New Years because we all live relatively close to each other. We take the whole day to celebrate, where some other families may just visit their grandparents in the evening.
Our New Years starts by going to an aunt’s house (My dad was the only boy in the family) to pay our respects to those deceased. This involves laying out a full meal and everyone pouring shots for our ancestors. (If you don’t know already, Koreans love to drink.) This is usually done by generation, with each generation collectively pouring one shot. For example, my brother, my cousins, and I would all help pour one shot for our ancestor.
Afterwards, we eat lunch, always involving 떡국. Ddukguk can be prepared in a lot of ways, but my family keeps it simple. Usually, it’s just Korean rice cakes, dumplings, and egg drops in the soup.
The kids then perform 세배. 세배 is paying respects to your living elders, like aunts and uncles, grandparents, and parents. Kids have to do a full traditional bow and listen to their elders give out advice. It is important that while you’re bowing, you can either wish them a happy new year (새해복 많이 받으세요) or good health (건강 하세요) or both. After the advice that we don’t listen to (kidding.) they give us money to celebrate the New Year. The amount is whatever they see appropriate, but if you have a fairly large family, you can come up with a lot of profit.
The bow is slightly more complicated than just getting on your knees and putting your head down. There’s a certain code of etiquette that must be followed, though not many people mind anymore. Most everyone uses the male version of the bow when doing sebae, but if you’re a lady wearing a dress or hanbok, there’s another way of bowing without getting your clothes dirty. Check this video out courtesy of koreanclass101.com to see it in action.
click here for video; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNK_FAUAsmo&feature=player_embedded
My family doesn’t really play that many traditional games for New Years anymore for a variety of reasons, but we used to play a lot of Yut No Ri or, as it is now romanized as, yunnori. The rules of yunnori are complicated and I’m not even sure if I can play it anymore, but it involves a circular board, four playable pieces, a mat or blanket, and four semi-rounded sticks. The sticks act like dice, telling you how far you can move one of your pieces. The goal of the game is to get all four of your pieces around the board without getting eaten.
* 2012 Seollal (Lunar New Year) holiday period: January 22-24
Seollal is one of the most celebrated holidays in Korea. January 1 on the lunar calendar, Seollal, this year, falls on January 23 on the Gregorian calendar. Seollal usually lasts for three days: the day of Seollal, the day before, and the day after. During the three-day holiday period, many businesses operate on a different schedule, or even close.
Below is a list of Seollal holiday schedules for popular tourist attractions in and around Seoul. To find out holiday schedules for other tourist attractions across the Korea, please feel free to call the 24-hour tourist information hotline, 1330 tt call center(+82-2-1330).
<Tourist Sites >
<Cultural Facilities >
< Book Stores >
※ The above schedules are subject to change.
One of my favorite Korean delicacies is none other than 1,000won a bundle Bungeoppang. It’s an instantly made pastry usually sold by snack vendors in winter times. ‘Bungeo’ in Korean means ‘Goldfish’. But fortunately bungeoppang is not made with goldfish as an ingredient, at least in most cases anyway. Instead, the pastry is made in shape of goldfish with sweet red bean paste inside. Today, most of these pastries are sold under the name of Ingeoppang, which means ‘Carp Pastry’. They shifted the shape of goldfish into carp since carp is more slim looking, reducing the overall ingredients needed for one pastry. But to this day, many Koreans still call it bungeoppang instead of ingeoppang since they are accustomed to that name. And as you may have guessed, the origin of bungeoppang goes back to Japan imitated from ‘Taiyaki’ which is basically a same thing.
When I came to Korea back in 2008, I could easily find a bungeoppang vendor that sells a pack of 4 bungeoppangs for 1,000won. A year later, 1,000won could only get me 3 bungeoppangs. I was slightly depressed by this not only because my financial status wasn’t up to the point of satisfaction (which means I was unemployed at the time), but because it also meant the price of everything else would rise as well. Food like ddeokbokki and bungeoppang are good benchmark products for determining Korea’s economy. I might be going too far calling them ‘benchmark’, but these are some of the most popular street food in Korea. And regular folks can be sensitive to their 1,000 pack of bungeoppang containing 1 less bungeoppang than last year.
Well, to be honest, bungeoppang isn’t as popularly enjoyed as ddeokbokki or even sundae. And it’s available mostly in winter times usually around residential areas. Due to this reason, many foreigners probably miss a chance to have this delicious pastry warmly baked right out of the iron during their stay in Korea. If you are reading this and haven’t had bungeoppang yet, you are in for a treat of your life. Well, I know building up your expectation like this can also bring a huge disappointment, but it’s just that good. I would always put bungeoppang above ddeokbokki for the king of Korean street food.
If you ask me why I put this much of emphasis on the importance of bungeoppang in Korea’s culinary culture, it’s because it was simply the most missed food I craved but couldn’t have back when I was in Canada, along with Jajangmyeon. It’s the most delightful treat one could have on the way home after a hard day’s work. There is nothing like having a bite of warmly baked bungeoppang in a cold winter day. But that’s my personal reason. It doesn’t necessarily mean bungeoppang should be the most popular food. But with so many varieties of street food out there today, the number of bungeoppang vendors are waning. Call me a bungeoppang advocate if you will, but I’m doing my part spreading the word out. Enjoy bungeoppang!