Friday, July 27, 2012

Korean cuisine expected to be globalized at faster pace

Korean cuisines will be globalized at the faster pace, said a leading “bulgogi” cuisine restaurant owner, who has been to New York to participate in the 2012 International Franchise Expo recently.

Bulgogi and bibimbab are no more strangers to foreigners, said Jung In-tae, head of the Bulgogi Brothers, a franchise of bulgogi, a dish that usually consists of marinated barbecued beef, chicken or pork.

Jung said many foreign business partners expressed their hope to “take the similar cuisines they enjoyed when they came before” during their revisit to Korea. “This is the case that Korean food is addictive enough to attract foreigners throughout the world.”

Jung asked Koreans running Korean restaurants overseas to understand about the taste and flavor of Korean dishes and try to introduce them to foreigners.

Jung also said he had found Korean dishes have potential to be globalized in the Expo, after seeing the interest of foreigners.

Source:Korea Times

Tuesday, July 3, 2012



Song & Dance

Winners will be invited to Korea!

Attend the program and collect your free T-shirt!

I.To Participate(* Non Koreans Only):
1.Stage 1: Online

Guidelines :
-Reproduce the SONG AND/OR COVER DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY of your favorite Korean Pop artist
-Post your User Created Content (UCC) of the song/cover dance on
Deadline: Tuesday July 31st, 2012
Selection: 10 teams will be shortlistedto participate in the semi-final

2.Stage 2: Semi-final in New Delhi
Date: SaturdayAugust 25th, 2012; 5pm
Venue: JNU Auditorium-I, New Delhi
Prize for winners at the Semi-finals:
Gold Prize A round-trip ticket to Korea to participate at the Final, ‘Hallyu Dream Festival’
LG laptop
Silver Prize SamsungGalaxy Note
Bronze Prize LG LCD TV
Participation Prize Samsung mobile phone

3.Stage 3: Final in Korea
(1)Hallyu Dream Festival
Date: Friday September 21st, 2012
Place : Gyeongju, Korea
(2) K-Pop World Festival
Date : Saturday October 27th, 2012(may change)
Place : Changwon, Korea

-For details, visit
- / +91-11-4200-7071
- Ye-Eun

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Real taste of hallyu for Europeans

By Yun Suh-young Sixty-four members of the Korean Connection, the largest “hallyu” or Korean wave fan club in Europe, are in Korea for a two-week stay to get a hands-on experience of the culture here. The group came to Korea without any financial support from the government and paid for the trip out of their own pockets. After traveling to various tourist attractions, including the Yeosu Expo, on Wednesday they participated in an event at the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) to make and taste Korean food. “We prepared the Korean food-experiencing event especially for the fan club. We were told by the manager of the Paris branch of our organization that the club members would be coming so we invited them to the organization to try making Korean food,” said an official from the KTO. The hallyu fans participated in making gimbap (a seaweed and rice roll) and sliced ddeok (rice cake), and tasted traditional snacks while visiting the tourism office. The Korean Connection, organized in 2010 by Maxim Paquet, a French national, is an active Korean culture fan club which arranges various concerts, festivals and events related to Korea and Korean culture. The group basked in the spotlight last year by holding a flash mob in front of the Louvre Museum to request SM Entertainment add an extra Paris concert by its K-pop singers. It has a 50-member organizing committee and about 6,000 regular members. “This is my second time in Korea and I came to experience things and go to places that I couldn’t go the last time I came. I want to go to places like noraebang (karaoke), and jjimjilbang (dry sauna),” said Sanae Abed, a member of the Korean Connection, during a phone interview Friday. “I’ve also been longing to visit Busan and I finally went to Haeundae Beach there last week. I also tasted a lot of Korean food, visited royal palaces, and the N Tower on Mt. Nam. We’re going to see Music Bank (K-pop music TV show) this evening,” she said.She became interested in Korean culture through movies. “I saw the movies Old Boy and Mother, and Korean dramas like Full House. It was the Korean movies that first triggered my interest in Korean culture so from then on I started watching dramas. I then moved on to K-pop,” said Abed. “There are not many channels through which we can access Korean culture in France. Sometimes the movie theaters show Korean films but not so often. We can see dramas through the Internet, though. There are stores that sell K-pop CDs but these are few too,” she said. Those who actively sought to know more about Korea like Abed became members of Korean Connection. “I heard about the fan club on the Internet and got in touch with the president. I told him how interested I was in Korean culture so he asked me to join. Now I’m in charge of communication and organization of activities such as festivals and concerts,” she said. Hallyu seems to be spreading quickly, according to Abed. “Two years ago, there were not so many members and we didn’t hold many concerts but now we hold three concerts a year. The hallyu fever is all over Europe,” she said. Source:Korea Times

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Remembering May 18

Not many have the idea that the Republic of Korea has had a long history of authoritarian rule. May 18, this day will remain as a unique day for long time ,although many young people even in Korea might not be that much aware of the significance of the day. For the people who are aware of the period in the Korean history where there were fierce resistance by the people to defend their rights,they will be very proud. Thousands of people gave away their life fighting for the restoration of democracy.

May 18 movement or 518 ,is basically referred to the popular uprising in the city of Gwangju, South Korea from May 18 to May 27, 1980.18th of May is taken to commemorate the event although the uprising took place for several days. Citizens of Gwangju rose up against Chun Doo-hwan's military dictatorship and took control of the city. In the course of the uprising, citizens took up arms to defend themselves, but were ultimately crushed by the army. General Chun Doo-hwan took power through a coup after the assassination of President Park Chung-hee. Already there were severe repression during the period of President Park but the new administration made the lives of people more stringent and democratic protest movement were crushed down. Nation wide demonstrations took place against martial laws which also saw the participation of thousands of citizens. One of the fiercest resistance movements took place in the city of Gwangju in South Jeolla province. The protesters began to arms to defend the city as the soldiers began to brutalize the people. Several protesters were gunned downed,beaten up and tortured. The whole city was seize during the period. But the irony was that the news of the incident was not reported or heard in other parts of the country as the Government had prevented to do so.

Everyear the Gwangju city organizes memorial ceremonies. May 18 Foundation constitutes an award ceremony for the people working for democracy.I got the knowledge about May 18 after a lady from my hometown was given the Gwangju Human rights Award 2007 for her fight against the a law which gives special power to the security forces. Irom Sharmila Chanu,the Iron Lady has been on hunger fast since 2000. She is under arrest at a hospital where she is forcefully fed through the nose. On November 1, 2000, in Malom, a small town in Imphal, ten people waiting for their buses at a bus station were allegedly gunned down by soldiers operating in the state. The lack of government response convinced Irom Sharmila , then 28, to act. She launched her hunger strike against the wider problems of a draconian Act called the Armed Forces special Power's Act or AFSPA.

In recognition for her fight against the human rights abuse and exploitation of people the May 18 Foundation awarded her the Gwangju Human Rights Award and that particular recognition gave her the courage to continue on her struggle.

The people who laid their lives for the betterment of their fellow countrymen will always be remembered for their courage and patriotism. The uprising and protest that occurred in May in Gwangju and other parts of Korea is a good lesson for people all over the world who cherish democracy and freedom.It gives a hope for the people yearning for democary.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pics of Korea

It has been long time I have had not posted anything due to my busy schedule.From now on I will try to make my blog alive as much as possible.To restart with I am posting some pics which were taken randomly.Korea has lots of exciting places to explore.I love to take snaps of mountains,landscapes,daily activities etc. This will be starting part....more on the way :) Some of the photo credit goes to my friend Jo