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Shin Hae-chul seriously ill

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

Musician Shin Hae-chul is in serious condition after suffering from cardiac arrest on Wednesday. According to his agency, KCA Entertainment, he is in need of further medical care.

According to Asan Medical Center, where Shin is in the intensive care unit, the 46-year-old could not communicate with his family or medical staff and was unable to breathe by himself as of 3:30 p.m. yesterday...More

Show me the way to the next whisky bar

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

A bartender takes an order from a customer in Vault +82, one of the most popular bars specializing in single-malt whisky in Seoul. By Park Sang-moon

With the rise of single-malt whisky in Seoul comes another trend: the speakeasy. While the abundance of bars and restaurants in the city suggests that using a distinct sign to stand out is crucial to attract patrons, certain establishments are going without, relying on a sense of intrigue and word of mouth to lure people in.

These bars tend to focus on single-malt whisky, a more expensive type of alcohol made with malted grains from one distillery. The high-end establishments pride themselves on stocking a variety of brands that cater to customers' needs, such as whiskies that come from prestigious distilleries in Scotland or Japan and those that have matured for more than two decades...More

Recovered relics

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

A pair of gilt-bronze shoes, far left, from Korea's Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C. to 600 A.D.) have been found at a 1,500-year-old tomb in Naju, South Jeolla, the Cultural Heritage Administration announced yesterday. The pair is the most well-preserved gilt-bronze shoes from ancient Korea, with dragon-inspired imagery still intact on the toes of one shoe. Besides the footwear, Korean archaeologists have uncovered a host of rare relics such as gold accessories, jade, pottery, arrows and a harness, among other items (left middle and bottom pictures) at the Jeongchon tomb (top left) since early this year...More

Between scarlet mountains and the deep blue sea

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

Ojingeo sundae, a sausage made from filling a squid with noodles and vegetables.

Not far from the border with North Korea, the East Sea fishing port of Sokcho is best known as the gateway to Seoraksan National Park, considered by many to be Korea's most spectacular mountain park. The town itself is not large, but it is an important fishing port, and the constant influx of tourists gives it a surprisingly lively feel. Its dramatic location, wedged between the East Sea and Mt. Seoraksan, make this a very pleasant place to spend a day or two.

Sokcho Town

With the East Sea in the foreground and Mt. Seoraksan forming the backdrop, the city boasts some fine scenery...More

Perfect autumn weather in Seoul

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

Leaves on the trees around the Aeryeonji Pond in the rear garden of Changdeokgung Palace, known as the Huwon, change from green to red, yellow and orange on October 22.

The mountains and trees across Korea are changing their colors to red, yellow and orange, under a cloudless blue sky. The fields, too, are putting on a golden hue, augmenting the autumn vibe that is already in full swing across the peninsula.

Many travelers across the nation venture forth to go on a "foliage trip". They stroll past varicolored trees and trek up and down mountains, such as Seollaksan, Naejangsan, Odaesan and Jirisan, or on Namiseom Island, treading on the crisp, fallen leaves...More

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