Hyundai Card's 'Korea Rocks!' UK tour came to an end and the bands have all returned to South Korea. Earlier on this year, the Korea Rocks tour was announced, causing great excitement amongst the UK indie and rock fans. The four bands participating in the tour were Apollo 18, Gate Flowers, Galaxy Express and Goonam aka Goonamguayeoridingstella. Although many Korean performers have visited the UK before, this is the first time the UK was being treated to some live performances from the Korean indie and rock scene. This tour was a unique opportunity for UK audiences to experience the atmosphere of a live Korean rock gig up close and personal.
Before the London stop in the tour, which took place in Camden, we sent a few questions over to the bands to answer pre-gig. Asking about the bands themselves, their influences and music, as well as what they were looking forward to on the tour, we got some fun and honest answers from the band members...More
Actor Shin Hyeon-joon took shots of proof that he had registered his marriage and his wedding invitations.
Shin Hyeon-joon revealed on his Twitter, "We prayed to God and registered our marriage. I love you. Let's be happy"...More
The interior of the Korean Peninsula has breathtaking views of natural rocks and cliffs along steep valley and mountains, coupled with long traditions of songs of Arirang and Confucian culture. The region is less accessible than major cities due to its rugged geography, but that's changing these days with the recent introduction of special train routes.
Since the O-train and V-train opened the door to the mountainous interior of the peninsula on April 12, 20,000 passengers have taken the trains to see the hidden attractions of the inland so far, and another 20,000 have made reservations to take the trains, according to Korail.
The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) recently organized a familiarization tour with foreign correspondents based in Korea and members of Seoul International Women's Association (SIWA), among others...More
The seated bodhisattva looks as if he is sitting on a cloud.
Mount Namsan in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang, is rich with important Buddhist treasures of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC-AD 935). The mountain was named Namsan (which means "southern mountain" in Korean) because it was located to the south of the royal palace. It is also a place that bore witness to the rise and fall of the Silla Dynasty.
Named a Unesco World Cultural Heritage site in 2000, Mount Namsan is pretty much a museum in itself. Up to now, 672 cultural properties have been discovered on the mountain. They include 147 temples, 130 stone Buddhist statues, 100 stone pagodas, 22 stone lanterns, 13 royal tombs, four fortresses and 22 lotus-shaped pedestals.
The mountain has two main peaks: Geumobong (468 meters) and Gouibong (494 meters). It is not a grand mountain in terms of height, but it stretches four kilometers from east to west and eight kilometers from south to north with more than 40 valley trails...More