Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Demilitarized Zone "DMZ"

The Demilitarized Zone is on the 38th parallel stretching 160 miles long across the Korean peninsula. This DMZ is a result of the Armistice Agreement of July 27, 1953. The Armistice Agreement was the agreement that the north and south would pull their troops back 2000 meters to create a buffer which is called the Military Demarcation Line. So, we went with the Osan Air force base tour bus, which if you ever come to Korea, this is the tour to get on. It is one of the few tours that you get to go into the actual DMZ. I believe that most of the tours are only able to around the outside. So this is where we stopped....

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Quest For The Lost Wallet

Well, I did it. I lost my wallet. So Heather and I went to Seoul with some friends to celebrate a friends birthday. Around 11: 45pm, we got back to Jukjeon in a taxi. As I got out of the taxi, I realized that I left my gloves. So I set my wallet on top of the taxi to reach for my gloves. We got back to the apartment to unpack from the day and I realized that it was gone.

Friday, February 18, 2011

City Bus Tours

In our time in Korea, we have found that the city bus tour is a great resource to take advantage of.  For around 10,000 won which is around $9 you can travel the major cities in style and comfort. The usual mode of transportation is a single or double-decker bus.

The tour also comes with a guided tour and information through a headset in about 5 different languages: English, French, Japanese, Chinese or Korean. The bus stops at major sites in the city every 30 to 60 minuets.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Korean New Year(Seollal): Lunar New Year

Heather is the Year of the Rabbit!!! This year is her year...wooo!!
During Lunar New Year there are some things you must know and do....

If you are a teacher in Korea you will most likely get a 5 day weekend because around 80 % of the population will travel to the home to their parents. This holiday not only celebrates the beginning of a new Lunar Calendar, but also to honor and pray to their ancestors. They will often dress in Korean traditional clothing called "hanbok." It is customary to also eat special rice cakes and soup for good luck for the next year.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Haechi-The New Symbol Of Seoul

 When my wife and I first saw this interesting character it puzzled us. It was just sitting on a BROKEN bench all by itself. And we thought: "What is this thing?? Really a yellow vampire gargoyle cartoon like character sitting on a broken bench..." I have been interested in finding out what this is. Well I have found the answer..

Korean Fact #11: Old ladies in Korea, are called, "ajumas," and usually have feisty personalities.