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The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok-Su, Learning Korean Traditional Dance Pt 1

Hello, this is Jeongdong Theater. It is Autumn in Korea and watching the seasons change slowly and the trees change colors seems to fill the heart with joy. But if you add culture and dance to this rich emotion, will the rest of October not be a little happier?

Jeongdong Theater, located on Jeongdong-gil, filled with ambiance and romance, is a traditional performing art and performance center representing Korea. We present high-quality performances that reinterpret our traditional culture and art.

In particular, Jeongdong Theater’s permanent performance is a creative dance-drama that shows the story of Jang Nok-Soo, who lived a dramatic life from an innocent, tomboy-like slave, to one of the best dancers and singer of her time, to becoming a woman of the royal power, this show unfolds her life as an art piece.

According to Nok-su’s identity, Korean people’s culture, giseng culture, and palace culture are shown through the play and dance. In particular, The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok Su is a performance that pays attention to Jang Nok Su as an outstanding artist.

So be prepared!

We have divided this series into two. Today, let’s take a look at the dances that Nok-su performed in her early days.

Janggo Dance

Nok-su became a courtesan after her skills and talents were recognized by Je-an Daegun . Devoted to a full-fledged giseng training, she dances with her Janggu strapped on her shoulders. Janggu Dance is also called Janggo-mo or Janggo Dance.

Janggu dance is divided according to whether it is mainly dancing or playing the drum. Janggu dances performed in Gibangs are dances, and Janggu dances in Pungmulnori are mainly playing the drums.

Of course, the courtesan Nok-su was dance-oriented. Thus, this is a Janggu dance show with fun and flirty behavior. It is not known when the instrument called Janggu was incorporated into this particular dance. However, it is said that the style of hanging the rope at an angle with a string attached to the Janggu and tapping the Janggu was mainly performed by the private artists of the Joseon Dynasty.

Hanryang Dance

Under the teachings of Je-an Daegun, Noksu blossoms artistically and becomes the best courtesan of Joseon. And Nok-su as an entertainer was to entice the men.

Hanyang Dance is a dance that expresses elegance and excitement. In this scene, Nok-su dances with a fan. However, the dance form is not constant and there are no rules. The dancer can freely improvise according to the situation. However, in this situation, she was dancing for the scholars(Seonbi) so Seonbi’s elegance was infused with the dance. In particular, the figure of a crane symbolizing scholars is shaped and danced.

Kyobang Salpuri Dance

Kyobang is an institution that presided over teaching gisengs dances and songs around the Joseon Dynasty. There are various types of dance like sword dances, bridge dances, etc

The dances featured in are Salpuri dance and Fan dance. First of all, the Salpuri dance is a word from shamanism that means to loosen the flesh. Therefore, it can be called ‘dance to lose weight’. Originally, it started as a shamanic dance with a strong ritual attached to it, but it was later reestablished as an art. Flirting is required in this dance so it’s famous among the gisengs and it’s also a very delicate dance.

For more check out the video
https://youtu.be/4yprzvwhva8

Fan dance

The fan dance is probably the most famous traditional dance. In fact, the fan dance is not a traditional dance of Korea. This dance was created by dancer Kim Baek-bong in 1954.

Of course, there are many dances with fans in the national dances of the world, including shaman dances. But most of those dances are not fan centered. However, Nok-su’s fan dance shows the best technique to open, fold, wind, and spread.

This technique-oriented fan dance was first presented at the Kimbaekbong Dance Presentation at the Seoul Construction Center on November 1954.

Then in the 1968 Mexico Olympics, the fan dance was reconstructed and developed into a group of dances. The Korean Folk Arts Group played a fan dance at the World Excellent Art Festival and World Folklore Festival held together with the Olympics. Since then, fan dance has become one of the most representative dances in the world.

For more check out the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T6Jck510Lw

This concludes the first series, in the next part, we would continue with Nok-su’s dancing in the palace.

To be continued…..

Meet The Cast of The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok-Su, Actor Jeon Jin-Hong

Hello, this is Jeongdong Theater. Today we have our actor and one of the main protagonists of our show <The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok-Su>, Jeon Jin-Hong.

He plays the role of a man who loved Jang Nok-soo, Yeonsan-gun. Of course, historically, the three were not in a love triangle. For more information, see Jeongdong Theater Blog Content, “Romantic guy or foolish prince? Who is Je-an Degun?

Please introduce yourself.

Hello, My name is Jeon Jin-hong from Jeongdong Theater. Nice to meet you. Since 2012, I have been performing at Jeongdong Theater, and have played the main characters roles in Gaon, Ryeon and Dodam.

How did you interpret and approach Je-an Degun’s character?

Je-an Degun’s life is full of misfortune, a prince who historically was supposed to be a king but never became a king. However, here he is interpreted differently. Here, he meets a woman of great artistic talents, falls in love with her, and helps her unleash her talents to make her the best artist. But it’s also a sad and heartbreaking view of a beloved woman leaving him for power. In constract to my previous roles, this role required me to repress my emotions.

What changed in this year’s performance?

There are new and changing scenes this year. For example, last year’s version Jean Degun teaches Nok-su about writings, this year, it was changed to teaching poetry. In that scene, my eyes look at Jang Nok Soo delicately filled with love. In the second part of the performance, there is a scene where jean Degun visits Nok-su bearing bad news. The scene appeared briefly last year, but this year, it is used to symbolize the impending end of Nok-su’s tale.

What was the most painful scene in the play?

Since there are few dancing scenes, I concentrate more on each dance movement. There is a scene where I dance with a knife after Nok-su leaves. In order to fully express the sorrow, resentment, and sadness of a man who is abandoned by a beloved woman, I pondered and practiced a lot. As a result, my right wrist was slightly overwhelmed. However it was worth it because it is also my favorite scene.

How difficult was it?

When Noksu, as a prostitute, learns Janggu Dance, there is a scene where Je-an Daegun and the Janggu Teacher face each other.
Je-an Daegun dances just for fun, and the gisengs see him and notice hi fun clumsy side. It was hard so I think I would say the most difficult part is comic acting. Even after performing hundreds of times, it is still the hardest and most difficult. (laugh)

Do you have any roles or dances that you want to try?

I like the scissor play scene. The tool called tacky scissors is very new and I used it very well as a performance element. It is very exciting but it is also difficult and dangerous for the actors. If you do it wrong, you risk injury. The actors really worked hard to ensure fun and safety for the scissor scene.

How is the teamwork between the actors?

I’ve been on stage for a year and a half and all the roles are familiar. Rehearsing and complementing each other. Cho Han-neul/Jang Nok-su with over 7 year experience. The stage compatibility is also very good. Han-neul is also a very talented friend. I also often stood on the same stage as Lee Hyuk’s actor in Yeon-gun. Therefore, although in order to match our compatibility the amount of practice is a lot, I love teamwork because you get the opportunity to work on various projects together and learn together.

What does the personal Jeon Jin-hong like and what kind of life do you live in?

Just plain. I like to play games and play basketball and soccer. But honestly, I’m also crazy about my daughter. My daughter is three years old and she is so pretty and lovely. So whenever I have free time, my time with my daughter and my wife is my first priority. As a dancer I also do personal activities. With the permission of the theater, I sometimes perform with other dancing seniors and friends. In December, I will participate, as a talent donation, in a charity performance for North Korean defectors.

How did you become a dancer?

I started dancing late. I majored in computer graphics until my sophomore year and wanted to be an advertising designer. But suddenly I didn’t like that road. I told my father that I wanted to learn dance. At first I tried to do sports dance. I just wanted to look cool. But I wasn’t really excited about doing sports dance. I learned about contemporary dance for a while, but in the end my path was Korean dance. I loved the soft dance lines and restrained movements that are unique to Korean dance. As I started late, practice was the only answer, so I almost lived in the practice room. After graduating from university, I was active on the various stages and then joined the Jeongdong Theater in 2012.

Please give advice to your juniors dreaming of becoming dancers

As a dancer, I still have a lot to learn, so it’s hard to say that dancing is this or that. Nevertheless, if I would have something to say to them, it is the most important thing in the end is your attitude. It sounds cliché, but it’s important to know what kind of heart you come up with. Living as a dancer is not an easy choice. In reality, economic problems are the biggest obstacle. So your mindset is important. Persevering as well, a mind that never gives up, is the beginning and the end of everything.

A word for the future audience of Palace: Jang Nok Su?

We have performed up to 2/3 of this year’s performances. The best performers are doing their best to perform on the stage with the best inspiration and fun until the last performance on December 28th. So come join us

Vacation in the City 2: Bookstores and Libraries in Central Seoul

Hello, Welcome to Jeongdong Theater.

<The Palace: The Tale of Jang Nok Soo> is a performance reconstructed with the best story that shows the story of Jang Nok Soo, the concubine of Prince Yeon-gun. Jang Nok-soo is an artist with excellent artistic talent and her artistic life is dramatized by our dance and our rhythm. However, there is so much more you can learn about her. In order to learn more, we will introduce you to the hottest bookstores and libraries that you can meet near Gwanghwamun before you see our show.

Inwangsan Jarak Hanok Library, Cheongwoon Literary Library

Address: 40, Jahamun-ro 36-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-22:00, Sunday 10:00-19:00 Closed: Monday, January 1, New Year’s Day Chuseok Holidays

Inquiries: 070-4680-4032

https://www.jfac.or.kr/site/main/content/chungwoon01

Cheongwoon Literature Library, located at the foot of Inwangsan Mountain, is a public library built in hanok style. The atmosphere of the hanok is further lined with the natural scenery of the surroundings and is extremely wonderful. As much it is a literary-based library, the library has novels and essay-oriented literary books, especially poetry. It is said to remember poets who are deeply related to Jongno, including Yun Dong-ju, Lee Sang, and many others.

The library has a basement level and a ground level. As you enter the entrance, you will see two neat hanoks and a courtyard. The hanoks are mainly used as seminar rooms and meeting places. Poetry and literature creative classrooms and humanities concerts are also actively held. You can listen to various poems read by famous celebrities with music.

There is a general reading room, children’s reading room, conference room, cafe and exhibition room on the first basement floor. The reading room is simple, but it has a very nice view of the neat and beautiful scenery that comes through the large window of the reading room. Sit at a table overlooking the courtyard and read your literary works. Behind the library is the Cheongwoon Park and the hill of Yun Dong-ju’s poem.

Small Café Library in the Forest, Samcheong Park Forest Speed Library

Address: 134-3, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Opening Hours: Samcheong Park: 10: 00 ~ 18: 00 (until 20:00 in June ~ August)

Closed: Monday, January 1st, Lunar New Year, Chuseok Holidays

Contact: 02-734-3900

http://lib.jongno.go.kr/

Samcheong Park is located at the end of the Samcheongdong Cafe Alley. Inside the park is a small glass building which is the Samcheong Park Forest Speed Library. It is a small library that was remodeled from the old canteens in the park and operates as a book cafe. It was introduced in the New York Times as a beautiful library.

The library consists of the first floor and the underground space. The first floor is for general books, and the first floor is mainly for children. The first floor has an ondol structure, with a cafe selling tea, drinks and snacks in the center. One side of the window is made of glass. When you sit at the table, you can see the park outside the window. Next to the table, you can see the natural beauty of Samcheong Park from the window. The other side of the window has a sitting table where you can sit back and read in silence. The windowsills are especially spacious, so you can sit by the window and enjoy a cup of tea while reading your book.

It’s underground space for children is also nice and spacious. The basement also has wide glass windows and a wooden deck terrace.

The library also holds various lectures and cultural experiences. You can take a walk through Samcheong Park with a forest guide, listen to explanations about trees, and draw wildflowers. There is also a children’s playground opposite the library, so it’s a great place to see, play, and walk with your kids.

Café Bookstore with History, History Book Room

Address: 24, Jahamun-ro 10-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Business Hours: Mon-Sat 10: 30-22: 00, Sunday 10: 30-18: 00

Inquiries: 02-733-8348

https: / /historybooks.modoo.at/

Nowadays, there are many small bookstores that are just as distinctive and diverse as large bookstores. ‘History Book Room’ is located in front of the Gyeongbokgung side gate. Like its name, it is a bookstore that mainly deals with historical books. The second floor is divided into a bookshelf, a main hall, a cafe lounge, a studio and a loft attic. This bookstore is also a place where you can drink and meet people. The cafe lounge sells coffee, tea, beer, wine and snacks. Thus, it is also a nice meeting space, including a multi-story attic. In the main hall, various planning lectures and special lectures related to history are held, as well as exhibitions and concerts.

Lifestyle Curating Bookstore, Ark and Book City Hall

Address: B1, Eulji-ro, 29, Jung-gu, Seoul

Operating Hours: Daily 10: 00 ~ 22: 00

Instagram @ arc.n.book_official

Ark & Book City Hall is located in Euljiro 1-ga Station, Subway Line 2. The city hall branch is not just a place to sell books, it is a curating bookstore that combines books and lifestyle shops. In addition to over 30,000 books, it also sells various household goods and miscellaneous goods. There are also cafes and restaurants. It is a very hip space where you can enjoy a relaxing encounter with a book and spend a wonderful time. What’s unique is that everything including books consists of four themes and stories: ‘DAILY, WEEKEND, STYLE, INSPIRATION’.

The entrance with the arched book tunnel is very impressive, definitely instagram worthy. It is made of a total of 8000 books, and it is said that the arch is made by putting magnets in the book. In addition, there is a fantasy corner near the entrance, and the series is regularly replaced according to themes such as Harry Potter Series and Marble Series. The terrier, inspired by the movie The Great Gatsby, is said to have borrowed the ‘Art deco’ style of visual art from France in the 1920s and 1930s.

Inside the bookstore is the Select Dining, a food and beverage editing shop with famous restaurants and cafes. This allows you to enjoy reading books, eating food, drinking tea and having fun. There is also a flea market and music room. There are also various lectures, music concerts, and cultural activities through books.

Nowadays, bookstores and libraries are popular in Seoul because they are transformed into a variety of spaces, including books, culture, performances, exhibitions, and experiences. After lunch, spend a relaxing time with a book in a cool bookstore or library, and then visit us to watch the performance <The Palace: The Tale of Jang Nok Soo> at Jeongdong Theater.

[Asia Talk] Summer Vacation in Three Countries

[Asia Talk]
Summer Vacation in Three Countries

Korea

In the old days, many students were waiting for the summer vacation! Because they extricated from their school life and study. They visited their grandparents who were living in country side and they go to swimming, fishing and helping their grandparents to farm.

However, in these days, the kids don’t have those chance because more and more their grandparents are not living in country side any more. However, for those children, many country life experience programs cover it.

For example, Korean Folk Village in Yong-in programed “The Countryside Story in Summer”. Kids can experience swimming, handcraft and camping etc. through the program.

Also, summer vacation became a period to make up for their supplementary study. It means children are keep studying during their vacation or they participate to some camp related to their study such as English Camp, Science Camp or History Camp.

Especially, English Camp is one of the most famous experiences for the children during their vacation period. Many children are head to New Zealand, Australia and Philippine etc. to participate the camp. They not only lean English but also experience the culture and many activities there.

Many IT industry related company hold Science Camp for elementary and middle school students during the vacation. The students have chance to experiment by themselves as well as to visit labs of the company.

Moreover, many historical museums and institutions organize “History Experience Camp” as well. Especially, Gyeongju is the most famous destination for the students to study the ancient history of Korea.

They visit from “Cheomseongdae” which is the oldest observatory in the world, built in 7th Century and to Bulguksa and Seokfulam Temple. Also, visiting Gyeongju National Museum offers them the experience to learn more about the artistries of Silla dynasty.

But the most recommendation is the performance “Silla” in Jeongdong Theater in Gyeongju. The students will learn about the myth from Silla from the performance as well as learn about Korean traditional performing arts! You can reserve the ticket on:

http://jeongdongtheater.com/reservation/performance-ticket-reservation/

 

Taiwan

Taiwan summer vacation is usually on July 1st to August 31. It’s for elementary school to senior high school and every university has different time for summer vacation.

just in elementary school to senior high school have summer vacation homework.

In the university didn’t have any vacation homework.

In the summer vacation some students will go to the cram school or with family have a trip.

In the summer vacation amusement park and beach are popular and in the summer vacation amusement park always will have a sale for students.

About the trip we will go to another country or just have trip in Taiwan and in summer, Kenting will be the hot place.

 

Japan

In Japan, many schools last from the middle of July to the end of August. Universities have longer summer holiday until the end of September.

 

Usually Japanese students of elementary school, junior high school and high school get homework from school to do during the summer holidays. The level is different for each grade, but everybody has to, for example, solve problems in their workbooks, create something with clay or wood, write and essay about a book, and make a picture diary.

 

One of the unique homework for elementary school students is radio exercise. They have to take their roll call card and get it stamped every day after doing physical exercise to music and MC’s voice on the radio. The toughest part is that the exercises start from six thirty in the morning all over Japan, so they have to get up early. This homework is also supposed to be help them keep getting up early in the morning during summer holiday.

(They are doing radio exercise in school, park or temple)

(radio exercise card)

In addition, most of elementary schools have swimming lessons for their students during summer holiday. So many students go to school even though they are on holiday.

 

Japanese junior high school students and high school students are very busy with club activities such as soccer, baseball, tennis, volleyball and brass band. There are lots of competitions around summer. Students practice very hard to do their performance well.

Then most of students do club activities and go to a cramming school. Cramming schools have summer programs and classes.

(high school students-baseball club. Big competition called”甲子園”(Ko-shien))

(cramming school- summer class)

 

University students have more free time. They need to research their study but enjoy travelling and doing part-time job.

 

Vacation in Gyeongju!!!

Hello 🙂

I would like to introduce you amusement parks and tourism spot in Gyeongju!

The first is ‘Gyeongju California Beach’


The California Beach is a part of Gyeonju Work and it is the representative water park in Gyeongju.

There are so many attractive rides such as Wave Pool, Wave Canyon and Triple Down etc!!!!

It is the best way to go to Gyeongju World after having water play in the California Beach!!

Gyeongju World, 544 Bomun-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

Website : http://www.gjw.co.kr/california/

The Second is ‘Gyeongju Daemyeong Resort Aqua World’

​There is a promotional package of Jeongdong Theater and Aqua World!

It is a vacation package

<Silla> Performance Ticket 30% off + Daemyeong Resort Aqua World 40-50% OFF (Weekdays 50%, Weekend 40%)

*Trough either receipt or ticket, get the discount.

This pool is located in the resort and the rides are very safe for the kids.

Therefore it is recommended for the family vacation!

Daemyeong Resort, 402-12 Bomun-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

Website : http://www.daemyungresort.com/gj/

The last is ‘Gyeongju Blue One Water Park’


Gyeongju Blue One Water Park is the biggest water park in the southern provinces.

And it has a huge Wave Pool of 2.6 m!!!!

This is the famous water park for 20s.

Blue One Resort 391, Bobul-ro, Gyeongju-si

Website : http://wp.blueone.com/

Three of the water parks are located in Bomun Tourism Complex and they are near by the Gyeongju Jeongdong Theater.

Why don’t you have a vacation in Gyeongju?

I recommend you it!!!

 

 

[Asia Talk] Wedding in the Three different Countries

[Asia Talk]
Wedding in the Three different Countries.

Part 1 The traditional wedding in Taiwan

Taiwanese will choose a nice day and even thought the good time to exchange ceremony.

Before the bridegroom come to the bride’s house, need to prepare the red envelopes.
You need to put the Double number of the money in the envelopes. (2000NT, 1600NT)

 

In front of the car need to hand up a pair of animals or people that means the couple will together forever.
If the car is near the bride’s house, Taiwanese set off strings of firecrackers out of the car
that means we are so happy to come here and marry the bride.

The bride will be in her bedroom to waiting
and before the bridegroom meet the bride
he needs to have some kind of experience test from the bride’s friends or family.

For example: What’s bride’s favorite food? How long have you been together?

Or play some games like in the 5 minutes you need to give us 8888NT.

When the bridegroom meat the bright, he need to read the marriage oath to the bride.
At the next the couple needs to say goodbye from bride’s parents.
The parents will them some good advice and they go out of the house.

  

 When they go out of the house, someone needs to hold an umbrella for the bride.

Someone must be who have a good family and the older female in bride family.

 

 

Before the car move the bride need to put the fan out of the window,
that means don’t bring the bad temper or habit to their home.
The person of the bride family needs to pick up the fan and also need to splash a bowl of water.
It means the daughter is already marrying to anther person.

When they arriving the bridegroom’s house also need some to hold an umbrella for the bride.

 

They need to worship heaven and earth first,
and then worship to the groom parents of family elders, the last bow to each other.

 

 

Go to the wedding banquet hall to have meal with a lot of families and friends.

Taiwanese can’t wear the black clothes in the wedding.

When we come to a wedding, we need to prepare the money red envelopes.

Money will be 2600NT, 3600NT, or more these.

If you are a single female and you want to marry, that should go to the stage.

That you have chance to compete for the bridal bouquet.

Recently have different kinds of way to compete for the bridal bouquet.

The traditional way is the bride wills the bridal bouquet.

Another one will be everyone will hold on a line
that the bride picks up only one and the one will get the bridal bouquet.

 

Part 2 Japanese wedding ceremonies and receptions

Marriage has traditionally been considered a matter between families rather than individuals,
and wedding ceremonies and receptions are conducted as such under the family names.
People used to invite matchmakers to witness the marriage.
However not so many people have a matchmaker these days.

A bride who chooses a Japanese style wedding will be in a white wedding kimono, shiromuku
and have a tall, elegant tied-up hairstyle, which will be covered with the bride’s hood.
The groom traditionally wears a haori and hakama, Japanese style kimono for men with family crest.

 

Shintonist is the most popular ceremony style in Japan.
However there are also Buddhist and Christian style weddings,
while some people prefer jinzenshiki ,which are nonreligious ceremonies.
Depending on the type of wedding, the ceremony is conducted at a shrine, temple, church and so on.
Also many hotels have a wedding center ,
which includes a ballroom where the reception can be held after a wedding ceremony.
The following is the typical course of events at wedding reception.
It usually takes for 2 or 3 hours to have a wedding reception in Japan.

1, congratulatory address by the main guest

2, Toasts

3, Speeches and entertainment by other guests

4, Cutting of the wedding cake

oironaoshi: the bride and groom both change out of their Japanese kimono style garments into an evening gown, a cocktail dress or a tuxedo and so on.

5, candle lighting , champagne tower and other entertainment

6, Presenting of bouquets of flowers to their parents.

 

In Japan, a bride who will marry in June is called ‘ June Bride’.
Many Japanese women want to have a wedding ceremony and reception in June.

 

Part 3 Korean Wedding

Marriage in South Korea is similar to that in the West, but has unique features of its own,
especially due to the influence of Korean Confucianism.

There are 2 kinds of wedding ceremony : One is traditional and the other is modern-westernized.

Traditional Wedding

Traditional Wedding in Korea is mostly practiced by international couple (between Korean-Non Korean).
It seems effected by Korean Confucianism
however some parts of the ceremony are made by contemporary people.
Bride and Groom wear traditional dress called Han-bok in the traditional wedding
but the guests wear modern suit.

Modern style wedding ceremonies

In larger cities, luxury hotels will have ‘wedding halls’ or ballrooms used specifically for wedding ceremonies.
These rooms are decorated with a wedding motif and are rented to couples.
Other wedding halls are independent facilities that can accommodate several different weddings at once.
Today, many couples will initially have a more ‘Westernized’ ceremony
with tuxedo attire and white wedding gown, then proceed with a smaller-scale,
traditional Korean wedding after the main ceremony.

 

#Congratulatory Money

In Korea, when you are invited to a wedding ceremony,
you have to pay ‘Congratulatory Money’(축의금) at the Robby.
There are two tables for the payment; groom’s side and brides’ side
so you will pay as from where you are invited.
Normally, the money is paid as 30,000KRW, 50,000KRW or 10,000KRW.
It depends on how much you are close to the groom or bride.

[Asia Talk] Best places to go out during the spring in Asia

[Asia Talk]
Best places to go out during the spring in Asia

How warm and sweet the spring is!
After long frozen winter, flowers bloom in the street welcoming the warm spring season!

As very excited to get into the spring, the editors of Jeongdong Theater who came from each different Asian Counties,
Japan, Taiwan and Korea, have talked about the best places to go out during the spring in each countries.

Hope it is very useful for your happy spring!

 Taiwan

There are three places to recommend in Taiwan!

1. Yangming Shan(Mountain)

Yangming Shan is located in New Taipei City and it is one of the best national parks in Taiwan.

Many people go out to the mountain to feel the flowers and the green grasses.

Also, this mountain is well known as a place to have a sauna.

And you can look down to the night view of the city on the mountain.

There is a very famous restaurant to enjoy the beautiful scene!

(Restaurant called ‘Sleepless at Caoshan’)

2. Wuling Farm

Wuling Farm is located in Taichung and you can see various type of pink flowers there in the spring!

Check what kind of flowers you can see in the farm!

3. Alishan

Alishan is located in Chiayi County and it is very well know with its railway in the forest!

Also many people enjoy the lunch box which is sold in the train.

After getting on the top, you can see a very beautiful sun rising there!!

Please mind that the spring of Taiwan is from last of February  to the first of March!

It is a bit earlier than other countries!

Japan

Japanese people love the spring because of Sakura(Cherry Blossom).
Sakura is the national flower of Japan so it is also kind of a symbol of Japan.

As the entrance ceremony is in April when the cherry blossom blooms in peak,
In school and in office, people normally have gathering events at places of cherry blossom.

Most of fresh men are have responsible for preparing the events!

Also as Japan is famous with lovely lunch boxes(Bentos), people prepare the lunch box with their own favor!

If you can not good at make a lunch box, don’t worry, you can buy various kinds of bentos at the market!

The most famous places for Sakura are around Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hill.

(Tokyo Tower)

(Roppongi Hill)

Korea

In Korea, yellow was the symbolic color of Spring so the forsythia had been a symbol of spring.

 However, from some day, cherry blossom became the famous flower for the spring in Korea as well like Japan.

Therefore I would like to introduce you three places to enjoy the cherry blossom in Korea

1.  Yeouido

Yeouido is an island located in the middle of Han River.

As the Han River is one of the best place to enjoy the picnic, many people come out there in weekend

 Especially, in spring, there is Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival.

Also, as mentioned above, many people enjoy the picnic at Han River.

Differently with Japanese people, Korean people don’t need to prepare their lunch box
because the delivery service is common in Korea!

How it works in the middle of the park? No worries, Just make a call to order and explain your location
for example, “It is under the XX bridge and it is 1st tent.”

Then the delivery man will bring the foods at the correct location!

2. Namsan(Around the Hanyang city wall)

Namsan is also one of the famous place to hang out. (Especially for the couples)

Recently, the city wall of Joseon Dynasty is restored and it is listed on UNESCO heritage.

Trough the old city wall, you also can feel the flower so why don’t you walk through the way?

3. Jinhae, the Naval Port Festival

Janhae is located in southern part of Korea, Kyeongsang province.

As the naval academy of Korea is located in there, every 1st week of April, the Naval Port Festival is held.

Also the festival is well know as the place of cherry blossom so many people visit there to enjoy the flower.

Why don’t you come out to enjoy the spring with beautiful flowers?

Hope you can taste the different spring in each Asian countries!