One More Time In S. Korea

(KPL) When talking about the Republic of Korea or the Land of Kimchi, it is a dream for many people to visit the country to experience firsthand its unique culture and lifestyle, technological innovations, and Korean series.

I had a chance to participate in the 2019 World Journalist Conference held in Seoul in late March by the Journalists Association of the Republic of Korea. The meeting was joined by more than 70 journalists from more than 50 countries around the world.

It was my second time to visit the Land of Kimchi. After I arrived at the Incheon International Airport, the first thing that greeted me was a chilly air. In Korea, March is the middle between autumn and spring so the temperature is about 5-6 degrees Celsius in the morning and night-time and about 15-16 degrees Celsius in the afternoon.

My taxi ride from the Incheon International Airport to Seoul Capital Area took about two hours.

Small and big trees standing on roadsides could be noticed through the cap window. They were without leaves. Pine trees were among few types of trees that still looked green and had leaves.

In Seoul, Myeong-dong Street Market is a well known shopping complex. It is usually crowded with domestic and foreign visitors. The area is packed with a large number of shops and stores offering a wide range of food, cosmetics, latest fashion items and electronics.

The market is just a 10 minute walk from my hotel – President Hotel. Not many changes have been made since my first visit to the area in 2017 so I could remember most shops and stores.

After I had toured the area for a while, my bag was full with the samples I collected from cosmetic shops.

In the morning of 26 March 2019, I and other 70 fellow journalists traveled two hours by bus from Seoul to the Hanok Museum the compound of which also encloses Jinkwansa Temple. The museum is located in Bukchon Hanok Village, Jongno-gu city. Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional community in Seoul which has a long history. It is located on the top of a hill surrounded by three landmarks: Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine.

The history of Bukchon Hanok began more than 600 years ago. It is home to many hanoks and each is used as a cultural center where visitors can enrich their knowledge of the culture and story of old-day Korea.

In this village, there are also guesthouses, restaurants, and tea houses providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture.

Most visitors tend to take selfies in front of beautiful architecture that cannot be seen in modern-day society. The village is so amazing that you should not miss to see or visit.

In the afternoon of the same day, host officials toured us to Suwon City to visit the Samsung Innovation Museum, which exhibits the history and future of innovations brought about by Samsung. Here, you will see the achievements Samsung has made in IT, semi-conductor, display and mobile industries.

The third day of our visit to South Korea was filled with a trip to Sejong, Daejeon and Gwangju.

We also visited Incheon, home to the nation’s gateway of Incheon International Airport, to observe the beautiful and eco-friendly city.

Source: Lao News Agency