KIA Motors, rising out of Asia

KIA Motors, rising out of Asia

Kia Motors (Korean: 기아자동차), headquartered in Seoul, is South Korea’s second-largest automobile manufacturer, following the Hyundai Motor Company, with sales of over 1.4 million vehicles in 2010. The company is partly owned by the Hyundai Motor Group, the fourth largest automaker in the world based on annual vehicle sales in 2010 after Toyota, General Motors, [...]

Songpyeon, rice cakes for Korean Thanksgiving

Songpyeon, rice cakes for Korean Thanksgiving

Songpyeon is a traditional Korean food made of glutinous rice. It is a variation of tteok, consisting of small rice cakes traditionally eaten during the Korean autumn harvest festival, Chuseok. They have become a popular symbol of traditional Korean culture. Songpyeon are half-moon-shaped rice cakes that contain different kinds of sweet or semi-sweet fillings, such [...]

The Banpo Bridge at night [photo credit: visitkorea.or.kr]

The World’s Longest Bridge Fountain, Banpo Bridge

The Banpo Bridge (Korean: 반포대교) is a major bridge in downtown Seoul over the Han River, South Korea, connecting the Seocho and Yongsan districts. The Banpo Bridge is on top of Jamsu Bridge, forming a “double deck” bridge. During periods of high rainfall, the Jamsu Bridge is designed to submerge as the water level of [...]

Sancte Andrew Kim Taegon

Andrew Kim Taegon, the first Korean Catholic priest

Andrea Kim Taegon (김대건 안드레아) (born August 21, 1821; died September 16, 1846), more commonly known as St. Andrew Kim Taegon in the English-speaking world, was the first Korean-born Catholic priest. In the late 18th century, Roman Catholicism began to take root slowly in Korea, and was introduced by laypeople. It was not until 1836 [...]

The Gangnam Station [photo credit: Travel Blog.org]

The affluent Gangnam District, in Seoul, South Korea

Gangnam-gu is one of the 25 gu (local government districts) which make up the city of Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the most affluent areas of Seoul and is located in the southeast of the city. It is served by Seoul Subway Line 2, Seoul Subway Line 3, Seoul Subway Line 7, Bundang [...]

Bae Yong Joon, dressed as his character for the Korean TV Series, "The Story of the First King's Four Gods" (MBC, 2007)

Korean Model and Actor, Bae Yong Joon

Bae Yong-joon (born August 29, 1972 in Seoul, South Korea), is a South Korean actor best known for his roles in numerous television dramas and one of the first kkonminam icons. He is known as Yon-sama (ヨン様) to his Japanese fans. Early and private life Born in Mapo-gu, Seoul, he was educated in Il-mun Preschool [...]

KBS World, The Voice of Free Korea

KBS World, The Voice of Free Korea

KBS World is a name of Korean Broadcasting System’s international broadcasting service. It consists of KBS World Radio and a KBS World television channel. History The foreign-language radio broadcast from KBS (before its restructure into a public broadcaster in March 1973) was started as “The Voice of Free Korea” in 1953. It officially became a [...]

Korean cold noodles, Naeng-myeon (냉면)

Korean cold noodles, Naeng-myeon (냉면)

Naengmyeon (냉면), also known as naeng-myeon, naengmyun, or naeng-myun, (Raengmyeon 랭면, in North Korea) meaning “cold noodles”, is a Korean noodle dish of long and thin handmade noodles made from the flour and starch of various ingredients: buckwheat (메밀, memil), potatoes, sweet potatoes, 칡냉면, naengmyun made with the starch from arrowroot (darker color and chewier [...]