Sunday, January 31, 2010

Korean Drama Trial - The lure of Hangang River

From The Sundaytimes, Jan 24, 2010, Special Project Unit, Marketing Division, SPH, Page 5
By Hikorei Hayashi

The lure of Hangang River
Get immersed in the picturesque spots where Korean movie-makers shoot their dramas of romance and history.


PHOTO: The lure of Hangang River - Korean Drama Trial
From The Sundaytimes, Jan 24, 2010, Special Project Unit, Marketing Division, SPH, Page 5


In a land where girls who go on dates can expect to get hundred of roses on the 100th day of their "couple-hood", such drama is part of Korean pop culture and daily life.

But the popularity of Korean dramas also lies in the country's rich architectural heritage and beautiful scenery, which often form the backdrops of these stories.



PHOTO: It is really cooler there than other areas. There are always tons of people enjoying the outdoors in the middle of the city. Performances and festivals are always happening. Artwork is displayed. Kids are splashing in the water.
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Seeing Korea through its film locations is a fun way to explore the country's scenic attractions.


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For movie-makers, The Hangang River is one of the top filiming spots in the capital,Seoul.


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PHOTO: Hangang Park is beautiful in the evenings as well, filled with the lights from Hangang River, the surrounding city buildings, streets, and the traffic. The sound of the river waves blend well with the city’s nightscape. It is especially good to use the ferry cruise in the evening as well, viewing the river area and scenery in the pleasant river breeze. http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/cms/resource/50/233950_image2_1.jpg


In the spring when the air is nice and chilly, you can stroll among cherry blossoms, apricot flowers, forsythias, and royal azaleas set against the backdrop of the Hangang River.



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The Hangang Yeouido Spring Flower Festival in March is one of the most famous festivals in Seoul. Every year, nearly four million people are at the event to soak in the festivities.


PHOTO: Summer Sun & Fun at Han River Swimming Pools
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In the warmer summer months of July and August, the clean and crisp air of Korea's lavish forests makes for a lovely retreat.


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Take the opportunity to explore the beautiful valleys surrounded by forests and see the abundant wildlife in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you might also catch some film stars in action.


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PHOTO: THE EYE OF THE STORM”On the 31st december 2010, we came from Paris to attend a magnificent Corean festival on the Nodeul Island, a small artificial island located along the Hangang River, for the inauguration of the New Performing Arts Centre in Seoul. We walk on the new wide wooden pavements of the Hangang Bridge, one of the oldest bridges connecting the North and the South of the River. This bridge, true main road for pedestrians, cars and trains, bisects the Island dividing it into two approximaly equal halves at the west and the east. Vincent Callebaut http://gcaptain.com/maritime/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/performing-arts-center-soel.jpg





PHOTO: With its famous boat restaurants and a great variety of leisure and sports facilities including a swimming pool, the Hangang Riverside Park of Seoul Forest is one of the most favored leisure attractions among families in the capital. It is a great destination for water sports lovers, offering them a wide choice of activities including wind surfing, water skiing, and speed boat rides, and people's adventurous water play in the park presents a delightful scene. http://parks.seoul.go.kr/jpn/common/img/sub/Hangang_Citizen_Park.jpg



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The lure of Hangang River - Korean Drama Trial

From The Sundaytimes, Jan 24, 2010, Special Project Unit, Marketing Division, SPH, Page 5


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