Gangneung : A city of coftea 

Still not enough with coffee festival. You can put this as one of your itinerary. Coff-Tea Tour really suitable for those who love coffee and tea so damn much?

But.. emm why Gangneung? Why Gangneung as Coff-Tea city? Any thoughts? Nope..

Lemme introduce you the Gangneung : The city of the Coff-Tea.

I would like to share some story about how coffee started in Gangneung. In past, Gangneung is known as the town where people enjoyed to drinking tea. Because of too much love of tea, later they develop into interest in coffee. As now, Gangneung has been established as the city of Coffee.

Do you remember hwarang? Flower boy during Shila Dynasty? You can find a tea utensil that “Hwarang community”(화랑) used during Shila Dynasty (58BC-935AD). And that why Gangneung still be the only city that keep the heritage site for tea culture. You can find-out in Gangneung area including Gyeongpo area.

p/s: hwarang (화랑) is originally as social group in Shila Dynasty.

Coffee Lover : Get your Coffee in Gangneung Coffee Festival

Gangneung Coffee Festival

Calling out “the coffee lover out there! Anyone love coffee?” 

Want to discover various kind of coffee? Yeah! The annually Gangneung Coffee Festival will be back soon on this upcoming October.

This event basically free but please be reminded that some activity required the fees.

ABOUT GANGNEUNG COFFEE FESTIVAL

💕 The first “Gangneung Coffee Festival” already started since 2009.

💕 This project also as part for making Gangneung as the city of coffee.

💕 THis festival also welcoming the various famous coffee chain & artisan coffee shop in Gangneung obviously *they also welcoming others not limited to Gangneung Provinces only.

💕 This festival celebrate the past and culture of variety of coffee-related events such as exhibition, photo exhibition, coffee making,  barista performance, and also others activity such as coffee bean-roasting experience which you can get idea and experience to brew/roast the coffee. 

Pssstt, maybe you can find the best coffee other than Starbucks?;)

One of coffee shop in Gangneung

Yeah. Ofcourse you cannot find the festival all time. Wondering when the festival be held? they festival already started since Jun and gonna end in September. Kindy refer the schedule below :  

📆Festival Date = 

10.06.2017 ~ 10.09.2017

📍Address131, Nanseolheon-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do

강원도 강릉시 난설헌로 131 (초당동)

📞Telephone ~ 1330

☎Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 

📞For more info: +82-33-640-5593, 

+82-33-647-6802 (Korean)

Thinking about barista? Come over

Thinking about how to go there? By public transportation? So here we go.

You can took bus to Anmkk (안목). From 2 different place which is :

1. From Gangneung Intercity / Express bus terminal then take 🚌 (Bus) Number 221 and get off at Anmok. Within 10 minutes walking distance (exercise lah sikit!) you can found the festival.

2nd option,if you stop at Gangneung Station you need to take the bus 🚎 223 to anmok.

If you go there (Anmok , 안목) don’t forget go to Anmok Coffee Street.

Lee hyo-seok : A heart of Gangneung

In PyeongChang, 2018 Winter Olympic hosting city, you will be amazed with endless flower field and the great novel from this beautiful village by Lee Hyo Seok (1907-1942). Hyo Seok Cultural Festival is held to commemorate modern , Korean writer Lee Hyo Seok and his popular novel” When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom” which demonstrates the connection between human life and beauty of nature through the dazzling scenery of Bongpyeong. The Festival offers various participatory programs such as poem exhibition, literature night, Hyo Seok essay contest, nature experiences (e.g. fingernail coloring using balsam), buckwheat food cooking, and many more. Furthermore, visitors may tour Lee Hyo Seok’s birthplace and memorial hall.

Before I will share about this festival. Let’s meet the person itself. Let’s learn about Lee Hyo-Seok .
Lee hyo-seok was born on 23 February 1907 and die on 1942 in Pyeongchang, Gangwon.

He’s also know as ho ‘Gasan’ which is his own pen-name.

1907 in Pyeongchang, Gangwon- do

Lee wrote more than 70 pieces of fiction and first novel that attracted attention of the literary world in 1928 is City and Ghost was published in <Joseon Jigwang>. Lee also published many other works including Unanticipated Meeting, Shattered Red Lantern and At Sea Near Russia, all of which reflected his socialist sympathies. 

But when the novel,”When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom” the novel get big “cherry bomb” and also have been adaptation to the Movie. The movie itself was shoot in Lee’s hometown Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun and dont be surprise cause THE area is still famous for its buckwheat production. *same area where Gong-Yoo in buckwheat before Kim Go-Eun summoned him in Goblin.

Let’s me share some synopsis about the novel.

Mr. Heo, a lonely Jangdolbaengi (장돌뱅이: vendors who move around the 5 days market mainly in Pyeongchang,Yeongwol and Jecheon area) lost all the money at gamble and moved to Bongpyeong market place in Pyeongchang with his best buddy, Mr. Cho. They met young jangdolbaengi guy, Dong-I over there and decided to move to the other market place together.

While they walked through the buckwheat flower field in the night time, Mr. Heo talked about his lifetime love he had met 20 years ago in Bongpyeong market when he was a young Jangdolbaengi. It was a night that buckwheat flowers bloomed just like a “scattered salts” on the field.

****suchas romantic and lovely storyline  

Eventhough, lee hyo seok already left us. We also can visit his memorial hall.

Get know the 5-Day Market in Gangwon-Do

5 Day market is popular in korea. There is various kind of market that you can find in Korea~

5-Day Market where you can see the true soul of Korea because 5-day market also known as Traditional Market. Korea 5-day market also knows as Korea’s Oiljang Market.This kind of market will sell the various kind of day-to-day item such as apparel, agriculture and marine product, handicrafts and etc. This market will open within 5day and the the when they open is not same as other market . Various market have they own specialty. Lots of exciting scenes for make great sightseeing and photography.

1.Bongpyeong 5-day Market (봉평5일장/봉평시장 (2, 7 일))


First if you gonna go to Pyeongchang soon or later, haaa don’t forget to go there for 5 Day market.

So yeah! This IS the market that you can found in Pyeongchang. This market very popular because Buckwheat product.

Address:

14-1, Dongijangteo-gil, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
강원도 평창군 봉평면 동이장터길 14-1 (창동리)

2) Bukpyeong 5-day market

Wow! 2018 Pyeongchang Malaysia Supporters – 1st Gathering Event

Wow! 2018 Pyeongchang Supporters

Alhamdulillah, on the 22nd July 2017 (Saturday) I got chance to join the 1st Gathering for the Wow Pyeongchang 2017. 

On this ceremony, I got to know about how so far the progressing about promoting Pyeongchang in Malaysia.

The total of 73 supporters around Malaysia, including the supporters from Sabah & Sarawak. We managed to post around 1000+ post about Pyeongchang 2018 including in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and also blog.

Not all than the that the TOP 11 supporters also get the rewards as they outstanding performance *too bad I couldn’t be a part of Supporters. The top 2 winner got the round flight ticket and also the ground package travel to korea! 

TOP 11 outstanding Wow! 2018 Pyeongchang Supporters

For the information, the Wow! Pyeongchang Supporters now also available in Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Brazil, Turki and many more country! But yeaaaaah.

Malaysia supporters was the first supporters that have been recruit by Korea Tourism Organizations – Wow Pyeongchang.

It’s you! Pyeongchang 2018

Some new info I get during this gathering is about :

1) New ambassador for Korea Tourism Organizations which is Actor, Lee Jongsuk.

2) The new 8 themes travel in Korea with new ambassador, Lee Jong-suk

3) The new advertisements for Pyeongchang 2018 in Malaysia will be shows on Rapid Bus & Gscinema.

2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics advertisements with Lee Young-Ae

P/s : don’t forget to take the picture if you found this and do hashtag #wowpyeongchang #2018Pyeongchang

4) Biggest EDM party soon the world club dome 2017 in Incheon Munhak Stadium. From 22-24 September 2017. Any further info & ticketing you may refer on 2017 Incheon World Club Dome

4) Refresh past topic, the next topics and total post reached.

Hope that I will be the best one later !

 xoxo,

Izzatul 

Kuala Lumpur Tourism Ambassador

KL Tourism Ambassador during Training Sessions

KLAP with Dato’ Seri Nazri, Minister of Tourism and Culture

As part of Kuala Lumpur Tourism Ambassador, I would like to share about thks program to my supportive readers. Whoever you are and wherever you from I very thankful because youguys can spend your time reading my 20cent blog! Yayyyyyy👏

Kuala Lumpur Tourism Ambassador Programme (also known as KLAP)  is one of the initiatives developed in Kuala Lumpur Tourism Masterplan 2015-2025 , Initiative 10.6 – Empower residents as promoting agents for KL aims to provide the right environment, programmes and support to fully harness KL’s residents in developing, promoting and providing authentic experiences for tourists in Kuala Lumpur.

The local residents of KL currently an untapped asset in developing and promoting KL’s tourism industry. Other cities have successfully harnessed their local residents via wide-scale volunteer programme, continuous, education campaigns and innovative platforms / products to offer more authentic tourism experiences. By encouraging greater involvement of local residents in developing and promoting tourism within the city and building a tourism-savvy populace, KL will be able to provide a deeper, authentic and “off-the-beaten track” experience for tourists and fully showcase the famous Malaysian hospitality.

A comprehensive “KL Ambassador” programme is a form of mobilise volunteers to assist visitors at key tourism areas and tourism events. Volunteers will be recruited from interested locals and city residents, targeting segments such as students, housewives and expat wives to share their enthusiasm and passion for the city. 


With tourist during Iftar@KL

The KL Tourism Ambassador Programme (KLAP) has been launched on 17th December 2014 by former Mayor, YBhg. Datuk Seri Hj. Ahmad Phesal bin Hj. Talib with 40 ambassadors on ground.

This non-profit activity on ground! If you guys see the people like us don’t afraid to approach us and don’t avoid us please..  🙏

And do supports us! 😘👐

Share this if you find this very informative.

Visit Kuala Lumpur Tourism Ambassador for more info.

Anybody who interested to be part of KL Tourism Ambassador refer on this detail

xoxo,

Izzatul Syazwani

2018 Pyeongchang Honorably Ambassador

 Honorable Ambassador one of important part in some other things. They have special part to promote the event. Normally the influences of honourable ambassador will make something became big. Because of they fames especially when the influencers gain the worldwide popularity its helpful for something event or any brand. Normally fans will get the things that they idol use. 
So yeah. So let me introduced to you guys the Honourable ambassador for 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
1. Lee Minho (이민호)

Actor – Lee Minho

Lee minho was the first actor that been appointed as Honourable Ambassador for 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

He has been appointed on 25th September 2015.

He well-known from drama “Boys Over Flower as Gu Jun Pyo, The Heir as Kim Tan, and the latest drama “The Legend of Blue Sea as Heo Jeon-Jae.

Lee’s also won the several awards from Top drama awards such as  :

2014 – Prime Minister Awards at 5th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Award

2017 National brand award – Grand Prize

Lee minho currently server his military services in Gangnam office as public service worker.

Lee minho. Source : @sstv

2. Kim Woo bin (김우빈)

Model turn actor “Kim Woobin”

Kim Woo-bin is a South Korea model and actor. He began his career as runway model and made his acting debut in drama “White Christmas”

His fame became biggest after the drama The Heir,which he acted together with Lee Minho & Park Shinhye.

Kim woobin was appointed as Ambassador . Source Pyeongchang 2018

Currently he was diagnosed as nasopharyngel cancer and he still undergo the treatment with his girlfriend, actor Shin Min-Ah!

Let’s pray for him and wish he will recover soon  🙏

Actor kim woobin
Singer Taeyang from Bigbang

The 3rd, Honorably Ambassador for 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is the most talented singer is Dong Young-Bae or also know as Taeyang (태양). Taeyang is one of Bigbang member’s. He made the debut with Bigbang on 2006. Even though he is super busy idol he managed to complete his Master’s.

Taeyang also know as self-composer and also soloists. Most of his song is famous one and the best one. This two is my favorite song from him and You can check out his song I Need A Girl & Eyes, Nose & Lips .

The special part of taeyang being as Honourable Ambassador for 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is he will produce a special song for this game! Aww can’t wait to listen to his beautiful voice!    

Bigbang’s Taeyang

3. The latest Pyeongchang Honorable Ambassador is the girl in everyday! Yay! That was everyday girl’s day!

Girl’s Day consist of 4 Members which is Minah, Sojin, Hyeri and Yura. They was named as Pyeongchang Ambassador on 13th July 2017. Girl’s Day was also named “friend for Pyeongchang’s Passion Crew which refer to the Olympics organizing committee staff,volunteers and other operation personnel.

Hyeri, minah, yura & sojin

Congratulations for girls day!

Picture credit to Official Pyeongchang 2018 website.

P/s : are hype-up for new ambassador just like me? Aww. I’m so hype upp🙌🙌💃�

KING SEJONG THE GREAT

The greatest man in Korea History

“King Sejong the Great” (세종대왕)
King Sejong, the 4th king of the Joseon Dynasty (1397-1450, reigning from 1418-1450) was responsible for some of the most brilliant achievements in the history of Korea, including the creation of Hangeul (Korean alphabet) and great advancements in the areas of science, culture, art and politics.
“He’s the one who play the important role in the CREATION of Korean Alphabet – Hangeul”
From the pictures above you can find out the King Sejong Statue (세종대왕 동상) in Gwanghwamun Square *alaa korang boleh tengok kat tepi jalan, taksilap dekat ngan Gyeongbokgung Palace haa pandai je aku. Ahaha anyway youguys can take subway stop at Gyeongbokgung Station or take bus to go there.
If you guys wanna find out about King Sejong story youguys can go to “The King Sejong story Exhibition Hall” which located in Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul. you can take subway and stop at Gyeongbokgung Palace then From Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Subway Line 3), and exit at Exit 6, walk towards Sejong-ro.
His story have been filming into The Great King Sejong.

King sejong statues
King sejong

Gangneung 2nd Winter Olympics host game

Gangneung (강릉시) is a city in Gangwon-do. The population  is 229,869. Gangneung also known as the economic center of Yeongdong region of Gangwon Provinces.

Gangneung also have many tourist attractions such as Jeongdongjin (the very popular area for watching sunrise) especially during New Year. Beside that Gangneung was popular because the greatest woman in korea history, Shin Saimdang.

Instead of Pyeongchang, Gangneung also one of the host cities for 2018 Pyeongchang Winters Olympics and Paralympic. They have various facilities for accommodates all athletes during this event.

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Stadium in Gangneung “Gangneung Coastal cluster”

There is the all of stadium that gonna be a venue for 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympic. 

1. Gangneung Hockey Center (강릉 아이스하키경기장)

Gangneung Hockey Center

This stadium will host the Olympics Games for Ice Hockey & Paralympic Games for Ice Sledge Hockey. This is a new hockey center that has been under construction since March 2014 and have been finish recently. The cost for built this stadium around 108billion₩ ($90million US).

The beautiful new Hockey stadium

This stadium can accommodate approximately 10,000 people.

2. The Gangneung Oval (강릉 스피드 스케이팅 경기장)

The Gangneung Oval

The Gangneung Oval is a speed skating oval in South Korea which will used for speed skating competition in 2018. This venue consist a double track 400m can accommodate till 8000 people.

3. Gangneung Ice Arena (강릉 아이스 아레나)

Gangneung Ice Arena

Gangneung Ice Arena (강릉 아이스 아레나) is an indoor ice arena which has been built for 2018 Winter Olympics. It located in the coastal city of Gangneung. It will be the venue for sport (figure skating & short track speed skating). This stadium can accommodate around 12,000 people.

4) Gangneung Curling Centre (강릉 실내 빙상경기장)

Gangneung curling centre is an indoor arena was used for 2013 Species Olympics World Winter Games and will be used for both 2018 Winter Olympics & 2018 Winter Paralympics. 

[Address]

32 Jonghabundongjang-gil,Gyo 2(I)-dong, Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea

5) Kwandong Hockey Center

Kwandong Hockey Center isa future ice skating arena which will be established on the grounds of Catholic Kwandong University in Gangneung, Gangwon. On 2018, this place will be of the two venue for Ice Hockey.

Hanbok (한복)

Hanbok is the traditional costume/cloth in Korea. In South Korea they called as Hanbok (한복) meanwhile in North Korea they called it as (조선옷) Joseon-ot. 

The words “Hanbok” (한복) in korean come from words (한) + (복) . In Korean, “한 means korea ..*psst did you know the name of republic of korea? Yeahh! That was (대한민국) can you see where is 한 come from? Then the word (복) mean as clothing “clothes that they used especially during traditional festival in Joseon Dynasty. 

But nowadays they is no any limit for wearing Hanbok. People (in Korea) often worn Hanbok in special events like Birthday, wedding, anniversary and also Chuseok (korean thanksgiving day).

From what I know the hanbok is different between season cause they used a different materials. At past, hanbok is one of way to separate the different social classes in Korea. There is a different of hanbok between the royal family, aristocracy and the peoples.(pssst, you can found it on historical kdrama) 

KBS2 – Love In Moonlight “Eunuch & Prince Hanbok”

Hanbok that often worn by scholar
SBS Scarlet Heart Ryeo – Hanbok wear by royal family”

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Can you see how many beautiful Hanbok exist in Korea?😱

Wearing Hanbok when walk around to historical palace like Gyeongbuk Palace or Hanok Villages in Korea is must do thing among tourist if they visiting korea because it a perfect time for shoot a perfect picture!

If you go to Korea, don’t forget to rent the Hanbok from Hanboknam. They make a beautiful and exclusive hanbok. The materials very nice.  They also have the hanbok that you can renact the kdrama since with you best friend or your partners!  The more special is if you used voucher from DKYW(DISCOVER Korea Your Way) 2017/18 you will get special price lah weh. 

When you guys visiting the historical place like Gyeongbokgung Palace, Samcheondong and Buchon Hanok Villages and wear together hanbok it’s like the best ever experiences.

Hanboknam special offer in DKYW2017