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Friday, December 24, 2010

Korea Christmas! Merry Christmas!

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Korea Christmas! Merry Christmas! to everyone! Thanks for stay tune with LeX Paradise! Above is the Christmas Scene in South Korea! If you plan to visit Korea this coming winter! please visit Korea as soon as possible! This amazing scene is wait for you! 

LeX Paradise present you the Latest Korean Christmas Song by JYP Entertainment:

Enjoy your Christmas and stay tune with LeX Paradise.

Monday, December 13, 2010

10 free things to do in South Korea !

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South Korea is one of the developed countries in the world and I am no doubt about its living expenses are much higher by comparing to developing countries. Low budget visitors or visitor from developing country always think twice before plan to visit South Korea for their trip. However, I have to say it is still possible! I live in South Korea almost a year as a student and I have to say again that there are many free things that you can experience and get to know more about their culture and the country! As a student traveler in South Korea, I would like to share 10 free things that we can do in South Korea!

1. Hi Seoul Festival
Hi Seoul Festival
Hi Seoul Festival is a seasonal cultural festival that has been held four times a year in Seoul since 2003. It is also the biggest-scale festival in Seoul. It usually held in many places around the Seoul Plaza like Cheonggyecheon, Myeong-doing, Gwanghwamun, and the old palaces each year in May. This Festival became very popular due to its various exciting event programs prepared to show the culture, history and arts of Seoul! You can take part and experience in Children's day event and musical performance, global village events, traditional folk and games, Hi Seoul Parade and others activities! The most importantly is almost all the activities are free!! yes! Free! 

2. Ganghwamun plaza
Ganghwamun Plaza
Located in front of the main gate of Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace). The history of this Gwanghwamun Plaza is more than 600 years ago. Gwanghwamun square was considered the venue for government building with six government building straddling the square. Officials from these buildings gathered at the royal palace to discuss national affairs with king during the Joseon Dynasty ( 1392-1910 ). Since then, this area was long considered the heart of Korean politics and it has witnessed important turning points in Korean History! From the far, you can see the water dance and spray around the statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin ( South Korea worrier ) With no doubt, you can see the night as pretty as in the picture! Please visit my experience on the day of Ganghwamun Plaza launching ceremony

3. Free KimChi Making Lesson

Various kind of Kimchi 

Every year during the late fall season or when the weather starting to get colder, the KimChi Making Season is coming. Almost all Korean in the household will prepare the ingredients for Kimchi Making! If you have Korean friends, they will be more than happy to invite you to see how the kimchi is made and you can try to make it by your own! Or during that time you can go to Itaewon-Hannam Global Village Center to take some free lesson on Kimchi Making! Remember! It is an annual program where you can take the lesson during the fall season. 

4. Busan International Fireworks Festival

Busan Firework Festival
This international event takes place at Gwangalli Beach and Gwangan Bridge annually! So, the event actually will take place on the night and comprise nearly 80,000 fireworks in one amazing show! The 500minute multi-media display will feature high-tech laser lights, sounds and music to light up the sky over the beautiful Gwangan Bridge! Each fireworks demonstration is precisely-timed with music selections under the each year themes and may have as many as 50,000 explosions in each 15 minute performance! Take your chance to feel the excitement in late summer season.

5. Busan Sea Festival
Busan Sea Festival
The Busan Sea Festival is held at various beach location including Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, Song-do Beach and Songjeong Beach and at various Places in the city of Busan! It is Korea's largest sea festival and is liaison of Busan International Rock Festival, Busan International Beach Dance Festival, Korean sea Literature Festival, Busan Beach Game Festival and more!! About 30 small to large festival are held during Busan Festival and visitors can pick and choose those most attractive to their personal interests! If you like sea and always wanted to experience the extreme crowded beach ever! This is the festival that you going to excited about!

6. Mud festival
Boryeong Mud Festival
Boryeong Mud Festival is one of the most famous attraction events in South Korea! The festival itself attracts the largest number of international visitor annually and it is free! It usually held in summer season at Daecheon Beach! During the festival period, tourists flock to the area to experience the beneficial properties of the Boryeong mud around the beach and also to have lots of fun! Fully immersed in the both the mud and the festival's great atmosphere, visitors can enjoy many activities like mud wrestling, mud sliding and even swimming in the mud mega tub!! You can take a look at 2010 Mud festival or visit my previous experience in Boryeong Mud Festival

7. Lotus Lantern Making Festival
Lotus Lantern Festival
The lantern has the meaning of brightening and praying for the world. You can experience the making of a eight-sided lantern and pray for your wishes. Lotus lantern making will be held next to the Buddhist Street Festival that will offer many, and many more cultural experiences! This festival is very interesting since you can experience the hand on work on making eight-sided lantern by your own and take it back as your gift for free! You only need to register yourself with the organizer, and that it! For more information, visit Lotus Lantern Making Festival.

8. International Hot Balloon Festival
Daejeon Hot Balloon Festival
International Balloon Festival in Daejeon (held in autumn season), is one of the grand festival that can fulfill with amazing experience as well as with the very attractive night scene with various colorful hot air balloon. It features a number of hot air balloon rides for free and aeronautical programs. If you seeking some sky high experience and flying on the sky with the colorful hot air balloon, then this is the event that you don't want to miss it out! Please visit my experience in International Balloon Festival!

9. Asia Song Festival
Asia Song Festival
Asia Song Festival is a prestigious music festival that usually held annually in summer season with all the Asian greatest starts and with the purpose to bring Asia together as a hub of cultural exchange. This festival is giving out free VIPs concert tickets to all foreigners who are stay in South Korea and visiting South Korea. Yeah! Free VIPs Tickets! That’s Right! For more information, please visit  2010 Asia Song Festival or experience in Asia Song Festival.

10. Ginseng Festival
Ginseng Wine 
The Geumsan Insam (Ginseng) Festival (held in every fall) in Geumsan County's leading festival located in Chungcheongnam-do province. The largest producer of ginseng in South Korea as well as medicinal herb market. This festival, which has been running for 30 years and is held to promote the beneficial effects of Geumsan ginseng! In the festival you can see various kind of ginseng products, try different kind of ginseng, ginseng sand feet massage, special massage with ginseng cream and so on. You can experience many program for free! You can visit my experience on Geumsan Insam Festival.  

If you have some free things to do in South Korea, please kindly leave comments here! I will be more than happy to discuss it here! 
( All the sources are base of my own experience and official traveling site. It might be change on time, if you have updated sources, please kindly leave comments, Thanks!)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Traditional South Korea Festivals!

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Korean Culture
In society today, the people of Korea follow the Gregorian calendar.  However, where traditional festivals are concerned that are rooted in Korean culture, they follow the lunar calendar for these annual events.  Banks and offices typically close when these events fall on public holidays but many other venues such as amusement parks, museums, palaces, and the majority of restaurants open for business.  With the exception of the months of April and November, there are events and festivals that occur in every one of the calendar months including the following:

Traditional Festivals
January 1st – Solar New Year
February – Seollal (Lunar New Year-3 days)
March 1st – Independence Movement Day
May 1st – Labour Day
May 5th – Children’s Day
May 24th – Buddha’s Birthday 
                (where Lantern Festival held)
June 6th – Memorial Day
July 17th – Constitution Day
August 15th – Liberation Day
September – Chuseok (3 days)
October 3rd – Foundation Day
December 25th – Christmas

As a general rules, the festivals that follow the Gregorian calendar during the year occur on the same day every year.  Conversely, those that follow the lunar calendar will fall on different dates each year. These festivals made Korea the country that rich with culture! Please remember that, these are just the festivals that will celebrate in Korea, there are hundred more of festivals in South Korea, like Mud Festival during the summer, Ginseng Festival, Music Wave Festival, Asia Song Festival, Dream Concert Festival, Gyeongju Liquor & Rice Cake Festival, Hot Balloon Festival, International Film Festival and many more!

The Scene of autumn in South Korea 
There are plenty of festivals through out the year but what about the best time to visit Korea then? Well, the climate in South Korea goes from one extreme to the other with hot humid summers and dry, bitterly cold winters.  Typically, the best time to visit the country is in the fall months of September, October, and November as the climate is mild to slightly cooling off periods occurring in the last month of the three.  The skies are a brilliant shade of blue while the autumn colours are nothing short of spectacular!

This provides the visitor with some excellent photographic opportunities yet you can e-mail pictures to family members that you can have printed at home. Using one of the numerous Jessop’s discount vouchers or Jessop’s Discount codes that you can find online you might be able to save some money on all the photographs that you will have to print! Right?

Well, if you able to spare sometime in this period, please do not hesitate to visit Korea! You will never regret!  

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Appreciation Video from LeX Paradise Contest Winner!

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Hi Guys!

Thanks again for your interest and participation in the contest! There will be more contests coming soon :)

Well! As you all know that the winner of 1st ever LeX Paradise contest (Sponsor by AirAsia X) had announced, if you yet to know about it, you can take a look here > Contest Winner Announcement!

The contest winner had made an appreciation video for this contest from his country!! Impressive and amazing! Thank you so much!

So, guys! Let's take a look who actually the winner is? : D

Feel free to leave comments!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

LeX Paradise Contest Winner Announcement!

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Thank you all for participating in LeXparadise Contest "Win a round trip ticket to South Korea!" sponsor by AirAsia X. Many amazing response had received and I am speechless about it.

Obviously, many of you have been cracking your heads, answering all the LeXParadise questions and tweet & suggest Facebook page in the past few days. Please give yourself a pat on the back!

Well! let's take a look! who will be the only winner of  the1st ever LeXParadise Contest? Come on! 

Winner is based on the best answers of the questions and quote. If your entry match both of this, the tweets and suggests facabook page will be counted. 

Congratulation! The winner will be contacted individually for the prize redemption. You are required to get yourself ready to South Korea very soon!

Stay tune with LeX Paradise for more about South Korea traveling events, traveling experiences and Contest soon! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

No to war but peace between N & S. Korea!

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After a day of the incident happened between North & South Korea! Now both parties are waiting for further action to be taken! US has announced in the military support on South Korea! At least 2 civilians and 2 soldiers were killed! Source 1 & 2.

The incident had causes the regional economy down turn!

So, everyone out there! please say no to war but peace between N & S. Korea!!

Please tweet & retweet this on twiter and share this on facebook to show our effort to support peace between N & S. Korea!

No to war but peace between N & S. Korea!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2010 YG Family Concert!

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Hi guys! Now YG Entertainment is going to hold the "2010 YG Family Concert". The two-day concert on 4th and 5th December at Seoul Olympic Athletic Stadium!

This year YG Entertainment will be bringing together their hottest stars - 2NE1, Gummy, Se7en, and Big Bang with also PSY be joining together on stage as the newest family members.

36,000 members audience is open for sale and tickets start selling fast starting October 28th at 8:00PM through Gmarket.

Feel free to watch the YG Family Concert Promo Video!

Have you the thrill? If you’re 2NE1, Gummy, Se7en or Big Bang Fans as well as you’re in the area on that time! Please make sure you to grab your tickets now! Do not miss the precious chance to get the excitement!

For exact location of the concert, please visit Seoul Olympic Athletic Stadium Map.

See you there! 

If you interested to win a round trip ticket to South Korea this winter, you might being able to try Win a round trip ticket to South Korea.

Feel free to leave any comments.

Thank you. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Win a round-trip ticket to South Korea with LeX Paradise !

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The Contest Officially ended. Thanks for your participation!
Deadline Extended to 22th November 2010, 23:59, Malaysia time!

LeX Paradise calling for entries in an amazing "Travel to South Korea Contest". This is the first ever contest being held in LeX Paradise! If you dream about going to Korea or miss your family and friends in Korea? Then this is a chance for you!

The competition is to give away a South Korea round trip ticket (Sponsor by AirAsia X worth about RM 1000+ = US$300+)  to the best competition entry of " Travel to South Korea Contest "! 

The contest starting now until 19 November 2010, on 23:59,GMT +8 (Same as the clock on LeX Paradise) > Change to 22th November 2010, 23:59, Malaysia time!

Who can participate in this competition?

Everyone can participate in this contest as long as either you are
     - Staying in Malaysia 
     - Staying in South East Asia 
     - Traveling in South East Asia 
     - Plan to travel to South East Asia 
     - Plan to travel to South Korea 
     - Planning a trip (but yet to decide where to go)    
     - Currently in Korea and want to visit Malaysia or South East Asia.
     - Korean Fans
     - For World Traveler in Europe or Oceania, you can still participate in this contest
       if you plan to go to South Korea or South East Asia.
       (You can get very budget flight with Air Asia from London or Australia to Malaysia)

And must be aged 18 or above.

How to win the round trip ticket to South Korea?

Step 1: Subscribe LeX Paradise for free > Subscribe
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Step 2: Follow LeX Paradise on Twitter > @LeXParadise
            (If you do not have twitter, you can create on here)

Step 3: Click Like LeX Paradise Facebook page > LeX Paradise Fan Page

Step 4:  Answering 6 simple questions:
  1. What is the famous travel website that LeX Paradise affiliate with?
  2. Which Ceramic Village has LeX been to? Name the ceramic village.
  3. What was the horrible experience that LeX faced in South Korea? 
  4. Name all the Asian stars that performed in Asia Song Festival 2010.
  5. What is the festival that deals with MUD in South Korea? What Season usually it held?
  6. What Festivals that available in this coming winter season in South Korea? 
     You can easily find all the answers in my blog posts below:

Step 5: Write a quote " I want to win a round trip ticket to South Korea because... (less than 20 words)" 

Final Step:  Send an email entry to alextyl@gmail.com subject to "LeX Paradise Contest" 

       An email entry should included:
  • Twitter ID
  • Facebook ID
  • Email that you Subscribed LeX Paradise
  • The answers of 6 simple questions
  • A quote of " I want to win a round trip ticket to South Korea because... (less than 20 words)" 

The winner will...

- Be notify via email on 21 November 2010 > Change to 24th November 2010
- Win a round trip ticket to South Korea from Malaysia or vice versa - sponsor by AirAsia X
- A free World Travel Blogger E-book once it released
- A LeX Paradise blog post entry about your traveling experience in South Korea  

Criteria of the winner:
Main Criteria
- Subscribed LeX Paradise
- Followed LeX Paradise on Twitter
- Liked LeX Paradise Fan Page
- Answered all 6 questions with the best answer
- An attractive quote

Additional Criteria: 
- Suggested LeX Paradise Fan page to friends
- Tweeted and Shared LeX Paradise site on Facebook and Twitter

Competition term and condition:
  1. Once an entry is submitted, you are agreement with all the term and condition below.
  2. Entrants must be aged 18 or above.
  3. Closing date of the contest is 19th November 2010, on 23:59, GMT +8 > Change to 22th November 2010, 23:59, Malaysia time!
  4. Only one entry per individual is permitted.
  5. Only one winner will be selected.
  6. Additional expenses not cover by prize are sole responsibility of the winner.
  7. The winner will be notified by email and must respond to the email within 2 days or else a new winner will be selected.
  8. The winner's name and location may be published on LeX Paradise.
  9. The winner agrees to write a blog post in LeX Paradise of traveling experience in South Korea.
  10. The prize is strictly non-transferable or redeemable for cash or exchange.
  11. The prize is subject to availability at time of booking. 
  12. Automated/bulk entries and entries from third parties are not permitted and will be disqualified.
  13. Term and condition subjected to change without prior notices.
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By entering this competition, your contact details will not be used by us or passed on to any third party. Only in the event of you winning will you receive any communication. 

If you have further question and inquiry, please leave comment here.

Looking forward for your entry!

Thank you 

    Sunday, October 31, 2010

    Fly to South Korea this coming winter with AirAsia X !

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    Hi guys! Winter is coming in South Korea. Have you make a plan for this coming holiday? I believe South Korea will be your right choice for you to spend your holiday in winter season! But then, do you know about AirAsia X? 

    AirAsia X, Malaysian long haul budget airline, an associate company of AirAsia. Now AirAsia X is offering flights to South Korea and they will land their planes on land of culture, South Korea on 1st November 2010! FINALLY! AirAsia X flies to South Korea! I feel really bless about it because now all family and friends, world travelers, Korean Fans and students can enjoy low fare flight to South Korea! Now AirAsia X offering as low as 130USD or RM399 (inclusive tax) one way flight to South Korea! I am totally amazed by the airfare! Not to mention, this is non promotion price! If you book your ticket on the promotion period, you probably can get it as low as 32USD or RM99 (inclusive tax) or even free! Sound crazy right? 

    So, either you are Malaysian, South-East Asia Citizen (Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Cambodian and etc), you can start to plan a trip to South Korea now with very low price with AirAsia X. 

    For any world travelers who currently in Malaysia, plan to visit Malaysia, Please plan a trip to South Korea with AirAsia X! For world traveler that plan to visit South Korea and yet to buy air tickets, please fly to Malaysia for couple days and then fly to South Korea! You probably will save couple of bucks or more compare to direct flight and yet you can look around in Malaysia in the mean time! 

    I think I get too excited about AirAsia X! Anyway, what we can do on winter holiday in South Korea? One thing that is very special about South Korea is there have many special festivals just for Winter season! I am going to introduce several festivals that you shouldn't miss during the winter season.

    Hi Seoul Winter Festival !

    Interesting festival located in Korea's capital, let's gleams and glistens at the Hi Seoul Winter Festival with colorful lighting displays on landmark building and sculptures around the city! Haha! 

    You also can glide across Seoul Plaza's Ice rink and pin your New Year hopes on the gigantic wish trees! A highly recommended festival you shouldn't miss! Starting on December! 

    Boseong Tea Fields Festival of Lights !

    A magnificent festival of lights starting December that will take place in the green tea fields of Boseong, one of the Korea's most well-known tourist destinations. A large tree will be set up and carious other places will be decorated with light in the Hoecheon-myeon, Yeongcheon-ri regions. The festival will send a message of hope for the New Year to tourists and residents who visit Boseong during the winter period!   
    Boseong is the green tea capital, will present the nation's largest green tea field tree, which will strike a beautiful image of Boseong into the hearts of all its winter guests. If you visit the festival, you will wish to stay longer in Boseong and participate in all the events, it is the great place to relax your mind!

    For transportation information, please visit here Boseong Tea Fields Festival of Lights!

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Hwacheon Mountain Trout) Festival !

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Hwacheon Mountain Trout) Festival is an annual winter festival in Hwacheon County, South Korea, held every January, which attracts over a million visitors each year. The festival taking place in Hwacheon in Gangwon province. A virtually untouched region is known as the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice!  

    You all can try out the ice fishing, experience drilling small holes into the ice and those who are feeling brave can try to catch mountain trout with their bare bands. As well as fun activities and performances there is also an exhibition of ice sculptures that took 20 weeks to prepare. Helpful staff is available to ensure that even first-timers get a catch! Enjoy the bounty right on site as sashimi on the grill by locals! Delicious!

    Please check here on how to get to  Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Hwacheon Mountain Trout) Festival

    So, do not wait more and plan your trip right away to Seoul this coming winter, and remember save your money, fly with AirAsia X, the budget airline. Visit airasia.com

    AirAsia X also collaborated with LeX Paradise organized "Win a Round Trip Ticket to South Korea" contest. If you interested, could check it out our past competition.

    Please feel free to leave comments.

    Thanks ^_^