Holidays and traditions of South Korea
January 1 (day off) – New year.
March 1 (day-off) – Samil day, Day of the independence movement.
5 April (day off) – Day of the tree dedicated to the restoration of forests in the country.
1 may – labour day.
May 8 – parents Day.
May 5 (day-off) – children’s Day.
June 6 (day off) – Day of memory of victims for the native land.
17 July (day-off) – Constitution Day in honour of the proclamation of the first Constitution of the Republic of Korea in 1948
August 15 (day off) – the Day of liberation, celebrated in honor of the completion of the Japanese occupation in 1945.
3 October (closing day) – national Foundation Day, celebrated on mount Manisan in Gangwon-do.
October 9 – Hangeul Day (Korean alphabet).
December 25 (day off) – Christmas.
Korea lives by the Gregorian calendar, but the traditional festivals are celebrated according to lunar.
In mid-January – the feast of the snow on mount Halla (Jeju-do). The end of January – beginning of February – feast of Salt (non-working day) is a celebration of the New year according to the lunar calendar. It is one of two major holidays in Korea, celebrated on the first day of the first lunar month. Koreans visit their “Cohen”, all gather with their families, young people ceremoniously congratulates Continue reading
The Horror of cannibalism in North Korea
The news agencies information about public executions in the DPRK, three people caught in the act of devouring human flesh, shocked the world community
Household practiced cannibalism on the ancient stage of stone age. His reasons were, on one hand, the lack of food, and the other religious – mystical views. With the increase in the supply of food cannibalism was stopped almost everywhere. Religious cannibalism persisted longer, was expressed in the eating of different body parts of enemies killed, relatives of the deceased; was founded on the belief that the strength and other properties of the dead move on to eating.
In the Central regions of Africa, the Islands of Polynesia and in Brazil cannibalism was widespread until the beginning of XX century.
In our time, isolated cases of cannibalism recorded in developed countries. Arrested for this crime are either fans of satanic sects, maniacs or perverts. And only in North Korea for lack of food, the human body still serves as a source of food.
In 2009 in the city of Heshan citizen of North Korea killed and ate the child, for which he was sentenced to death. The second case of cruelty occurred two years later in the town of Musa. According to a survey of 230 refugees from the DPRK, this is not isolated cases. In particular, the refugees told about another famous case they are: Continue reading
Useful information about South Korea for travelers
Territory: the Republic of Kazakhstan is located in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula, extending in length from North to South about 1000 km, the Republic of Korea in the North it borders with the DPRK and from three sides washed by the sea. The area of the Republic of Kazakhstan — 99.6 thousand square kilometers or 45% of the whole territory of Korea.
The population is about 48 million people. The population density is among the highest in the world (about 470 people per 1 square km). RK is a mono-ethnic country.
Religion: Believers about 50% of them are Buddhists 46%, Protestant and 39% Catholic — 13%. The number of followers of other faiths is not great. A distinctive feature of South Korean society is toleration.
Climate: monsoon. The summers are hot and humid, the air temperature reaches +30° C. Winter is dry and cold, the temperature falls to -15° C. In April–may and September the weather is most comfortable from the point of view of traveling in Korea is warm and dry.
Time: ahead of Moscow in the summer for 5 hours in winter — 6.
Holidays and nonworking days: New year’s day (1 January), New year according to the lunar calendar Continue reading