Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Summer Vacations, Haeundae Beach, and Samgyetang

Want to impress your Korean colleagues? Here are some facts on Korea in late July.

It's summer vacation time in Korea. Thousands flock to the beaches--the most popular-- Haeundae Beach on the southern coast. Amazingly, mile-long Haeundae attracts crowds of 100,000+. Meanwhile, Seoul streets and factory towns like Ulsan are empty.

BTW, today July 29 is called jungbok, which means the middle of the summer's hottest days.

To counter the summer heat, the most popular traditional dish during these periods is samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup). Yum! It's very tasty.

Please share these facts with your Korean teams and see what they have to say about summer in Korea....

Questions? Just call or email....



  1. I'm told nearly 500, 000 Koreans visited the beach on Sunday August 3....

  2. Haeundae Beach is a Double World Record-Breaker

    Attracting over a million daily visitors, Busan’s Haeundea Beach is the country's largest ?- and is now also the proud holder of two Guinness world records.

    From 10 am to 6 pm this Sunday, a hundred art students and local residents drew a 40-by-23 meter sand picture in the auditorium of Haeundae Elementary School. They attached one ton of colored sand including blue, yellow and red onto a cloth, onto which was drawn a basic beachside scenery of parasols, seagulls and waves.

    The World's Largest Sand Painting measured 920 sq.m beating the record of 859.4 sq.m previously set in Spain. The beach will also be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the Most Rows of Parasols, for the record 7,937 sunshades installed around 4 pm on Saturday. The category didn’t exist until now. In addition, one million vacationers visited the beach on Saturday, this season’s highest tally, while another 900,000 visited Sunday.