The Korean Peninsula extends about 1,000 km from the Asian continent into the Pacific Ocean with more than 3,000 islands dotting the coastline. Mountains cover almost 70 percent of the land mass, making the country one of the most mountainous regions in the world and offering abundant forest resources. Administratively, Korea consists of nine provinces with 77 small cities and 88 counties.
Weather during the AAFITN 2020
The autumn season in Korea lasts from September to November.
The weather is cool and crisp, and the sky is blue with few clouds. Autumn is also a season of beautiful falling leaves. Ginkgo trees and maple trees throughout Korea change their hues to yellow and crimson. During this time, Koreans love to go hiking in the mountains to enjoy the picturesque landscape created by autumn leaves. In addition, Seoul Street Art Festival (Hi Seoul Festival), one of Seoul’s major festivals, is held during this period. In addition, during this time, Changgyeonggung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace are also open to the public in the evenings, as well as the Seoul Lantern Festival, which lights up the streets at night, offering many spectacles.
Korean cuisine uses lots of fresh ingredients to create diverse flavors and nutritious, healthy meals and is well-received by foreigners. The food in Korea is relatively cheap but high in quality, and one can find restaurants running late into the night and even ones open 24-hours. The majority of tourists find Korean cuisine suitable to their tastes, and dining out is frequent even among Seoulites.
- Bibimbap is a Popular Korean Dish
Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish that contains many ingredients mixed in a bowl along with rice and hot pepper paste. It is also one of the most representative Korean dishes, along with bulgogi and kimchi.
There was a long standing tradition, among Korean ancestors, that any leftover food on New Year’s Eve was not to be kept into the New Year. For this reason, the practice of mixing various ingredients in a bowl with rice was started.
- Gimbap (Korean rolls) is a Perfect Picnic Food
Gimbap is a popular Korean food made of steamed rice, seasoned with salt and sesame oil, and made with various ingredients (spinach, radish, carrot, egg, and ham), and rolled in slightly-roasted dried seaweed. It is served in bite-size slices.
- Dolsot-bap is a Nutritious Hot pot dish
Dolsot-bap is made of soaked sweet rice, rice, chestnut, julienned jujube, and ginseng. It is cooked in a stone pot and the seasoning is served on the side. According to a legend, this dish was developed during the Joseon Dynasty, when royal court families visited Beopjusa Temple for prayer service. The monks made dolsot-bap with readily-available food ingredients so that they could quickly serve them.
- Samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly) is the All-Time Favorite Food of Koreans
Samgyeopsal was named as such because the pork belly cuts have three layers of meat and fat. Samgyeopsal is from the wide and flat area that is located next to the pork chops and extends to the belly area. As the meat and fat form multiple layers, this part of the pig is the most flavorful type of pork and is used in many dishes.
- Bulgogi is Foreigners’ Most Favorite Korean Dish
Bulgogi is the most typical Korean beef dish and is one of the most favored Korean dishes amongst foreigners.During the Goryeo Dynasty, the dish developed into seolyameokjeok, which means a grilled dish people eat on a snowy night. During the Joseon Dynasty, it changed into neobiani, or Royal Court food.
- Jokbal (Steamed Pigs' Feet ) and Bossam (Napa Wraps with Pork) are Koreans’ Favorite Mid-Night Dishes
Jokbal and bossam dishes use pork, and jokbal is Koreans’ favorite mid-night food.