I signed up for Erin's blog hop as soon as I heard about it. I have always liked traveling, getting on a plane and arriving some place that you have never been before. Getting the chance to visit places and see the sights.
When I signed up, I had the option of choosing my own country or letting Erin choose for me. I chose the continent, Asia, and Erin chose the country, South Korea.
South Korea! I immediately thought of the TV series M*A*S*H. Taking place in the early 1950s at the time of the Korean War. Never mind that it was actually filmed in California.
South Korea was created after World War II when Korea was divided with Russia having a trusteeship over the north and the United States having trusteeship over the south. This was supposed to be temporary but the North would not agree to holding elections and establishing a national government. An election was held for the South and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was proclaimed on August 15, 1948. The United Nations recognized the Republic of Korea as the sole legal government of Korea in December 1948.
Below is the flag for South Korea called Taegukki (Taeguki means harmonious state of movement for yin and yang and ki means flag). The red stands for Yang and the blue for Yin. Yin and yang are opposites and struggle with each other while they cooperate in harmony thus taeguki. The symbols in the corners are called Kwae and mean the principle of movement and harmony. These different symbols mean heaven (Kun) (upper left), fire (Yi) (lower left), water (Kam) (upper right), and earth (Kon) (lower right), thus the movement of all objects in the universe and the movement of the universe itself.
image by Željko Heimer (information on the flag came from "FOTW Flags Of The World website at http://flagspot.net/flags/")
Seoul is the capital and largest city with 11,000,000 of the reported 48,900,000 population living there. The best months to visit are April, May, September and October. You can stay in the country for up to 30 days with no visa and up to 90 days with a tourist visa. Travel within the country is reasonably fast with fast and comfortable buses and trains along with domestic air flights. There are well maintained roads and rental cars are available. There are many choices for rooms and restaurants to meet every price point. Many people speak at least a little English and some of the street signs are written in English. There are plenty of tourist attractions depending on what you are interested in. You can also shop, hike, play golf, visit museums, or temples.
Here is what I started with to make my South Korean represented jewelry. The large square stones are jade from South Korea in a kind of grassy green with black markings, thus the black seed beads and cubes.
Earrings made from the black cubes and 3-sided Korean jade.