Last October I was in for a pleasant surprise when a representative from the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK) informed me that I was chosen as one of Korea's Top 100 Cultural Bloggers.
My initial reaction was "How can this possibly be? I have only written two blog posts on Korea, and none of them really talked about culture per se. Could this be a hoax?" Turns out it was not! I was invited to join an all-expense-paid Bloggers' Travel Camp for three days, and all I had to do was to pack the panniers and oblige them.
Apart from traveling to Jeongseon and Yeongwol in Gangwon-do province with a group of around 30 blogging enthusiasts from all over the world, I also visited Yeongju and Andong in Gyeongsangbuk-do province, where I learned about Confucian traditions and values. The trip provided me an even greater understanding of Korea's history and culture.
You can read more about the trip here.
PS: Don't forget to check out the beautiful snapshots posted on this link.
Also, after the culmination of what I'd term as a successful trip, Matt Kelley, host of the KBS World Radio Program, "Seoul Report", invited me and another travel blogger from Indonesia on the weekly, English-language interview program that airs globally on the World Radio Network (WRN).
I recorded this interview on November 3, 2009 at the KBS studios in Yeouido. You can view the streaming video uploaded to the KBS World website.
Instructions to view the streaming video:
- Click the following URL: http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/culturenlife/culturenlife_seoulreport_detail.htm?No=2784
- Click the orange-colored TV icon. A new window pops-up that plays the streaming video in KBS World Radio VOD Player.
- Alternatively, you can paste the following URL in your browser window: http://world.kbs.co.kr/vod/rki_vod.htm?m_name=people&file_name=e091106.wmv&title=20091106&date=20091106ã€ˆ=e&starttime=&endtime=&info=