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Two Fantastic Days at R16 World Championship finals!!

South Korea is hosting R16 World B-Boy championships for 7th consecutive time!  

Yet again, famous and agile B-boys from all over world gathered at Olympic Park hall  on July 13 and 14 to show off  "What they have got"!!

Participating countries include Korea, USA, Japan, France, Taiwan, China, Kagazhistan, Philippines, Australia etc. First day of event was SOLO battle. B-boy solo battle, popping and locking competition was held.

B-boy Solo Battle Final :    B-Boy Blonde ( Australia) vs. B-Boy Issei from Japan
Winner : B-Boy Issei Locking Battle Final :   Nao (Japan) vs  Luna from Korea
Winner : Nao 

Popping Battle Final :  Josh from Singapore vs. Hoan from Korea Winner : Hoan 
Photos courtesy Hogeun Kim 












July 14 was main day of event as b-boys crew battle was scheduled to be held. Once again it was B-boy Pocket who rocked and shocked everyone out there.  


*B-boy Crew Performance Battle
Winner: Body Carnival (Japan)
*B-boy Crew Battle
Winner: Morning of Owl (Korea) Overall, it was …

Puri - A mixture of traditional and Modern Korean Music

PURI : July 5, 2013 at National Theater of Korea , Seoul Korea
Concept of PURI is simple and straight-forward by using Korean traditional musical instruments with touch and glare of modern instruments. In conclusion  they have been successful to get attention of foreign audience. In my humble opinion, Korean youth prefers modern instruments over traditional instruments, therefore a performance like PURI can fascinate them. 1


I liked singing traditional songs with piano beat. It was unique yet mesmerizing.  We could feel Korean culture more closely and passionately.




 Special thanks to Korean Tourism Organization for this wonderful performance !



Drums and Cats - DrumCats performance in Korea

Image courtesy : skyeviewtraveler.wordpress.com

DrumCats Performance  : June 29, 2013 at Gaon Hall Theater in Myungbo Art Hall

With their special and glamour looks, powerful performance DrumCats rocks and amuses their audiences. It was worth attending a show by energetic group of Drum Girls.

Show started by an amazing violin performance which receive a lot of applaude and praise from audience members mostly comprising of foreign nationals.

I have always seen Men playing drums in Korea but this was my first experience seeing charming girls dressed in black, playing drums. They engaged audience throughout the performance. Not a single moment during show, we got bored. With their unique style of playing drums, we



Time of performance was 80 minutes which was enough to entertain full house!





Thanks Korean Tourism Organization for providing an opportunity to see this awesome show!

KTO Walking Tour App and it's usage

Korean Tourism Organization launched Seoul city walking tour app, which gives unique yet correct and meaningful information about HOT tourist spot in Seoul including Gwanghamun, Seoul city museum, Insa-dong etc. You can also see maps through app, and know your current location!

I am highlighting main features of app below!









I will highly recommend to download this app : Below are links for Android and iOS : Android :  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=walking.tour.seoul

iOS :  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seoul-walking-tour/id623042024?mt=8

Rainbow Island Music and Camping Festival at Nami-Island

The 3rd Rainbow Island Music and Camping Festival was held from June 6 ~9, 2013 at Nami-island, Korea (남이섬).  The whole concept of festival was Live ROCK MUSIC at it's three stages namely Rainbow (main), Island and Forest stage. Along-side with music performances, there were several events/shows/games going on the island. A joker-magician was amusing audience with his tricks, African dancers rocking their moves, jelly-bag is giving tough challenge to music-lovers to jump from a decent height etc. 
There were many games to play also, and they were organized by many start-ups or companies for promotional purposes!
So CAMPING is more fun or LIVE ROCK MUSIC ? or BOTH of them together ? :)  



All three stages hosted artists at different times. There was 1 hour break between each performance so people can shuffle and move-around easily.
The main performance of the day started at night ( 7.30pm).  Yes, it was T|RAVIS again at RAINBOW-ISLAND. They sang many new songs along with old classic…

R-16 KOREA 2013 B-boy Master Championship Korea Nat. Qualifier @Uijeongbu City

R-16 KOREA 2013 한국대표선발전 Korea Qualifiers (Korean B-boy Masters championship) were held at Uijeongbu Art Center in Gyeonggi province. It takes about 1 hour 20 minutes from Seoul to go there. 

Main categories were  

1- Popping
2- Locking 
3- B-boy crew Battle 



Popping Judges started show with their performance. First performance was awesome and cheered by crowd! 



After that 1 vs. 1 elimination round was conducted. Surprisingly, there were few girls in competition too! 

Next up was Locking session. It was more like a dance with hip-hop music. There were 4 girls competing in this session. They knocked out boys :)  



Two girls competing in locking session! 

Last and most exciting session was B-boy crew battle. It started off well with performance from judges ( especially african-americans)! 



                   B-Boys facing each other in Crew Battle! 

A special dance performance was give by Seoul sistaz. they outnumbered many girls groups in Korea :)  I think more than 20+ girls danced in a synchroni…

Global Seoul Mate's I Like Seoul mission!

I like many things about Seoul such as its parks, mountains, palaces, restaurants, transportation system Etc. Among all of previously mentioned places, I like Han River Parks (한강공원) the most!!

Picnic at one of many parks is best way to spend your weekend during spring, summers or autumn. Many seoulites fascinate Hagang Parks for physical activities such as cycling and running. You will often find people practicing for marathons or cycling events or just doing it as hobby!

Since I moved to Korea, I was searching for nice tracks and parks. Han river parks were simply best! They provide breathtaking views ,therefore I choose it be my favorite thing about Seoul!!

I LIKE Han River Parks in Seoul because I can run or ride bicycle there! Moreover, I can enjoy picnic with friends over there :)

Han River Parks = Nature + Picnic + Walk ,+ Peace + Serenity + Running + Cycling + AdayOut!


I borrowed some information from visitKorea website about best cycling tracks. 
" The Nanji Bike Par…

R-16 Free Style Session @ KTO Headquarters

B-Boy was started by African/Latin Americans in 1970's . Since then it become a norm everywhere in world. It came in Korea around 1980's when American soldiers were settled here. Now it is one of popular sport/activity here.

R-16 is an annual B-boy event organized by Korean Tourism Organization in which 16 countries around the world participate. To choose Korean team for Free Style session, KTO organized qualification session on May 5 in front of KTO HQ building. Many foreigners enjoyed this event. There were various teams competing with each other. It was 3 vs. 3 !  Dj's were playing some awesome  music!!!