As you may know, congressional election will be held on June 4th, 2014.
Thus, our office will be closed tomorrow, June 4th.
As you may know, congressional election will be held on June 4th, 2014.
Dol or doljanchi is a Korean tradition that celebrates the first birthday of a baby. This ceremony blesses the child with a prosperous future and has taken on great significance in Korea. The birthday babies wear a hanbok and a traditional hat: a jobawi or gulle for baby girls and a bokgeon or hogeon (호건) for baby boys.
In the past, the death rates for children were high and many children died before their first birthday, so it was an important milestone for the baby and parents. The whole village used to celebrate a baby's first birthday, sharing food and wishing for long life and fortune for the baby.
Fortune telling ritual
The highlight of the dol is a ritual where the child is placed in front of a table of foods and objects such as string, brushes, ink and money. The child is then urged to pick up an object from the table. It is believed the one selected will foretell the child's future. For example, if the child picks up a brush or book, he/she is destined to be smart. If he/she picks up money he will be wealthy; If he/she picks up food that means he/she will not be hungry. If the child picks up the thread, it is believed he/she will live a long life. The types of objects placed on the table for the baby to choose has evolved over time, as a reflection of society's evolving perception of successful occupations. However, many parents remain more traditional in their selection of objects to place on the table. This is followed by feasting, singing and playing with the toddler. Most often, guests will present gifts of money, clothes, or gold rings to the parents for the child at this time.
At home family members give thanks to Samshin (three gods who take care of the baby's life while growing up) by serving plain rice, seaweed soup, and rice cakes. For the party, parents prepare a special 'Dol' table, where food is stacked high to symbolize a life of prosperity for the baby. The table is set mainly with a rice cake of pretty rainbow layers, seaweed soup, and fruits. Miyeok guk (seaweed soup) is served on every birthday after the first birthday to remind people of what their mother went through to bring them into the world.
The celebration is usually held in buffet restaurants or wedding halls. Parents prepare some prizes for guests and upon entering the party, everyone gets a piece of paper on which a number is written. During the party guests who correctly answer a question about the baby win a prize. The host of the party, or an entertainer, also calls out a number randomly, and the person who has that number receives a prize.
1. Bulgogi (불고기)
Korea's traditional food Bulgogi is more popular between foreigners. Tourists that don't like Korea's spicy food raise their thumbs when they taste Bulgogi.
Bulgogi is a beef marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic, and green onions. When Koreans eat Bulgogi, they usually wrap it with lettuce and sesame leaves. You can also cook it with other spicy sauce to have more taste.
2. Bibimbap (비빔밥)
Bibimbap is a dish served with cooked rice with vegetables, beef, egg and red pepper paste. and you need to mix it all together before you eat it. It's such a healthy food full of nutritions.
3. Samgyetang (삼계탕)
It is a ginseng chicken soup, most common and famous health food to refresh you, keep you cool, and restore your energy as you endure the hottest months of summer in Korea. The dishes are filled with nutritive ingredients like ginseng, garlic, jujube, and sweet rice. It will bring your energy back.
4. Topokki (떡볶이)
Topokki is made by stir-frying rice cakes with vegetables and fish cakes in gochujag(red pepper paste) sauce. It is one of the most popular dishes in Korea especially among youngsters. you can find it easily on the road and eat it at cheap price. It's very chewy and can be a bit spicy.
5. Patbingsu (팥빙수)
The dessert made of red beans and crushed ice definitely is the favorite choice in summer. Soft shaved ice soaks in a sweet milk drizzle. Heaps of red beans are piled on and topped with several pieces of rice cake. it's main ingredient is not the traditional 'pat'(red beans) but green tea, coffee, strawberries, ice cream or any fruit. It is served in not only restaurants and cafes but also in fast-food shops.
Korea Expressway Corporation(한국도로공사) is holding a "CONTEST of New Business item for youth". Selected items and ideas will be supported and provided with KEC's infra-structure in the expressway rest areas within Korea. If you are interested in opening a business in Korea and need support, it would be a very good opportunity.
* Applicants must be : age of 18-39, Korean citizenship required.
* suggested items such as :
1. snack, drinks, etc... (existing items or menu common menu from the other cafeterias are not recommended.)
2. crafted items, painting, cartoons, fashion accessories, etc.
* application due date : ~ 30 Apr, 2014
* if your application is selected, KEC will provide : rent fee, interior, consulting, marketing promotion. If successful later on, you can keep on the business as you wish.
If you are interested or need more information, contact INKAS. (Before contacting InKAS, please have a brief look at the attached form in link and prepare to present your idea in detail ) Thank you !
Written by Notices .on date 2014-04-03 in
InKAS in collaboration with the Association of Korean Medicine (KOMSTA) provides free Korean traditional medicine consultations once a month for Korean adoptees staying in Korea. Excellent doctors from the association will be present to consult with during these times.
In APRIL, the event is taking place on APRIL 13, 2014. If you're interested in Korean traditional medicine or if you’re looking for Korean traditional medical consultation, this must be an awesome opportunity for you!!!
The doctors will be happy to answer all your questions regarding Korean traditional medicine as well as to offer medical treatment.
Please, feel free to RSVP via email and stop by the InKAS guesthouse on Sunday, April 13rd, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. You must be there by 2:30pm to receive a consultation.
PLEASE RSVP BY EMAIL at email@example.com or BY FACEBOOK MESSAGE.
During the consultation, a doctor will diagnose your problem, suggest treatment options (acupuncture and/or herbal medication can be given that day for free), and give referrals to make additional appointments (discounts are available for additional treatment outside that day if necessary).
Written by Notices .on date 2014-04-01 in
2014 InKAS Korean Language Scholarships for Summer Semester - the 2nd
InKAS provides Korean language scholarships to overseas Korean adoptees as an opportunity to learn the Korean language at a prestigious university in South Korea. In association with a grant from the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs and the participating universities, scholarship grantees can study at any of these language institutes: Ewha Womans, Korea, Kyunghee, Seoul National, Sogang, Sangmyuung, Sookmyung Women’s and Yonsei University.
1. Required Documents and Terms
- One on-line application form (inkas.org)
- One photocopy of adoption document with your Korean name
- One photocopy of your passport with valid passport number
- One photocopy of your high school diploma or higher
- One photo (3x4cm)
- For students re-applying for a second semester, only an application form needs to be resubmitted, but some documents might be requested by InKAS or the university.
- If you have any problems or issues from previous semesters at the Korean language school, your application can be rejected or your acceptance may be cancelled by personal notification.
- An applicant must be at least 18 years old.
- Only fully-completed applications along with all the required documents will be accepted.
- Selections will be made entirely on a first-come first-served basis.
2. Application Deadline
- For all universities: 24:00, April 10th(Korean time)
3. How to apply
- Sign up or log into InKAS website ▷ Log in ▷ Our service ▷ Scholarship ▷ click on ‘Apply for scholarship’
- Fill out application form for 2014 summer scholarship ▷ Submit the completed form with all proper required documents
4. University information for language scholarships available through InKAS
Course available through InKAS
Seoul National Uni.
* Classes run from 9a.m to 1p.m Monday through Friday
* The university information above can be changeable by university’s decision
* We do not offer scholarships for alternative language programs (evening or shorter-hour classes)
- InKAS Application fee: 82,000KW (77.00 USD) : It's non-refundable. Please don't pay before receiving an official scholarship award e-mail.
- University registration fee: Different terms apply for each university.
- Tuition fee: 50% covered for 7 of the universities. Only 30% covered for Yonsei University.
* Any previous scholarship cancellations can have a negative impact on your ability to receive another scholarship for 2014 summer semester.
* Please check the university websites for spring semester schedule once again.
* If you are a recipient of a scholarship for the 2014 summer semester, you will receive payment instructions and more information about this course by email.
For further inquiries regarding InKAS Korean Language Scholarships, please email or contact InKAS.
Comments : Those who applied 2014 summer scholarship do not need to apply again.
Written by Notices .on date 2014-03-18 in
Every 2014 InKAS Summer Camp participant should choose one day between May 19th~May23rd, 2014 as arrival date and one between June 3~June 5th, 2014 as departure date. for the flight.
2014 InKAS Summer Camp will take place from May 23rd to June 2nd.
The camp participants maybe can stay in Korea for a couple of days before or after the summer camp.
We have some hotel partners, so a camp participant can get a good deal on a hotel for a couple of days before or after the summer camp, if he/she make a hotel reservation under InKAS' name.
The reason why we require all participants to flight in Korea on 3rd week of May and flight out before June 5th is we cannot guarantee that a participant can take a flight when he/she want to take according to his/her schedule. We do not know availability of flights with Korean Air out of the periods.
Therefore, please choose arrival date and departure date in the given period.
InKAS had Seollal party to celebrate coming Seollal, one of the biggest holiday in Korea, with Korean adoptees. This event which was sponsored by Moogoongwha rotary club and Moogoongwha rotaract had various programs such as Yutnori tournarment, learning how to do Saebae, and learing Arirang, one of the most famous songs to Koreans.
Happy New Year to all of you who love InKAS!
InKAS had 2013 End of Year Ceremony to look back at 2013 as welcome 2014 with our sponsors and volunteers as well as with Korean adoptees. Thank you so much all who love us, again.