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Headquarters intellectual property strategy of the Japanese government unveiled a plan to create "brand of Japan" (Japan brand) for export products of Japanese fashion and Japanese dishes of national cuisine.…

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The new 7 wonders of nature
A competition to identify the most ambitious of the seven natural wonders of the planet started already in December 2007. Announcement of winners took place on 11 November 2011. The…

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Traditional gifts

In Antiques includes antique furniture, paintings, ceramics, books and more. Popular ancient books on archeology and history, wardrobes and dressing tables, pitchers, and Oriental paintings. When buying Antiques you need to know the date of manufacture, the name of the wizard, check the condition of the goods, and whether it is worth its price. You should see if thing podkrucheno or repaired. Usually Antiques are sold in Insa-Dong, on the market of products of ancient art Junlaphan, “flea market market” Hwanghak-Dong and in the street of antique furniture in the Itaewon area.

There are two types of traditional Korean costume “hanbok”: traditional and modernized. The last option of “hanbok,” preserves the beauty of the costume, but made easier to wear in everyday life. When buying costume “hanbok” take into account the colour, quality material and suit design. Usually in the workshops, making of “hanbok,” sew a suit from a selected client matter. Costumes “hanbok” can be bought in the markets of Dongdaemun, Kwang Jang, Namdaemun and in Insa-Dong. Markets good reasonable prices, and Insa-Dong you can buy a “hanbok” fashion design.

National products

Korean pottery is pottery baked in a kiln at a high temperature. There are different types of Korean ceramics: “conga”, “Becca”, “bunkasai”, “Angi”, etc. Korean ceramics was admired by the Queen of England Elizabeth, who visited Insadong during her visit to Korea in 1999

When purchasing pottery, you should consider color, sound and workmanship. Color can be defined, examining the outer surface of the product, the sound – knocking on ceramics with a finger, the workmanship is on a level and smooth surface. If the ceramic surface has a transparent, clear sound and smooth surface, it is considered to be of high quality. When buying, you also need to take into account the purpose for which you are purchasing this ceramic. Pottery is usually bought or as decoration or for household necessities. If you need pottery as a decoration, you need to know the name of the master, year, and manufacturing technology, but if you need pottery, look if it’s painted, solidly made whether there are any cracks and whether it was its price.

Ceramics can be purchased at pottery villages, in Insa-Dong, a “flea market” Hwanghak-Dong and in the trade shops at the festivals of ceramics. The leading villages are ceramics Village ceramics by Ikon in the province of Gyeonggi-do, and the ceramics Village of Ejw.