Korea’s Beautiful Script, Hangeul

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October 9 of every year holds a very special place in the hearts of Koreans; it is the birthday of Hangeul, the native Korean alphabet. The Korean alphabet is unique in that it is the only writing system in the world about which both the creation date and creator are known. Before the invention of Hangeul, Chinese characters called “hanja” were used in Korea. However, hanja was difficult to learn, especially for people of lower social status with little to no access to education, and this led to rampant illiteracy throughout the country.
In order to resolve the problem, King Sejong the Great (r. 1418-1450) began developing a new writing system that would be easy to access as well as to learn. The invention of the new script was started in 1443 and Hangeul underwent three years of trials before being official completed in 1446. At that time, Hangeul was disseminated with a thorough explanation of logic behind each stroke of its characters in the text

Korea’s Beautiful Script, Hangeul

What does Hangeul mean?

The name Hangeul is made up of two words: han (한) and geul (글). Han means either “big” or “great,” and geul refers to a writing script; Hangeul, therefore, means “great alphabet.” The original name of the Korean alphabet was “Hunminjeongeum,” which translates to “the proper guiding alphabet of the people.”
When Hunminjeongeum was first created, it consisted of 28 letters. From its original system, four letters have been dropped and the remaining 24 letters are now commonly referred to as Hangeul. Hunminjeongeum, or Hangeul, is not only easy to learn and convenient to use, but also uniquely scientific in its creation. In recognition of such virtues, the UNESCO inscribed the Hunminjeongeum Haeryebon (Guidebook) on its Memory of the World Register in October 1997.
Hangeul is a writing system that involves combining any of the standard 14 consonants and 10 vowels to form one-syllable blocks. Each vowel is made of a line or lines that represent the sky, the earth and people, while consonants reflect the shape of a human mouth during pronunciation. Besides the standard consonants and vowels, there are also 5 compound consonants and 11 compound vowels that make up additional 16 common sounds.

Who exactly was King Sejong the Great?

King Sejong the Great was inaugurated as the fourth king of the Joseon dynasty in 1418. As a leader, he put his passion for intellectual pursuits, love for his people, and keen interest in improving the lives of the common people into action. Consequently, the Joseon dynasty made great strides in various fields during his reign, improving the lives of his subjects in all aspects. Ultimately, the king’s achievements and benevolence led to the coining of the nickname, “King Sejong the Great.” The warm-hearted king is revered today, as demonstrated by his portrait on the 10,000 won bill!

Korea’s Beautiful Script, Hangeul

Where can I experience Hangeul?
The breath of living language, National Hangeul Museum

The National Hangeul Museum showcases the history and changes over time of the national script. Visitors can also play and learn Hangeul in the museum’s unique activity zones. See the changes to the way Hangeul is written from 1443 until now, play games using Hangeul toys, and learn to read and write your name!
•National Hangeul Museum
•>> Address: 139, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
•>> Admission: Free
•>> Website: http://www.hangeul.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

All about King Sejong! King Sejong Story & King Sejong the Great Memorial Hall

If you’re curious about the creator of Hangeul, visit King Sejong Story or King Sejong the Great Memorial Hall. These two exhibition halls display the story of King Sejong’s life, as well as his many achievements, including Hangeul.
•King Sejong Story
•>> Address: 175, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
•>> Admission: Free
•>> Website: http://www.sejongstory.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish)
•>> King Sejong the Great Memorial Hall
•>> Address: 56, Hoegi-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
•>> Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers & Children 1,500 won
•>> Website: http://www.sejongkorea.org/ (Korean only)

More info
▶ National Institute of Korean Language website: http://www.korean.go.kr (Korean, English)
▶ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)
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A Shopping Paradise Under your Feet, Seoul’s Top Underground Shopping Malls

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Korea’s four distinctive seasons, with cold winds in winter or the sudden downpours during the rainy season in summer, may cause varying levels of inconvenience in having a pleasant shopping experience in Korea. However, the weather causes no problem at the top five underground shopping malls in Seoul, where one can go and fully enjoy shopping, without being restricted by the whims of weather. Not only are these shopping malls lined with shops, but they are also packed with restaurants, cafés, and cultural attractions. Plus, these malls are connected to the subway, allowing you visit the malls conveniently and enjoy shopping while keeping your feet dry even in the middle of a rain storm.

Goto Mall (Gangnam Terminal Underground Shopping Center) and Famille Station

Goto Mall, a contraction of gosokteomineol, meaning “express bus terminal,” and Famille Station are often referred to as shopping heaven for women. A long shopping aisle connecting Banpo Station (Seoul Subway Line 7) and Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 7, 9) flourishes with multitude of stores offering various goods, making it the largest underground shopping mall of its kind in Seoul. The latest clothing trends, accessories, cosmetics, interior products and wholesale flowers – there’s nothing here you won’t find. You can also enjoy a delicious meal or a cup of coffee at one of the many popular restaurants and coffee shops, or seek entertainment at a movie theater. In addition, shoppers can move easily around the area due to the expansion of aisles that connect Shinsegae Department Center, Central City Terminal, and Express Bus terminal.

Goto Mall (Gangnam Terminal Underground Shopping Center) and Famille Station

Yeongdeungpo Underground Mall and Times Square

Yeongdeungpo has long been a hub of public transportation in Seoul that is always crowded with people coming and going. Since the opening of the mega shopping mall Times Square, it has been drawing even more traffic. Yeongdeungpo Underground Mall offers a variety of products marketed to different age groups from teenagers to seniors. In addition, visitors can also visit Shinsegae Department Store and Times Square connected to the underground mall for a variety of shopping options.

Yeongdeungpo Underground Mall and Times Square

StarfieldCOEX Mall

Starfield COEX Mall is a well-known underground shopping mall in Korea that houses many brand stores. A movie theater, aquarium, duty-free shops, casino, COEX InterContinental Seoul, and department stores are delightfully connected to the underground mall, making it possible to enjoy shopping and cultural experiences without leaving the building. Famous restaurants and trendy dessert cafés, along with character pop-up stores and kid’s cafés located in the mall provide a fun day for all generations. With the opening of Starfield Library in May 2017 (bottom right photo), Starfield COEX Mall is gaining more popularity than ever!

StarfieldCOEX Mall

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Enjoy Spring Blossom Roads in Seoul

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Central Park in Seoul, Seoul Forest
Recognized as one of Seoul’s premium city-parks, a magnificent sight of giant cherry blossom trees can be found at Seoul Forest. Visitors to the park are welcome to enjoy a light walk or a picnic under the gently fluttering cherry blossoms. Don’t miss your chance to get to see deer and observe butterflies at the Ecological Forest while at the park.
Address: 273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul (more info)

Central Park in Seoul, Seoul Forest

A Perfect Picnic Spot, Children’s Grand Park
Children’s Grand Park is considered to be most stunning during springtime when cherry blossoms are in full bloom. In addition, other attractions such as the zoo and the botanical garden found within the park offer more to see, making the park a perfect picnic spot. Snacks for sale can be found at every corner and full meals are also available at the park’s cafeteria.
Address: 216, Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (more info)

A Perfect Picnic Spot, Children’s Grand Park

A Scene from a Fairy Tale, Seokchonhosu Lake
Every spring, Seokchonhosu Lake boasts a splendid view of approximately 300,000 cherry blossoms and wild flowers in bloom. In particular, the sight of Lotte World nestled in the middle of Seokchonhosu Lake creates a fairy tale-like picture. The annual Seokchonhosu Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is also held here, offering various events and programs for visitors to enjoy.
Address: 180, Jamsil-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (more info)

A Scene from a Fairy Tale, Seokchonhosu Lake

A Park Nearest to the Sky, Haneul Park in World Cup Park
Haneul Park (Sky Park), located within the World Cup Park, stands at the highest elevation among the other parks. Colonies of forsythias can be found along both sides of the trekking paths, creating the mood to enjoy spring to its fullest. Man-made structures are rarely found around the area as the park was formed as a restoration project to preserve ecological environment. Visitors are recommended to prepare a few drinks and snacks in advance before visiting.
Address: 95, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (more info)

A Park Nearest to the Sky, Haneul Park in World Cup Park

A Romantic Getaway, Noeul Park in World Cup Park
Noeul Park offers a pleasant sight of forsythias and royal azaleas in early spring and changes its colors to lovely shades of purple around May to June when the iris are in bloom. In addition, metasequoia trees path is well sought by couples as the trees that stretch down along both sides of the walking path set a romantic mood perfect for a relaxing stroll.

A Romantic Getaway, Noeul Park in World Cup Park

Address: 84, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (more info)

A Fabulous Flower Party, Seoul National Cemetery
The cherry blossoms cultivated at the Seoul National Cemetery resemble willow trees with their branches hanging down towards the ground as they age, giving one an image of waterfall of flowing flowers. Although Seoul National Cemetery is popular for its fascinating cherry blossoms, other spring blossoms such as forsythias and fringe trees serve as welcoming sights. In addition, the annual Seoul National Cemetery Event with Weeping Cherry Blossoms is held every April, offering various entertainment and experience opportunities.

A Fabulous Flower Party, Seoul National Cemetery

Address: 210, Hyeonchung-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul (more info)


 
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Hydraulic Parts

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[INQ. NO. 2103M09] ALFA TECH Co., Ltd. specializes in hydraulic parts for earth moving machines. Its headquarters are located in Seoul and it mainly supplies hydraulic parts to equipment manufacturers and the after service market. ALFA TECH has grown significantly over the years and continues to improve and expand.
ALFA TECH has been a reliable and professional supplier to Doosan, Hyundai & Volvo for a long time. Currently it supplies parts for not only equipment produced in Korea, but also for international companies such as Hitachi, Komatsu, Caterpillar, JCB, Kobelco, Liebherr, etc.
In 2019, ALFA TECH successfully launched its own brand ‘MOTROS’ in order to trade its hydraulic technology in the international market. Motros has the meaning of ‘Motion + Control + System’. In other words, motros covers the entire hydraulics system that controls machines by hydraulics.
Its parts are widely used in various industries such as earth moving machineries, vessels, industrial equipment, agricultural machines, etc. The company believes that these hydraulic parts produced under the name of motros can make your machines and life work more efficiently.
Its manufactured main products are final drives, slewing motors, reduction gears, & main pumps. They are presented as below:

Hydraulic Parts

Final drive
ALFA TECH’s final drive is compact with integrated reduction gear and multi-functioning valves. Advanced technology reduces power loss and ensures smooth start & stop. Also, the company has improved its overall mechanical efficiency for the best operation. It is now growing in popularity as the best OEM final drive in the world.

Slewing Motor
ALFA TECH’s slewing motors are fixed displacement axial piston motors for slewing applications. Integrated reduction gears and multi functioning valves can absorb pressure and shocks when the motor stops. This high technology ensures the machine works with high performance.

Hydraulic Parts

Main Pump
ALFA TECH’s main pump is designed to meet the needs of the marine, mobile and industrial markets where a medium/high pressure variable displacement pump is required. The company’s main pump has been selected as an OEM pump for world machinery proven for its high quality.

Reduction gears
High-quality reduction gears can improve a motor’s performance. ALFA TECH’s reduction gears guarantee precise operation and full performance of machines.


 
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Custom-built Special Containers

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[INQ. NO. 2103M08] Ace Engineering Co., Ltd. is a turnkey solution provider of diverse containerized solutions.
Beyond container manufacturing, Ace Engineering is leading the global market as a turnkey solution provider that provides a one-stop total service for all processes ranging from design, to electricity, air conditioning and firefighting equipment.
Established as the first specialized container manufacturer in Korea, with more than 30 years of research and development, Ace Engineering has been manufacturing custom-built special containers to numerous industry sectors such as energy, cold chain, offshore, aerospace, electric, and the military.
Ace Engineering is the largest ESS manufacturer in Korea. Maintaining high customer satisfaction, it continues to supply its flagship product, ESS containers, to leading domestic companies such as Samsung SDI, LG Chem, Hyosung, and SK D&D and to overseas companies such as ABB, Burns & McDonnell, AES, Siemens, and Duke Energy, etc.

Custom-built Special Containers


Ace Engineering is currently engaged in manufacturing various types of advanced products, mainly for containers.
The company’s ultra-freezer is able to transport and store cargos to -60C. Presently, it is developing upgraded product to preserve -75C. This product is used for special medical products, high grade groceries such as tuna.
For ESS (Energy Storage Solutions), Ace Engineering is showing its excellency in manufacturing of lithium ion and flow batteries storages for renewable energy, enhancing electricity quality with frequency regulations usage. The company is holding an accumulated reference of around 4GWh worth projects.
For securing lives and property from major rifles and bombs, Ace Engineering is producing bullet- and explosion-proof containers. Aerospace containers are also where the company shows specialty, which provides special containers to transport aircraft components, satellites, etc.

Custom-built Special Containers


Ace Engineering has reference with AIRBUS A320 / A350 wing panels. The offshore containers from the company are used in offshore drilling platforms to meet DNV2.7.1 requirements. Ace Engineering is the first Asian company to be certified by DNV-GL.
Moreover, Ace Engineering holds a total of 18 domestic and overseas certifications and patents, and is determined to develop and research containers that meet UL, IEC and NFPA regulations for safe ESS production.


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Construction Heavy Equipment & Undercarriage Parts

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Designing and Manufacturing Construction Machinery Parts

[INQ. NO. 2103M07] Since its establishment in 2006, CETEC has specialized in designing and manufacturing construction machinery parts, especially excavator undercarriage parts.
CETEC has thus been contributing to the heavy equipment industry development in Korea by supplying its excellent quality and competitiveness to domestic and overseas customers, with its unique skills in the development of overseas parts in Korea.
In addition, CETEC seeks the happiness of family and neighbors with necessary technology for the world that promotes human safety and minimizes the impact on nature through smart mechanical equipment and organic modularization through creative parts.

Construction Heavy Equipment & Undercarriage Parts

Parts Business
CETEC has developed and manufactured heavy equipment sub-parts that are sensitive to market trends at the forefront of the parts market.
In particular, CETEC is moving beyond the Korean market to overseas markets based on its experience and technology that has specialized in ‘rubber track’ and ‘rubber shoe pad’ products suitable for small excavators produced by major manufacturers in Korea, Japan and the USA, in cooperation with DRB, which has the best rubber track production facility in Korea for the past 15 years.

Construction Heavy Equipment & Undercarriage Parts

Used Construction Machinery Business
CETEC is operating the Korean branch of MASCUS, a world-renowned online used equipment trading site that is attracting more attention in the ‘untact’ era, attracting systematic real-time data and securing external reliability and price competitiveness of equipment.
The company’s representative director Seok-ho Bae noted that CETEC’s highly experienced staffs effectively provide convenient and rapid one-stop import and export services to heavy equipment sales and purchasing customers at most contact points with domestic and overseas construction machinery customers – including transactions by specific demand groups such as used cranes.


 
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Hydraulic Cylinders

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[INQ. NO. 2103M06] SHINMYONG Hydraulic Cylinders Co., Ltd. specializes in manufacturing and supplying hydraulic cylinders customized to the customers’ needs. Since its founding in 1995, the company has been constantly developing technologies to achieve the highest-quality products.
SHINMYONG Hydraulic Cylinders expanded its headquarters and factory to Siwha Industrial Complex in 2008 thanks to the support from its customers – and the relocation became a foundation for the company to advance the quality of its products a step further.
The company’s hydraulic cylinders are manufactured in the latest, automated facilities based on rich experience and know-how, and strong technological capability. They were exported to the USA for the first time in 2002, and are now being supplied to customers in other countries, including Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, for a variety of purposes, such as agriculture, general industry and special-purpose vehicles.

Hydraulic Cylinders


SHINMYONG Hydraulic Cylinders specializes in OEM manufacturing and has a total service system that can effectively respond to the customers’ requirements. The company strictly manages the quality of its products and manufactures its products according to a stable manufacturing system.
The company’s hydraulic cylinders can be installed in various kinds of equipment of the customers, such as frontloaders, skidloaders, backhoes, harvester roll balers, hydraulic cranes, lift, and quick couplers, and help them safely and perfectly operate their equipment with strong and precise movement.

Hydraulic Cylinders

For Agricultural Equipment and Construction & Industrial Equipment
Its major products are largely divided into cylinders for agricultural equipment and cylinders for construction and industrial equipment.
For agricultural equipment, such various hydraulic cylinders as front loaders, skid loaders, backhoes, harvesters, roll balers, etc. are manufactured and used frequently.
Various other types of hydraulic cylinders are widely applied for construction & industrial equipment,such as for hydraulic cranes, scissor lifts, quick couplers, high lift loaders, railway repair vehicles, etc.
The company’s president emphasized that the company will ceaselessly adopt innovation, develop new technology and expedite the introduction of the latest facilities, and ensure that the company will deliver on time, offer reasonable prices, and provide thorough after-sales management.
 
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Bio-food Extinguisher

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Bio-food Extinguisher

[INQ. NO. 2103M05] Bio-food extinguisher, where food waste and all the moisture disappear in the air without any trace, the first in the world and unique food extinguisher using a low/normal temperature method without additional heating.
Mimicry Co.,Ltd. gained customers’ wide recognition of this product after about five years of sales for home and restaurant use through on-line shopping malls of big business groups as the unique functionality in the world that solved environmental and hygiene problems 100% with nothing to release.
The company started exporting to France, Switzerland, and Austria upon obtaining the Europe CE approval and then received the Grand Prize at the 2020 G-Fair Korea of the 23rd best product exhibition.

Bio-food Extinguisher


The purpose of the company’s technology development is to pass down to future generations the beautiful environment, preserving clean rivers and seas.
For home usage, its maintenance expenses are less than KRW 700 won (US$ 0.60) per month without heating at all at the normal frequency of mixing food; and the annual replacement cost of its bio-chip is about from KRW 2,000 ~ 3,000 won (US$ 1.80 ~2.50).
Continuous use without releasing any food waste produced at home with this small amount of expense gives us confidence that it can be a breakthrough invention equal to a food disposal revolution that will solve perfectly all the problems caused by food waste.

Bio-food Extinguisher


For restaurant usage, starting with exporting to the European market and now expanding in the domestic market, it shall be the key to gradually solving all the problems of bad odors, hygiene, and the environment, caused by increasing quantities of food waste.
Mimicry has been focused on microorganisms and developing applied technologies. As a result, the company was able to achieve a groundbreaking invention in the area of bio-industry of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The patents used for the technology are: No. 10-14775945, No. 10-0611530 and No. 176991, and the technology is the only one that currently exists as a result of the company devoting itself to research and development for almost 40 years.
Receiving requests for technology partnerships from many buyers, Mimicry is currently looking forward to achieving global expansion in the near future.

Bio-food Extinguisher


 
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SYP Rice Popper

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[INQ. NO. 2103M04] SYP rice popper is equipment designed to make cakes and chips using only 100% natural grain, heat and pressure.
Shinyoung Mechanics Co., Ltd. has been manufacturing SYP rice popper since 2007. As of 2020, the company sold more than 3,200 SYP rice poppers in more than 70 countries.
SYP rice popper uses the grains produced in each country and manufactures various products that meet the preferences of local consumers.
Major products produced by SYP rice popper are gluten-free rice cake and corn cake, which are used instead of sliced bread or as a healthy diet and sold in grocery stores or organic food stores all over the world.
SYP rice popper can produce various products, such as healthy snacks for children and kids, cereal for weight-loss, seasoned snack chips, non-fried potato chips, cereal biscuit coated with chocolate, and so forth.

SYP Rice Popper


SYP rice popper can carry out many functions. It has a wide adjustable range and can pop various grains.
The popper comes in a compact size of 575m x 510mm x 1,490mm, which makes it easily portable. It generates only a small amount of noise, which makes it suitable not only for factories, but also for grocery stores and bakeries.
The popper can be operated automatically without a human operator, using PCL.
It operates under the TPR method, which automatically controls temperature. It can be used safely because it has a built-in safety sensor.
It is hydraulic – since it generates only a small degree of vibration, it is highly durable and does not break down easily.

SYP Rice Popper


 
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Faucets

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Eco-friendly Mixers

[INQ. NO. 2103M03] DADA Corporation has been focusing on faucet production for the past 55 years to realize its dream of using water systems that are the most convenient and especially how to optimize connections for water.
Most of the company’s faucets have unique designs with modern emotion and dynamic feeling and hide details to the value of actual function, which reflect well what customers want to get.
Smooth lines, perfect surface quality, defined feeling, comfortable and cozy reflect its faucets’ general features, and in pursuit of current fashion, the company is always trying to grasp the latest trends. Best of the best and most eco-friendly are its most outstanding points.

faucet


By using the best raw materials and components with a combination of fully automated production system, rust problems on the surface of the faucet body are completely resolved and extended lifetime. In particular, its advanced automatic plating system will bring customers satisfaction, because coating thickness is very stable and thicker than international standards.
Having passed tough quality tests through 500,000 cycle test, 6 kg air pressure test, heat cycle test, salt spray test, etc., DADA’s mixers have a more stable and stronger structure than those of its competitors.
DADA is playing an important role as a leader in eco-friendly faucets through continuous efforts, and its faucets are reputed as the most pure and natural among many customers.

Faucets


DADA produces many kinds of eco-friendly mixers that can reduce water consumption effectively, like its 3-step mixers that feature a special cartridge, sensor type mixer, touch- type mixer, and shower head using air-mixing technology.
In the area of general faucets, DADA is producing bath mixers, shower mixers, sink mixers, basin mixers, spray gun faucets, concealed mixers, rain showers, thermostat showers. The company also produces various kinds of bathroom accessories – including sliding bars, flush valves, and traps.
And in the area of color coated faucets, the company is producing mainly chrome plating, PVD coated faucets in colors of gold, dark gray, rose gold, etc., depending on order quantity, and it can supply any colored faucets required by the customer
 
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