Wednesday, February 28, 2018

[Guest Book] Christianne




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● Nationality : USA
● Name : Christianne



● Comment:

The International Patient Centre(Selina) were very helpful and engaging. Made the whole experience pleasant.




Thanks  for your positive feeback!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Gene therapy for knee pain


In Korea, new genetic injection have developed to decrease knee pain.


Recent clinical trials have shown that an intra-articular single gene therapy injection of patients with osteoarthritis improved their pain and activity levels as well as overall quality of life.

Importantly, the improvements were prolonged up to 2 years without major safety concerns. Most adverse events were mild in severity.

The injection delivers human allogenic chondrocytes directly into the joints affected by knee osteoarthritis. These cells help to improve joint function and symptoms.

Therefore as a potential new injection of gene therapy could be used to slow down or stop the progression of osteoarthritis in its tracks, thereby improving joint function and pain.




Sunday, February 11, 2018

Winter festivals during Korean New Year's Day

Daegwallyeong Snow Festival


Period
02.07.2018 ~ 02.22.2018
Address
135-6, Daegwallyeong-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
강원도 평창군 대관령면 대관령로 135-6
Location

Hoenggye-ri Songcheon area
Telephone

• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 
• For more info: +82-33-335-3995

Sponsors / Management
Daegwallyeong Festival Committee /
Introduction
The Daegwallyeong Snow Festival is held in the Hoenggye-ri area, which is located in Daegwanryeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do. The festival will be full of events for visitors to enjoy. Daegwallyeong Snow Festival first began in 1993 and thanks to its increasing popularity each year, the festival was selected as one of the top twelve cultural festivals in Korea in the year 2000. The festival's venue, Daegwallyeong, is often referred to as the Alps of Korea due to its 700 m high valley that receives heavy snowfall every winter.
Performance Times
10:00-21:00
Admission/Participation Fees
[Snow carving]
Weekdays: 5,000 won
Weekends: 7,000 won

[Snow sledding/snow slide]
Weekdays: 5,000 won
Weekends: 6,000 won

[Day pass]
Weekdays: 15,000 won
Weekends: 17,000 won
Transportation
[Bus]
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Heonggye (횡계). 
* Bus schedule: 06:32-20:05 at 30 min interval. (Subject to change.) 
-Exit to the right out of Heonggye Bus Terminal (횡계시외버스공용정류장
-Walk along Daegwallyeong-ro Street (대관령로) until you reach Heonggye Rotary (횡계로타리). 
-Turn right onto Jangseon-gil Road (장선길) and the festival is about 200m ahead.


Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival


Period
01.29.2017 ~ 02.18.2018
Address
60, Jaraseom-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 가평군 가평읍 자라섬로 60 (가평읍)
Location
Gapyeongcheon Stream area in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 
• For more info: +82-31-581-1771

Sponsors / Management
Gapyeong-gun County / Jaraseom Theme Park, Gom Entertainment
Introduction
Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival offers various hands-on programs to tourists and participating residents of Gapyeong-eup, and is managed by the Gapyeong-eup Shopping Center Cooperative. Various events will be available during the festival.
Programs
Trout ice fishing, Winter Park Play Zone, experience program, other events
Performance Times
09:00-17:00
Admission/Participation Fees
Individuals 17,000 won (ages 4 or more)
Additional Events
[Themed Event]
Trout village, folk play village, snow and ice village
- Trout fishing, snow sled, ice sled, ATV, bumper car, ice folk play game, etc.

[Indoor Subsidiary Event]
Gapyeong Premium Hall (including agricultural products), Gapyeong Promotion Hall, Indoor Experience Hall (snack, sotdae, traditional arrow/sword, wood makers, natural soap/fragrance making, etc.)

[Food]
Hoe Center for sliced trout, grilled trout center, traditional food (rice cake with potatoes, etc.), waffle, fish cake, tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), ramyeon (ramen), Chinese food, coffee, mandu guk (dumpling soup)
Discount Information
People with disabilities, local residents, men of national merit: 30%
Group discount: 10%
* No gift card will be given to people who get a discount.
Ticket Reservations
Website: Timon, Coupang, We Make Price, Auction, 11st
Transportation
[Train]
Gapyeong Station
* ITX Train Schedule: 06:00-22:00, runs 20 times a day

[Bus]
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Gapyeong (가평).
* Bus Schedule: 06:35-22:05, runs 31 times a day
From Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 9
Take Bus 7000 to Gapyeong.
* Bus No. 7000 Schedule: runs 17 times a day (Inquiries: +82-2-3431-3994)

[Subway]
From Sangbong Station (Seoul Subway Line 7 or Jungang Line),
Transfer to Gyeongchun Line and get off at Gapyeong Station.
It is a 10min-walk from Gapyeong Bus Terminal, and a 15min-walk from Gapyeong Station.

* Note: Times and schedules for public transportations are subject to change, please check to confirm before visiting.



Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival 


Period
12.23.2017 ~ 02.18.2018
Address
175-11, Cheonjangho-gil, Cheongyang-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
충청남도 청양군 정산면 천장호길 175-11
Location
Area of Alps Village Festival Ground in Cheongyang-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 
• For more info: +82-41-942-0797~8

Sponsors / Management
Alps Village Committee /
Introduction
Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival features a large-scale ice fountain creating an Alps Castle where fairy tale characters are living together. The ice fountain and sculptures create a splendid ambience during the nighttime opening. This festival serves to create valuable memories for children and a romantic winter dating spot for couples alike. Located 5 minutes away, a suspension bridge over Cheonchangho Lake is famous as a filming location of the popular variety program “Two Days and One Night.”
Programs
- Things to see: Snow sculpture, ice sculpture, snow cave, wish tunnel, night event opening, etc. 
- Things to do: Snow sled, bobsleigh, ice sled
- Things to enjoy: Fishing smelt, zip trek, traditional yeot (Korean taffy), decorating a gourd, making organic cosmetic, caricature, catching smelt bare-handed, etc.
- Things to eat: roasted sweet potatoes, chestnuts, sagol tteokguk (rice cakes in beef bone broth), fried smelt, udon, haemul pajeon (seafood and green onion pancakes), etc.
- Things to taste on the street: steamed buns, fish cakes, grilled chicken skewer, Americano, hot chocolate, rice cake, etc.
Performance Times
Daytime: 09:00-17:00 / Nighttime: 18:00-22:00
Transportation
[Express/Intercity Bus]
From Central City Terminal, take an express bus bound for Jeongsan Bus Terminal. 

[Bus]
From Jeongsan Bus Terminal, transfer to a local bus bound for Cheongyang-Jeongsan and get off at Cheonjang-ri Bus Stop (3 bus stops). 

Walk along the road in the same direction of the bus toward Cheonjangho Lake for 830m.


Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_2.jsp?cid=1866962

Seoul Gangnam) Apgujeong & Cheongdam




APGUJEONG-DONG AREA
About a 20-minute walk from Apgujeong Station is the flourishing area that surrounds the Galleria Department Store. This area is often referred to as Korea's Rodeo Drive, with glittering businesses ranging from expensive designer stores to unique vintage clothing shops. The young and fashionable gather here, and you can enjoy the simple pleasure of people-watching. Korean celebrities frequent Apgujeong-dong and star-sightings are not common. One block away is Cheongdam-ro(street) which is lined with boutiques, are galleries, trendy cafes and bars.
↳ Take a Galleria Department Store-bound bus from Exit 2 of Apgujeong Station, Subway Line 3


CHEONGDAM-DONG AREA
Representative of luxury fashion trends, Cheongdam-dong is famous for shops selling brand name items from around the world as well as for sophisticated restaurants, bars and cafes. The various Korea, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Thai and fusion restaurants in the district are more than enough to satisfy the demanding tastes of visitors. Many people also meet here at night for the jazz bars, terrace cafes and tent bars.
↳ Exit 8 of Cheongdam Station, Subway Line 7