Monthly Archives: May 2013

A Thousand Years of Seoulitude: Weekend Return to Seoul!

Last weekend we had work off on Friday for Buddha’s Birthday, so we took the extra day and hopped on a bus to Seoul! Unlike my training week in Seoul a couple months ago, we had plenty of time to explore and be a tourist.

Me inside a hanger structure outside our hostel!

Me inside a hanger structure outside our hostel!

Me inside a soju bottle structure!

Me inside a soju bottle structure!

a cool building

a cool building

a colorful wall

a colorful wall

posing against a colorful wall

posing against a colorful wall

a hidden passageway leading to someone's backyard

a hidden passageway leading to someone’s backyard

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some reindeer sculptures

some reindeer sculptures

the subway crawling out of the underground and into the light of the city!

the subway crawling out of the underground and into the light of the city!

another cool building!

another cool building!

me eating squid

me eating squid

squid man

squid man

Ewha Woman's University, my future alma mater maybe in a dream of mine

Ewha Woman’s University, my future alma mater maybe in a dream of mine

the university continues, gardens galore

the university continues, gardens galore

an awesome staircase!

an awesome staircase!

me pretending I am just an ordinary student there no big deal

me pretending I am just an ordinary student there no big deal

the seal of the university!

the seal of the university!

why is there a statue of a MAN here. This is a woman's college!

why is there a statue of a MAN here. This is a woman’s college!

more beautiful gardens

more beautiful gardens

wow, the many ways to say hello!

wow, the many ways to say hello!

another sign

another sign

some graffiti!

some graffiti!

wow

wow

cool

cool

fun

fun

stellar

stellar

graffiti hoorah!

graffiti hoorah!

a man with a plan

a man with a plan

this is just a normal hair salon

this is just a normal hair salon

A flying turtle, cool!

A flying turtle, cool!

view from a soju hof, where you can get fancy soju cocktail things and fruit!

view from a soju hof, where you can get fancy soju cocktail things and fruit!

a cool building lit up at night!

a cool building lit up at night!

The next day was a bit gloomy, but we still managed to do some sightseeing.

oooooo a shell spire!

oooooo a shell spire!

a statue

a statue

Me, dressed as a king!

Me, dressed as a king!

We were all outfitted for free by the "I Am King" booth

We were all outfitted for free by the “I Am King” booth

the real king

the real king

some pillars

some pillars

The US Embassy

The US Embassy

a palace

a palace

a dog statue?

a dog statue?

Well, I tried, but I couldn't get him to smile.

Well, I tried, but I couldn’t get him to smile.

Another palace guard

Another palace guard

grilled meat!

grilled meat!

an omelette pancake thing that was delicious

an omelette pancake thing that was delicious

a festival/parade

a festival/parade

yay!

yay!

a pagoda park

a pagoda park

a very very old statue. so old, it was enclosed in glass!

a very very old statue. so old, it was enclosed in glass!

some sheep on a rooftop

some sheep on a rooftop

a butterfly girl

a butterfly girl

 

a changing of the guard

a changing of the guard

large drums are integral to this ceremony

large drums are integral to this ceremony

palace ceremony take 3

palace ceremony take 3

palace ceremony take 4

palace ceremony take 4

palace ceremony take 5

palace ceremony take 5

palace ceremony take 6

palace ceremony take 6

cool building alert!

cool building alert!

this one's alright too

this one’s alright too

another pagoda!

another pagoda!

pagodas in the middle of the city

pagodas in the middle of the city

fountain

fountain

a large bell!

a large bell!

Seoul was magnificent and we had a great time exploring. We stumbled upon some great things, like Korean bass tenors singing in art galleries and an amazing Stomp-like cooking show. I know we will be back soon to do it all again! And next time, we’re going to explore the DMZ!

Thanks for sharing this journey with me,

식사하셨어요? 안녕하세요!

Ariel

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Temple Lights and a Rooftop Petting Zoo

This weekend we explored the Lotte Mall in Nopo, which we knew had some great panoramic views from the roof. We didn’t know the place was host to a fountain show on the first floor and a petting zoo on the roof though! So that was a pleasant surprise. After touring the mall, we headed over to the Samkwangsa Temple, to see the many lanterns they were preparing for Buddha’s birthday next week.

The amazing dancing fountain at the Lotte Mall in Nampo, not only did the bottom of the fountain sway to the beat, but the top of it let down mist in different patterns! It was pretty darn cool. And totally beat the Bellagio fountain, sorry guys.

The amazing dancing fountain at the Lotte Mall in Nampo, not only did the bottom of the fountain sway to the beat, but the top of it let down mist in different patterns! It was pretty darn cool. And totally beat the Bellagio fountain, sorry guys.

The bathrooms at the petting zoo!

The bathrooms at the petting zoo!

some pigs

some pigs

some larger pigs

some larger pigs

bunnies!

bunnies!

more bunnies!

more bunnies!

and more rabbits!

and more rabbits!

Rooftop view

Rooftop view

docks leading out to sea

docks leading out to sea

Love locks <3

Love locks ❤

One of many lantern lined pathways

One of many lantern lined pathways

Preparation for Buddha's birthday celebration has begun

Preparation for Buddha’s birthday celebration has begun

lanterns up close

lanterns up close

Lanterns galore!

Lanterns galore!

Temple entrance

Temple entrance

Inside of the temple

Inside of the temple

View of the Daebo Pagoda

View of the Daebo Pagoda

Berry lanterns!

Berry lanterns!

Some parts of the temple are living quarters for Buddhists

Some parts of the temple are living quarters for Buddhists

Temple backyard

Temple backyard

Fierce rabbit warrior

Fierce rabbit warrior

and his friends. All of them represent a year from the zodiac.

and his friends. All of them represent a year from the zodiac.

white lanterns

white lanterns

Buddhist elephant!

Buddhist elephant!

The temple begins to light up.

The temple begins to light up.

A light up swirl machine

A light up swirl machine

lanterns around the base of the Daebo Pagoda

lanterns around the base of the Daebo Pagoda

Daebo Pagoda, constructed in 1997, and carved with 53 Buddhas praying for the unification of South and North Korea

Daebo Pagoda, constructed in 1997, and carved with 53 Buddhas praying for the unification of South and North Korea

Lantern views

Lantern views

Temple lit up take two!

Temple lit up take two!

A saxophone player leads the lighting ceremony!

A saxophone player leads the ceremony!

Last view of the lit up temple

Last view of the lit up temple

Phew, I know I keep saying this, but the weeks go by so fast here! Next weekend is Buddha’s birthday, so we are headed to Seoul. Talk to you again then!

 

안녕히 계세요!

Ariel

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Sweet Weekend Weather: The Beach and Gamcheon Village

Hey everyone! This weekend I hit the beach again! The weather is just too nice to stay inside or not listen to the waves while catching some rays. I also visited, and wandered around, Gamcheon Culture Village, which is a shamble of very colorful houses and steep narrow winding roads. It was pretty fun! Here are the photos:

The beach awaits

The beach awaits

Views from a cafe/curry noodle place we ate at

Views from a cafe/curry noodle place we ate at

more beach views

more beach views

the most adorable dog!

the most adorable dog!

running everywhere!

running everywhere!

some people learning to windsurf

some people learning to windsurf

the cutest little dog statues in Busan

the cutest little dog statues in Busan

The day after the beach day was dedicated to exploring! Specifically the colorful streets of Gamcheon Cultural Village.

One of the very colorful painted houses of Gamcheon

One of the very colorful painted houses of Gamcheon

some interesting bird scultpures

some interesting bird scultpures

nice cat drawing!

nice cat drawing!

small colorful side streets

small colorful side streets

planters yay!

planters yay!

a look at all the rooftops up the mountain

a look at all the rooftops up the mountain

a look at all the rooftops out until the ocean

a look at all the rooftops out until the ocean

a colorful fence

a colorful fence

Buddist temple

Buddhist temple

more street views

more street views

a beautiful doorway

a beautiful doorway

another beautiful doorway! This cultural village is basically a suburb we are exploring ha

another beautiful doorway! This cultural village is basically a suburb we are exploring ha

Buddist temple

Buddist temple

pink striped house

pink striped house

The Dustin Hoffman Hoff (bar/restaurant)

The Dustin Hoffman Hoff (bar/restaurant)

more roofs

more roofs

more city views

more city views

bird sculptures again

bird sculptures again

another view!

another view!

And with that the weekend blew by once more. I can’t wait to see what will happen next. I hope your week will be awesome!

야! 친구!

Ariel

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