Blogs from Insadong, Seoul, South Korea, Asia - page 4


Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Insadong May 19th 2010

Last weekend was probably one of the best weekend’s I’ve had in Korea so far. It started out as a typical Friday where I was exhausted from having taught my 2nd grade and Kindergarten classes, plus the two extra afterschool lessons that I was told about ten minutes beforehand. It seems to be the Korean way for bosses to tell employees of things right at the last possible moment. For the life of me I won’t ever understand this. That evening after taking a short nap I went to my Korean language class, which has basically become the Friday night social gathering for the 'Yongin Crew' that I've started to associate myself with. After Korean class around 8:30 we decided to go and eat before we would head out to the bar. A favorite restaurant of ... read more
Dragon Parade Float
Dragon Parade Float
Lotus Lanterns

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Insadong May 16th 2010

It was mid-week and a pretty average one at that, when my friends Amy and Austin told me that they were heading up to Seoul over the weekend for the long awaited Lotus Lantern Festival. I knew nothing about it, so looked up some information both to better understand and to decide whether or not to join them on this adventure. I was hesitant, because we'd be heading up very early Saturday morning on the 4 1/2 hour bus ride to Seoul, then coming back on the Sunday midnight bus, meaning we'd arrive back to Geoje at 4:30am Monday, then have to be at work a few hours later. Austin was particularly enthusiastic about this festival, saying he'd been looking forward to it since before even coming to Korea. The Lotus Lantern Festival is a celebration ... read more
Dos Taco

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Insadong April 30th 2010

No trip to Korea is complete without a tour of Seoul, the bustling capital of Korea. With a population of over 11 million (17 million during the work day) this place is as frustrating as it is amazing! The experience began with the frustrating as Mike and family attempted to drive to Seoul at 9pm on Friday evening. Taking the train from Busan to Seoul, I was faster than they were going a third of the distance by car! Finally they arrived and we found a hotel that looked nice first glance! As we were checking in and told them we'd be staying 2 nights, the receptionist said "Oh, people don't usually sleep overnight in our motel"...great...So we go into our rooms, which were huuuuuge, with 2 big screen tvs, a couch, nice bathroom...and a ... read more
Nice scenery walking along the stream
Pumping the crowd for the traditional wedding ceremony
Bride's family accepting gifts from groom's family

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Insadong October 8th 2009

Hello folks! First off, we would like to wish a big Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and family celebrating back home this weekend! We will certainly be thinking of you this weekend and the delicious turkey we will be missing! Now, here in Korea, last weekend was their version of Thanksgiving, better known as Chuseok, or Harvest festival (it occurs on the full moon of the 8th lunar cycle). We decided to take advantage of a 4-day weekend and boarded the Soul train for a few days of exploration in the booming metropolis boasting a population of over 11 million! Let me start by saying that before our trip had even begun, we weren't sure it was going to happen, because Wednesday night, while playing volleyball at school with other teachers, Mike sprained his ankle. ... read more
Mike's sprained ankle on Friday
War Memorial
Korean War Memorial

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Insadong September 29th 2009

Yes, it has been a while. In my defense I haven’t really done anything blog-worthy in the past few weeks. Last weekend my co-teacher took us foreign teachers to Insadong, which is a “traditional” area of Seoul. It was nice but extremely crowded. Cars are not allowed to drive in the touristy area on weekends which made it a bit better. It is basically an area filled with shops and street vendors selling “traditional” things to tourists. I had been toying with the idea of trying silkworm larvae (a street snack sold in Korea) so my co-teacher bought a cup of it. Well…I tried one and that was enough. I can cross that off my list of things to try in Korea. We also saw rice cakes being made by young guys who chanted and sang ... read more
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Me..trying silkworm larvae
Korean performance in Insadong

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Insadong June 29th 2009

We decided to try and experience some authentic Korean culture and made our way to the Gyeonbokgung Palace. the palace is filled with animal statues representing the different months and are said to protect the palace from evil spirits. we also had a tour through the national folk museum which highlighted the development of the Korean culture. we were able to try some Papbingso which is a mix of shaved ice, berries, cornflakes and icecream...and another other korean food which i dont know how to pronounce. we walked around the Art village area in Seoul and saw all the different and amazing Korean Style artwork. The Korean food vendors on the side of the round all had different and unusual foods so we couldnt help but stop to try and sample a variety of the side-walk ... read more
The Palace
The Kings Room
more shopping

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Insadong May 1st 2009

Seoul was great. We did our best to stay dry (it rained all day) it was really easy to get around the city. And we took advantage of the tourist information booths they have everywhere. In fact we went into the same one at least 4 times. The lady at the counter laughed much at us. Also Ryan and I decided Seoul’s Incheon airport is our favorite so far. Its like a mall. A fancy high-end mall with Gucci, Channel, and Coach. We can’t afford shit there but it is nice to look at. Ryan happened to notice something while we were coming through Seoul on the way to Thailand. Almost every single couple was wearing matching outfits. He had counted like 13 in just a few minutes. Apparently it’s the cool thing to do there. ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Insadong March 22nd 2009

I have not had a chance to update in a few days but let me first say I'm feeling much much much better now. Last week it was St. Patrick's Day which is not really celebrated here by many Koreans. In school there wasn't any mention of it, no 4 leaf clovers cut out in art class, or green stickers to pass out. It was kind of sad! I went to Itaewon with Pam and met up with a few of her friends for a green beer at an Irish pub which was fun but it was mostly Westerners. I saw a huge group of rugby players (possibly New Zealanders..yum!) It was nice to see people wearing green and some even wearing those funny antlers of green clovers..sigh, I miss the kitchy western ways. Before the ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Insadong March 21st 2009

Again today, it was a BEAUTIFUL day. At just over 70 degrees some could almost have said it was 'hot.' I had no plans and all I knew was that I wanted to be outside in the sun so i ventured up to the track again for a run. Everyone was outside today, enjoying the weather. On the track, women were there pushing strollers, kids were playing soccer and running. Others were just helping their child make a couple steps in the grass before they fell back down again. I was out there for just under two hours, and its funny how all kids are the same. All parents are the same, no matter where in the world you are. The kids were just chasing after eachother playing soccer, grabbing onto the backs of shirts to ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Insadong January 18th 2009

In the last few weeks I have endeavoured to see some sights and take in some more culture and history - and Korea has plenty of both. Sightseeing is made a lot easier by the fact that I live less than an hour of Seoul, where there’s so much to see and do. I thought I’d share a few pictures of the places I’ve seen. Insadong is one of the best known attractions in Korea, both for foreigners and natives. You can wander around and see traditional Korean crafts, snacks, pottery, galleries, clothes, and street performances. The historical main street is like no other in Korea so you see a real contrast when you reach the end and rejoin modern day Korea - neon lights, shopping centres and high rise buildings. About 5 minutes from Insadong ... read more
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