Chuseok adventures, pt. III- enjoying Hongdae, Itaewon and the Namsan hanok vilalge

What can I say- Hongdae is cool. Damn cool. I have every intention of going back to continue exploring! (Only reasonable, as my plan for life in general is to never stop exploring as well:) )

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How did I survive? HOW? I’ll never know.

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In Itaewon the next day.

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If only this place had been open when I walked by!

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I went to the Namsan hanok village- hanok referring to traditional Korean housing. As it was Chuseok Monday, and various special demonstrations were occurring, the place was much busier than usual. Admission is free, so I decided to check it out anyway. For curious fellow expats, the village is located near Chungmuro station on the orange line (number 3).

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Traditional kite-making workshop- one of many, including mask-making, straw weaving, rice wine making, top spinning, etc. IMG_1756

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Namsan tower- almost definitely the highest point in Seoul, and I’m sure the view from its peak allows viewers to appreciate just how massive Seoul is!

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These women, dressed in traditional hanbok, are standing by a time capsule buried in honour of Seoul’s 600-year anniversary of its establishment of the capital of Korea. The capsule will be opened in 2394, on the city’s 1000-year anniversary.

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The area was beautiful, and the day sunny and warm- a great afternoon to sit and read by the stream.

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I absolutely adore seeing Korean children dressed up in traditional attire! (Adults as well, for the record, but they certainly can’t beat the cuteness of tiny Koreans).

 

Eventually I left the village to meet up with Ferryn and Cait for dinner. We came across a street vendor selling bunggeoppang, or fish-shaped waffles filled with red bean paste. Way too delicious and not as commonly encountered as I’d like, so I succumbed to the allure of a pre-dinner snack.

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Eventually we ended up with black bean noodles, seafood soup, and dumplings for dinner- delicious!

These ladies are AWESOME! (We went drinking together in Itaewon previously, but that night was too ridiculous and random and fun for me to remember to take any pictures :P)IMG_1784 IMG_1785

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