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:) )
How did I survive? HOW? I’ll never know.
In Itaewon the next day.
If only this place had been open when I walked by!
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).
Traditional kite-making workshop- one of many, including mask-making, straw weaving, rice wine making, top spinning, etc.
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!
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.
The area was beautiful, and the day sunny and warm- a great afternoon to sit and read by the stream.
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.
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)