Category Archives: Korea

Seoul

Gwangjang Market

Rolled Fish

Place the fish side by side on the kraft paper

Roll the kraft paper with the fish

Afterwards she folded the rolled fish in half (crosswise) then gave it to the customer

Hat Store

Empty Seashells

The orderly arrangement of empty discarded seashells

Spot the Kimchi Pots

Previously, Gamcheon was a slum village in Busan, but instead redevelopment they’ve opted preservation and rejuvenation. Nowadays it’s a creative community where art works are seen everywhere, and where imaginative small shops thrive. I love this concept of urban revitalization boosting cultural content rather than erasing it.

I’m pretty sure there are plenty of searchable lovely pictures of this village out there minus the kimchi pots. And so here are the kimchi pots I’ve spotted in my walkabout.

Universal Drinks Menu

Language is not a barrier in ordering a particular beer at a non-English speaking restaurant if the photographs of the actual bottles and cans are in the beverage menu. Quite logical.

Couple Self-Portraits on Locks

Cute

A mug with sentimental value

A cell site must be a good place to lock one’s love

Lengthy dedication

Dried Frogs

Dried frogs for sale in Busan

January 1, 2017

Street eating in Busan

New Year’s Shopping

Koreans shopping for seafood at Jalgachi Market today

Noryangjin Fish Market

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This one is an exclusively seafood market. A big one. No such sort exist in the Philippines where seafood here are sold in a specific section of the palengke, or at some corner of the talipapa. So at Noryangjin Fish Market with all its assortment of marine edibles where two-thirds of those I cannot identify, it was a wonderment to be inside, ogling unhurriedly at each edible curiosity, and hearing the din from the collective voices of the fishmongers. Obviously, they can tell that I was just an observer and not a potential customer, but I felt at ease because the ajummas and ajeossis don’t seem to mind, and they seem to understand that it was just a field trip of sort to me.

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Mini Gimbap

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I love rice and its derivatives that this mini gimbap is one of the several reasons I miss Korea. It’s amazing how addicting it can be when at a glance it’s just vegetables and rice wrapped in seaweed and sprinkled with sesame seeds. But it has a distinct taste, an umami comparable to junk food addiction. It must be from a trace of secret sauce, or from the magical hands of the ajumma.

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Manhole Lids in Korea

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I suppose I must have walked a lot to have spotted all sorts of manhole covers from Japan to Korea. There are more but not all have pictures because it was either too cold to expose my hands, or it was precariously located on a busy road. Sometimes, I’d just scrutinize these things without digitizing.

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City Towers

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Seoul’s landmark with American spirit

A prominent city tower becomes a modern landmark, an observation tower, a city icon. Except for the Empire State Building in NYC, I’ve never been inside those city towers, nor have they been intentionally included in my itinerary. I was just contented to gaze from afar, and occasionally marveled its height. Most often I’d use it as point of reference, a lighthouse on land.

In Korea, the surrounding park and the path leading to Namsan peak in Seoul is excellent for walking, even at winter. So we walked to the top and then walked back down using a different route. It just so happen that Seoul Tower is on Namsan, close enough for me to take a snapshot at dusk – to document my walk.

Korea’s Phone Booth

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Suwon Market

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Assortment of beans

These three images of produce that are regulars in the diet of Koreans are my keepsake from my ‘market walking’ in Suwon City.

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Ginseng

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Chilies

Red Bean Siopao

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Steaming bread with red bean filling, the traditional way in Nami Island.

Kimchi Jars

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Kimchi jars as seen from the second floor stairway window inside an old building in Seoul.

Lost Cat Sign

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Lost cat sign at the World Cup Park in Seoul

Straw Covered Tree Trunks

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Some trees needed protection from the frosty weather so they wear straw coats. In Korea, you’ll come across a lot of trees in winter straw clothing.

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