Tag Archives: Seoul

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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Korea’s Phone Booth

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Kimchi Jars

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Kimchi jars as seen from the second floor stairway window inside an old building 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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Korean Postal Box

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Chicken Illustrations

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Here are few examples of chicken illustrations mostly from the numerous fried chicken establishments in Korea.

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K-Broom

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The native broom of Korea

Eulalia

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Talahib is romantic

It is a peculiarity of Korea to regard the talahib as attraction and photography backdrop. And in this winter season, dead grasses exude its own kind of collective beauty.

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Art installations among the talahib as photography backdrop

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The beauty of dead grasses

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It says here there’s even a festival for the talahib

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Winter Solution at the Market

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The ajummas and ajeossis of the Noryangjin Fish Market would warm their hands from time to time on a tin can with live charcoal. Almost every fish vendor has one near its stall. Yet another Korean winter solution.

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Hot Eats on a Hot Bench

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Hot eats on a heated bench

Hot eats on a heated bench is one example of Korean winter solution. Snacking at the bustling market despite the negative temperature outside is what makes the winter season lively instead of dreary in Seoul.

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Heated bench

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It is nice to be served hot food by the ajummas

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Public Soap Bar

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That blue soap bar on a stick that rotates when you use it for easy application is Korea’s unconventional idea of public soap. You’ll get used to it.

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