Wednesday, January 13, 2016

South Korea Vacation Part 12 - Dinner with friends and Toys R Us

 
We had a lovely dinner with our dear friend, Jennifer. Her little girl is one day older that our grandson Judah.
The restaurant was just beautiful and the food was amazing.
 
Here is a little video of Jennifer's daughter:


 
                              After dinner photo. Jennifer's husband also came along with Hannah.
We visited Toys R Us at Jamsil Station in Seoul to pick up some gifts for the grandboys. It was jammed back with toys. It took us awhile to decide what to get each one. Toys are not cheap in Korea but the grandkids were so worth it:)









                                                     I loved this but it was so expensive.
                   We knew Ezra would love this and he did. The limousine is remote control.



Here is a little video I shared on Facebook of Ezra and his new toy. I could watch this video all day long.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

South Korea Vacation 2015 - Part 11 Insadong and Dongdaemun

 
Insadong in Seoul is always a must stop for me for many reasons. I love seeing the latest cuteness like these cats.
You never know when you, as a foreigner, will be surrounded by a group of students who's school assignment is to ask you questions in English and video the encounter. This group was especially eager to use their English skills and we had a great time. This was one of many times this has happened to us, almost always in Insadong.

                                                   Anyone for some poo deliciousness?
                                        I don't remember seeing the burnt ones before.
                                                            I also love their advertising.
 I can't remember where we saw this but I have always been a huge fan of Infinite Challenge. 
                                                 Lunch was at a local restaurant in Insadong.

 
Then it was off to Dongdaemun where I need to get some fabric. This is not an uncommon sight in that area. It is known as the garment district of Seoul but I do wonder how they ever drive, let alone make lane changes or turns. On second thought, I definitely do not want to know!
Here's a close up. 
I needed to get some satin for my bojagi teacher who is currently living and teaching here in the States. My satin guy closed his shop years ago but I found this guy who had the fabric I was looking for. I fell in love with a chasu print fabric years ago and so did my bojagi teacher. It is so beautiful and I was glad to find him. If you have ever been in the Dongdaemun Shopping Center, you know how huge it is and how easy it is to get lost. But I figured I would find what I need near the hanbok stalls and luckily I was right.
                                                   Here is the fabric I bought for myself.
                                                                        Yummy!
Here's a panoramic view that Rocketman shot while patiently waiting for me.
I also stopped by my favorite fabric shop. It's underground in Dongdaemun and I loaded up on the sheer fabric that I love to use in my bojagi projects.
The owner was also selling these adorable bojagi necklaces and I just had to get one. It was so beautiful.
                                                                      Here's a closeup.
She also had these beautiful apple pins. All handmade and beautiful.
I also bought this hand painted watercolor in Insadong.
                                          I saw beautiful printed ramie and had to pick up some.
       I also stopped at a couple of hanji shops in Insadong. Can one have too much paper or fabric?
 I bought quite a bit of hanji paper at my favorite hanji shop in Insadong. Can you believe that the hanji paper was exactly the width as the length of my largest suitcase? It fit like a glove. I won't comment on the weight but Rocketman was glad that our AirBnB was very near Insadong.
                                              Here it is safely back in the U.S.A.
 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

South Korea Vacation 2015 - Part 10 Sewol Protest

While we were visiting the Buddhist temple in my previous post, we saw this group of Koreans line up and begin marching.
 
It was so powerful to watch and so very sad. There is still a lot of anger for the government's handling of the Sewol ferry disaster.
We were told that these were family members that continue to protest to seek justice. The biggest demands are for an independent inquiry into the sinking and also the recovery of nine who's bodies have never been recovered.

I was able to take a video of the demonstration as they made their way out of the temple and into the streets of Seoul:


Sunday, December 20, 2015

South Korea Vacation 2015 - Part 9 Insadong Buddhist Temple

 
We visited my one of my favorite Buddhist Temples which is very near Insadong in Seoul. They were busy constructing these plant installations which featured mums. They were not in bloom yet and I wish we had been there when it was finished and in full bloom.
                                  But you still could see how beautiful it was going to be.


I will never know what the occasion was for this but it really isn't necessary to know the reason why to appreciate it.
 
 
 So much work and talent involved to create this.
And the lotus flowers did not disappoint. They are one of my favorite flowers.
See the goldfish too?
                                     The birth of a lotus flower. So very beautiful to me.

 There is a pond in front of the temple and you walk over the pond to get to the temple.

At the front entrance, I found this offering left by someone, apple juice and some dduk (ricecakes). We also happen to visit as a protest march was getting underway. My next post will be devoted to that.
 
 
 

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