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Seoul in May

yes...2 months ago

So two months ago, I took photos and posted them on Travellerspoint, never actually blogging about them. Since then, I have gone to Borneo and still need to post photos/blog about it. I also went to the DMZ. I have had plenty to write about. Next weekend, I will go take photos for the first time since ...June? Time to get caught up!

First, we went to the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul. There were tanks upon tanks of fish, shellfish, baby octopuses (octopi?), and squid. There were lots of people there to shop and take pictures, and the hawkers were happy to oblige. After you've had your fill of the sights, you can pick up some fresh sashimi, sliced right in front of you (or, as was our sashimi's case, sliced only very recently) and take it to a little restaurant and eat to your heart's content. We also got ourselves some fresh raw oysters. How much would you pay for this? Back home in Indiana....a lot. Here in Korea...less than $15. YES!

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What does this look like...?
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Sea cucumbers
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This lady was only too happy to pose for my camera
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Just like Mr. Peanut!
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Tools of the trade
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What kind of fit?
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Lots of kidd-os there, fascinated by the creatures
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OH SO DELICIOUS
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Fish market lamps!

So our trip to Noryangjin was a great success! Not long after that, I went into Seoul to do some shopping/sightseeing with Michael and his wife, Dixie. This was before Buddha's birthday, before I went to Borneo, before Michael and Dixie took off to SE Asia. I always forget how lovely walking around in Seoul can be.

First, we hit up Insadong, which looks very different now than it did in the winter, the last time I took photos there. It's much more crowded, especially because it was the weekend.

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Chicken-on-a-stick (dalk kkochi) seller
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Fortune tellers are pretty popular here...they decide how "compatible" couples are for future marriage and sometimes decide names for unborn babies. I never really noticed them before, but now that I know what they're used for, I see them everywhere.
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Ceramics shop; Insadong is pretty well-known for its ceramics
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Man carries boxes
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Playing!
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We stopped for lunch: kimchi jjigae, kimchi pancake, and makeoli (rice wine). Delish!

Then we decided to walk to Namdaemun, the huge outdoor market where you can buy EVERYTHING. We passed Jogyesa, the Buddhist temple, and the surrounding religious paraphernalia shops. This time of the year (well...THAT time of the year, May) is the most beautiful around these parts because of all the lanterns being made and sold and hung.
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Lotus lanterns for sale
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The lanterns strung around Jogyesa
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They made the yin-yang from the Korean flag
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Neat!
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Reflection of the lanterns
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Shadows
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Tired of lotuses? There are plenty more options

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Reflection in Jongno
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Jongno tower
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Saturday Seoul traffic
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Chunggye stream, Seoul
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Tacky!

And that was May in Seoul. Hooray, May!

Posted by lrbergen 01:20 Archived in South Korea

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