November 2010

Exhibit K – 11/30/10
This past weekend, I made a trip to the first of the 3 SKY universities: Korea University. The SKY universities are like the Ivy League of Korea. The acronym stands for Seoul National University (S), Korea University (K), and Yonsei University (Y). I hope to visit all three. Here is a shot facing the main building at the end of, what you might call, a quad. If you squint, you can see the statue of John Korea, the founder of Korea University.

Exhibit J – 11/25/10
In case you’ve ever wondered what a Korean mime might look like, here you go. This group was performing beside the stream in Cheonggyecheon. I think the title of this performance is “The Evolution of Man.”

Exhibit I – 11/23/10
Running through Seoul, north of the river, is Cheonggyecheon. Cheonggyecheon is a large stream running through a large concrete ravine. The ravine is newly restored and decorated with all sorts of vegetation, and it’s a popular destination for tourists and couples. You can see the actual stream in the background. To be honest, I’m a little disappointed by the pictures I took at Cheonggyecheon. I didn’t get an image with a lot of depth. Oh well.

Exhibit H – 11/18/10
One week ago, Nov. 11, was Peppero Day, as I mentioned this past week. Peppero are sticks of bread covered or filled with chocolate. And as with Halloween candy, the best time to buy peppero seems to be after Peppero Day. Here, a store offers a “5+1” deal – buy 5 get 1 free. You can also see various types of peppero.

Exhibit G – 11/16/10
This past Sunday, I wrote about my trip to Lotte World. Outside the Sinbad the Sailor ride, I was locked in the stocks.

Exhibit F – 11/11/10
A man paints Gyeonbok Palace from the shade of the surrounding pavilion. Another unseen photograph from my trip to the palace.

Exhibit E – 11/9/10
A picture from my trip to Gyeonbok Palace. Children gather to dip their hands in a stream that originates just in front of the 23 fountain and the statue of Admiral Yi.

Exhibit D – 11/4/10
Here is another, and final, photo from Halloween. Don’t I look so happy? And each of their expressions say so much. I think I’ll just leave this picture at that.

Exhibit C – 11/2/2010
Halloween is, for the most part, not celebrated in Korea. As far as I know, no trick-or-treating or pumpkin carving takes place. But Halloween’s appeal to young adults is too strong to have NO effect. There were a fair number of costumed Asians on the street Saturday and Sunday night. Like this guy. What is he supposed to be and what is he doing? I have no idea. But my favorite is the timid Korean Tigress in the background.

1 Response to November 2010

  1. Dani says:

    Ya-you look reallll happy in that picture-I’m gonna take a guess at feeling Soju happy. AND Tigger def makes the bottom pic.

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