Korean couples love to get dressed up and wander around the old, traditional towns, as well as the Palaces and the Temples. All this was amplified by the hoopla of Buddha’s Birthday Weekend which has been celebrated as a festival since the Unified Silla era over 1,300 years ago. Yep – he gets the whole weekend, the festival, the parade, and all the beautiful lantern displays at nearly every temple the month leading up to his birthday and for for many, the weeks beyond (at Jogyesa they’ll be around until May 22nd). I guess it’s like leaving your Christmas lights up on your front porch all year long, just a lot less honky-tonk and a lot more beautiful!
After a very relaxing day meandering around Sincheon, we ventured up to the subway and along the green line to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. This area is one of my favourites already, even though I’ve only explored it for the Indian food (well, Nepalese), and for Seoul Fashion Week. The area is particularly modern because of the architecture surrounding the big Dongdaemun Design Plaza by Dame Zaha Hadid.
Whenever I let people know I live in Sincheon, I usually say Jamsil instead. Sincheon is located in between Sports Complex (where the LG Twins and Doosan Bears play, where tons of music festivals and concerts are held, and where what I believe is the second tier soccer team calls home) and Jamsil. In Seoul there is “Sinchon” and “Sincheon”, so it’s easiest just to say Jamsil. The reaction is usually “Whoa! You live so far away!”.
We could see a number of spots we had never explored, one of which was Fountain. The stone staircase looked like it could be a really cool spot, but we were meeting at Ramie’s so we didn’t immediately stop in.
Late last Friday night a mish-mashed group of new and old friends and I boarded a tour bus and took the red-eye nearly 6 hours South of Seoul to spend a weekend in Jindo: the site of “The Miracle Sea Parting” and the accompanying festival. The real miracle was that someone was able to wake me up for our 4 AM briefing and departure from the bus. Once I was up and at ’em, however, I was happy as a clam. We’ll get to those later!
I know that I can’t do it all, but I want to. I’m trying to do it all. I want to soak up every last bit of this wonderful, diverse city, but I also feel like I’m riding a constantly moving merry go ’round and step back every time I’m about to get off.
New to Korea and feeling a little homesick and under the weather, L had been talking about hot sake for a couple of days. When we stumbled upon Izakaya Zushio and encountered such great service in such a beautiful and interesting little restaurant I didn’t hesitate to get a little footage!
We got a little Japaneasy in Korea in our new neighbourhood of Sincheon. The area between the subway and my apartment is packed with great restaurants and reminded me a lot of a cross amongst Seomyeon, Deokcheon, and Sasang. My new neighbourhood is really rad!
On Saturday February 27th, 2016 The Toronto Seoulcialite (http://torontoseoulcialite.com), Expat and the City (expatandthecityblog.com), and some friends of ours went out to Nano Galmegi (nanomeat.kr) for Korean beef BBQ in Seomyeon, a downtown area of Busan, South Korea. This is our take on Korean BBQ, and while I’m sure many of the customs and traditions have been interpreted differently than a Korean might like, we did our best and had a very fun evening!
Thanks to Janna on a Jaunt (jannaonajaunt.com/) for suggesting this video, and to YOU for watching it!
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