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Butt Naked in a Korean Jimjilbang

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 21 comments

Jimjilbang

Earlier this week we took a deep breath and got butt naked at a Korean Jimjilbang (also known as a Korean sauna). Welcome to week 317 (2/16/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Join me as I take you into the nooks and crannies of the Dragon Hill Spa in the Yongsan area of Seoul. No need to cover your eyes. I didn’t think it was a good idea to capture any nudes during the visit. Blogger shut down for Jimjilbang nudies; no thanks!! 🙂

 

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Entering the Jimjilbang you pass by a lion, and what appears to be a Korean warrior; not very welcoming if you ask me! Then you come to short walkway flanked with bamboo and by the time you get to the door you can feel the relaxing vibes. The walk in also shows you a number of the spa items on offer. There are three or four places in the jimjilbang offering spa treatments. Most offer traditional Korean treatments, but there is also a spa offering Thai massage.

 

Jimjilbang, Dragon Hill Spa, Seoul

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Makgeolli Tasting and Brewing in Dangjin, Korea

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 12 comments

Makgeolli

This past weekend saw me traveling to the Korean countryside to enjoy Makgeolli (Korean rice wine) tasting and brewing. Welcome to week 316 (2/9/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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Dangjin Traditional Brewing Experience

The Korean government is making a lot of money available to tour operators right now. Their goal is to introduce the Korean countryside to both Koreans and overseas visitors through the promotion of local businesses in small towns and cities outside of Seoul and the larger urban centers.This tour, Dangjin Traditional Brewing Experience, hosted by Julia and Dan offered the opportunity to visit several businesses in and around the city of Dangjin.

Our first stop was in a small village on the outskirts, where Korean grandmothers operate a business called allmeone creating products from the local rice. We learned that starting a business in rural Korea is not always easy, but persistence pays off! We had the opportunity to purchase rice cakes and other products produced on site.  Then we were treated to a delicious homemade lunch prepared especially for us by these lovely grandmas.

 

Dangjin Traditional Brewing Experience

Dangjin Traditional Brewing Experience

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A Traditional Craft Workshop in Seoul: Kum Baek Yeon

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 27 comments

Entering the small hanok workshop in Seoul’s Bukchon’s Hanok Village, we were eager to try our hand at creating Kum Baek Yeon (gold leaf imprinting on silk). Welcome to week 314 ( 2/2/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Join us as we learn the Korean tradition of gold leaf imprinting on silk.

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Kum Baek Yeon is a technique originating from Korea’s Joseon dynasty (around 1849) and was used only on clothes stitched for and worn by the royal family. The first master craftsman was Kim Wanhyeong and now the fifth generation, Kim Gi – Ho, continues the tradition. Our first task was to choose the stamps we wanted to use, and under Mr. Kim’s guidance,  we practiced our imprinting skills on a fabric swatch before being “let loose” on the real thing.

 

"Kum Baek Yeon"

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Seoul: Korean Temple Food

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Destinations, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 43 comments

Korean Temple Food

This week we are at the Korean Temple Food Center in downtown Seoul, trying our hand at creating traditional Korean Temple Food. Welcome to week 313 (26/01/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. I killed my computer this week, and I am probably writing this post on its dying legs and totally my fault. I’m sourcing out a new computer through a trusted source, so I am thankful “she” hasn’t died on me completely while I get things sorted out. Enough of my tale of woe, let’s head into the kitchen for some authentic Korean temple food.

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First, our smiling chef/nun got down to the nitty-gritty of showing us how to cook the Lotus Flower Dumpling Rice Cake Soup. To her right is our lovely interpreter who did a fantastic job translating and explaining each detail in English. Lunar new year is happening in Korea this weekend, so it was an opportune time to be making this dumpling soup. The custom is to eat this soup on new years day, and you become one year older. I’m not sure that I want to become older before my actual birthday unless I get double the presents!

 

Korean Temple Food

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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple on Busan’s Coast

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 comments

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

After welcoming 2017 on Busan’s Haeundae Beach, we headed to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, the city’s most famous. Welcome to week 311 (1/19/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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Haedong Yonggunsa Temple, Busan

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