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Korean Ceramics Shopping in Yeoju, Korea

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 15 comments

Korean Ceramics

Two weeks ago I had a fun day ogling and purchasing a few pieces of lovely and practical Korean Ceramics in the City of Yeoju, a 90-minute drive east of Seoul. Welcome to week 325 (4/27/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday. Come in and see the pieces that will be making their way back to Canada and my new condo later this year.

If you are in Seoul and you want to purchase Korean ceramics or pottery, avoid the touristy shops in Itaewon or Insadong. Instead, grab a public bus or find a tour going to Yeosu. The city has been producing quality ceramics and pottery for centuries. Here you will pay a quarter of the price for the same vase or dish-set you may have eyed in downtown Seoul.

Our first stop didn’t look like much, but once inside there was lots to choose from.

 

Korean Ceramics, Yeoju, Korea

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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: Insadong Street Food

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 19 comments

Insadong Street Food

From Gwangjang Market ( last weeks post) we headed off to find the Insadong Street food scene. Welcome to week 298 (10/20/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. First, we trekked along Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon Stream  what seemed like forever  for about twenty minutes. Returning  to street level, we came face to face with a piece of the Berlin Wall located in an outdoor plaza dubbed “Berlin Square.” A piece of the Berlin Wall in downtown Seoul took me completely by surprise! The city is home to three cement slabs from the Wall, along with a Berlin Street light, and benches and trees gifted to the city by Germany.

The plaza symbolizes the future reunification of the two Koreas and Berlin provides financial support for the plaza. In fact, the last time I saw the Berlin Wall, it was standing, and I was on the verge of being arrested for not having the correct train ticket to travel between East and West Berlin. What a day that was!

 

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Berlin Wall, Seoul

 

How to get to the Berlin Wall Seoul:
Located along the Cheonggyecheon stream adjacent to Samilgyo Bridge.
There are three subway stations nearby:
Line 1 Jonggak Station exit 5
Line 2 Euljiro 3(Sam)-ga Station exit 1
Line 3 Euljiro 3(Sam)-ga Station exit 3

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Korean Traditional Food at Gwangjang Market

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 comments

Korean Traditional Food

This week we’re in downtown Seoul on a quest to discover and sample some of the best Korean traditional food the city has to offer. Welcome to week 297 (14/10/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Here we are at Gwangjang Market, exploring the three food alleys with the most popular traditional dishes, namely: Mayak Gimbap Alley, Yukhoe Alley, and Jeon Alley.

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Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market, opened in 1905, is Korea’s oldest market, and one of the largest traditional markets on the peninsula. Locals frequent Gwangjang for its quality silk products, kitchenware, hanbok, bedding, and fabric. However, what brings out the hordes of people is the traditional Korean food on offer, and we sampled the three most popular.

Here we have bolts of fabric and other dry goods that bring in the local shoppers.

 

Gwangjang Market, Seoul, Korea

 

Mayak Gimbap Alley

Our first tasting was a very popular Korean snack food, Gimbap/Kimbap (김밥). However, this was Kimbap with a twist! Instead of the laver (seaweed) being the outside wrapper, as is the norm, this version has the rice (bap) as the outer layer and has the nicknames Nude Kimbap or Mayak Kimbap. The word mayak in Korean means drug and the custom is that when a particular dish is eaten enough to become an addiction Koreans add the word mayak to the name.

This Kimbap is the absolute best I have ever eaten. The rice was still warm, and rolled inside was beef,  fried egg, pickled radish, and steamed vegetables. The tuna on top gave it the final tasty touch. If you prefer a dish that isn’t spicy, this is for you. A mixture of chilies and soy sauce is available for those who like to spice things up, but entirely optional! There are some other restaurants in the alley serving up traditional style Kimbap, which I’ll try on my next visit.

To enter the market at Mayak Gimbap Alley: 

Take subway line 1 to Jongno 5(o)-ga Station and leave through exit 11. Walk towards Jongno 4-ga Rotary, going around the outside of Gwangjang Market, and enter through the second west gate (광장시장 서2문). Look for the sign, Mayak Gimbap Alley.
Gwangjang Market, Seoul, Korea

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Barcelona’s Barceloneta Beach

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Barcelona, Destinations, Featured, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 26 comments

Barceloneta Beach

When you visit Barcelona, Barceloneta Beach is only a short subway ride from downtown. The fresh salty smell of the ocean and the white, stick your toes in the sand beach, awaits. Welcome to week 286 (7/14/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Let’s have a peek!

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Barceloneta Beach with its palm trees, boardwalk, white sand, and the salt air smells. What more can we ask for?

 

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona Spain

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Prague and Budapest Memories

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Budapest, Czech - Prague, Destinations, Featured, Hungary, Travel Photo Thursday | 37 comments

Welcome to week 255 of Travel Photo Thursday (11/19/2015). If you missed last weeks octopus eating adventures, they’re just a click away.  I think most of us are walking around with heavy hearts this week, trying to absorb and make some sense (as if that’s possible) of the atrocities and innocent lives lost this past week. My love affair with Europe began when I was 17 years old, plying the Mediterranean on a cruise ship giving many Canadian school kids their first taste of the rich history, and the ambiance that is so prevalent throughout that part of the world. Since moving to Asia in 2000, I have spent more time traveling the countries surrounding Korea.  I love Asia, and always will, but I have never left my heart in Asia as I have so often in Europe.  I have been fortunate enough to spend some time in Europe over the last few years, primarily Spain, Czech, and a peek of Budapest  thrown in. In a few weeks I’ll be  in Barcelona and Portugal. This week I share with you a few Prague and Budapest memories.

 

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Budapest was a side trip from Prague, and I loved every moment. I hope one of these days to return and spend some time getting to know both the city and country a little bit more. I am anxious to explore the Hungarian vineyards.

 

One of my favorite Budapest shots (and not new to BTS)

 

Budapest Sunset

Budapest Sunset

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