I am not shy of admitting that I am a huge fan of Korean pop culture. I also scare myself knowing that I recognized all the celebrities on this billboard. I might not know all their names but I have seen them on television dramas. My favorite is the guy with the ugly tie. He is currently away on mandatory military service.
Those cloth wraps are common to handover as gift and often contains home made food.
One thing I notice about in Seoul is that packaging is everything. We ordered dumplings for take out and they pack those neat dumplings in a nice box and gave a fancy shopping bag to go with it.
We saw these guys in Myeongdong. My sister Vicky got a little curious.
Vicky: What are the free hugs for?
Dude: To spread the love.
Vicky: Ok. Peace out!
This traditional house is taken in Bukchon Village where it used to be the home of high ranking government officials during the Joseon era. Although now it is privately owned, it is still interesting to see these cluster of houses in the middle of high rise buildings in the area.
We are now in the bus on the suburban area about one hour away from Seoul. The screen above was the list of stops on the bus route. It takes out the guessing game of how many stops to your destination. Take notes New Jersey Transit!
Taken outside while walking outside the Coex Mall. My maps says that we are in the Gangnam vicinity which is an equivalent of a Downtown Business District. I was wondering if that building on the foreground looks fancy on the outside how does it look like on the inside.
This was the entrance of another Buddhist temple in Seoul. Oddly situated in front of the Coex Mall, one of the biggest underground mall in the city. Don't you just love that contrast? It is also situated on a busy downtown area where you see locals in business suits stopping by before they head home.
The best mochi. Ever. And I really mean it. These were premium ice cream mochi that we tried in Shinsegae department store. It costs about $2 each and worth every penny. It is really different from the ones we get from the supermarket. It is more flavorful and it has that crunch in the middle. It didn't hurt that there are a lot of flavors to choose from. Too bad we tried these on our last day in the city. Amazingly, we still talk about eating these every now and then.
We are on the airport heading back home. We have to stop and listen to the sopranos. They are amazing. You got to love Incheon Airport.
The Korea series will be wrapping up soon. Till then.