Alex and I experienced our first Korean wedding a few months back. Our co-worker gave us the invitations about two weeks in advance (everything is done last minute here) and we were thrilled to accept the invite. First thing to know is that everyone who gets married in Korea is obliged to invite all their co-workers, so every teacher at our school got an invite.
It is almost indescribable how beautiful this city is in late March and early April. These short 2 weekends are devoted to travelling to Cherry Blossom Festivals in and around Seoul. These areas are packed with tourists and locals enjoying the thousands of blooming trees. Areas with large amounts of trees are shut down and used for outdoor concerts, food vendors, jewelry stands and so much more.
On Sunday March 23rd 2014 I was lucky enough to meet up with my brother Chris’ friend from Ontario, Rob Taylor to go tour around Dongdaemun and hit up the unbelievable Gwangjang Market among other places. You may have noticed I already posted about this market and the wonderfully delicious Korean pancakes they serve there (if not check out “Gyeongbokgung” post).
I met Rob early in the AM on Sunday at the “Dongdaemun History & Culture” subway station. This station brings you right into a little area known to me as “Russia Town”. The reason I refer to it as “Russia Town” is because for a moment it felt like I was in another country. If any of you have ever been to a “China Town”, think of that, but only Russia.
Today marks our 5th week in Seoul, South Korea. We are loving every moment of this crazy adventure. After a month of people watching out our window, on the subways, and during our countless hours of exploring the city I have compiled a list of things that must be mentioned about South, Korea.
1. Love Motels
First on my list are the iconic Korean love motels. This is where Alex and I spent our very first night in Seoul. After a long thirteen-hour flight a man holding a sign with our names greeted us. This man was a complete stranger to us and could not speak a word of English. He simply passed Alex a cellphone with our school’s Director on the other line to confirm that we were indeed the right foreigners.
We can’t believe it has already been a month we’ve been gone from Canada! Everyday is a new adventure.
On Saturday, March 29th 2014 Cali and I ventured off on the subway to head for Gyeongbokgung Palace in the heart of Seoul, South Korea. It was a very miserable day, but that didn’t stop us from thoroughly enjoying the sights of the beautiful Palaces. The most memorable part of the day was the “Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony” (pictured), which happens on every hour from 10:00am-4:00pm. All of the guards wear very beautiful and bright costumes and all play different instruments from big drums to long horns.