Where is everyone going in Seoul to enjoy the hot weather these days? One popular destination is the Han River and in particular the Seoul Bamdokkaeibi Night Market in Yeouido. It’s on every Friday and Saturday evening from 6pm until 11pm and runs until the end of October. There’s some information here on the official website or their Facebook page. We popped down there last weekend for a look around. Continue reading “Yeouido Bamdokkaebi Night Market” »
Poetically dark, surreal, with startling imagery that lingers on well after the last page is turned. The Vegetarian written by Han Kang and translated into English by Deborah Smith is the 2016 winner of the Man Booker International prize. It’s the story of Yeong-hye, a young married woman in a hum-drum loveless marriage. She has grown up in a strongly patriarchic home and now passively completes household tasks and looks after her husband’s needs. When she isn’t working she lives a detached life alone in her own room reading. But things are about to change. Continue reading “Korean book review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang” »
I’ve just been to a funeral.
Three years ago I went to the office of a prospective student. She ran her own company and wanted to study English because she was expanding her business abroad. At the meeting I met the operations manager and another member of her staff who came to interpret for her. Business cards were exchanged. Her requirements discussed. She was petite, fashionable, professional. Continue reading “I Am Sad” »
Mountains, rocks, garlic, river fish, and adventure sports. That’s Danyang in North Chungcheong province. And if I had to choose one word to describe it, that word be GREEN as it has to be the greenest place I have ever visited in Korea. It’s a mountain town where trees not only cover the nearby mountains but also line the streets. There are flowers planted everywhere too. Often towns in the countryside of Korea are not the most picturesque. But Danyang is adorable. And the riverside is lit up in the evening with different coloured lights and artwork.
There’s plenty to do if you are into hiking, cycling, or even bungee jumping or paragliding. Our itinerary on this overnight trip included taking in a few of the ‘8 Scenic Views of Danyang’ which involved a river cruise to look at rock formations, and a bit of a hike up a mountain. And of course no trip is complete without FOOD. I had some raw trout (for the first time) and a set garlic course, and a bowl of marsh snail stew for breakfast! Delicious. Continue reading “Danyang in North Chungcheong Province” »
This month we visited Namwon in North Jeolla province. Namwon’s claim to fame is that it is the hometown of Chunhyang, the heroine in the The Story of Chunhyang, a Korean literary classic. It is supposedly based on a true story which occurred during the reign of King Sukjong (r.1674-1720) Continue reading “The Story of Chunhyang – Korean literary classic” »
SBS My Love from the Star
I’ve been meaning to watch the very popular SBS drama My Love from the Star 별에서 온 그대 for a while. Then when all the Chinese fans of the drama arrived last month to visit the filming locations (and eat chicken and beer) I decided that now really was the time to watch it… And I loved it. It’s such a FUN fantasy romance. Continue reading “Korean drama review: My Love from the Star (SBS 2014)” »
When the cherry blossom is out and the weather is warming up after the long winter, the Han River park is bustling with young couples strolling around or having picnics. We also went out for a stroll hoping to savour the fragrance of the blooms. But all I could smell was chicken. Fried chicken. Continue reading “Which is the best 치맥 Chimaek Chicken and Beer Chain in Seoul?” »