9.11.2004

T'aekwondo


Taekwondo1
Originally uploaded by katevsnow.
As we were leaving Insa-dong, we ran into a youth T'aekwondo demostration. It included all ages of children and all skill levels. The younger children could easily punch and kick through pieces of wood, while the more experienced children opted for layers of thin brick. Other demonstrations included kicking an apple off the top of another child's head, various acrobatic moves and sychronized fights.
During one child's attempt to punch through layers of brick, an old drunk man, sitting about a foot from the mat, started harassing the boy. The man was yelling loudly and wilding waving his hands. Not that we had any idea what he was yelling, but the whole crowd had strange and suprised looks. The boy didn't seem to be paying sttention to him, as he quickly broke through the bricks with his fist.

Insa-dong Candy Lady


Candy Lady 2
Originally uploaded by katevsnow.
Back on the main street in Insa-dong, we heard music playing and saw a crowd gather around this woman. To the rhythm of the music from her boombox, she added her own unique percussion, using scissors and a metal spatula to divide the candy. After, she stretched the long piece of the taffy, before portioning off small pieces of the candy.

Insa-dong Chili Ladies


ChiliLadies
Originally uploaded by katevsnow.
Walking past the copper man's shop, I saw these ladies from a distance at the end of a narrow dead-end street. They worked very fast sorting and laying out the chilis, chatting away loudly.

Insa-dong Music Man


Music Man 1
Originally uploaded by katevsnow.
Later in the day, we came across this man entertaining a crowd. He played slowly and consistantly, never looking up at his audience. Past the Music Man, we walked down a narrow street, away from the crowded main one, and heard a loud banging noise. I peered into a little workroom/shop and found an old man banging copper pots in the back of his shop. In his store were beautiful handmade pots, cups and all sorts of jewelry. I bought a ring made from thin copper wires and various glass beads in shades of amber. He seemed suprised at my infactuation for the seemingly insignificant ring and through out a price of 6000 won (less than $6). Despite the fact that it turns my finger green, I love it.

Insa-dong


Book Store, originally uploaded by katevsnow.

On Saturday Justin and I set out to find a map and atlas store to find a map of Puk'ansam National Park, right outside of Seoul. After an unsuccessful attempt to buy a map in English, we wandered down the road and ran into the Insa-dong area. The Insa-dong district is full of local artists workshops and showrooms, galleries and unique restaurants. There I took this photo of a small bookstore packed floor to ceiling with books. The owner of the store was barely visible from the door.

The Colored Wall


Colored Wall
Originally uploaded by katevsnow.
I noticed the colors of this wall from a couple streets back, while walking down the street in Insa-dong. The grey and rather dullness of its surrounding area really emphasized the vivid stripes of the wall.

9.07.2004

Street Food

From the first day we have tried different methods of eating, from the traditional Korean restaurants, noodle shops, and BBQ beef places, to the street vendors (egg sandwiches, cinnamon things, chicken kabobs), to the standing while eating microwave ramen/sushi in the LG25 mini mart type stores.
Justin has taken quite a liking to the street food, as he has been much more adventurous in trying the various foods than I. One of his favorites so far is the corn dog with french fries fried in the batter and ketchup smoothered on top. Another is the hot puffy bread with cinnamin and sugar inside.