We visited Naksansa Temple on Friday after our time at Seoraksan. This Buddhist temple is located right by the sea, and boasts a 1300-year history.
Last Friday, we signed up for a small-group tour on a small shuttle bus to Seoraksan National Park and Naksansa Temple. It was a very long day – we met up with the bus at Myeongdong Station at 7:30am and arrived back at Myeongdong at 7:30pm, but it was well worth the journey, despite the early start and the very, very cold temperatures.
We had a great holiday week with my parents visiting. Some of the fun things we did:
Went to see Star Wars in a “Gold Class” movie theater, where we got incredibly comfortable reclining seats and there were only about 40 seats total in the whole theater: Continue reading “Family Visit Wrap-up”
My parents arrived on December 23rd, and we’ve had a few good meals so far. First up, a blowout Christmas Eve dinner back at Wang Thai in Itaewon. We ordered 2 different set menus and got satay (chicken, beef, and pork), soup, and about 8 different entrees to sample. Oh, and bananas in coconut milk for dessert along with a choice of drink – I had Thai iced tea. Continue reading “Some Gratuitous Food Pictures”
On the 22nd, Domingos and I accompanied twenty (give or take) 8th Army Band members to Suwon, where they were helping out the ROK Army 51st Infantry Division band with its holiday concert (members of the 51st had helped out on the two 8th Army holiday concerts earlier in December). After trips to Uijeongbu and now Suwon, I just have to take a minute to compliment the band members who drive the buses to gigs. They do a fabulous job navigating the stressful traffic in a large, unwieldy bus – I certainly couldn’t and wouldn’t do it! I’m grateful for their expertise in getting the band where it needs to go. Continue reading “Field Trip to Suwon”
Last Saturday, we decided to take advantage of the cold but sunny weather and headed out to a few of the things on our “want to do” list. First up: the venerable Tosokchon restaurant near Gyeongbokgung station, which serves up samgyetang. Samgyetang is a mild soup that contains a whole young chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng, jujubes, and a few other spices and ingredients. The restaurant had a line out the door, but it moved quickly, and a young girl in a hanbok came out and gave everyone in line face masks as a thank-you for waiting. Continue reading “A Sunny Saturday: Samgyetang and a Shrine”
I’ve really been neglecting my blog lately! Mainly, that’s due to our HHG finally arriving the Monday of Thanksgiving week. Most of my time has been spent settling in to our home properly and arranging everything exactly how I want it. It’s also gotten colder, which makes sightseeing less appealing. We even had a good bit of snow two days ago: Continue reading “What I’ve Been Up To…”
Last weekend, we decided to venture out to find good coffee beans for when our HHG finally arrived and Domingos’s Chemex coffeemaker could be put to use. (We love our Nespresso machine, and use it on weekday mornings, but Domingos likes using the Chemex on the weekends when he has time for the process.) One of the shops he found was near Anguk station, so I convinced him to take a stroll with me through the Bukchon Hanok Village first, a charming area of traditional houses and narrow alleys. Continue reading “Bukchon Hanok Village”