Seoul


I have had quite eventful two weeks.ย  After TEDxHONGIK after party on Friday, I really had to stay in this weekend to recoup my energy & here is why.

Seoul Digital Forum 2010

On thursday from two weeks ago, I was invited to go to Seoul Digital Forum at Sheraton Hotel.ย  With title, ‘New Renaissance’ they had many many interesting panel talk about 3D, gestural interface, bio-plastic and creativity with 50 influential professionals inviteed from all over the world.ย  This event was aired on SBS with its highlights (& I was on TV this year again as an audience ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  ) It was a full day of inspiration.ย  I was glad that I made it there.

Rock, Paper & Scissors, Public Art under the bridge

rachel
jamie on the swing skirt by Soomi Park
graffiti artwork

A week before that, I met some global artists when I visited Namjun Peik’s Art Center to see a performance one Sunday.ย  They are friends with local Korean artists who mostly studied abroad and returned as contemporary artists.ย  I was a newbie to them as I introduced myself but, they were friendly with warm welcoming gesture.ย  Then, I was invited to a very interesting art event by them.ย  It was called ‘rock scissors paper + B.Y.O.G.B. Vol 5/ ๊ฐ€์œ„ ๋ฐ”์œ„ ๋ณด‘ organized by Kalmont Family.ย  I stopped by the flea market at the play ground near Hongik University area to say ‘hi’ to them after visiting lab.ย  After meeting them again, I definitely wanted to go to this event.ย  It was held under Seogang Bridge which is one of many bridges in Han River.

graffiti artwork

I left my house around 10:30 pm and took a subway to this Seogang Bridge stop knowing it’s the one way subway ride as the seoul metro closes after midnight. (I would never even had thought about going there late at night alone before.) There were drawings of rock, scissors and paper indicating the path lead to the place kindly.ย  Under the bridge, there were international (mostly foreign) crowd of about 50 people (later 100?.)ย  They were drinking beer, makguli, wine – talking in small groups here and there – typical party scene in the us.ย  There I met some more interesting people.ย  Most of all, the art, the true public art – street art were great!ย  I admire their efforts of putting their arts during night to have this open, under the bridge exhibition.ย  We did get a lovely visits by local police officers but, they weren’t doing anything to stop us – as we were peacefully having fun in public space & most of all, the majority were foreigners so they only spoke with a Korean represent.ย  Later on, in the tunnel, they had beautiful performance.ย  This artistic event has come out perfect in great spirit, spontaneously. I walked out around 2 am & got home for the next day’s salon event as I was asked to make cocktails for a salon at gallery/cafe, ‘B2Project.’ย  I bet the rest of them stayed until late and had more fun after they got out of the place.

Salon Day at b2project & Cocktails

at B2Project with a friend who I just met

Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of my Mojito nor my signature cocktail made with fresh watermelon.ย  I was really busy making pitchers of cocktails – we ran out of lime quickly.ย  I was surprised that lime is something you cannot get easily here in Korea.ย  It’s quite expensive as well!ย ย  In any case, I can assure you that my cocktails came out delicious!

As I had a busy night under the Seogang bridge a night ago, I slept until 11am and slowly got ready to go to B2Project.ย  The weather was beautiful and sunny so I’ve decided to bike there.ย  It was a long bike ride.ย  I had no idea as it was my first time.ย  It almost took one hour to get there and I was sweating by the time I arrived. (oops!)

J (a friend and one of the owners of the place) was having a salon for her friend, painter from Germany and her paintings were beautiful.ย  Very eastern painting feel to them, in black and white oil paints – mostly landscape.ย  I liked them…ย  hew, what a weekend!

And Teacher’s Day

Following week, it was teacher’s day.ย  I was visited by several ex-students of mine.ย  They are doing great and it was sooooo sweet of them to visit me and think of me.ย  I had some good chance to catch up with them and I’ve ended up drinking with one of them.ย  Sorry that I’m too tired now so that I will have to skip about this story.ย  One thing is that having insightful conversation with a former student made me think that teachers like me can learn from her/his own students sometimes.ย  It was very pleasant week beside the fact that I was coughing non-stop with lack of sleep.ย  I’m feeling better now… ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m waiting for June now.ย  I know June will unfold with even more interesting events and meetings.

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apt with forest view

Okin Apt, to be demolished

One late Sunday afternoon (march 7, 2010) – with Anna‘s invitation, I went to see Okin Apt Project in my neighborhood. ย Coincidently, my cousin who just finished his master’s in urban planning and management from Hawaii was visiting Seoul so I invited him to join (& we can catch up at the same time) ย He obviously had no idea where he was getting to but, happily took a small neighbor-bus to go to Okin-dong. ย Okin Apt was built in 1971 and located right under Inwang Mountain therefore, it had great views of Seoul and mountain area in every direction. ย The rich real estate developers won’t miss this hot spot… to demolish this old and low-income residents and build new luxury condo buildings.

apt with blue wallit looks like it's staged - Okin apt project

The Okin-apt Project was an interesting art platform as it invites visitors to experience the reality of situation with lesser interfere of artists. ย It has documentary, stage-like and surreal quality to it. ย It is a form of analog experiential media, following current trend of specific space and site being artistic expression. ย What I paid attention was details of space that are being demolished. ย How often do we get to visit all the houses in the same buildings? especially where they are all stripped out inside to be demolished? ย Each space contained different stories. ย With their funny looking wall papers, wall paints and found objects- tags like airline baggage tags, personal photos. ย Some space was as if it was a stage set ย for a play. ย My experience of wandering these gutted apartments for few hours were filled with dusty smell, nerve-wracking sound of stepping on broken glasses and balancing on half broken stairs; contrasting beautifully open view of Inwang mountains and Seoul downtown.
apt buildings to be demolishedinwang mountain

Okin apt buildings were built in 70’s style – low budget, boxy ย in concrete and cheap paint finish. ย These project buildings were known to be lowering the city’s esthetic quality but, they were not too old to be demolished. ย They could kept the old historical quality and renovate them… in my pure artistic observation. It seems like many 20-100 years old buildings are being demolished under the name of redevelopment too easily in this city and it’s becoming very rare to find the real history of the city. ย In a long run, historical value could raise capital rather than modern high rise buildings. ย With high rise buildings, they will have to build bigger roads for the residents’ cars and it will result more demolition of small mom & pop’s stores and traditional markets.

Sadly, demolishing these low income families’ residents are effecting people who were living in low rental plans, poor residents ย – It would be very difficult for them to find places to live anywhere else in Seoul with the same rent they were spending. ย They will have to migrate to cheaper neighborhood. ย The owners of these redeveloping apartments would make more revenue if they have extra money to reinvest in new development and if not, they will be compensated for whatever their demolishing apartments are being valued. ย I don’t want to open a can of worms with my limited knowledge on redevelopment plans in Seoul but, I’m just writing my personal limited observation here.

Since a health club, “California Wow” (They had one and only Bikram Yoga studio in Seoul with certified Bikram yoga instructors) went bankrupt a few years ago, I’ve been trying couple of Hot Yoga studios.ย  I live in Gwanhwamun area, thus I’ve tried the closest gyms where they claim to have ‘Hot Yoga’ studio but, their schedule wasn’t full enough to support my wacky schedule.ย  Also, I wasn’t so happy with the studio and instructors.ย  I once practiced Hot Yoga about 1 & half years ago at Hot Yoga Korea Studio in Shinchon and I’ve decided to go back there as it is the best I could find so far.ย  I like the studio and instructors. ย  My understanding is that ‘Hot Yoga’ is similar to Bikram Yoga but, it’s not practiced by certaified Bikram yoga instructors.ย  The temperature is pretty mild compared to NY Bikram yoga studios.ย  It’s about 41 C degree.ย  Also, it’s about 70 minutes long.ย  With my current state of shape, it is more than enough.ย  Still, I keep missing the moment to go to the hot yoga studio… I can barely make it there once a week.ย  I wish they open on sunday as well because the hardest part is to drag myself to be in the studio.

Few differences that I found (& I’m pretty content about it) – this hot yoga studio offers free yoga mat and towels.ย  They also have a big shower room equipped with free Hair shampoo, conditioner, facial foam, body cleanser as well as body lotion.ย  Nice?ย  You can also borrow the training suit for $1 if you happened to just walk in without preparation.

Today, I went to the yoga studio today before going to Dongdaemun market to buy lots of sewing materials… My muscles are happily sore.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

๋‚œ ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๋Š” ํŽธ์ธ๋ฐ, ๋ˆ์ ๋ˆ์ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์•„์ฃผ ๋‹จ ์‹œ๋Ÿฝ์ด๋‚˜ ํ–ฅ๋ฃŒ๋ฅผ ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•œ ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์€ ์ •๋ง ์งˆ์ƒ‰์ด๋‹ค. ย  ์‹ ์„ ํ•œ ๊ณผ์ผ์„ ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•˜์—ฌ ๋งŒ๋“ , ๋ฐํ‚ฌ๋ผ๋‚˜, ๋ณด๋“œ๊ฐ€, ์ง„, ๋Ÿผ ๋ฒ ์ด์Šค๋กœ ๋งŒ๋“  ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๋Š”๋ฐ, ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ์•Œ์ฝ”ํ™€ ๋†๋„๊ฐ€ ๋…ํ•œ ๋”ํ‹ฐ๋งˆํ‹ฐ๋‹ˆ๋‚˜ ์ฝ”์Šค๋ชจํด๋ฆฌํƒ„์€ ๊ฐœ์ธ์ ์œผ๋กœ ๋ณ„๋กœ์ด๋‹ค.ย ย  ์„œ์šธ์—์„œ ์‹ ์„ ํ•œ ์žฌ๋ฃŒ๋กœ ๋งŒ๋“œ๋Š” ์นตํ…Œ์ผ๋ฐ”๋ฅผ ์ฐพ๊ธฐ๊ฐ€ ์ฐธ ํž˜๋“ค๋˜๋ฐ, ํ˜ธํ…” ๋ฐ”์— ๊ฐ€์•ผ๋งŒ ์žˆ๋Š”์ง€ ์˜๋ฌธ์ด๋‹ค.ย  ๋ฌผ๋ก  ํ˜ธํ…” ๋ฐ”๋Š” ๋‚œ ๋ณ„๋กœ ๊ฐ€๊ณ  ์‹ถ์ง€๋Š” ์•Š๋‹ค.ย  ๋‰ด์š•์—๋Š” ์ฐฝ์˜์„ฑ ๋†’์€ ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์„ ์ž๋ž‘ํ•˜๋Š” ์นตํ…Œ์ผ ์ „๋ฌธ ๋ฐ”๋“ค์ด ๋ช‡๊ฐœ์žˆ๋Š”๋ฐ ์ž…์†Œ๋ฌธ์œผ๋กœ ๋งŽ์€ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์ด ์ฐพ์•„๊ฐ€์„œ ๋ฐ”ํ…๋”์˜ ํ˜„๋ž€ํ•œ ์›€์ง์ž„๊ณผ ์•„๋ฆ„๋‹ค์šด ๊ฒฐ๊ณผ๋ฌผ์„ ๋„‹์„ ์žƒ๊ณ  ๋ฐ”๋ผ๋ณด๋Š” ๋ฐ, ๋‹ค์šดํƒ€์šด์—๋Š” PDT(Please Don’t Tell)์™€ Death & Co.๊ฐ€ ๋ง›๊ณผ ์˜ˆ์ˆ ์„ฑ์— ์žˆ์–ด์„œ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ๋Œ€ํ‘œ์ ์ธ ๋ฐ”๋ผ๊ณ  ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋‹ค.ย  ๊ทธ ์™ธ์—๋„ ๋ณดํ†ต ๋ฐ”์— ๊ฐ€๋„ ๊ฐ„ํ˜น ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์„ ์ž˜ ๋งŒ๋“œ๋Š” ๊ณณ๋“ค์ด ํ”ํ•˜๋‹ค.ย  ์–ด๋–ค ๊ณณ์€ ๋‚˜์˜ ์ทจํ–ฅ์„ ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐํ•˜๋ฉด ๋ฐ”๋กœ ๊ทธ๋Œ€๋กœ ์ œ์กฐํ•ด ์ฃผ๋Š” ์นœ์ ˆํ•œ ๋ฐ”ํ…๋”๋“ค๋„ ์žˆ๋‹ค.ย  ๋‚œ ๋ผ์ž„๊ณผ ์‹ ์„ ํ•œ ์˜ค์ด์ฆ™๊ณผ ๋ณด๋“œ์นด์™€ ๋ฏผํŠธ๋ฅผ ๋„ฃ์€ ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์„ ์„ ํ˜ธํ•˜๋Š”๋ฐ, ๋‹ฌ์ง€ ์•Š๊ณ  ์‹ ์„ ํ•œ ๋ง›์ด ์ข‹์•„์„œ ๋ฉ”๋‰ด์—๋Š” ์—†์ง€๋งŒ ๊ฐ€๋” ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด ๋‹ฌ๋ผ๊ณ  ๋ฐ”ํ…๋”๋ฅผ ์„ค๋“ํ•  ๋•Œ๋„ ์žˆ๋‹ค.

์ด๋Ÿฌํ•œ ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์„ ์ฆ๊ธฐ๊ธฐ๊ฐ€ ์•„์ง์€ ์„œ์šธ์—์„œ๋Š” ์–ด๋ ต๊ธฐ์—, ๋ญ ๊ถํ•œ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์ด ํ•ด๊ฒฐ์ฑ…์„ ์ฐพ์•„์•ผ ํ•˜๋‹ˆ, ์ง‘์—์„œ ๋ช‡์ž” ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด ํ”ผ๊ณคํ•œ ์˜คํ›„์— ๋‚˜๋ฅธํ•˜๊ฒŒ ํ•œ์ž” ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด ๋งˆ์‹œ๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•œ๋‹ค.

Bloody Hudson: ๋ธ”๋Ÿฌ๋”” ํ—ˆ๋“œ์Šจ

๋ธ”๋Ÿฌ๋””ํ—ˆ๋“œ์Šจ์€ ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์— ์ผ๊ฐ€๊ฒฌ์ด ์žˆ๋Š” ๋‚ด์นœ๊ตฌ ์†Œ๋ƒ๊ฐ€ ์นตํ…Œ์ผ ์‰์ด์ปค์™€ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ์„ ๋ฌผํ•œ ๋ ˆ์‹œํ”ผ๋กœ ๋งŒ๋“  ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์ด๋‹ค.ย  ํ”ํžˆ ์ˆ™์ทจ๋กœ ๋‰ด์š•์—์„œ ์ฆ๊ฒจ ๋งˆ์‹œ๋Š” ๋ธ”๋Ÿฌ๋””๋ฉ”๋ฆฌ์˜ ๋ณ€ํ˜•๋œ ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์ด๋ผ ๋ณผ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š”๋ฐ, ์ƒํผํ•˜๊ณ  ๋‹จ๋ง›์ด ํŠน์ง•์ด๋‹ค.ย  ๋‰ด์š• ํŠธ๋ผ์ด๋ฒ ์นด(Tribecca)์— ์žˆ๋Š” ํ—ˆ๋“œ์Šจํ˜ธํ…”์˜ ๋ฐ”์—์„œ ๊ฐœ๋ฐœํ•œ ์นตํ…Œ์ผ๋กœ ๋ง›์ด ๊ฝค ๊ดœ์ฐฎ๋‹ค.ย  ๋ธ”๋Ÿฌ๋””๋ฉ”๋ฆฌ๋Š” ํ† ๋งˆํ† ์ฃผ์Šค๋‚˜ V8์ฅฌ์Šค๋ฅผ ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•˜์—ฌ ๋งŒ๋“ค๊ธฐ์— ์ข€ ๊ฑธ์ฃฝํ•œ ๋ง›์ธ๋ฐ ๋น„ํ•ด ๋ธ”๋Ÿฌ๋”” ํ—ˆ๋“œ์Šจ์€ ์‹ ์„ ํ•œ ํ† ๋งˆํ† ์™€ ํ—ˆ๋ธŒ๋ฅผ ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•˜๊ธฐ์— ๋ง›์ด ์‹ ์„ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์‚ฐ๋œปํ•˜๋‹ค.ย  ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ์‹ ์„ ํ•œ ๋ฐ”์งˆ ์žŽ์ด ํ•„์š”ํ•˜๊ธฐ์— ์„œ์šธ์—์„œ๋Š” ํ•ญ์ƒ ๋ฐ”์งˆ ํ—ˆ๋ธŒํ™”๋ถ„์ด ์žˆ์–ด์•ผ ๊ฐ€๋Šฅํ•˜๋‹ค.ย  (์ž‘์€ ํ† ๋งˆํ† , ์‹ ์„ ํ•œ ๋ฐ”์งˆ, ๋ ˆ๋ชฌ, ์‹ฌํ”Œ์‹œ๋Ÿฝ, ๋งค์šด ํ† ๋ฐ”์Šค์ฝ”์†Œ์Šค, ์‹ ์„ ํ•œ ํ›„์ถ” + ๋ณด๋“œ์นด)

fresh watermelon cocktail

Watermelon Cocktail #1, Untitled: ์ˆ˜๋ฐ•์นตํ…Œ์ผ

์ด ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์€ ์—ฌ๋ฆ„์— ์ˆ˜๋ฐ•์„ ์‚ฌ๊ณ  ๋จน๋‹ค ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ๋งŽ์ด ๋‚จ์•„์„œ, ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์„ ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด ๋งˆ์…”๋ณด์•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ๊ฝค ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•„์„œ ์ข…์ข… ํ•ด ๋งˆ์…จ๋˜ ์นตํ…Œ์ผ๋กœ ์•„์ง ์ด๋ฆ„์€ ์ง€์–ด์ฃผ์ง€ ์•Š์•˜๋‹ค.ย  ๋ช‡ ๋ช…์˜ ์นœ๊ตฌ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ๋ง›์„ ๋ณด์—ฌ๋ณด์•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ๋ฐ˜์‘์ด ๊ฝค ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•˜๋‹ค.ย  (์นตํ…Œ์ผ์ž”์ด ์—†์–ด์„œ ๊ทธ๋ƒฅ ๋ฌผ์ž”์—… ์ข€ ๋ฉ‹์ด ์—†๊ธด ํ•˜๋‹ค.) ์ด ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์€ ์ƒ‰์ด ์ฐธ ์˜ˆ์˜๋ฉฐ, ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ๋‹ฌ์ง€์•Š๊ณ  ์‹œ์›ํ•œ ๋ง›์ด ๊ทธ๋งŒ์ด๋‹ค.ย  ์ง€๊ธˆ์€ ์ถ”์šด ๊ฒจ์šธ์ด๋ผ ์–ผ์Œ์ด ๊ฐ€๋“ ๋“  ์นตํ…Œ์ผ ์‰์ด์ปค๋ฅผ ๋“ค๊ณ  ํ”๋“ค๊ธฐ์—๋Š” ๊ฝค ๋ถ€๋‹ด์Šค๋Ÿฝ๊ณ  ๋˜ ์ˆ˜๋ฐ•์„ ๊ตฌํ•˜๊ธฐ ํž˜๋“œ๋‹ˆ, ์—ฌ๋ฆ„๊นŒ์ง€ ๊ธฐ๋‹ค๋ ค์•ผ ํ•  ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™๋‹ค.ย  (์ˆ˜๋ฐ•, ๋ ˆ๋ชฌ, ๋ณด๋“œ์นด, ํƒ„์‚ฐ์ˆ˜)

[ EXHIBITION ]

The BFA Graduation exhibition was held successfully during October.ย  the website is at

http://www.mixthemoment.com/

Here are few photos of projects I liked:

Difference by Sanghwa Hong

Mirror by Jaehyuk & Wansul

Flow by Heeyun & Soyoung

I’ve been busy starting soooo many experimental research projects at the Digital Media Public Art Research Center.ย  It involves lots of LEDs and different materials and some feedback of ideas.ย  I will post it in my project site (www.absurdee.com) once they are almost complete.ย ย  Meanwhile I wrote two research papers and waiting to get them published in some journals in Korea.ย  I’m not sure if they will *get* my paper.

<Recent Cultural Exploration in Seoul>

Exhibition ์‹ ํ˜ธํƒ„ at KIMUSA was pretty good.ย  I was really happy that I made it two days before they closed.ย  It’s a group exhition of Korean Contemporary artists who are well recognized.ย  It’s not as fresh as Seoul Platform last fall at the same location but, there were few interesting projects.

Ramen Village

from ์‹ ํ˜ธํƒ„, KIMUSA

๋ฝ•์ง - KIMUSA (Note MP's shields in pink)

[ FILM ]

<Broken Embrace>

I’ve heard that it’s playing somewhere and realized that there was a special screening of films of Almodova (English subtitled as a plus) at near by theater, Cine Cube.ย ย  On Sunday morning, in the midst of writing research paper for the deadline, I had to get out of my apt and walk to the theater and watch a early afternoon movie, ‘Broken Embrace’ It was really good. I left the theater with a strong yearning impression.ย  I liked it so much better than ‘Volver‘ย  It reminded me of ‘Talk to Her‘ย ย  Also, scenes that shows a part of ‘A Woman on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown’ really made me want to watch that movie again.ย  It’s been a while since I watched that movie.

[ BOOK ]


<1Q84 by Haruki Murakami>

With so many work schedule, I had to wait few months to read Murakami’s new novel, ‘1Q84′ย  As the semester ends, finally I could get my hands on the hard cover books (there are two of them)ย  I couldn’t stop reading it so I finished reading them in three days.ย  I thought about a yougn man who went to cats’ world and lost his way back and I thought about how it would be to look at two moons. Even, like one of my student’s project ‘Moon’, I thought about looking at the same moon with someone in distant land.ย  Will that be possible?ย  If even, how do I know?

Unfortunately, I heard that English version will be released in 2011.ย  You have to either wait until 2011 or learn how to read in Korean or Japanese. ๐Ÿ™‚

b2project entrance
B2Project is a gallery / cafe house in the quiet alley of Dahak-ro (Haehwa-dong), Seoul; next to traditional old houses (ํ•œ์˜ฅ) that are few left in that area. It’s owned by my friends, sisters.ย  Its interior is full of different kind of lightings, large plant and the German vintage objects and furniture.ย  The gallery is located in the basement and I’m planning to fill that space with interactive media art projects eventually.

b2project  - a cozy artsy cafe with lots of vintage objects at Hehwadong, Seoul

b2project old TV

Anna & I often use this lovely quiet cafe (with free wifi) as our design office & the owner always greets us warmly and we chat about daily stuff.ย  I also admit that I got hooked to their cheese cake that has an ice cream filling.ย  mmmmmmm~

Anna and I secretly want to keep this space only to ourselves since it’s really a rare gem in Seoul…. but, I believe in sharing and open-community & I would like to see this space beoming artists’ communial space.ย  One weekend, I’ve invited media artists colleague from my research lab to introduce them to each other.ย  Somebody once called me “Nokia – connector” — If I’m profiled as in “Tipping Point” by Cromwell, I would belong to Connectors.

friends over at b2project

Outside of the back alley, from the broad street, Dahak-ro may seem like a very caotic place, just like Time Square in NYC.ย  This area is called ‘Theater District’ and you can imagine lines of people to watch all sort of plays, musicals and many bars and restaurants….drunk people.ย  However, if you don’t mind walking deeper into the back toward hill, you will find artsy bars, cafe and galleries.ย  There is also a Robot Museum.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

From my childhood memory, Dahak-ro used to be a major place for college protesters.ย  Yes, I grew up in a neighborhood not so far from here.

spring flowers in the street

spring flowers in the street


It is spring at last. It has come a bit earlier but, we know that it will get chilly with its whimsical wind. The first sign of spring is cherry blossom in the street as well as yellow spring flowers called “Nari” but, when you start to see these brilliant spring flowers (photo above) you know Spring has come to us finally. These flowers are everywhere in Korea, in the street, in the campus and even in the rooftop gardens.

I walked around to buy a new external hard drive (how dry & geeky?) and was delighted to find colorful scene in my neighborhood. New born green leaves, very colorful spring flowers cheers me up a bit at least.

Spring makes my heart pumps a little faster with unknown mysterious hope.

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