Monthly Archives: December 2010

Cheonggyecheon in Seoul, Korea [Part 3]

Here we see the Korean traditional Janggu (장구), basically Korean drums. Here’s Korean flute or trumpet of some kind. Here’s another instrument, I believe this is the Kkwaenggwari (꽹과리). This is the traditional Korean dancer with a loop on his head.  Basically he will make it spin, spin, and spin more for some awesome effects. Here we have another Korean national sport, sorta like Japanese Sumo, called Ssireum (씨릉).  Ssireum is still very popular in Korea and widely televised nationally in South Korea. More Korean traditional dancing drummers. Some kind of traditional Korean acrobatics. The Tortoise and the Hare story is widely known in South Korea. Here’s traditional Korean kite, made from rice-paper and bamboo sticks. See Part 1 See Part 2

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Cheonggyecheon in Seoul, Korea [Part 2]

Here, we see some Chinese dragon floats, cool. This is all Chinese floats, looks like local Korean elementary school is taking a fieldtrip to Cheonggyecheon. As we walk further, we see… Jesus! and Budda, hanging out together.  Actually this is quite true in South Korea where there’s majority Christians and Buddhists. And yes, we see statue of liberty and Leaning Tower of Pisa. These lamps light up at night for a good show, too bad I wasn’t able to make it. (next time!) Here we see a bunch of Korean floats. These are traditional Korean statues, I think a bride monster on the left and groom monster on the right. This is a float of the Korean wedding dresses. Go back to Part I

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Cheonggyecheon in Seoul, Korea [Part 1]

Cheonggyecheon, is a new, renovated part of Seoul, Korea. Cheonggye is actually the name and “cheon” means “stream”. At Cheonggyecheon, you will find a bunch of cool floats that light up at night. Although I didn’t have time to be there at night, here’s some photos I took for you to enjoy: This is where the Cheonggye stream starts with floats. Here’s some of the more famous Korean living things. See Part 2 See Part 3

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Mr. Pizza – The Most Delicious Korean Pizza!

The first time I ate pizza (before I immigrated to the U.S.) was actually in Korea, they used to have PizzaHut in Seoul as early as 1987, or at least that’s the first time I had pizza.  Of course, I fell in love with pizza. Over the last 20 something years since I had my first pizza, South Korea has worked localizing their pizza with some of the popular Korean pizzas like Korean BBQ pizza, Potato Pizza, or even Kimchi pizza. Anyways, my all-time favorite Korean pizza is the potato pizza from Korean pizza franchise Mr. Pizza. I found out last week when I was in Koreatown, Los Angeles, that they have a bunch of stores (and ate some of course).  So if you live in Southern California, you might be lucky enough to visit and try the potato pizza.

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Cheese DukPoKi Spaghetti, More Expensive Than Beef!

In Korea, beef is rather expensive as most of the beef is imported from Australia or Han Woo, the Korean beef is even more expensive.  Compared to the U.S., beef is about 3-5 times more expensive, you’d be looking at around $20-30 for a pound of frozen beef. When I lived in Korea for a year couple years back, I remember I couldn’t even afford to eat beef everyday like I do here in San Francisco.  Yes, beef is much more expensive in Korea than New York! And you know what is more expensive than beef in Korea?  This Cheese DukPoKi Spaghetti, according to a tweet by fellow Korean Pudidic. In Korea, you will find an abundance of “Korean-version” foods.  For example, you can buy a Korean BBQ hamburger at Burger King in Korea.  At pizza places, you can eat pizza made with potato.  There’s about a thousand different combos of the things we eat here in the U.S. Is that good?  Of course, that just means you don’t have to be eating the same old spaghetti or pizza.  I remember when this wasn’t the case in the early 80s then slowly starting in the 90s, Koreans started modifying world’s … Continue reading

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Super Large Korean Brush!

On the streets of Insadong in Seoul Korea, I was walking and spotted this super large brush.  I believe this is what they used back in the day (like since 3000 years ago) to make signs and whatnot.  Pretty cool huh? And check out some of other varieties of traditional Korean brushes this store sells. Click Here for the GoogleMaps GPS location of Insadong in Seoul Korea.

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Sorae Pogu Fish Market in Incheon Korea! – Part 5

(Fresh Oysters!) After walking around the Sorae Pogu market for about an hour, we decided to eat some Korean sashimi.  They looked so yummy, my aunt and I decided to eat some. At the market, there are some fish stores that have a place inside for you to eat the fish.  You can also buy different types of fish then go to a place that will filet the fish and make it edible. These are the stores that have place to sit inside.  But if you prefer, they will sit you on the street with the view of the boats coming into the docks.  Since I like the view, we decided to sit down on the streets like some other old men were doing and getting drunk. This ain’t the most comfortable setting but at least you’ve got some fresh fish and view of the ocean. First, we ordered some live octopus, my favorite food of all time. Then we ordered oysters, these are the ones we saw earlier and they just melt in your mouth. My aunt ordered us a bunch of different types of Korean sashimi.  I am not even sure what each of these are but they … Continue reading

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Sorae Pogu Fish Market in Incheon Korea! – Part 4

Near the docks where the fishing boats are coming in, there’s even more stores that sell literally fresh shrimps just off the boat. These shrimps are actually live still, moving around. Check out these fish just fresh off the boat, can you spot the shark here?  Since these fish are more fresh than inside the fish market, you will have to pay a bit more. (and haggle of course) It’s only 11:45AM now, there’s still a lot of people at this market, that tells you how crazy Koreans are about fresh fish. Check out soy-marinated raw crabs, these are my favorite, called Gae-jang in Korean. These Korean blue crabs are literally everywhere! Click Here to Read Part 5! Go back to Part 3

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Sorae Pogu Fish Market in Incheon Korea! – Part 3

Once we reached the end of Sorae Pogu fish market, we came to the dock where the actual fishing boats were coming back with fresh fish. I decided to take a closer look at these Korean fishing boats. By seeing the nets and some shrimps, I think this boat was a shrimp boat. As you can tell, they kinda rigged up everything here but I guess it works well by judging how much fish is at the market. We also ran into this store that had like 50 different types of Korean shells.  That’s a lot of shells if you ask me, maybe at least 2 weeks to try them all! The store name is “Shell Heaven”, I can’t really disagree with that I guess. These Korean blue crabs are wildy popular among Korean people, it’s a traditional icon almost.  If you’ve watched Forest Gump you will know what I mean, Koreans make Crab Spicy sashimi, Crab soup, Crab salad, etc…etc… Click Here to Read Part 4! Go back to Part 2

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