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Vacation Fun

As I write this, I realize we’ve been eating so much good food lately — Korean, Japanese, today some Korean-Chinese — that I’m going to do a food-related blog soon. So, stay tuned for that.

Ah, Christmas vacation. It’s been wonderful. Lots of sleep, lots of delicious food, quality time with my husband, with friends, with our families back home. Been to the movies (I mostly enjoyed “Into the Woods”), discovered the amazing saunas and hot tubs in our apartment building, started re-watching the “Lord of the Rings” series, and in between all that, we went ice skating and today I took a nice walk through the Jeong-dong neighborhood. Ok one thing at a time.

If you want to go ice skating in Seoul over the holidays, I know of two options — at Seoul Plaza, or at the Grand Hyatt Seoul. We already knew that ice skating at Seoul Plaza was pretty cheap, just 1,000 won for the skates rental and an hour of skating, wow! Seriously. As in, that’s less than $1 USD. So we went there. They looked like brand new skates, too. They control the flow of people on the rink by assigning you an hour time slot, and they also clean the ice every hour, so you get to skate on fresh ice. Continue reading Vacation Fun

A Merry Christmas Eve

It’s already Christmas Eve here in Seoul, which is hard to believe. While we’re far away from home and from our families, it’s felt more like Christmas here abroad than it has for years in California. The cold weather (ok, freezing cold!), the snowfalls, all the decorations, live Christmas music on the streets, and the holiday cheer that just emanates from the people. And, as I told Will, the fact that here you can still say “Christmas” without it being an issue.

Today I went to see the nativity scene at the Myeong-dong Cathedral. It was simple, but lovely. I stepped inside the cathedral, and it was very peaceful to sit there for a few minutes while others sat and prayed, or just looked around at the beauty of the place.

I also came across the crowd at the Korean Red Cross’s 2014 Serious Request fundraiser. I wish I knew the performer’s name, but she played (what I think was) the kayagum nicely and her voice was delicate but so beautiful. I’m sharing some videos below. Continue reading A Merry Christmas Eve

Shopping and Worshipping, Gangnam Style

The other day, we headed south across the Hangang River into — gasp — Gangnam.

Gangnam Style!
Gangnam Style!

We visited the Coex Mall in Samseong-dong, apparently the largest underground shopping mall in Asia. Woah. It’s located at the World Trade Center Seoul complex and just days ago had a big re-opening after some remodeling, so many of the stores are new and offering all kinds of promotions and free goodies (mainly free balloons for the kiddos). In addition to tons of stores, many of them high-end, restaurants and a fancy food court, at Coex you’ll find the Coex Megabox Cineplex (16 screens) and the Coex Aquarium. You can also visit the Hyundai Department Store which is adjacent, and the Buddhist temple of Bongeunsa, just across the Word Trade Center complex.

It’s a beautiful mall. Unfortunately, some work came up while we were there, so we only got to walk around part of the mall, but we did make it to the movie theater to see “Exodus” (snoozer), checked out the Hyundai Department Store and enjoyed some familiar, live, Christmas tunes: Continue reading Shopping and Worshipping, Gangnam Style