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Traditional Temple Top

The Maoul Bus*

I walked up and down the street looking for the bus stop on the opposite side of the street. Where I was going was only four stops away in that direction, but I soon realised that the bus only went in the opposite direction, which left me a good fifteen stops away. I bit the […]

Hwaseong Again

Yangyang Traditional Market

Across Korea traditional markets are still a common feature. Taking place every five days in towns and even cities, the markets give a brief insight into an older part of Korea. For the most part these markets are straightforward occasions and possibly a bit like you could imagine in the so-called olden days, drawing in all the local populace for not only business but also social reasons.

Throughout you can see people meeting and doing business, while at the same time there is a good quantity of back slapping and hearty laughing by the stalls. There are rows and rows of people, mostly old women it has to be said, selling what is clearly the excess from their small gardens, and for them it seems to be as much a chance to get out and meet people, with the added benefit of actually making some money.


Supermarkets -v- the People?

 

It has been bothering me since about the time it has been instigated. It’s a simple thing that shouldn’t really get me agitated as it has very little effect on me, and in many respects it is a good principal to take. It’s just that I think it’s the wrong step and I don’t think it really solves any problems, only encourages more populist resolutions to complicated social and economic problems.

What am talking about? Sunday closing for the so-called discount stores in Korea.

Now lets establish some terminology first.

“Discount stores” are what major supermarket chains are called in Korea. These include E-Mart (part of Shinsaegae international), Homeplus (owned by Tesco, the second largest supermarket company in the world), and Lotte Mart, which are the biggest ones.


Happy Anniversary!

Hey readers! This week, instead of a comic, you get to see what I made as an anniversary gift for my very special guy. The actual day was yesterday (technically today in the states), but I figured it would be best to let him enjoy it first before posting it on the internet.

It’s kind of weird to see how much people can change in a little less than a decade, huh? As for me, I don’t think I’ve changed much. If anything, I’ve just learned to hide the ultra nerdy fangirl a little better. That being said, I can totally see why I was picked on when I was younger. I’m pretty sure I’d pick on younger me as well.


The Return of The World Famous (but all too infrequent) If I Had A Minute To Spare Global Caption Competition of Death and Love and Harmony

It has been over one year and six months since my last submission, and frankly I’m apologetic. But as a means of earning your forgiveness, I present to you the grand return of everyone’s favourite World Famous (but all too infrequent) If I Had a Minute to Spare Global Caption Competition of Death and Love and Harmony (yes, regulars will now not the World Famous (but all too infrequent) If I Had a Minute to Spare Global Caption Competition of Death and Love is now harmonious).

Imagine, December 2011 was the last time this competition graced these humble pages. It’s not because I don’t love you and your love of this wonderous competition, it’s just that I haven’t found the right moment captured by a humble lens, if I have bothered looking at all.


Dear Korea #063 - Feeling the Burn

Dear Korea #063

I don’t know if this is too common in bigger cities, but down here in Gwangju, we have more than enough mountains. As a result, mountain climbing (more like hiking uphill in some cases) is insanely popular, especially amongst the older folks. One man I know likes to go on an eight hour climb up a mountain, get drunk off of soju, pass out, and then climb back down before nightfall. This is something he looks forward to doing each weekend. I have no idea how that’s even possible.


Dear Korea #046 - Too Young For This Stuff

Dear Korea #046

After being raised to treat old people as if they were the most fragile beings in the world, Korea turned out to be a bit of a shock to me. I often have to fight myself to not rush over and carry the ton of trash I see these old men and women dragging around. Yes, I have tried, and I have been dismissed many times.

Kind of makes you wonder what the next generation of Korean elderly will be like? I mean, you see these grandmothers lugging around stacks of boxes on their heads, and then you see girls in their 20′s whining about how heavy their purses are.

If I had to throw down with an old person in Korea, no matter their size, I think I’d have to put my money on them.


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