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Registration for June 29th meeting Open!!!

For this meeting, Mamas & Papas are headed to Seodaemun-gu for some premium makgeolli and ‘slow food’. The makgeolli at this place is fermented for 3 months in jars, and is overseen by the President of Korean Traditional Liquor Research Institute. In other words….they know what they’re doing!


The 38th Parallel- DMZ

One major attraction around Seoul is the trip to the DMZ - the De Militarized Zone, which is one of a kind in the world! The DMZ separates the North and South Korea and it runs 250kms long ending in the Yellow sea on the West to the Sea of Japan on the East. And is considered the most fortified and heavily guarded border in the world. The 4km wide buffer zone between the Koreas is populated with more than a million land mines. The DMZ trip that we took, does not actually take one into the DMZ. It merely takes us to the tip of the DMZ, lets one have a peek from the Dora Tower Observatory in the South at the North Korea, walk into one of the infiltration tunnels and visit the Dorasan Train station.

North and South Korea have not yet signed a peace treaty since the war in 1950 when the North Koreans attacked Soul on a Sunday. They have signed an armistice agreement, which means that both the sides have decided to stop fighting and they have agreed to have their forces moved 2kms on either sides from the Military Demarcation Line. The Joint Security Area is an area in the DMZ where tourists are allowed in but after extensive checks and reservation. But the JSA primarily still remains a place where the talks between the Koreas take place.

Seoul is just around 50kms away from the DMZ. It seems that the South Korean Government had given it a serious thought and even tried to move the capital further down South because of the constant threats from the North Koreans. But now, the South Koreans are so used to the North Korean threats that it doesn't even pop up in their Sunday morning chit chats.
 

Check posts on the way to the DMZ
Check posts on the way to the DMZ


I find it really amusing to see people selling items on the...



I find it really amusing to see people selling items on the Seoul subway. They are so excited and animated. I’m always too nervous to buy anything, because I’m worried I’ll mess up speaking Korean in front of a train full of people. The man pictured is selling (ricecake).

I’ve seen people sell umbrellas, visors, arm sun shields, and mosquito repellent bracelets. Has anyone else seen anything else sold, or have any fun stories to share?


A walk under the mines

The 3rd infiltration tunnel into South Korea

The most fun part in the DMZ tour was the descent into one of the 4 infiltration tunnels that the South Koreans have discovered so far. Our guide said that there could be as much as 20 tunnels leading into the South!

3rd infiltration tunnel

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Seoul, South Korea

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Photo Essay: Remembering Fallen Comrades On the Road to the New Day

On June 8, 2013, the ISC Media Team attended the 22nd National Commemoration of the Martyrs and Victims in the Struggle for Our Nation and Democracy. The first commemoration ceremony was held amidst tear gas in 1990 under Roh Tae Woo’s presidency.

A shrine composed of over 350 martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the nation and for democracy

A shrine composed of over 350 martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the nation and for democracy


I finally walked up to Namsan Tower (N서울타워). I could have ridden...







I finally walked up to Namsan Tower (N서울타워). I could have ridden the Namsan Cable Car or a bus to the peak where the Tower is located, but the walk seemed like more fun.

The Canadian I am dating surprised me by having a lock ready to place amongst the Locks of Love. It felt like he was ceremoniously asking for more commitment from me, so I got really nervous and tongue-tied.


A Splendid Salad at Seven Springs in Seoul

If buffet chain restaurants were a flock of teenage girls, Seven Springs would be the Queen Bee demonstrating the supreme art of  smörgåsbord dining in Seoul, Korea.

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I ventured to one of Seven Springs’ Seoul locations recently. When a friend mentioned she wanted to go to a buffet restaurant for her birthday dinner I laughed and asked where we were really going. She was excited for this particular salad buffet in Hongdae, and because it wasn’t my birthday I went along with the green meal idea and made my way out of Exit 8 at Hongdae Station and found the veggie oasis.


Seoul Walking Tour - App Review

Hi everyone!

I'm sort of back!!, I've been pretty busy lately, working, planning, catching up on some sleep, studying Korean and well, doing some research online, as you know I still have plans of going back to Korea but this time my sister is coming with me, yay!!!!, we traveled just the 2 of us for the first time last year when we visited Italy and it went better than expected :)

We are both very different, but so alike at the same time, the only day we spent appart in Florence we ended up doing almost the EXACT same things just in different order, I'm pretty excited to go to Korea with her and show her some of the amazing things I've seen/done and to do new things I didn't have time to do before like Jeju Island!!!, but the 1st thing is... SEOUL!


현충일: Memorial Day in South Korea

Today is 현충일 (Memorial Day) in South Korea. June 6th is a public holiday dedicated to soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country and civilians who died during the Korean war. The Korean War began on June 25th, 1950 when South Korea was invaded by North Korea. The war that lasted for three years and …

I Am Makgeolli (아이엠 막걸리)

Name: I Am Makgeolli  (아이엠 막걸리)

Location: Hongdae


Dog and cat cafes are well-known in Korea, but did you know that...


Dr. Lee’s Sindong Makgeolli (이박사의 신동막걸리)

Name: Dr. Lee’s Sindong Makgeolli (이박사의 신동막걸리) Location: Daeheung (Mapo-gu) Reviewed by: Mama’s and Papa’s on: April 27, 2013 Thoughts: Nestled a few blocks from the Han river near Sogang […]

I’ve recently discovered that Korean women carry a unique...



I’ve recently discovered that Korean women carry a unique calling card for their “walk of shame.” They’re carrying shopping bags with their dirty clothes from the night before! There are exceptions to every rule, but trust me, these women are not shopping at 8 a.m. You may not believe me, but there are dirty clothes in that bag!


Randomly found the Lantern Festival in Seoul, May 10-12, 2013....









Randomly found the Lantern Festival in Seoul, May 10-12, 2013. Buddha’s birthday was May 18th, and the Lotus Lantern Festival was to celebrate the Buddha’s coming into this world. There were a lot of activities to participate in (e.g. making traditional Korean paper and paper lanterns) and ways to experience Korean culture and Buddhism.


April 2013 in 2 Minutes

 


Get your music on this summer in Seoul.

I’m all about the music. I am up for any concert, just ask. With only a few days left before I leave (tear tear), lately I’ve been reminicing about all I’ve managed to experience while teaching and living in Korea (Are you ready?). I am amazed at how much I have done in such a short amount of time, especially when I think about all the concerts I’ve attended. It seems like ages ago, but at this time last year I was preparing to witness Lady Gaga’s first and very controvercial world tour stop in Seoul.


A Thousand Years of Seoulitude: Weekend Return to Seoul!

Last weekend we had work off on Friday for Buddha’s Birthday, so we took the extra day and hopped on a bus to Seoul! Unlike my training week in Seoul a couple months ago, we had plenty of time to explore and be a tourist.

Me inside a hanger structure outside our hostel!

Me inside a hanger structure outside our hostel!


Mamas & Papas Are Going Hiking!

The weather is warming up, and after a ridiculously long winter Mamas & Papas are itching to get outdoors. So this Saturday we will be having our very first hike […]

Every time I start to get comfortable with Korea, something...





Every time I start to get comfortable with Korea, something throws me a curve ball, and I’m quickly out of my comfort zone. Example: Miss H Multi Function Lounge (aka glorified bar). This place has a clown that walks around and makes animal balloons for drunk people. If it’s feeling dirty, it’ll blow up a penis balloon animal for you!

Honestly, this place kind of gave me the creeps, but… I’ll probably go back. The music wasn’t bad, but sadly, the DJs became less cute as the night went on.

Address:  서초구 서초동 1307번지 지하 1층 Seoul, Korea 137-856

Hours:  Mon - Thu: 19:00 - 03:00, Fri - Sat: 19:00 - 05:00


Foreigner’s Free Driver’s License Classes

 


PHOTO_0024Good news to those who have never driven before or would like to drive in Korea! ^^


석가탄신일: Buddha’s Birthday

 

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Wolhyang (월향)

 

Name: Wolhyang (월향)

Location: Hongdae


Lotus Lantern Festival 2013

Buddha's birthday falls on May 17th this year. The city was primed for the festivities by lighting of the lantern in the Gwanghwamun square on April 23rd, and the display of the lanterns in the Cheonggyechon stream and in the Bongyeunsa and Jogyesa Temples.

Lanterns are an important part of the Buddhist beliefs symbolising wisdom to the world. Huge, colorful lanterns made of Hanji  paper, beautiful girls dancing in pretty hanboks, cute kids carrying lanterns with enthusiasm, makes-me-want-to-dance rhythmic music from the instruments, comfortable seats for the spectators arranged by the city :) and perfect spring weather to watch the show! Just perfect.

Looking Up

You come to Korea from where I’m from and you can’t stop looking up. Always up. At the sky without so many rain clouds, at the trees forever in a constant pattern of change, and at the buildings which stretch above everything I’ve ever known. It takes a lot of concrete and steel to make a megalith as complete as the Korean urban space, and event then it never seems complete. There is always some mason tapping away at some finer piece chiselling another groove in the pursuit of perfection.


Is It Safe to Travel to Korea?

While eating breakfast at my hostel in Barcelona last month, a CNN news brief aired declaring that tensions were high and nuclear war was eminent on the Korean peninsula.  A Korean backpacker that I had met earlier that week looked at me and simultaneously, we rolled our eyes, irked by the excessive urgency and seriousness in the reporters' words.  The others in the room, who hailed from all corners of the globe, looked worried and advised us to prolong our stay in Europe rather than return to a country that was in such a hostile state.

The concerned comments didn't end there.  Messages from my friends in America began flooding my inbox with questions regarding my well being and my parents even offered to purchase for me a plane ticket back to Mississippi.

Registration for 18th May Meeting OPEN!!

It’s that time again, and we are ready for some more fresh and delicious makgeolli! This meeting we are heading close to COEX to a little place called ‘Helen’s Kitchen’. [...]

Danimgil Makgeolli Pub (다님길 막걸리)

Name: Danimgil Makgeolli Pub (다님길 막걸리) Location: Hongdae Reviewed by: Mama Julia & Mama Wangmin on 20th April, 2013 Thoughts: Danimgil is a casual and relaxed makgeolli bar with an [...]

Let’s shop ‘Folk Style’ at the Seoul Folk Flea Market

Once upon a time the Seoul Folk Flea Market (서울풍물시장) vendors set up shop around the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, Korea. Now they return each day to well-manicured squares of space within a recently built warehouse location. Some merchants refer to the market as The Ant Market due to its many moves over the years. Thankfully, a friend who is always in the know dragged me to the market a few weeks ago. I am very glad she did.

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Dinner at Lotte Hotel World’s La Seine Buffet

 

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