Seoul in 1997-98…Part 8

Namdaemun Market…. Soon after my arrival in Seoul in 1997, the Korean people told me about a huge indoor/outdoor market that I had to see. They described how many vendors came from rural areas and brought their produce there to sell to tourists and city-dwellers, and they described how these farmers started in the night,… Continue reading Seoul in 1997-98…Part 8

Seoul in 1997…Part 7

Chogyesa Temple… Just southeast of the North gate was another temple, considered to be the main Buddhist temple in Korea. The richest one. Even though it was the richest one, it wasn’t as nice as Bongeunsa and wasn’t as nice as other ones I’ve seen in other places there, really. But I found it by… Continue reading Seoul in 1997…Part 7

Seoul in 1997…Part 6

‘LG’ class…. One of the main classes I had was in Karibong-dong teaching four businessmen at a building that was run by LG, which is one of the biggest companies in Korea. My “LG class” was a in a large building complex that had a cellphone plant and many offices and a cafeteria in Southwestern… Continue reading Seoul in 1997…Part 6

Seoul in 1997…Part 5

BonGeunSa…. Soon after arriving in Seoul, I looked at a tourist map and found there was a Buddhist temple in Kangnam called Bongeunsa and I really wanted to go see it. I headed out alone one day and took Line 8 to Jamsil and switched to the Green Line and went around 5 stops on… Continue reading Seoul in 1997…Part 5

Korea in 1997…Part 4

Other Sights…. Seoul had 5 palaces and an enormous shrine in its central downtown. I visited a gorgeous palace that I’d say was my favourite called Changgyeongkung twice by myself. It was large and full of trees and the same types of buildings as Kyeongbokkung, but you felt more relaxed on the grounds. You were… Continue reading Korea in 1997…Part 4

Seoul in 1997…Part 3

Food… Can you tell what these dishes are? I am not totally sure myself! Many Korean dishes are low-fat and they eat a lot of vegetables too. I found it hard not having potatoes and Canadian bread. In the grocery stores, potatoes were expensive and their bread was heavy and yellowish-orange. I figured they put… Continue reading Seoul in 1997…Part 3

Seoul in 1997, Part 2

Kyeongbokkung Palace… Kyeongbokkung Palace is a very large, beautiful complex. The king’s throne and 2 ponds and a pagoda-style museum are inside. When you face the front of it, you see the northern Bukhansan Mountains behind it. North Korea is around 50 kms beyond those mountains, a Korean businessman told me at first. They were… Continue reading Seoul in 1997, Part 2

At First….

I didn’t know anything. I knew nothing about Korea. Perhaps that was best. Here I was on a plane from Canada to Seoul. It was my first time on a plane and I didn’t know anyone in Korea or anyone on the plane. I was completely alone and didn’t mind. I was used to doing… Continue reading At First….