Sunday, June 10, 2012

Unplanned Seoul Treasures

Anca and I decided to venture out into Insadong and buy some lovely gifts for friends and family. This is the place to go to buy more folky/traditional gifts in Korea. We got a little lost on the way there, but found this beautiful park.

Then we made it to Insadong, where we stumbled upon a lovely celebration. There were traditional performances, where the performers told stories (no idea what the stories were, but they were moving regardless that I was lost in translation). The best part was the audience dancing and truly enjoying life.

This last picture is my favorite. They encouraged the little girl to dance, and they cheered her on as she spun and twirled. Then, on our search for gifts, we stumbled into a little tea shop. The owners let us try all these different kids of tea, including a hibiscus tea. If you can imagine a flower blossoming in your mouth, that's what it tasted like. After tea, we wanted more tea, so we went upstairs from the shop to a cafe. We had iced tea that was not only beautiful, but delicious and decadent as well.

Finally, we concluded our magical day of Korean wonder with a stroll down the Chungecheon River.

Sometimes the best things are unplanned and stumbled upon. 

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