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2009 and 명동!

Apparently I slept through the new year celebrations.  D’oh!  Happy 2009!

Anyway, we went to 명동 (Myeongdong) yesterday.  We took a bus from Sunyoung’s house in 파주시 (Paju city) to the 합정 (Hapjeong) metro, then on to the 을지로일구역 metro (Euljiro-1 ga, like “Euljiro 1st Ave”).

Jayson, I know you're jealous right now!

Jayson, I know you're jealous right now.

Pretty intense system.

Pretty intense subway system.

Bus/Metro Pass

Bus/Metro Pass. Much cooler looking than the SmartTrip...

I saw an advertisement that beats the Gilette Fusion.

Top that, Gilette.

Top that, Gilette.

Six blades of glory.

Six blades of glory.

First I got some money exchanged.  They took a pretty heavy cut on the deal (about 200 원!), but I got my Korean money, mostly for use in the cash-only businesses :)

We went shopping in the outside markets and the small stores. There were some great deals to be had – I got earmuffs for 3000원 (a little less than US$3). I also picked up a scarf because it was COLD AND WINDY OUT THERE (about 20,000원)!

Outside 명동

Outside 명동

The stores had a few items that weren’t…as you say, legitimate.  I turned a blind eye to those items:

Staging pictures like this never works with me.  I'm trying to avoid looking at the knockoff boots on sale.

Staging pictures like this never works with me. I'm trying to avoid looking at the knockoff boots on sale.

And some were just….yeah:

....I do not understand this tshirt.  Any takers?

....I do not understand this tshirt. Any takers?

We ate from vendors off of the street a few times – once with a sausage, wrapped in fish, wrapped in seaweed, deep fried, and covered in hot sauce…

It really means "take-away food".  But it said "Be able packing".  I like the latter.

It really means "take-away food". But it said "Be able packing". I like the latter.

Mmmmmm.....fried and spicy.

Mmmmmm.....fried and spicy.

Mmmm....street food.

Mmmm....street food.

…and once with a fried pancake filled with honey and sugar…

Aww, how sweet.  Seriously, fried dough stuffed with sugar.

Aww, how sweet. Seriously, fried dough stuffed with sugar.

…needless to say, not the healthiest day in terms of food :-)

For lunch, we went to 명동교자 (Myeongdong Gyoja), a famous noodle shop (we had to wait a few minutes to get in).  We had a dish called 국수 (Guksu), which is a kind of chopped noodle soup with beef and dumplings (교자, aka “Gyoza”, aka “Dumplings”).  The 김치 (Kimchi) was so spicy I got the hiccups…that’s never fun, but it was good.

A noodle soup with beef and dumplings.  Photo courtesy The Official Korea Tourism Site.

국수: A noodle soup with beef and dumplings. Photo courtesy The Official Korea Tourism Site.

We entered a couple of bigger stores, including one big department store/flea market type place, where individual vendors sold lots of clothing at really really cheap prices.  We got Sunyoung a very nice coat and gloves.

We saw (볼트) “BOLT”, the new Disney movie.  It was subtitled in Korean, but I could pick up a little of what was going on from it, which was nice.  The movie theatres had assigned stadium seating, but the tickets were only 7000원 (a little under US$7).

We saw "BOLT". It was cute!

We saw "BOLT". It was cute! Underlined portion: 10th floor, Theatre 2, Row B, Seat 7

After a day of shopping and fun, we came back to “잭이 있는 집” (as her family’s house is known – “The Book House”).  It is an absolutely beautiful house, with interesting design behind it.  Sunyoung’s father gave me the grand tour and the story behind it.  He wanted to embrace the fact that there would be 3 generations living in the house (his mother, his wife and him, and his children); give them all separate living spaces, but also have a central space for “communication”, where the generations could come together more easily.

Thermostat...for the heated floors. I swear, such a sweet deal.

Thermostat...for the heated floors. I swear, such a sweet deal.

The reason the heated floors worked so well is because the bed is on the ground. Definitely worth it, as you step into a bed that's warm to the touch :-)

The reason the heated floors worked so well is because the bed is on the ground. Definitely worth it, as you step into a bed that's warm to the touch :-)

This is a door that opens from the master bedroom closet into the main living area/kitchen. The essence of communication!

This is a door that opens from the master bedroom closet into the main living area/kitchen. The essence of communication!

One of the many many collections of books. My room downstairs is flanked by them too.

One of the many many collections of books. My room downstairs is flanked by them too.

A shot of the kitchen and its view into the central park area.

A shot of the kitchen and its view into the central park area.

As you can see, it’s quite a modern and interesting house.  The walls aren’t just lined with books – the books create the partitions between rooms as well as the outside.

All in all, a great day.  I missed the church service at midnight, but apparently Sunyoung and I were both passed out, so her mother didn’t want to wake either of us.  Today, we’re going to an observatory tower where one can see 북한 (North Korea).

Have a great 2009 everyone! 안녕!