My Seoul through Mobile Photography – What I Missed for Last 14 Months on the Road

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My Seoul through Mobile Photography – What I Missed for Last 14 Months on the Road

Gyeongbokgung - Seoul, Korea

Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) in Winter

Gyeongbokgung - Seoul, Korea

Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) in Winter

 

I haven’t seen Seoul since two Decembers ago. I was quite anxious to come back with a lot of different emotions, but after few weeks of settling in, I’m glad to be back. Seoul is my hometown. My whole family has been living here for hundreds of years. Even though I went to university to different city, I always considered Seoul as my home. Even though Seoul won’t be the place for my own home, it will always going to be my hometown.

 

My Seoul is quite different than the Seoul what the world knows thesedays. I didn’t grow up shopping or playing computer games with high-speed internet. Our neighbourhood was one of the oldest parts of the city. The house I grew up was as small as someone’s living room, and I could almost touch my neighbour’s building by reaching my arm out the window. I grew up with squat toilet. I never knew what supermarket was. I hung out with old ladies at the traditional market (just ‘market’ back then) who were my grandmother’s friends. I’ve never been to department stores in my childhood. Animal organs, fish scales and live octopus were quite normal things to touch everyday. But, I was a master at how to take buses and subways.

 

Seoul is now considered one of the biggest and developed metropolitan areas in the world. It is famous for its K-Pop culture, technology and shopping, but that’s not the reason why I like this city. History, culture, food, people, and the old part of the city are the reason why I’m so fond of this place.

 

Korean New Year was last weekend. I got to help my mum cooking in two years, and had a chance to re-examine our traditions. Remember my post about ‘Why I don’t miss my holiday’? It is still true. I explored the city and the neighbourhood. Here are the photos of my Seoul through mobile photography. All the photos were taken with iPhone 3G (Yes, I’m still using 3G!)

 

 

Holiday ceremony table

Korean New Year ceremony table

Holiday cooking

Holiday cooking

Holiday cooking - Jeons

Holiday cooking – different types of jeons

Gyeongbokgung

Gyeongbokgung (Gyongbok Palace)

Korean money - 10,000 won

Haven’t seen these in a while!

Ahyeon Station Subway Line 2

Ahyeon Station Subway Line 2 – it always has been my station.

The view of Seoul from Ansan Bongsudae

The view of Seoul from Ansan Bongsudae

Lotus Flower at Bongwonsa

Lotus Flower at Bongwonsa

Mineral water from the mountain at Bongwonsa

Mineral water from the mountain at Bongwonsa

The view of Seoul from Ansan Bongsudae

The view of Seoul from Ansan Bongsudae – Seoul N Tower afar

Crayola party with my nephews

Crayola party with my nephews

Tteokboki and Sundae

Tteokboki and Sundae

Dinner table

Typical dinner table at Kim’s house

Homemade Bibimbab

Homemade Bibimbab

Gwameagi

Gwameagi – winter specialty

Tteokboki

I make the best tteokboki, true story!

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

10 Comments

  1. Jamie says:

    Thanks for sharing these pictures. There are lots of memories for me. One thing that I loved was the low tables in Korea and the way you eat in a big group. As for Korean food however, it was always a little difficult as I am a vegetarian. I often had 감자전, ‘flat’ 만두, and of course 비빔밥. Please excuse my attempted Korean, I never took the time to learn and I only remember the symbols vaguely. One thing I don’t miss is the 소주 that gave me five stitches in the back of my my head. Why ever would someone put a batting cage right outside a 파전 restaurant?!?!

    • Juno Kim says:

      Five stitches! But I’m not surprised. That’s why I don’t drink Soju. 🙂 It’s an evil’s drink! I can see how it will be difficult for vegetarians. I traveled with a few vegetarians in Korea (foreigners), and we had hard time finding something that doesn’t have meat, meat broth, and fish. 감자전, 비빔밥 are great!

  2. Priya says:

    Wow, it’s great you can appreciate your culture like this!

  3. mai says:

    Thanks Juno for sharing this. I have enjoyed following your blog but this posting in particular is very enjoyable. Welcome home!

    These are beautiful pictures of Seoul.

  4. Sylvia says:

    With every passing food picture, my hunger pangs were more insatiable! You are a genius when it comes to food porn! 😉 I don’t know much about Korea but I know I am gonna love the food!

    P.S. Your nephews are ADORABLE! =)

  5. That looks like a real feast. So which out of those dishes have you missed most?

  6. Alex Gibson says:

    Are those your parents in the background of the first picture? I love the food, its making me hungry already. Thanks for helping me discover Korea, more so Seoul through your blog.

  7. Jessica says:

    what wonderful photos! I haven’t traveled to Seoul yet, but would love to go.

  8. Shyam says:

    Nice pictures, I hope to visit Seoul one day. The crayola crayons with your nephews reminded me of myself 20 years back 🙂

  9. Beautiful photographs, beautiful Country. I am hoping to visit South Korea next Summer with some photographer friends. I hope that our photos turn out as nice as yours have.

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