I was lucky enough to be in Seoul when the annual Lotus Lantern Festival took place. Here are some snapshots from the festival's parade:
After the parade, we went to the Jogyesa Temple. The temple housed an absolutely stunning display of lanterns. This picture definitely does not do it justice:
It's hard to go hungry in Seoul. There are so many food offerings available everywhere. Here is a sampling of some local eats:
|Upper left: Bibimbap|
Upper right: Late-night mandu (dumplings)
Lower left: Adorable animal-themed bakery rolls
Lower right: A kimchee selection for the ages
This is the World Peace Gate at one of the Olympic Park entrances:
|It is purely a coincidence that I'm wearing a shirt that says "Chicago" on it. Way to represent, eh?|
In an amazing coincidence, my friend Haiying happened to be in Seoul the same time I was there! It was awesome getting to catch up with her - I hadn't seen her in several years. Here are some snapshots in Hongdae Park from one of the nights we got together:
|Left: Haiying and me|
Right: Helen and me (both trying to look tough)
The three of us went to dinner at a restaurant called The Beastro. Check out how one of the Beastro's chefs photobombed us. =D
|From L to R: Helen, me, and Haiying|
Helen and I had a little fun with a K-Pop display in the Apgujeong neighborhood (we picked a Gangnam one, of course):
Speaking of Gangnam, this display was right near Helen's apartment. If anyone was in the dancing mood, it was complete with flashing lights and music. (I found this out by accident when I hit one of the display buttons and "Gangnam Style" started blaring from the loudspeakers. All of the people passing by on the street turned their heads to see what crazy person had caused the ruckus (i.e., me)).
Here is Helen's street. The array of lights throughout the entire city was always amazing.
More stunning architecture and cityscapes:
My huge thanks go out to Helen for being such a wonderful hostess during my time in Seoul!!!
And now, back to reality for me in Chicago. I have a lot of catching up to do with all of your blogs. I hope to get back on track with everything over the next few days. Thank goodness for Memorial Day Weekend coming up!