Always in season: super delish Korean ice cream
Touchdown in Incheon International Airport. The 16-hour of flight was manageable, thanks to six free movies, half a book, and two hours of sleep...
My first time at home sweet home in five years!
Mom cooking my absolute favorite classic dish of hers, Kim-Bop (seaweed rice stuffed with healthy, yummy ingredients).
Yes, Kimchi (pickled vegetables) completes me.
Visiting my late grandmother's tomb with splendid flower bouquets, soju, and her favorite kind of rice cake, followed by our traditional Korean bows
My very first visit to Chung Gae Chun (Streamlet), a controversial but hugely successful urban renewal project.
Date with my parents? Priceless :)
Touching base with my roots: I definitely suggest visiting Chang Duk Gung, the second Palace of the Chosun Dynasty King and Queen. The architecture is beyond!
King's chair indeed
Loving the colors and details––go ancestors!
Han-Bok, traditional Korean clothing, for women and children. Today, it's only worn on national holidays or special occasions like weddings.
One of my favorite neighborhoods, Garosu-Gil (meaning Tree-Lined Street). Go there to find European-style cafes, restaurants, and shops.
My best friend Cathy resting after walking around the neighborhood non-stop
My friend's café/gallery, Miehl, which lets you work up an appetite as you browse pieces from an international assortment of artists
The best souvenir shopping is definitely at Ssamji-Gil, which houses antique, designer, and cultural novelty shops with a unique taste for decoration. Located in Insadong.
The display at Boon The Shop.
One of the main shopping districts, Myeongdong, is like Times Square 24/7
Delicious and adorable snacks: warm bread with sweet red bean paste inside
The extremely yummy Korean BBQ at Galbi/ Bulgogi is a must
This warm sweet red bean soupy dessert, Patjuk (with chestnut and rice cakes) is to die for. It especially hits the spot in the colder months.
And finally... The Olympic Stadium where the 1988 Opening Ceremony was held!
I may have been raised in the US, but my family has always resided in my home country of Korea, where I was born. My last trip to visit my family in Seoul was back in 2005––and from the looks of things, a lot has changed in my hometown! Check out my trip as I shop, eat, rekindle, explore, and find new places to call my favorite.
wow what a gorgeous trip! this is carol i'm guessing, right? I'm actually going to seoul this summer so i might as well take some notes!
THU, APRIL 8, 2010
doh didnt see the joyce :)
THU, APRIL 8, 2010
I really enjoyed this blog post, Joyce. Great work!
- J. Leao
FRI, APRIL 9, 2010
Thank you for sharing Joyce. Seoul is beautiful! And the food looks amazing.
FRI, APRIL 9, 2010
I wish I could go there in the future. I love your country , the historical places, delicious "mashipda" food and culture, AND OF COURSE, Kpop & Koreanovela. Thanks for sharing interesting places, I do hope Korea will be "one" in the future. Hwaiting!!!
Hey Joyce - Super delicious food images.. and i love your kitchen and those small aluminum food prep containers!
- toy michael
TUE, APRIL 13, 2010
Joo Hee - mom & dad are just the cutest. Thank you for sharing these priceless moments.
- "HP" Chan
THU, APRIL 15, 2010
I love to go to Seoul and the palace you recommend!!
MON, MAY 24, 2010
Love the chair(s) pic! Can I make a request...maybe a list/review of boutiques (like OC)to visit in Seoul? That would be awesome! :)
SAT, AUGUST 7, 2010
Thank you for reminding me of the name Ssamji-Gil at Insadong! I was in June for three weeks in Seoul and it was amzing! Such a great lovely city! Hopefully I can go there again someday?! You have nice pictures here! Thomas (Germany)