Cheonggyecheon river

November 24, 2015

The Cheonggyecheon river is a modern recreation space that spans about 10km in the heart of Seoul. It took 2 year to build this project and lots of $$$. 

While walking around one afternoon, I noticed installations scattered around the river. I remembered that the lantern festival was scheduled to begin that weekend but I didn't know when the start of it was. I thought we were going to miss it. More on that later... 

While walking around, we saw a lot more installations and also art works dotted along the Cheonggyecheon. I think it's a great idea to use this urban renewal project for art not just for tourists but for local residents. I wish we can do the same for our Gardiner

I enjoyed walking along the river. It's very peaceful and you can get your exercise too!

What I Ate: Korean BBQ

November 20, 2015

I couldn't leave Seoul without having Korean BBQ. We met up with my friend Jess (she lives in Seoul and who I haven't seen for over 2 years) in Insadong for dinner. She took us to Arirang Garden for dinner. 

We chose to the sit in the traditional section of the restaurant because it's not everyday that you can sit on the floor while having dinner. We wanted the experience. It was pretty comfortable because the restaurant provided cushions. 

The food was absolutely delicious as expected. I just love grilling meat!And I love how the servers practically cook everything for you.

Happy Friday! and have a wonderful weekend! 

Bukchon Hanok Village

November 18, 2015

Bukchon Hanok village is neighbourhood in Seoul that dates back to the 14th century. It is filled with traditional homes in narrow streets. The traditional homes have been restored and some of the homes has been turned into guesthouses, cultural centre's, tea house's, and restaurants catering to tourists. It's a very popular attraction for tourists to visit while in Seoul. 

I loved walking around the narrow alleyways and climbing up and down the hill in Hanok village. The traditional homes has a lot of wood incorporated in the architecture. I was wondering who owned some of the houses there. It would be so interesting to live in those homes. 

I wish I could have went inside one of the homes there but I didn't have the time. Instead I admired the wooden gates of the homes. 

The World

November 15, 2015

*painting by Lawren Harris at the Art Gallery of Ontario

I could not sleep last night, I kept thinking about the attack in Paris. I had so many thoughts and emotions going through my head. I was sad. I was afraid. I was anxious. I was thinking about the people who lost their loves one and the people who lost their lives in this gruesome attacks. I could not phantom what they must have gone through. It's disheartening to know that many evil people can just take away lives quickly and easily. 

I was thinking about not just praying for Paris but for the world because we are all affected by violence now. No matter what type of violence; it exists all over the world. How can this be the new reality? When did we become like this? 

There is no easy answers but religion and politics should not be the cause of war and violence. I don't know why we can't all co-exist in peace and respect each other. 

One of the reasons why I travel is because I want to educate myself with our world, cultures, religion, etc. I travel for education. I travel to open my eyes in our differences. And travel has taught me to be tolerant, to be patient, to be respectful, and most of all it has taught me that we are all the same no matter what religion, colour, and race. 

I am praying for the world.