korea 2016

Know Korea

Hello my lovely friends!

So as you know, I spent the month of July in Korea, visiting family and friends, and taking a well needed vacation. I had an incredible time eating amazing Korean food, catching up with my extended family, and sightseeing. Although I tried to include every place I went to, and all the things I did, this post was wayyyyy to long, so enjoy this very shortened version of my trip 🙂


We arrived at the Incheon Airport, late at night and stumbled our way to my grandma’s building in Seoul. *Pro Tip* If you ever decide to head over to Korea, make sure to take Korean Airlines, as their service is phenomenal, and if you take the day trip, they’ll make sure to give you great selections on food every hour.

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This is the view from my grandma’s rooftop. This was taken early in the morning, when the air was still cool, and the city was already awake.


After getting caught up with my grandparents, and some sleep, our family drove about two hours to Gangnam to visit my Dad’s parents. Gangnam is quite rural, and there are actual houses and these houses have backyards. (I only found this exciting because Korea is tiny and living space limited.)

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Here is the front of my grandparents house, although it’s cut off, to the left, there’s a second story and the inside is decorated in a very quaint and lovely manner.

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This is a tiny pond my grandparents had in their backyard filled with fish and frogs!

Mini history lesson: Koreans use to store their Kimchi and other goods in these clay barrels called 장독대. Everywhere I went, there were some of these huge pots that people still use!

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I love how green, lush and fresh every morning here was.

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Also in my grandparent’s back yard, a lovely stream in which we lost a towel in.


After about a week, we headed to Daejon where the Kaist University is located. That is where my dad attended, and we met his friend to have dinner in a very fancy restaurant.

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This was the view when we first arrived. There was a lovely stream running just below, and the decor of the room was very elegant.

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This was one course of the seven course meal we had. Each dish was presented beautifully/ (Although this is half eaten, you sorta get the idea, right?)

And while we’re on the topic of food, it’s important to realize that in Korea, there are numerous side dishes that come free of charge with your meal. And that normally, there are several courses that you will be presented with.

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This is about 1/3 of the actual table…


Next, we headed to Geongbokgyung to explore the historical sights of Korea. There were many burial sites, Buddhist temples and museums we visited. One of the phenomenal sights were each grave, as they were all well sized hills. After a person was buried, rocks would then be stacked, then dirt, then grass would be planted.

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Here is a wooden statue of one of the God’s protecting the Buddhist temple.

 

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Prayer lanterns on one of the yards. There were thousands of these in every space possible.

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This intricate detailing was done by hand, and found on every rooftop on the temples. And I can’t even color in the lines.


Next, we headed to Sol Beach to relax and spend time together exploring the beach and playing at various water parks. I had the privilege of staying at two different resorts. Both were very spacious, and comfortable (each coming with three rooms, a kitchen, dinig area and living room) while enjoying arcade rooms and karaoke rooms each night. Oh, and did I mention that the view was incredible?

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A picture I took standing just outside our room.

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We had amazing, fresh seafood for about every meal. My grandma also would head to the beach and pick up various shellfish to put in our breakfast.

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Here are a lineup of boats at the dock. We saw a man almost fall off a boat, and two men fighting over some goods. It was quite an eventful day.

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My family then stayed at a pension with a couple of my dad’s friends and their families. This was one of the best times I had because all of my cousins are significantly younger than me. I was able to learn and understand the Korean culture better through girls that were the same age as me.

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A Japanese style pension.


The last week was spent in Seoul, where my family visited with other relatives, and I was able to sightsee. We also visited Insadong, which is a tourist heavy site. There you can rent hanboks and walk around with your friends.

We also visited my mom’s college Ehwa’s Womens University, and I got to experience the amazing architecture and atmosphere that college offered.

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Some bubble tea we snagged at a cute cafe.

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I really got a great tan going to multiple water parks, including Carribean Bay! Shopping was so enjoyable, and I spent considerable time in stationary shops, subway stores, and the mall (which is very overpriced). Remember, that what you see above ground is not all, there is a whole new world underground as well.


So there’s my 2016 summer adventure in which I visited seven places, ate incredible five course meals everyday, saw the most breathtaking views, and spent time with people I hadn’t seen in seven years. All in three weeks time. And I couldn’t even include all I did in one post! What are your travel plans this summer? Where have you gone, and what did you learn? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Meme Launch!

Know Korea, Meme, Tag, Wordless Wednesday

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Hello my lovely friends!

I’m super excited to share this post with you, mainly because I have decided to take this weekly series a step further in hopes to encourage you all to take part! As you know, Wordless Wednesday is a series in which I post anything unrelated to books that could provide you with insight about who I am, what I enjoy and other miscellaneous ideas I have.

I would like to present to you, the new meme: Wordless Wednesday

Because of how much I have enjoyed these posts, I have decided to begin a weekly meme (as of August 2016), to share aspects of our lives that may not be completely related to books! Each week, I will post a topic for a Wordless Wednesday that you may answer in whatever fashion you may like. All you need to do is link back to kimmiegg in your post so that I can also read your content! (Feel free to use the banner as well.)

Thank you to all who will support me in this endeavor, and I can’t wait to see everything you come up with! If you have any questions, let me know in the comments so I can clarify and improve 🙂

Oh, and please enjoy, I believe this is a great way to get to know fellow bloggers, and to interact more.

Here is a link to a the official page: Wordless Wednesday


Here are the topics for the following month (feel free to choose your own topic as well! These are just ideas you can use):

August 10: Songs of Your Life – What are a couple of songs that relate to turning points in your life, and why?

August 17: Wanderlust – Whats on your travel bucket lists? Or tell of your last travel adventure.

August 24:  Art – What are some of your favorite pieces and genres? Which artist do you adore?

August 31: Best Friends for Life – Do you own pets? If you could, which animal would you adopt?

September 7: Poetry and Pose – Who are some of your favorite artists? Which poems are your favorite?

September 14: Home Sweet Home – What are some of the attractions where you live?

September 21: Hobbies – Share some of the things you do in your free time, how do you spend your days when you’re not reading?

September 28: Pet Peeves – What are some things you absolutely cannot stand? Loud chewing? Dog ears on books?

October 5: Survivor – If you were stranded on an island, what are 9 things you’d take, and why?


This meme is not binding, so feel free to participate whenever you’d like! I can’t wait to read all your posts! 🙂

And thank you Beth @ Reading Every Night for encouraging this, as it really prompted me to begin. Please be supportive as I take new steps with my blog!

Wordless Wednesday (Know Korea): 7.13.16 Webtoons

Know Korea, Webtoon, Wordless Wednesday

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Hello my lovely friends! First off I’d like to mention that I am in Korea right now (this is a scheduled post) and I will not be able to reply to your comments as frequently as I’d like. I’ll still be checking up on my blog often, so don’t forget to say hello!

This week, for my Wordless Wednesday – when I post about anything unrelated to books. This is part of my Know Korea series. Today, I wanted to post about my unhealthy obsession with webtoons. Webtoons are South Korean webcomics or manhwa that are published online. (Have you guys noticed how my latest WW posts have all been about Korea? I’ve decided to create a category Know Korea) Anyways, here are a few that I’ve read/have been reading and love. Lately I’ve mainly been trying to read them in Korean to brush up on my skills.

If interested, there are a variety of platforms you can read webtoons at such as

Line

Naver (the Korean version of Line)

Spottoon

Mangafox


Here are a couple I have been reading recently (and that you should check out as well!)

I’ve linked the Korean version of the webtoon with the Korean translation, and the english version of the webtoon under the parenthesis.

윈드브레이커 (Wind Breaker)

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Not your typical squad, the guys in this team are brought together because of hardship. As they prepare to enter a competition, their bromance and skills grow. You will fall in love with each character as their back story and reason for competing becomes known.

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Jay is the student president of Sunny high. He is not just a smart student but an extreme biker with high techniques. As you follow his bike, you will meet his friends, love, and adventures.

소녀더와일즈 (Girls of the Wild)

Powerful, fast, witty, these girls are sure to win your hearts as they battle not only with each other, but together, as life throws hardships their way. Trained to be elite and the best, it’s difficult to navigate life the way others do. The friendship each girl creates with each other is sure to touch your heart, and funny bone!

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Wild’s High School, an all girls educational institute specializing in MMA, has a very special freshman enrolling this year. Jaegu, who fears women from being abandoned by his mother, is about to find out what girls are really all about in this action-packed school drama.

치즈인더트랩 (Cheese in the Trap)

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Follow the life of an ordinary world who’s life is turned upside down by extraordinary people. Normally unable to express her thoughts and emotions, Seol Hong struggles to maintain relationships and endure through college life.

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Seol Hong is a hard-working student, who has returned to college after a long break. Jung Yu is a senior at the college known as Mr. Perfect. Seol feels like her life took a turn for the worse since she got involved with Jung. Is Jung intentionally turning Seol’s life?

닥터 프로스트 (Dr. Frost)

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Love Psychology? Hot men with mysterious personalities? Then this is the webtoon for you. Dr. Frost became a psychologist in hopes of learning about human emotions. This genius, narcissist, egotist, will sure to be on your mind all day.

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Frost is a genius psychologist who believes all humans are basically the same. His keen mastery in mind-reading will blow your mind and strike through your heart. This webtoon has recently been turned into a TV series in Korea.

스튜디오 짭쪼롬(Salty Studio)

Follow the cute relationship between an aspiring drawer and already accomplished manhwa drawer. Their love for food is easily relateable, as well as their outlook on life and love.

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Togeun used to work for his father’s company without any passion, so he quits his job and moves out from his parents’ house in order to follow his dream in drawing. At the homecoming party (reunion party), Togeun begs Sonagi, a great illustrator, to teach him how to draw.

 

Wordless Wednesday: 6.15.16

Bucket List, Know Korea, Travel, Wordless Wednesday

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Hello my lovelies!

Wordless Wednesday is when I post about anything unrelated to books.  I have recently begun a series called “Know Korea” where I post things related to Korea. Today, I want to share with you five places I want to visit during my stay in Korea this coming month. (Yes, you heard me correctly, I’ll be visiting Korea in the month of July!)

경주 보문정 (Bomun Pavilion, Gyeongju)
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Gyeongju was the ancient capital of the Shilla Dynasty and is known as “a museum with no walls.” This spot is clearly aesthetic in all seasons with abundant leaves in the summer, a beautiful scarlet and mustard foliage in the fall and the pure gentle snow in the winter.

경복궁 (Gyeongbokgung)
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No trip is complete without a trip down the historical lane. Gyeongbokgung Palace, also known as the Northern Palace, is the most grandest of the five palaces. Although the premises were destroyed by fire during the Japanese occupation, the rooms were restored under the reign of King Gojong. There are around 7,700 rooms.

보성 녹차밭 (Boseong Green Tea Field)
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I love green tea, so the rolling hills of Boseong where 40 percent of Korea’s tea is produced is a must see. Unfortunately, I’d be missing the green tea festival held every May, but the spectacular view that is the backdrop of multiple Korean dramas is sufficient for me.

파주 심학산 꽃밭 (Poppy Garden, Simhak Mountain)
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The poppy garden is a scenic backdrop that is sure to intrigue any aspiring painter or photographer. The local town hosts a Poppy Festival in June.

롯데월드 (Lotte World)
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And because no trip is ever complete without a visit to a theme park, Lotte world is the world’s largest indoor theme park and is open all year long. From amusement rides to shopping malls, luxury hotels, skating rink and a lake, this place is full of amazing fun.

I’m so very excited to be going back to Korea this coming month, and looking through tourist sites and pictures has definitely been causing me even more excitement! I hope you enjoyed the few snapshots I have shown of such a beautiful country.

for more information, visit:

http://travel.cnn.com/seoul/visit/50-beautiful-places-visit-korea-873093/

http://www.tommyooi.com/seoul-attractions/