Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Day in South Korea - Part One Namdaemun Market

 We ventured into Seoul on Christmas Day to meet Hannah for the afternoon and check out any Christmas displays.  We decided to start in Namdaemun mainly because I wanted to buy a thick warm scarf.  We didn't see a lot of decorations.  This photo was from a storefront.

We couldn't believe how dead it was especially on a weekend.  There was nobody there and we had the streets to ourselves.  A few business were closed but most were open and shop clerks were standing outside in the bitter cold.
 I find that I still don't like to see slippers and leggings sold this way.  It kinda creeps me out.

We saw this Christmas display as we walked around Namdaemun but as we walked past it when we left, they had already taken it all down.
                                                We even saw a saxophone player.
                                                   This a scrubbies for dishes. 
Awwwww, now if I just had a little girl to buy this for.  It was darling and I should have bought it anyway.
 Gotta love those silkworm larvae that you find all over during this time of year.  I just haven't been able to get up the nerve to try them.  Maybe if they served them with ketchup.

I loved these boots.  There were tiny and pencil holders.
                                                         I made a couple of new friends.
                        Where were all the people?  We would find out later in the day.
Does that really say "Little Pussy?"  I had to explain to my friend, Hannah, later that day why that was so offensive and on kid's clothing to boot.

I felt so bad for the street vendors.  It was really cold and windy on Sunday.  My fingers even went numb.
But Mama...
                                                     This restaurant is ready to serve!
        I LOVE the street vendors.  The food looked sooooo delicious and it's beautiful just to look at.
                                    I felt bad for the baby octopuses that were in that tank.

This was near the entrance of Namdaemun Market.  Where were all the people?  My next post will tell you where.  I broke up Christmas Day into several posts because it was photo heavy and Blogger has been giving me a lot of trouble when I try to upload more than three photos. It locks up and then I have to start all over again.

 As you saw in my previous post, we went out with my yoga buddy, Choi, and his family.  Rocketman were home about an hour when I received this text from Choi.
It was so cute that he was worried about me.  Rocketman was not amused.  He just can't let go of the past.  If you don't know the story, Choi, my 76 year old yoga buddy, wanted me to be his girlfriend.  And yes, he is married to a wonderful woman.


  1. I have to wonder why 2PM's picture is pasted on to Eunjung and not onto Nichkhun. :D

  2. This looks like a wonderful traveling experience, though I'm shivering just looking at the pictures. So much to see. I'm looking forward to the next post :-)


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