Korea & Jeju Winter Fun – Seoul – Day 6

January 17th, 2010 7 Commented

Before we knew it, we are on the second last day of our Korea tour! We were enjoying ourselves albeit the freezing winter…

We paid a visit to the KimChi school in the morning to learn the art of making Kimchi in the morning. It sure feels rather good to learn the authentic way of making Kimchi right in Korea itself!

About Kimchi (from Wikipedia)

Kimchi is one of the numerous traditional Korean pickled dishes made of vegetables with varied seasonings. It is very spicy and it can be exceptionally sweet as well. The magazine Health named Kimchi in its list of top five “World’s Healthiest Foods” for being rich in vitamins, aiding digestion, and even possibly reducing cancer growth. One serving of Kimchi also provides up to 80% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and carotene. Most types of kimchi contain onions, garlic, and peppers, all of which are salutary. It is also rich in vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), calcium, and iron, and also contains Lactobacillus, the friendly bacteria.

The big, bold colorful signboard of the Kimchi school looking great!

Just right after we stepped into the school, a lady dressed in the traditional Hanbok came forward to receive all of us. After the usual formalities of greeting in the language “Kamsa haminda”, she proceeded to take us through the various Kimchi related dishes. The picture below shows the lady introducing the myriad of Kimchi dishes with all the photos on the wall behind her.

However, my wife and I thought the process of making the Kimchi wasn’t too hard. You just have to be patient and conscientious enough to spread the pre-mixed kimchi sauce evenly and all over the leaves of the cabbage. Thereafter, you just have to wrap it up and place it in a plastic bag. Before sealing the bag, squeeze out all the air and then leave the Kimchi in the refrigerator for the next few weeks! And you will get your own handmade Kimchi. ;)

After that fun hands-on session, we were taken to another section of the school where you can try on the Korean traditional costume, the Hanbok and take photos dressed in that!

After we departed from the KimChi School, we were taken on a boat ride on the Han river! Yeah! Its actually called a Water Taxi (see picture below), where about 8-10 persons can board each time and enjoy the beautiful scenery while cruising on the Han waters…

This little boy is cute but very mischievous. He kept calling me “Uncle” (made me felt so old) and talked to me on the coach throughout the journey.

The 63 Building is an iconic landmark of the economic miracle and was the tallest building in Asia when it was constructed in 1985.

The Namasangol Hanok Viilage is a beautiful village, where it tells you stories of how the Koreans lived in the past. It also houses five retored traditional Korean houses (Hanok), with a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule.

The main gate of the Namasangol Hanok Village.

A big pavillion where performances were held.

Stairs leading up to one of the traditional houses.

Looking into the house, while standing at the front door.

Some traditional Korean funiture, spartan but it still looks cosy to me.

Some sort of a kitchen place.

Some more Korean furnitures.

This is a bed which can double up as a sofa I guess. Check out the big mesh rod at the right hand corner. That was used by husbands in the past as a form of replacement to their wife during summer. They claim that it can be rather hot and irritating to hug your wifey during summer. So, they invented this hollow looking bolster for that purpose – cooling and quiet.

It looks like some sort of grinder to me! Can’t really remember what it is…

Here is the traditional craftwork exhibition, where you could also purchase small dishes and souvenirs.

Information regarding one of the empresses.

Map of the entire village.

After a long but fun filled day, we went to the MyeongDong fashion street, where you can see the latest in fashion, accessories and sample the famous local snacks and Korean cuisines. The streets were teeming with people and bright lights popping out from everywhere. It’s a street bustling with activities, where at times you can see sales gals singing and doing little dances just to attract customers in. There are many stalls on the street selling local snacks and also wagons full of fashion accessories. A street not to be missed in Korea!

So that was the end of another day, filled with activities.

We were then brought to various showrooms the next day, which was our last day in Korea. We made our way to the Ginseng Monopoly showroom and there after the Cordyceps Monopoly showroom. These are health products which they and many asians believe that will improve your immune systems. These health products are also highly prized in Korea and they are produced locally. Another resource widely found in Korea would be Amethyst. Thus, we also visited an Amethyst factory where you can find locally produced purple gemstones at a bargain. Well, I didn’t take any photos as photography was not allowed at all these places. All of these visits ended in half a day and we had to bid farewell to Korea and board the plane back to home sweet home.

So this is the end of my Korea and Jeju winter fun trip! I hope you will also get to pay Korea a visit and experience it! yourself… :)

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7 responses to “Korea & Jeju Winter Fun – Seoul – Day 6”

  1. Lylibellule says:

    So it’s the end of your trip… your heart must had been sad just before leaving, no ?
    This last post made us learn a lot of things. The traditional Korean outfit is beautiful!

    Donuts house is huuuge! Woooow!

    I thank you that you shared those moments with us and made us discover Korea and it’s wonder.
    All your posts were excellent!

    See you back home ;)

  2. rockleelotus says:

    cool a school for kimchi, sounds easy but takes long time to pickle. haha that hollow bolster thing is a nice idea for keeping cool XD

    you sure had lots of great experiences on your trip :D thanks for sharing with us!

  3. chubbybots says:

    A nice conclusion to the trip ^^ Seeing that kimchi school reminds me of a certain korean drama :D (but the name slip my mind haha…man getting old ) But i still remember the tune though haha…

    Anyway that is one huge donut joint at the end!!

  4. Katsura-chan says:

    Jeez i’m late :/
    I’m certain to love those Kimshi, looks delicious. The house is very beautiful, lovely. I’m attracted with old houses, woods and such.
    Traditional Asian houses are, for me the most attractive.
    MyeongDong looks incredible as well. wow
    Looking at this huge Dunkin’ Donuts got me hungry again :( I ate just few hours ago … bad bad bad
    Sweet photos as always ^^

  5. Tier says:

    My mom teases me every now and then about my reluctance to eat kimchi. I’ve never actually tried it, but that’s mainly because I don’t really like vegetables much.

    I didn’t even know there was a traditional village in Seoul; my elementary school classes always went to the Korean Folk Village, but that’s a bit outside of the city, I think.

    Your photos really bring back some memories; I used to be able to see the DLI 63 building right across the river from where I grew up.

    • softz says:

      I’m wondering man, are you a Korean or half Korean? You seemed to stay in Korea previously huh. Come to think of it, I spent about 6 days in Korea and Jeju and only managed to visit some small areas of Korea. It’s too big for 6 days.

      Also, I think disliking vegs is pretty common. I’ve a colleague whom doesn’t eat mushroom (he claimed fungus) and vegs. He is a carnivorous. ;)

      • Tier says:

        Yeah, I’m half-Korean. I grew up in Seoul, my dad used to work for the US army. He was a civilian contractor so we didn’t have to move as much as some of my friends did; I had friends whose parents were active-duty military and they always bounced around Korea, Germany, and the Philippines every couple of years. I lived in Korea for ten years but I was too young then to really appreciate the country.

        I’ll eat vegetables that aren’t green XD Bell peppers and chili peppers are okay with me though, and mushrooms are pretty good too.

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