After a long lapse and a short weekend getaway, it is time to get off that lazy feeling and to blog about my Seoul, Korea escapades and this time in Yeouido 여의도. Shortly after being in Gyeongkokgung it was time to visit the famous park with lots of cherry blossoms along the walk and lo and behold, there were so many people when we arrived there.
Children and adults alike were amongst the figure there. There were children participating in CPR lessons. I am definitely impressed with the activities here. There are tonnes and lots of other activities on that day. It was expected to be a crowded day as it is on a weekend.
Of course, it was the day when Peter would be the last time he would accompany us on this trip. As he is staying quite far away, and he has to work we could say this was the last of the few minutes and hours we get to be around him.
Looking around with the excitement and games, Yen also decided to take part in it. Playing with the ring around the stick. Fascinated with sticks and hoops. Hehehe…
Of course, there are loads of other activities and other forms of entertainment on that day. One of them is we had a monkey on the loose.
Alright, not really a real monkey but the cosplay type. I am unable to read Korean, so anyway, at least there was a shot. Funny how happy Yen is standing with a person in a Monkey costume. *Escapes*
Actually what can one do in Yeouido? Let’s look at the wikipedia
Five parks are located in Yeouido. Notable among these are the Yeouido district of the Han River Public Park and Yeouido Park. Yeouido Park was formed in 1999 through the reclamation of a patch of land, known as Yeouido Square or 5/16 square, which had lain under asphalt for 27 years and was used for various large public gatherings. In addition, a terminal for excursion ferries stands on the Han River shore.
Seems like the best attraction are the parks and we were directly on top an old asphalt area. Superbly cool. Of course other than that, nothing much. Of course, the wikipedia does not really tell much. One has to use imagination and be more adventurous.
Ahh.. that’s Peter, he’s a friend of Yen in Korea and definitely good to see him around. We got a lot of directions and help from him since he was the only one who is able to converse well in Korean. This shot was taken when he was about to leave.
Hmmmm.. after analyzing the features of a Korean guy and comparing it to me, I must say there are some resemblance. Ahhhh…. I shall dream it elsewhere.
Of course, time for some shooting at Yeouido park. There are cherry blossoms along the park. So must stamp my mark on it and so I did. Let us look at how Yeouido city looks like from the park. It is amazing, simply amazing, the sky was perfect, the crowd was perfect and so I was with a
nearly perfect lens.
The colors of the building overlooking the park. It was a bright sunny day with temperatures around 18 degrees celsius. Well, there are people bicycling, couples walking hand in hand, street vendors along the park, and kids playing around.
Pictures might not reveal the whole scene but this was how I picture it.
Finally time for some food which I am sure that you have seen me eating that Satay kind of food on the previous Korean post. There is something which Koreans do enjoy, and this is where I come in.
As Daniel Chew the Weird says,
What people can do, we can always try if it is safe.
What people can eat, we can also try
Of course not everyone shares the same temperament. I hereby give you a special delicacy where Koreans do eat other than the famous Tteokbokki, Bulgogi. I present to you, 번데기 or it’s equivalent Beondegi.
What is Beondegi?
Beondegi is a popular snack food in Korean cuisine. Literally meaning “chrysalis” or “pupa” in Korean, Beondegi are steamed or boiled silkworm pupae which are seasoned and eaten as a snack. Beondegi are often served by street vendors, as well as in restaurants and drinking establishments. They are also sold in cans in grocery stores and convenience stores, but they must be boiled in water before serving. 번데기 is the Korean spelling of Beondegi. Beondegi is not always sold in the market and is usually sold in packets from street vendors, although it is possible to buy the live variant for personal preparation.
No one dares to eat it on this trip, only person who did was truly this blogger, Daniel Chew. Sad isn’t it? No one wanted to share with me the whole cup which cost 2000 Won.