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Myung Dong eats

Dad and I went out for lunch and did an impromptu tour of the best eats in Myung Dong. This one alley way near the cathedral has many good eateries that’s been around forever (forever meaning since the war).

The beef soup place we were going to go to was closed for renovation - it had been in business at the same spot for 40 years and looks it. Hopefully they won’t renovate too much. Interesting contrast with the fake LV bags next door…

A couple of doors down, also with a long history, is Myung Dong Gyoza, famous not for the gyoza but the incredible Kalguksoo noodle. This is where we had lunch. I like how they have only 4 things on the menu.

Chung Moo Kimbab, where my parents took me to when I was 9 or 10 on one of my rare outings to the city. Just simple rice roll with kimchi but really really good kimchi.

Famous grilling place and nengmyun place behind the alley. Haven’t been but apparently well known to the Japanese tourists.

Diagonally across from Lotte Department store is an historic food alley way. Nam Po Myun Ok is one of dad’s favourite. Famous nengmyun place he used to come for lunch when he was working in the city. It’s often featured on TV - perhaps that’s why it looks so proper now.

The one with white sign is another one of his haunts - serves a peculiar old-fashioned soup dish of fish and tofu.


Uncle, rest in peace.

2009 August 23rd.

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Lunch at So Rae

While in Seoul the last time, my parents and I went to a small fishing village we last visited perhaps 20 years ago. It was hard to know what to expect - things have certainly been developed, but at the same time a lot were still quite raw. Just an hour away from Seoul, but quite a different world.

A small fishing-net-making industry was thriving there.

Enter the fish market.

The system was, you pick the fish and they slice them for you on the spot.

Voila, the dining hall… mats on the floor!

Me and mum.

Lunch part 1: Sashimi, Korean style.

For sure one of the most interesting dining experiences we’ve had.

Lunch part 2: Our main goal was actually the local “flower crabs” which were in season. We picked up 4 crabs from the market,

took them to the restaurant nearby

and they steamed them for us for 8$. (Crabs were 25$ or so?)

Super fresh - perhaps not the best looking, but certainly the best tasting.

More scenes from the fish market.

Being in Korea is being inundated with color, noise, taste, and a little bit of craziness.


MJ in Seoul

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Taek’s wedding: End of the day

And it was over too soon.

Taek and I.


Dad and family.

Dad and I.

Taek’s invite.

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Taek’s wedding: Photo, photo

Unofficial wedding photos by Eric.

Taek and bride.

Taek and his impressive army of friends.

Dad being melancholic.

The happy parents.

Meeting the grandmother.

Probably the one and only time I will wear hanbok. Hence so many photos…

We seiged the stage for our own impromtu photo sessions.

With mum.

My aunts and grandmother in hanbok.

Eric’s favourite uncle.

The grandmother.

The cousins.

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Taek’s wedding: The vows

Mums lit the candles at the beginning of the ceremony.

The two mums bow.

Ever the iconoclast, Taek walked to the theme music of 007.

The bride enters in a more traditional way.

Parents look on as Taek and Jung Sun take the vows.

Korean Pansori by Taek’s friend.

Big bow to the parents.

Husband and wife at last!

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Taek’s wedding: The day-of

Taek and Jung sun got married on June 17th!

Getting ready on the big day.

The wedding hall.

Congratulatory flowers were delivered.

Family arrived first.

Greeting the guests.

Lots of suits. Altogether there were 600 guests.

Guests sign up.

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A very happy news

Myung Jin’s not-so-little-anymore brother Taek is getting hitched on June 17th! The lovely bride is Jung Sun whom he met at a game conference - working, not playing. The wedding is in June but the couple went ahead with an early photo session.

Taek, the bride, and his Harley. Big congrats~

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At Namdaemun Myung Jin and mum shop and eat wholesale-style.

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Terminal, Seoul version

We missed our flight out of Seoul! And it was impossible to get a new flight since it was the start of prime holiday season both in Korea and Japan. After waiting, hassling, living at the Gimpo airport for nearly 10 hours over the course of 2 days - and getting a tad too friendly with all the airline staff there - the only way out of Seoul was via a Korean Air business class seat Myung Jin’s travel agent found. Turns out able travel agents are mightier than airport ticket counters nearby.

This sour expression pretty much sums up the past 24 hour ordeal.

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Seoul workshop

The workshop for the design department was 2 1/2 hour lecture.

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Seoul conference

The Sports and Design conference at Seoul National University.

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On the only fine day in Seoul, Myung Jin and Kenji had a chance to stroll Bukchon where old traditional houses are still preserved.

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Family tofu dinner

A table full of tofu dinner with Myung Jin’s parents and Kenji.

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