Sunday, April 02, 2017

Hanging in Hongdae

We arrived in Seoul on April 1st and just stayed at the house and didn't venture out. On April 2nd we woke up and were ready to go explore.  Kevin and I took off walking and found a great bakery that we went to often, a grocery store and the fruit/veggie market.  After breakfast Lynn, and the kids joined us in exploring the Hongdae area. 

The Hongdae (Hangul홍대Hanja弘大) is a region in SeoulSouth Korea near Hongik University, after which it is named. It is known for its urban arts and indie music culture, clubs and entertainments. The area is located in Mapo-gu in the western end of Seoul, stretching from Seogyo-dong to Hapjeong-dong.
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People ask what my favorite thing was about our trip and I loved every single minute of it but my all time favorite thing was watching my kids experience their birth country for the first time.  They soaked it all in and loved their experiences.

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Kylan tried the sweet potato frozen latte and Kenzie had the green tea frozen latte at Coffeenie.
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We thought the menu was interesting

 All of the fruit in Korea was delicious and organic.  No organic section here because that was all they had.

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 Every day we walked past a Buddist temple on one side of the road and an LDS temple on the other side.
 I loved looking at all of the gates on our walks. They were all so different from what we have in Oklahoma.

My mom wanted to attend church in Korea and I had been to Youngnak Presbyterian Church on my previous trip so we agreed that this would be the easiest church for her to attend.  Mr Chae came and picked her up and brought her home so she wouldn't have to ride the subway or take a taxi.  Youngnak is a large, beautiful church and I know she enjoyed the service, they offer a section for foreigners and they give you headphones with a translator so you can understand what is being said.
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In the afternoon Mr. Chae brought my mom home from church and picked up everyone but Marilynn and myself.  We decided to stay at the house and rest up a little before the whirlwind of activity started.  Unfortunately, my mother in law had broken her toe on the first day so she really needed this day to rest her foot. He took them to the International Market so they could buy some water and some staples like fresh kimchi. I love the vibrant colors and can close my eyes and smell the kimchi.
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and they brought us home something to eat.
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Thanks for reading, 

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