Sunday, December 1, 2013
We're going back home after an afternoon walk through Bukchon Village.
Freya was not patient enough to wait for us...she just kept on walking straight-faced.:)
But, we're finally able to catch up with her....
Along the way, we're still 'peeping' into other art galleries that dot the street in the area.
A great way to remind us that we're @ Seoul.
The twin towers..well...they look to be so.
see? and at this time around..they're all lit up...which means only one thing: all workers were still working. I mean..it's Friday. Weekend should start....^^
and we've been taking a stroll & spending time ....along the afternoon....
with families and friends.
and enjoying the scene of Seoul in the evening...
Oh, there's a spot we need to go...and have a look.
It's the newly-opened Seoul's Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art)
But, no..we didn't go inside...we're just taking a look at it from outside...
but for the kids...it already became a playground...
even in a chilling evening weather...they seemed to never mind of having time there.
oh, well....we might as well let them play while we're taking a rest inside the warmth of the museum.
And this is what I happened to see..... an art installation...on display.
"home within a home within a home within a home within a home..."
while I was admiring the 'must-revisit' museum ...the kids were still busy playing outside.!!!!
more stairs and...wait...is that a guitar?
School bags on their backs, they're still in high spirit of exploring the area...
Bumped into a souvenir vendor...
intrigued by the colored-wooden-animals on display.
a close-up look into the wooden animal toys.
let's go on, kiddos. Oh, I know what you're looking at. The Crayon Pop?
Some trees dared themselves to defy the chilling winter's threat.:-)
with the ubiquitous walls across the street, we knew that we're not far off from the subway station--that we'd been looking for.
Continuing our stroll along the famed-street near Bukchon teeming up with boutiques and cafes...
Even some walls are not left in plain sight...some carved-stones seemed to stick out of nowhere (of, course not:)....but, hey...they're camera-worthy.
then..I bumped into this seemingly familiar brand of antiquities that I usually find at the malls. But, this one's situated right next to this narrow-street...
Big question as well as a confirmation that this are must've been a very 'this-is-it' venue for the Haves to spend their money on...:)
Displays visible for any passers by to enjoy...
including us. Well, the kids were enthusiastic to see the expensive display of antiquities. Hello Kitty and any other Disney characters are immortalized in gems and rare stones.
let's continue walking....
oh, did I mention that it's late autumn?
barren-trees stood sturdily ....
and then...encountering what-was-that-again-house....that was visible across the street.
Yep, now we're already off-the radar from the famous old-laden village (Bukchon)..and stepped again into the 'real' Seoul as many know of.
Boutiques and restaurants....classy or in-style...
are familiar facades of what Seoul streets may look like (commonly).
and this is what we encountered as we stepped out of the Bukchon village (above this very street!)
cars lined up..wait...it's not lining up..in fact this particular alley is blocked since it is one of the ways leading to the Blue House (presidential palace)
now..we're continuing our journey finding the subway station.
across the street we started to notice that
'it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas':)
mm....nice neighborhood, I thought to myself.
with lots of cafes and restaurants even on a narrow-stair alley like this one.
(* I wonder what my kids were thinking when I dragged them out to this area...they're not even home from school yet)^^
another enticing-stair that tries to lure its customers...
Another mesmerizing view of Seoul from atop the village.
mesmerizing? oh, well....
I would say it is...since it's my first time seeing the silhouette of the 'temple-like' building over there...
okay..back to what I love most about being in this village is that I never know what I would encounter on every twist and turn of the alleys..
a simply old vintage door like this...
or ...wait..these are my kids and their friends playing around the alley at the village.
or simply decorated wooden stairs with an inviting door that may open up to something new when we go inside. (though..I didn't).
now, we reached the stone-stairs that would take us to the real world of what Seoul looks like today.
hmm...not this one.
not this one, either.....
read it in Bukchon Hanok Village (part 6): another different world.
A traditional chimney stood up sturdily....
oops...never thought that cars could roam into the alley,too. oh, well..
what's this stone-pot doing right in front of the house?
there must be some explanation for it...
the red(?) or ..wait orange(?)-bricks look new, though.
Mbak Ulfa asked me to take a pic of her in front one of the houses...
God knows whose...:-)
An overview of Seoul from atop the Bukchon Hanok Village.
Right at the back of the village....mountains over mountains...
and..what the roofs would look like from atop. pretty crowded, eh??
arrived at another alley...(again and again...with a car parked right on it).
Now..that's what I call 'romantic' view. Who wouldn't want to be in it?
Yup, we're climbing up the hills to find the stone-stairs that would lead us back to the subway station.
with Seoul...at the background.