Tuesday, May 19, 2015

South Korea~ first weeks recap

Arrival in South Korea was a joy seeing family members I haven't seen in two years... Brother John and his family who have been working as teachers with DODDEA for the past four years!

First faces upon passing their customs were that of John and Ellen, my sister in law.  It was marvellous seeing them again yet so fast paced as john "jogged" us to the car!  Lol. Crazy but nothing new...

I can't believe its been almost two months since arriving in Korea, yet this is the second post.  So much has happened...  family had spring break the first week so a few day trips to a resort style place north of Dongducheon, South Korea where amusements for the entire family is available from sample korean foods, arts, pottery stall selling ceramics and plants.

stroll down and enjoy the sights that were taken in the 2nd weekend in Korea.  Such a lovely trip. 


So enjoyed the sight of these ceramic vessels such as the traditional "kimchi dok" is the largest of earthenware pottery urns and is used to prepare the whole range of fermented vegetables needed to get a family through the winter. I admit to a fascination with these pots and its purposes. 

 The decorative art painted onto the pottery is simple and pretty.  
Most decorative elements are of botany, people, animals with some graphic icons. 


The plants for sale were colorful and unique... here is one that has me stumped... Name anyone? 

 Yes this here one below... what is this white plant's name?  

After a few purchases of pottery for myself and friends back home, it was time to explore the offerings at this countryside resort town... like this boat ride... sea sick much??  I can't ever go on one of these... else you'll find yourself a canvas of sorts..lol..

 watching the nieces and nephew enjoying the amusement ride...
To the left of the ride... was the most AESOME and can you say... ADORABLE ride ever.!

Then LIFE SIZED Sculptures started appearing in front of me EYES.... 
Seriously... I was in HEAVEN



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Choi Pyung Gon
Korea 2005






the family had all wandered off since arriving at the resort, and now we had met up again for a hike or walk around the lake... not sure if this is man made or natural lake.  The Korean War was fought here and there are memorials and monuments to the fallen set next to the lake.

The walk was so beautiful with its scenery.  Of course being me, I lag behind and soak in the visuals surrounding my person along with lots of photographs.  Take a look...















The signs of spring were popping up here and there with spots of color like this fuchsia colored flower.  I'm so bad at knowing the names of flowers...  One of my life long goals is to learn and REMEMBER the names of plants, trees and flowers.


 Can you tell?  That I'm obsessed with moss... 





 I'm also TOTS obsessed with roots of Trees...
 Are they not GORGEOUS... 
the lines, curves, organic shapes with its twists and turns here and there.. 
sorry ... 
so NOT sorry... 
Trees and their roots are like visual poetry to my eyes and soul




 almost home free...
 A Temple located nearby... where monks study
 Preparing for the spring's planning season...





Tight fit... yet we all managed to manuver our way out

So long,

See ya again...


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy,
What a wonderful time your are having in Korea~ beautiful photos! Best wishes on your exciting adventure : )
Thank you for sharing,
xoxo Corey

Judy Harney said...

Thanks Corey. Korea has been a wonderful experience to date.