S: Treasured Memories of Korea - 2011
BC: Completed with love and gratitude March 3, 2012 Michelle Latourelle
FC: Treasured Memories Korea 2011
1: Anna and Brooke Newmaster at Eastern Social Welfare Society Seoul > March 23, 2011 | Hello, Korea!
2: Gyeongbokgung Palace Seoul > March 23, 2011
3: Originally built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is the furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). When can we move in?
4: Sundial The sundial located in Gyeongbokgung Palace was invented by Jang Yeong-sil in 1433 (during the 16th year of King Sejong). The circular design has been taken as an indication that Joseon scientists could accurately read the sun’s movement and were very much aware that the earth was round. | This type of sundial was dubbed “Angbuilgu,” which literally means an “upward looking kettle that catches the shadow of the sun.”
5: Brooke Newmaster, our Korean dance and drumming teacher, with Kelsey Gaunt, our traveling companion from Michigan, and Anna at Gyeongbokgung Palace
8: Seoul Street Scenes Seoul is the capital of South Korea, its largest city and a financial power house in the Asian market and world. As the capital of South Korea since the 14th century, it boasts a great deal of history, yet at the same time, is a very busy, modern city.
9: Calligraphy brushes in Insadong | Stores in the Insadong neighborhood of Seoul specialize in a wide variety of goods like hanboks (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts.
10: International Korean Adoptee Service (InKAS) We visited with Jung Aie-Ree, InKAS president (center), and InKAS staff to learn about the organization's mission and services.
11: Visiting the drum and costume store in Seoul | We brought home a pink practice skirt for Sophie. | March 23, 2011
13: School of Traditional Korean Arts | We visited a school focused on traditional Korean arts and the 9th grade dance students performed for us in their practice studio. They were wonderful hosts, incredibly talented and very humble. | Seoul > March 24, 2011
14: Time for Tea At the Yoo's family traditional Korean home, the “hanok,” we learned how to conduct a traditional Korean tea ceremony.
16: Making Woodblock Prints at Yoo's Family | These are now hanging in Anna's room.
17: Samgyetan, Korean ginseng chicken soup Delicious on a cold, rainy day in Seoul
19: While shopping at a Seoul market, we visited one of the vendors Brooke knows, and she eagerly offered us "the best kimchi in Korea" and some great Korean coffee. | Korean Hospitality | Our market host sold decorations for traditional Korean celebrations.
21: Seoul Tower | The Cheonggyecheon River Walk was constructed in 2005 in an area that was once concrete roadways in the center of Seoul. Now it is a beautiful oasis in the center of a bustling city.
22: Anna met her foster mom, Yoo Keum Ja, at Eastern Social Welfare on March 25, 2011. Mrs. Yoo is no longer taking care of babies, but made special arrangements to take time off from her office job for a short reunion. We brought her a scrapbook, so she could see a snapshot of Anna's life since her adoption.
23: Two Incredible Mothers Here we are with Yoo Keum Ja, Anna's foster mom and Bae Young Ja, Sophie's foster mom. It was so good to be able to thank them for loving and caring for the girls as infants. Mrs. Bae took us out for Chinese after our meeting at Eastern!
24: Hotel Seokyo is where we stayed when we visited in 2002 as part of Sophie's adoption, so it was fun to be there again on this trip.
25: Hwaseong Fortress, the wall surrounding the center of Suwon, the provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do,was built in the late 18th century.
26: S | Hwaseong Fortress
27: Suwon > March 26, 2011
28: Korean BBQ!
29: Anna's favorite meal of the trip.
30: Suwon Folk Village | The Suwon Folk Village is an open-air folk museum and international tourist attraction. We enjoyed the Farmer's Dance, horse show, and tightrope acrobatics, as well as a traditional Korean wedding. | March 26, 2011
33: Anna hung her wishes on the wishing wall.
34: Seoul to Busan KTX High Speed Train Busan is the largest port city in South Korea and the world's fifth busiest seaport.
35: Busan At left,the train station plaza in Busan -- the Allianz billboard was right on the corner. Above, Busan Tower provides an excellent view of the port.
39: Buson Harbor March 27, 2011 | Anna loved having Jenny Kim's son, Daniel along to keep her entertained!
40: Haeundae Beach is one of the most beautiful and famous beaches in South Korea.
41: Seacloud Hotel on Haeundae Beach
42: David, Kelsey and Sandy Gaunt at Haeundae Beach
43: This is awesome.
44: The Busan Aquarium features more than 35,000 species of fish, algae, reptiles, and amphibians. We could have spent a whole day there. Michelle's favorite were the jelly fish, but they were hard to photograph. Anna took about 200 photos and loved it all.
45: Across Korea, including at the Busan Aquarium, were signs to pray for Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.
47: Yonggungsa Buddhist Temple Outside Busan | Jenny Kim, our guide, with Anna
49: Yonggungsa Buddhist Temple
53: United Nations Memorial Cemetery | Here at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan -- the only one of its kind in the world -- rest heroic brave soldiers from a number of UN nations, who sacrificed their lives for peace and freedom in Korea.
55: Arriving in Jinju Anna's Birth City At left, landscape just outside the city. This page shows our first glimpses of Jinju with the Nam River as the prominent feature. March 28, 2011
56: Jinju Fortress
59: Chokseongnu Pavilion is part of the Jinju fortress. The command base during the battles of Jinju, this beautiful pavilion provides commanding views across the Nam river.
60: It was a cold winter, and the Magnolia trees were just starting to blossom in Jinju.
61: Anna, Kelsey and Daniel played hide-and-seek in the Chokseongnu Pavilion.
62: The Gyeongnam Culture and Arts Center is located along the Nam River. The glass walls on each of the four sides of the building and the glass elevator in the lobby afford a wide-open view of the river.
63: In Jinju, we stayed at the Dong Bang Hotel.
64: Kaya Jamo Hospital It was so amazing to visit the hospital in Jinju where Anna was born. | One of the social workers from the Jinju branch office of Eastern Social Welfare met us at the hospital.
65: We met two of the nurses who were employed at the hospital in 1998. Winnie the Pooh and Piglet on the nursery window made us smile through a few happy tears. | So much love, overwhelming hospitality | The nurse in blue is the lead maternity nurse | A newborn in the hospital nursery
66: Meeting Dr. Moon By the grace of God, we were able to meet Dr. Moon, who delivered Anna at Kaya Jamo Hospital on Dec.18,1998.
67: When we were visiting with the nurses, Michelle asked if Dr. Moon still worked at the hospital. Minutes later, we were meeting with him in his office. Of course, he asked if Anna was a good student! She was only the second adoptee he had delivered and then met again years later. Dr. Moon grew up in Jinju and has worked at Kaya Jamo for nearly 20 years. He quietly gave Anna an envelope with 50,000 won -- lucky money -- another big surprise.
68: Love the Red Ride We got a ride in this sporty red car to the Jinju branch of Eastern Social Welfare for a brief visit with the office director.
69: Jinju Silk | Since ancient days, silk processed in Jinju has been known for its superior quality. Silk factories in Jinju annually spin out 70% of all silk produced in Korea.
71: At the silk shop, Jenny Kim explained that Anna was born in Jinju. The store manager gave each family a special silk scarf with illustrations of the city and its cultural assets.
72: Anna and Daniel played "rock, paper, scissors on the steps by our hotel in Jinju right before we walked to the bus station for the ride back to Seoul.
73: These are some images taken from the bus as we were departing Jinju.
74: McDonald's in Jinju Anna, Kelsey and Daniel enjoyed some McDonald's favorites while the adults savored flavors of Korea.
75: Seoul Salon Anna and Kelsey got haircuts, while Daniel gave Michelle a manicure.
76: Street vendors making Dragon's Beard candy | At the Buddhist temple | At the Suwan Folk Village
77: I don't know what pigs symbolize in Korean culture, but we saw many (large and small)on this trip. | Michelle loved these treats filled with sweet bean paste. They looked a lot like Danish Ebelskivers.
78: Modern Meets Traditional in Seoul