S: Our visit with Covey in South Korea
BC: Haetae, the mythical protector of Seoul
FC: Our to Korea | April 13-21. 2011 | April 13-21,2011
1: 12 hours in the air and we arrived in a most enchanting land... | Seoul
2: We were amazed at the number of familiar American eating spots!"
3: Shinchon is our home away from home and Covey's neighborhood. He and Lily met us for a great Korean BBQ dinner and took us for a get acquainted tour. It was wonderful to finally meet precious Lily.
4: Gyeongbokgung - 1st Joseon Dynasty Palace 1443-1896
5: Although destroyed during the Japanese invasion (1592-98) it was rebuilt in the late 19th c. during the reign of the final Joseon king.
6: modern day Joseon warriors
7: changing of the guard
8: O'Sulloc's green tea specialists | dinner in Myeongdong with Covey and Miri
9: The streets of Myeongdong never sleep
10: Cherry Blossom Festival in Yeouida
11: National Assembly Building
13: A true European lunch was found at Praha Bistro in Gangnam and then refreshments at the Absolut Art Gallery featuring Andy Warhol.
14: Insadong- traditional marketplace
15: Two ancient stone statues mark the entrance to Insadong | for art, crafts, foods, and tea houses.
16: Lily treated us all to a night of traditional Korean rhythms and flair in the kitchen.
17: remembering Chelsea in Itaewon
18: Monday morning means back to school for "Covey Teacher" and his classes. "Whose jacket is this?" "It's Jimmy's jacket." "Whose pajamas are these?" They're Amy's pajamas."
19: Our Architect turned English teacher at work in his office.
21: Joseon Dynasty government officials and dignitaries lived here. | Bukchon Hanok Village a 15th century neighborhood.
22: Bongeunsa Temple | represents 1200 years of traditional Buddhism in Korea | Bell pavillion holds 4 instruments which call followers to worship. | Enter Jinyeo Gate to seek unchanging truth. | Maitreta- Buddha of the future symbolizes hope for his return to save all mankind. This is Korea's largest Buddha statue. | Cheonwang- statues of protective, heavenly kings.
23: Jijangjeon- tribute building to Bodhisattva Jijang who saves mankind from illness through herbal medicines. | Murals teaching the disciplines of Buddhism and reaching Nirvana. | Haesoogwaneumsang- Bodhisattva of Compassion holds a bottle of sweet water. | Yeongsanjeong altar- a place to pray for miracles from the disciples of Buddha.
24: The urban stream is a place of respite in this busy city. | Cheonggyecheon Stream was recently restored having being overrun by refugee camps after the Korean War and then covered by an elevated highway in 1968. It runs through the historic town center over 3 miles to the Han river. | Gwangtong 15th c. stone bridge still standing
25: Mural of the processional of King Jeongjo to his father's tomb to commemorate his 60th birthday in 1795. It includes an entourage of 1779 people and 779 horses. The most talented court painters were commissioned to produce this 5000 tile work. | "The Spring" at the headwaters of Cheonggyecheon Stream
26: South Seoul under a full moon.
27: After another delicious dinner in Myeongdong we ascended Mt Namsan to Seoul Tower. Overlooking the city, the tower offers 360* views of the world below and markers to all points beyond.
28: Namdaemun Market | Street food is good! (If you watch out for the live octopus and silk worms)
30: Our week almost over, we decided on some fun in the Noraebang (Karaoke) rooms.
31: Miri and her sweet Umma invited us for a seafood feast,.. the best lobster I've ever tasted! After our heartfelt thank-you's and good-byes, Miri gave us a tour of her hometown, Incheon, and the Korean War Memorial.
33: What I learned in Korea 1. Seoul is the third largest city (although its really not a city but more like a county) and it has the friendliest and most helpful people. Just pull out a map and three people step over to assist you. We learned to say "Kamsah Amnida" (thank you) and used it 20 times a day. 2. Because it is so highly populated, city residents live in apartment homes barely larger than a closet. They use public transportation extensively and have learned to live with few necessities. They dress fashionably, yet modestly and regard each other with respect. 3. The country's history is very old and colorful. We learned a lot about the Joseon Dynasty which established the city and lasted into the 20th century. It seems someone is always at war over Korea whether the Japanese who controlled it numerous times, or Communist China which most recently fought for it. The Koreans are very grateful for the allied soldiers who preserved their freedom and helped establish their independence. Though Korea is a nation divided with 2 million families affected when the border was drawn, they hope for a united nation once again. 4. Covey's church is very missions focused. Pastor Eddie is passionate about helping ministries in Thailand who combat child sex trafficking. He also was promoting new free adoption laws. 5. Street food is inexpensive and delicious. We're not sure what we ate but it was good. Desserts are sweetened with honey and the red bean breads and ices are very tasty. Coffee houses seem to outnumber the traditional tea houses now & there is an abundance of American fast food as the youth have unfortunately developed a taste for it. 6. Covey's friends are fantastic and have helped him transition so well that it seems we have a Korean son now. He speaks, thinks, dresses and moves about like a native. He's a very good teacher even though he's ever ready to re-enter the world of architecture. I'm sure the Lord will direct him to the place he is to go at the right time.