Sunday, 23 November 2014

Good Design, Bad Design

Today I visited the War Memorial of Korea, Seoul's military history museum. It's only a 20 minute walk from my house and I often go past it on my way to the supermarket, so I thought it would make a nice afternoon out on a lazy Sunday. If it wasn't so close by, I don't think I ever would have been interested enough to go there, and that would have been a shame, because it turned out to be a very worthwhile visit.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Mustoy figurine painting in Seoul

In Seoul, you're never short of things to do. While coffee shops, bars and karaoke rooms may be the most popular hang-out spots, there are also a huge number of 'theme cafes' that offer a range of unique experiences. Although these places call themselves cafes, it's not their refreshments that you'll be going there for. Some offer a chance to play dress-up, others allow you to hang out with dogs or cats, and others give you the opportunity to get artistic and spend time creating something.

Yesterday me and a friend discovered 'Mustoy' cafe, where you are given a blank ceramic figurine and a basket full of permanent markers, and you then sit and decorate the character however you want.

The whole cafe is surrounded by shelves of toys painted by celebrities, artists and regular customers

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Korean Cities: Incheon 인천

Most visitors to Korea pass through Incheon on their way to/from the airport, but it's not exactly a tourist hotspot. Nevertheless this city has a special place in my heart! I lived there for a year when I first moved to Korea.

Located to the west of Seoul and well connected to the capital by bus and metro, Incheon (인천) is a city of just under 3 million people, but is made up of many smaller districts. There isn't one main 'downtown' or central area, but rather a variety of different areas that are somehow all grouped togther to form a city.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2013 in pictures

I haven't blogged about many of the places I visited over the past year, but I have been taking lots and lots of photographs. Here are some of my favourites:


A prayer cushion at a temple on Qingcheng Mountain