Not another palace! They are all similarly shaped and coloured, like carbon copies of each other except the layout...... I thought to myself.
This one is different. It has a garden that you need to pay to enter (on top of the entrance fee to Changdeokgung). No one is allowed to linger on their own, it is a must to follow a tour arranged every hour or so (in my case, it was a japanese speaking tour as i do not want to wait for the english one).
It was worth the entry, for the beauty of this garden is such that it evokes the fiery emotions of passion and love.
The king's private garden with a little island occupied by a pine tree. Very serene, even when filled with laughter and incomprehensible japanese in the air.
Small mouth leading to big views.
It was so surreal, like a scene from another world.
South Korea is probably the fabled land the Qin emperor sent his envoy to in search of the elixir of immortality(most probably Mount Changbai bordering North Korea for the rich herbs) and not Japan. No one will have much of an idea how beautiful North Korea is until they finally open up. I came to Seoul in a flurry and left with more than what I had bargained for.
Ongnyucheon(Jade stream) - U shaped water channel carved for floating wine cups. Brilliant idea! I wonder whether anyone(maybe a japanese or korean restaurant) would implement such a way of delivering drinks in their restaurant. Much cheaper than a conveyer belt system. Floating sake/soju session!
A poet awaits spring along the ancient waterway.
Like fine sharp needles,
1001 regrets prodding the heart,
Pain would have been needless,
If I stay true to my art.
In days past,
Only poems of love I write,
In days approaching fast,
Only poems of sorrow feels right.
I long for your lingering affection,
How many times have we crossedpath this life,
If never again because of affliction,
I know we surely will in the next life.
Glorious yellow imposes it's charms over the dull blue sky. Whither it goes when they return to the earth?
Freakish looking pine tree... definitely scary after sunset, especially if there is not a light source around.
I call this souvenir street. It's a long street lined on both sides with souvenir and art shops. Tip: do not buy souvenirs from the mouth of the street, I paid double.
Banner: South Korea's toned down version of Samy Vellu in action.
Sinseon Seolnongtang - famous for ox tail soup.
Seolnongtang (Ox tail soup with rice, W8,000). Watery taste with bits of beef.
This is how they quell protests in South Korea - surround the protestors on all sides with cops until they get drowned out. Bersih wouldn't have happened if the big fishes got surrounded this way.
Sinchon Shopping Street
Shopping street near Ehwa Women's University. Nothing noteworthy as it's mostly women's clothing. There is a Chatime somewhere here and opposite it is a fast food outlet with really good americano coffee. Drank 2 cups and was gliding the streets in tune with the blues.
The bangsar of Seoul - a foreigner's favourite hangout. Not as lively compared to other places, this place is more for f&b.
Learn how to say hello in a foreign language as you stroll along Itaewon.
Spotted another mini with the same amusing number plate. Looks like it's standard issue in Seoul. Maybe mini drivers get teased and annoyed so often they have to come up with this, hahaha.
I came in search of spring, up and down i look, catching a fleeting glimpse of her one fine day, I held on to the connection, not realising she had merely moved to a different spot. She is sometimes here, she is sometimes there. I imagine she was flourishing somewhere just some weeks ago. Will i be where she is to be found? Only the future knows the answer. Until then, I am just a mad man in search of spring throughout the seasons.