Posts tagged “korea”.

July 8th, 2010

Abandoned Market

I’ve been working on Anyang Public Art Project so called APAP with Argentinean architect, Mauricio Corbalan, and we went to this abandoned market place in Bisan-dong, Anyang City, the other day to arrange a possible interview with this old couple who run a restaurant in an abandoned market place.

The lunch time was getting close, Mauricio and I ordered Konguksu, the only dish they serve in the summer. As we started small talks with them, the old couple offered us some beer and told us a bit about the market and their stories – how busy the market was when they started the restaurant back in December, 1971, how well their business went, and how they were able to make enough money to bring up and educate all of their four children.

Things started changing sometime last year since the city announced the re-development of the area. Most of the shops in the market closed the businesses and the market is almost abandoned now. There were still regular customers who come to reminisce the good old times, however, it doesn’t seem like it would last long enough.

Visiting the market place made me think once again, how quickly things change, and how closely our lives evolve with the changes of environments. It is sad that it’s not only the environment we lose when places disappear and it doesn’t seem like we realize what they are until we lose them.

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semame oil extracting machines

sesame oils.

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June 25th, 2010

MMMG Cafe & Store

While John was visiting Seoul, we visited quite a few of those cute coffee shops in town as we both enjoy nice and relaxing time at those little places with some coffee and chat. 10×10 that I blogged about a while ago is one that is run by a local design/ stationary company and this coffee shop that I’m going to post some photos of also is run by another design/ stationary store in Korea. I love their products and so does John. So here are some photos from MMMG coffee shop, I know you want to visit there already!

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watch your step!

April 27th, 2010

CAFE1010

10×10 is one of my favorite stationary/ design stores in Korea. I was quite excited when I saw the sign of CAFE1010 while I was walking around the streets in Hongdae.

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CAFE1010 is a cafe themed with travel. The entire experience at this coffee shop reminded me of being on an airplane – the receipt of purchased item looks like an airplane ticket, the menu items reminded me of in-flight meal, and their membership card is called passport.

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Coffee tasted great here and you can purchase the cute mug they serve coffee with at their stationary/ design store. Although I didn’t get a chance to try their food, some of their sandwiches and light alcohol looked quite good as well.

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They also have a few book shelves filled with travel/ photography books and magazines. The windows are decorated with airplane windows and travel destinations.

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The huge red container on the doorway is their stationary/ design store filled with the brilliant 10×10 stationary/ design items. If you are lucky, you can get store discounts as well.

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To get to CAFE1010, take subway line 2, get off at Hongik Univ. station, and take exit number 5.

Website: www.cafe1010.co.kr
Address: 358-8 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 324 1616
Open: noon – midnight

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For more photos of CAFE1010, please visit my Flickr set CAFE1010.



April 25th, 2010

Someday

John was kind enough to let me use his Hasselblad while he was visiting Korea. I finally managed to scan my very first roll with Hasselblad yesterday. The entire experience of holding Hasselblad, looking through the amazingly beautiful view finder, and hearing the loud but complete sound when the shutter is pressed is something else. Now I see the result of it, I can’t wait to get one for myself someday.

looking out.

sunny afternoon.

two.

creative buddhas.

chestnuts & tea

reflected.

spring.



March 27th, 2010

Guillaume

It seems like John and I will be having a photography exhibition next month. Although I’ve been thinking about my photography exhibition for a long time and wanted to take a longer time to prepare, the opportunity came by rather unexpectedly and I had to make a quick decision.

The opening will be on April 9 at Guillaume, French bakery/ restaurant in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul. Guillaume is owned and operated by a French man, Guillaume, and is the first authentic French bakery in Seoul. Guillaume will have a part of his bakery available for photography exhibitions and is planing to have new exhibitions every month. I truly appreciate his kindness for providing such a beautiful space to support the local photographers.

John and I went to see Guillaume yesterday, had a wonderful coffee and macarons, and took some photos.

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brown bread

macarons

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walls

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