HOT Seoul**서울 23.8도…107년 만의 3월 최고기온

Seoul is hot right now, literally.

It is quite strange that the temperature in Seoul is 23.8 C degrees.
Supposedly, it hasn’t been hot like this in March in 107 years.

Do you call this Global Warming?
How come it seems as though the winter’s gotten colder and colder every year.. :(I heard that the past winter in Korea was very cold and snowy.
In Ottawa where I currently live in, it snowed yesterday as well (Mar.27th). It will finally get warmer on the weekend, but we never know what to predict! :/

I am heading to South Korea next month. I am very interested in what kinda weather I would have (in late April to mid May). I am hoping to have nice warm spring not the grossly humid hot summer.. @.@

Side road near Deog-su Place

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There were art paintings beautifully lined up along the side walk and I found some midget family(?) statue which was I thought interesting. I guess maybe beacause people in the olden days were smaller than us..?

It was very peaceful to walk along the path.. 🙂

Deog-su Palace (덕수궁)

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This is the entrance of Deogsu, 덕수궁.
There is a palace inside which was built during Joseon Dynasty (July 1392 – October 1897), including the national museum of art and forest garden. You will see the beautiful details of the buildings.

When I walked by, there was an event at the entrance. People, who were dressed up like the palace door men, marched briefly altogether and when they stopped, tourists took photos with them. 🙂

– Open: 9am-9pm (enter until 8pm)
– Price: adults 1000 won (800 won for a group of more than 10 people)
pass’ price varies from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.
– Tel: 02-771-9951

덕수궁 Official Website: http://www.deoksugung.go.kr/

Beautiful Modern Hanbok @ Insa-dong

Beautiful Modern Hanbok @ Insa-dong

These are modernized Hanbok (Korean traditional Costume).

Traditionally they are made of silk material with different designs (shorter top and wider dress).

The modern ones are basically made for efficiency of movement, washing and maintenance.
Various deep and beautiful colours incline to be used for the traditional silk Hanbok. Whereas, the modern ones tend to be more like earth tone since natural colours from red clay or sand are used.

People generally don’t wear Hanbok anymore unless it’s for special events (weddings) or holidays.
For myself, I can’t remember the last time I wore mine. Probably it was in kindergarten or elementary school for a Korean Fan dance event. lol

You can easily see Hanbok from Insa-dong and I hope you find the one you like! 🙂

Hand Massage Toy [handmade]

Hand Massage Toy [handmade]

For Korean people, massaging is in their culture.
My mom asked me to massage her almost every time we were watching TV in the living room together. Often, I squeezed her arms and stepped on her back. That’s why I’ve become a massage expert now! lol

When I was walking by this stand (in the photo), he grabbed my attention. First, he was advertising loudly.lol Second, he seemed like a happy person.

He was joking that putting the paper in each bag, that indicates in which body parts it helps when you use them, is useful to sell them more since it attracts foreigners effectively.

Anyway I purchased them too. 🙂
It cost around 5 dollars from what I can remember.
They could be quite pointy so you can gently use them with closing motion in your hands.