Monday, February 27, 2012

The 63 Building in Seoul

If you want to get a good view of Seoul there are two places with fantastic views: Namsan Tower and the 63 Building.  We had been to Namsam Tower a few times but had never been to the 63 Building until our final day in Korea.  Luckily, the weather was pretty clear with only a little haze. 
We took a taxi from the subway exit and he dropped us right in front of the building.  We entered and found the ticket office and purchased our tickets.  Then we went to the elevator entrance where we were escorted into the elevator and a really quick ride to the top. 
                                                         The view was incredible!

 I'm not a fan of the cookie cutter apartment buildings that you see so much of in Korea.
            They also had one of the penny machines and I thought it would be the perfect souvenir.

There were also art displays for you to see along with the view.  I'm not sure why this is art.  It just looks like a lot of scribbles to me but that's why I am not an art critic.
More scribbles.

 Here you could stand and look all the way to the ground.  I admit I was a little scared to do it but I did.  Rocketman stayed clear of this area.  He's not a fan of heights.
                 I love, love, love this and I hope it is never torn down and made into high rises.
                                    We had the place pretty much to ourselves.
                                 Now, this is what I call art in my humble opinion.

                                                    They also had these cool photos.

You could buy a kit in the gift shop and write your wishes and dreams and hang them on this wall.  I love this kind of thing.

This is my last post from our last days in Korea.  It won't be the end because I still have a lot to share.  I will also continue to share my Korean crafting and regular crafting so stay tuned!!! 

We heard that our ocean shipment is in customs in Los Angeles so hopefully we will see it next week.  Now where will I put everything that is in those 61 boxes is another questions.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hwanghak-Dong Flea Market

I had been wanted to explore the Hwanghak-Dong Flea Market for a long time.  I love flea markets and antique malls.  You can find out more about it here.  I had heard it was a ajosshi (older Korean man) hangout and that proved to be very accurate.  I was on the lookout for antiques and I did find a small shop but his prices (nothing was marked) were pretty high.  But Rocketman and I had a blast just walking around. 

Rocketman loves this.  They had turned old golf clubs into hiking sticks.  We've seen hiking sticks for as much as 125,000WON ($120 USD).

On a side street I found this little sitting area along with a needlepoint picture of Mary.  It looked so homey to me.

                                                         Lots of side streets to explore.

I wanted this so bad but in the antique shop, the kettle alone was over $100,000 WON ($80 USD).  But it was so darn cool.  Another problem was how to get it home since our ocean shipment had already left.

This was just a huge, long pile of junk but boy did it draw the crowds.  I finally got to the front only to be shoved out of the way.

Then we met Hannah for a delicious Chinese dinner.  It was a famous place and the food was really tasty.

We are still waiting on the status of our ocean shipment.  It was suppose to get to California on the 20th but we've heard nothing.  Hopefully, it will get here soon.
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