I love places that make you realize how tiny you and your problems are.
No matter the day, I always seem to go to work early. But for today, I had enough time to tour around and duck into shops again before it was time for me to head to the office, or meeting room. My mind lingered on the thought of comics, so I went to a bookstore to look at some comic books. As I walked thought the ECC, my eyes caught onto a small display next to the Ewha theater that said, “More than novels, graphic novels.” I stayed at that display for over thirty minutes just sifting through the colorful pages. Some of the graphic novels on display were illustrated with watercolor, colored pencil, and even pastels. It was very interesting because I’m used to seeing only black and white or digitally painted graphic novels. All of it was so beautiful. If only I could read it.
Heading to the office, I kept thinking to myself about my own artwork and the many projects I want to complete. Then, I thought of Professor Lee’s word, how he said I’m wasting time here. That’s something my host father said when I was in Japan, and it ruffled my skin. I only have a week and a half here in Seoul, so I keep telling myself I’m going to go out shopping for gifts, to look around and explore, but I’m always afraid to go by myself because I don’t want to get lost. A sad excuse, but I’ll push through it and visit as many places as I can with the time I have left.
So, here are some places I want to go before I leave South Korea:
- Insadong: This is an attraction of Seoul because it represents Korean traditional culture and crafts. I want to go here because it is known to have great souvenirs. It also has a Trick Eye Museum I would really love to visit.
- Manhwa Cafe: There are several interesting cafés in Seoul (there is a darkness café where blind dates typically occur), but the one I want to visit most is the Manhwa/Comic café. This café is supposed to house several shelves containing Korean comics. The two I want to visit are Café De Comics (카페 드 코믹스) and Manhwa Café Full of Flower Fragrance (꽃향기가가득한만화카페) in Sinchon.
- Cartoon Street: There is a cartoon street in Myeongdong called Jaemiro where visitors can see their favorite cartoon characters. I really want to visit this place not only because I looked comics, but because it’s a part of a project I have to complete for this internship. It’s pretty hidden, so I’ll have a fun time trying to find it.
- Seodaemun Prison History Hall: This is the place Professor Lee suggested I go. I actually find Korean and Japanese history very interesting, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn more about the two and their history with one another. Though, it may not be pleasant.
- Nami Island: This is a popular tourist attraction due to its great scenery and the fact that it’s an island. But I’m not gonna lie. I want to visit Nami Island for the zip line (apparently, you can zip line to the island and take a ferry back).
- Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art: This is a contemporary and traditional Korean art museum in (or near) Itaewon. It’s another place I wanted to go to for my project. When I saw some pictures of it, I thought it would be a great place to take photos and videos. Plus, it’s free.
I was going to add Everland and Caribbean Bay to the list, but I’ve already mentioned how much I would like to go in previous posts. Plus, Professor Lee visiting those places wouldn’t be enough. Hopefully, I’ll be able to visit most (if not all) of these places before my trip is over.
(The heading picture is also a place I want to visit on day, but it is located in Bolivia).