Hey, everybunny! It’s been over a month since I’ve posted, so it’s about time for an update!
Kitty and I came back from a two-week trip to Korea! It was really great to see my relatives and explore around Seoul. Immediately after we got back, one of my dearest cousins decided to visit New York City, and I’ve been a bit preoccupied in showing her around.
I’ve finally had the chance to shuffle through hundred of photos from the trip, and I wanted to share with you what we ate, saw, and enjoyed during our time there! Here is our first week of our adventure!
It was James’ first time in Korea, and for the first few days, we enjoyed our time on the family farm! My uncle and aunt live on an island called Ganghwa (강화도). It’s part of the Incheon greater municipality (인천시). It’s pretty large, and most of the people live in the Northeastern part of the island, in Ganghwa-eup (강화읍 – Ganghwa Town). My uncle and aunt live in the Southeast, where there are mostly farms and forested areas; we were lucky to stay with them and see all of the plants they were harvesting for Spring.
**I didn’t take my DSLR along, thinking that I would be okay with taking photos with my smart phone. The photos turned out alright, for the most part; however, they’re not of the best quality, so I apologize if they’re out of focus or blurry. And major credit to my sister, for taking a bunch of these photos!**
The following day, we went to a Buddhist temple. It’s well-known in the area, and thankfully, it’s walking distance from the farm. Jeondeungsa (전등사) dates back to the Goryeo Dynasty (918–1392), and the temple contains amazing structures, carvings, monuments, and a bell. The surrounding area is guarded by a wall, called Samnangseong Fortress. The temple grounds are also home to some very old trees.
We visited around Buddha’s Birthday, so there were a lot of lanterns hung around the temple.
In the evening, one of my aunts took us all to go see cherry blossoms in Ganghwa-eup. She bought us mini boonguh bbang (붕어빵), which are fish-shaped, pancake-like snacks that are filled with red bean paste or custard. We enjoyed them while walking along the street.
We visited the Farmer’s Market the next morning in Ganghwa-eup. We saw lots of the same vegetables that were picked on the farm, along with livestock, pets, snacks, flowers, clothes, seafood, and plenty of people.
This was the end of our food and site-seeing adventure on the Island. The next morning, we made our way into the city of Bucheon (부천시), where another one of my aunts lives. We stayed with her and traveled into Seoul every day to continue our gormandizing adventure!
The next installment of our trip will be out soon! Stay tuned for street food, sweets, and Korean staples!