Strolling in Grace Lee Country

Shot in action by Anj Garcia

Two things I enjoy doing.

Eating. (What I’m very good at.)

Taking pictures. (What I wish I were very good at.)

That’s why I love Seoul.

It’s the one place in the world where what you eat… wherever you eat it… is always d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s.

At the same time, it’s the only place in the world where every picture you snap looks straight out of National Geographic.

That interesting.

And to prove my thesis, here are some pictures I shot in Insadong – the art district of Seoul.


While freezing in ‘end-of-winter’ three degrees weather.

With a little help from some very colorful strangers who didn’t know they were being Canon’d. (Or, CANONized?)

A pretty face is as common as the bowls of free kimchi they serve you in restaurants
Koreans have an extraordinary fashion sense
Caring for the elderly is job #1 for most Koreans
You'll rarely see a cop - everyone feels safe in Seoul. The only "criminals" you'll encounter is an occasional ogler or two...
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Exploring narrow alleys like this just might be the path to discovering new culinary experiences
Street food is part of the landscape
Monks and priests are very much part of the fiber of Korean life
Koreans believe that it is a blessing to have a family member working in the service of the Lord. My Korean auntie doubled her chances when both her sons became priests - one with the Anglicans and the other, with the Catholic Church. Hey, you never know.
My baby (in red) blends right in with the beautiful scenery
Setting up shop in Insadong - center for art and antiques
One of my young nieces enjoying a good "read"
The world's most wired nation with internet speeds that will make you drool
Queen of the road
Hale and hearty
Siblings reminiscing: my mom-in-law (right) with her kid sister
Omnipresent monks
Begging in the street - staying faithful to their vow of poverty
For these busy people, eating on the go is the norm
Having a quick one
No age limit to eating on the run
For some, a cup of java is enough
No wonder, most Koreans are slim. Well... of course... there are exceptions.
Whoa... a Korean version of KFC's Col. Sanders...
An ice cream lover's paradise: even Turkish ice cream is available
A society tolerant of people's sexual preferences...
... and musical tastes!
Getting lost is one of the best things that can happen to you
Ever ready - bordering on obsession - to give directions
Anj logged 32 gigabytes of photos in her 5D Mark II cam
Guess who was logged on the web 24/7?
Much-coveted Korean chests line the sidewalks
Seniors spend precious "me-time" at the numerous parks and temples
Any time is a good time to look like a matinee idol
One of many daily cultural parades
A great way to announce that you want some privacy
Heavyweight melons
Shopping is always great and stress-free
A walk in the park
Knee-high boots are always sexy
A tranquil corner in the park
Seoul-searching should always be a family affair

Next posting: A Typical Meal in Grace Lee Country

(All photos shot & owned by Dennis Garcia. Restrictions apply.)

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