An American college student, wandering around South Korea's capital with minimal Korean and maximum enthusiasm
Advertising in Korea is almost always Korean celebrities. And cafes and restaurants often advertise that a popular tv show was filmed there, or band visited there. I spotted this at an accessory store: selling jewelry with pictures of celebrities and tv characters wearing them.
I finally started getting my friends’ photos from ComicWorld. Yes, I am getting guarded by SWAT, and Army, and Marines. Yes, that is Captain America guarded by Agent Coulson. Yes, Agent Coulson is holding Captain America cards.
I visited the Korean War Memorial in Seoul today, and the museum. It contained a detailed retelling of the war, and a shrine to the fallen and missing. Outside were the names of the casualties, by state, inscribed in stone. And a moving memorial. Traditional Korean graves are mounds of earth circled by a stone base. Every generation brings wine and food, to feed the ancestors and maintain the connection with the ancestors. The soldier is holding up his fellow Korean, possibly enemy, possibly comrade. The mound on which they stand is hollow, gaping cracks creeping towards them. I could not stop looking at it.
I just realized that I have not mentioned what I did on Thanksgiving so here’s a quick recap. This Thursday, I was invited to go the Yongsan Military Base, in the center of Seoul. The Jewish community held a Thanksgiving-kah dinner, and I was kindly invited. At six there was a menorah lighting. The hannukiyah had real olive oil lamps, which the rabbi explained to us was what the original temple hannukiyah had been lit with. Every person I spoke with had never seen a menorah with it before so I was very lucky. When we finished singing some festive songs, it was off to the feast.
Stuffing, squash soup, deep fried turkey, sweet potato, the rabbi wife’s special nutmeg orange cranberry jam, latkes and pumpkin pie. All kosher, of course. The rabbi’s wife, when dinner started wrapping up, made doughnuts filled hommade jelly at the doughnut station. Everything was delicious. And eating the meal with my university friend and the welcoming expats and soldiers made the holiday something I don’t think I’ll ever forget.
Went to the movies yesterday and saw Catching Fire (very good, by the way). There was a giant Ender’s Game ad, which I cannot wait to see next month when it finally arrives in Korea, so of course I took a picture with that too.