Korea

Jeonju’s Traditional Hanok Village

Jeonju is a small city located about 3 hours away from Seoul via intercity bus. Costing only about ?25,000 Korean Won or $22 USD round trip, it makes for an easy day trip away from the hustle of the big city. Jeonju is known for not only it’s traditional Hanok houses, shown below, but also for it’s food. It’s known throughout Korea for it’s Bimbimbap which thanks to my Korean friend I was able to try. In addition, Jeonju also has it’s own version of makgeolli that’s been boiled down and sweetened with what tasted like hints of cinnamon. Makgeolli is a Korean rice wine that’s made by fermenting rice, wheat, and water together. The tourist information center has maps in Korean, English, Japanese, and a few other languages and they speak basic english as well. If you know Korean, then they have a free tour that’s organized around 2pm, however it’s all in Korean. The city is quite charming with Hanok style buildings everywhere. Like everywhere else in Korea, there are ton’s of connivence stores and cafes to stock up on drinks and snacks while you’re exploring the city. Also do be aware that some of the cabs only accept money which had me and my friend scraping for change as we went back to the intercity bus terminal.

Seoul

In the past 3 months, I’ve had quite a few changes happen in my life. Perhaps the biggest would be that I no long reside in America. I left Florida in mid-August to move to Seoul, South Korea, where I started work for the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education as an English teacher. For the past few months I’ve been working along side a native Korean English teacher to teach almost one thousand students at a high school in Seoul. Having a regular 9-5 now has eaten up the free time that I used to have to just go out and shoot and not knowing the area or the language has proven to be quite an obstacle in getting back to shooting regularly. None the less, here’s a few of the images that I’ve taken in my time here. I’m hoping to start on two long term documentary ideas once I get more settled in and have a better grasp of everything going on around me.

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