dojang (part 2)

After carving my initials into the stone, the carver applied some red ink. He then pressed the dojang firmly against a piece of paper and the result is what you see above. The image is of my personal seal (dojang or name chop), handmade in Korea. 

If you want to learn more about the dojang, check out Danielle’s blog for a more in-depth look at the name chop.



an old red hyundai truck


Another “prop” in the Heyri Artist village. I’m not sure whether this vehicle belongs to someone, or is simply part of the scenery in Heyri. Regardless, the red color caught my attention, and a picture had to be taken.

red bus

a bus converted into some sort of shop in Heyri


It only took a couple of months, but Danielle and I finally got out of Seoul. Taking trips out of town can be a little difficult to squeeze into a weekend, so we waited until our week-long winter break to venture out. We took a bus to the small artist community of Heyri, about a half hour north of town. 

The place was virtually a ghost town; surprising, considering the temps were in the balmy 30’s (F). Did I mention it was a Wednesday? The community is full of galleries, modern architecture, and cafes serving up espresso drinks at nearly $6 a cup. Visually, it is a treat. I can’t wait to take a trip back there, perhaps in a different season, when I’m sure the town is bustling with gallery goers, art, and music. As for our first trip to Heyri, it was great! It’s nice to get away from the big city and the 20 million people that live there.

Heyri, being the artist community that it is, inspired me to take some “artsy” photos. I will post several more of these in the coming days. Enjoy!

itsy bitsy spider…

a spider sculpture outside of the Leeum - Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul


It was a cold snowy day in Seoul, so Danielle and I decided on an activity that would place us primarily indoors. We hopped on the subway and went to the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art. No photography was allowed inside, so I took this photo after we finished looking at the art indoors.

a view

the view from our temporary apartment in Seoul

This is what we see when we look out our apartment window. There are a lot of churches in Seoul. Typically not as elaborate looking as this one. Usually you will just see a cross on some unassuming building. I altered this picture a bit, the sky did not actually look this way in the original.