Saturday, July 15, 2017

Seoul Olympic Park and Sculpture Garden

Dialogue, 1989, by Mohand Amara

Self-portrait by Frank Dornself

World Peace Gate

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hannam-Dong Seoul

Hannam-Dong is quickly becoming one of my favourite neighborhoods in Seoul with a huge concentration of independently run coffee shops and designer boutiques.

Visited Maison Marais showroom to pick up some goodies and pictures we shot together in Miami back in April. 

With the designer behind the scenes of new summer look book shoot

And later coffee at the newest place in the neighborhood - Low Coffee Hannam
한남동 683-5, Seoul, South Korea

Sunday, July 9, 2017

statement circles

Visited local designers' market in Gangnam last weekend and came across very special jewelry brands Goiu and A.NeujacAfter having a little chat with the designer, I found out that she had actually studied jewelry design in Tallinn, Estonia for some time. What a small world! 

The choice was really tough but I opted for a simple circle (single) earring from Goiu. Well, considering the size, it's actually far from simple and minimal... Despite the look, it's actually very lightweight (14K gold-plated brass) and easy to wear. 

Honestly, it is tempting to buy cheap and trendy costume jewelry in Seoul, because the selection is really good, but I am happy to rather invest in small local brands and handmade jewelry. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SEOUL: Whanki Museum

A museum devoted to Kim Whanki, a pioneering abstract artist of Korea in 20th century.

SEOUL: Mountain Corner

Sanmotoongi (literally "mountain corner") is a coffee shop nestled somewhere between Bugaksan and Inwangsan mountains offering excellent views to the both. Getting there was part of the fun. I took a bus to Buam-Dong neighborhood and continued walking through quiet hilly residential area (at some point I ended up in someone's backyard and cornfield ?) Was dripping sweat and hardly breathing when I finally arrived in the cafe. 

Sanmotoongi (산모퉁이)
 153, Baekseokdong-gil Jongno-gu Seoul 110-816 

 The cafe became extremely popular after appearing in Korean drama The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, so be ready to pay 6-8€ for a coffee, but it is definitely worth the view (and the excruciating walk uphills)

Seoul Fortress Wall in the background and remainder of the war

As I decided to explore the area more, my afternoon stroll literally became a hike including trekking through the forest of Baeksasil Valley. Later it took me hours the find the way out back to the civilization (and any kind of public transportation). 

On of the small roads I found this temple where quiet music was playing and lanterns were blowing in the wind with mountainous landscape in the background. There was no people in sight and it all felt very surreal and magical. One of those pinch-yourself kind of moments...

Saturday, July 1, 2017

SEOUL FOOD: Sobok ice cream

Sobok ice cream cafe in Hongdae, Seoul is something I wanted to try out already last spring, but there were always crazy long lines outside the cafe. Now, this one rainy and windy afternoon I was the only crazy one who wanted ice cream so they had a plenty of free seating. 

Sobok signature ice cream is made of brown rice, topped with injeolmi balls (a kind of Korean rice cake made), pumpkin seeds, and jocheong (a traditional sweet rice syrup). It has a very special taste which is hard to describe..something between sweet and savory, ..a bit nutty.

Sobok Cafe
서울 마포구 어울마당로 58
58, Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (Sangsu Station)