After the rain Friday afternoon, the skies above Seoul opened up in a truly spectacular way. I was lucky enough to have my camera and tripod at the office, so after work, I ran over to the officetel roof near the Cheonggyecheon where I took these photos hoping to get lucky.
And lucky I got.
The colors really were that stunning—see this shot taken on the same evening from the 63 Building this shot of Bukhansan National Park and this one on the Hangang River. I almost missed the show, actually—I was going to leave earlier, but decided to wait and see what developed.
And I was glad I did.
I used curves on Aperture to bring out the reds and yellows, and in Photoshop Elements, I used a layer mask to give the sky a bit more contrast.
While there was still a hint of blue in the sky, I popped down to Cheonggyecheon Stream to get a photo of the waterfall at Cheonggyecheon Plaza. After six years of looking at the thing, I think I’m starting to accommodate myself to “Spring,” although I still don’t “get it.”
On Saturday, the wife and I had lunch at Mapo’s Guldari Sikdang, one of Seoul’s best known restaurants for kimchi jjigae, or kimchi stew. It’s also known for its jeyuk bokkeum, or spicy stir-fried pork.
The jeyuk bokkeum is richly seasoned and just delightful—it’s a perfect match for the kimchi jjigae, which they serve here in a stainless steel bowl.
Guldari Sikdang has been around for 30 years—judging from the reviews at Wingspoon, not everyone’s happy with it lately, but if there’s anything I’ve gathered from online restaurant reviews, it’s that there are a lot of butthurt people out there. Anyway, the wife and I really liked it.
Phone: (02) 706-0323
Getting There: Short walk from Exit 9, Gongdeok Station, Line 5 or 6. See this map.