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Taejongdae

Taejongdae is ‘a natural park of Busan, South Korea with magnificent cliffs facing the open sea on the southernmost tip of island of Yeongdo-gu.’

It was stunning.

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Basically a Princes

Smiles, comments, giggles. Cars slowing down and middle age women beaming in our direction. That is how Korea responded to Jasmine and I donning hanboks, the traditional Korean clothing. 

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I felt like a princess.

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For $9, this wonderful little store let you rent a traditional Korean outfit (or non-traditional sailor suit, depending on your fancy) and wander around Gamcheon Culture Village for an hour. They help pin you in and then do your hair for no extra cost!

The store carried a multitude of fabrics, colors, and sizes aimed at both men and women. (But mostly women.)

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And if that wasn’t perfect enough for me, there was an entire stairwell BOOK THEMED. 

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The entire village is designed for photo shoots. I think Jasmine and I could handily illustrate an entire book of fairy tales just with the pictures we took. I give you:

Cinderella

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Beauty and the Beast

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The Fisherman and His Wife (you can’t really tell but that is a fish)

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The Frog Princess

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The Princess Who Never Smiled

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Rapunzel (if you squint I look like I’m in a tower. Sort of. Not really.)

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Gamchoen Culture Village.

Gamcheon Culture Village – “a picturesque attraction featuring a village of colorful houses, painted murals, shops & cafes.”

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Most importantly….I got to wear traditional Korean clothing! (More pics tomorrow!)

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The Raccoon Cafe

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The conversation went something like this:

Jasmine: “We could do a theme cafe. Like, a cat cafe or a dog cafe. There is also a raccoon cafe.”

Me: “Raccoons? It is a cafe with raccoons?” 

Jasmine: “Yep, you can pet them and play with them and stuff.”

Me: “That sounds like a horrible idea. We obviously have to do it!”

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And so we did. You drink the coffee before playing with the raccoons, but otherwise it is pretty much free rein. 

Turns out, raccoons are spoiled brats. 

I was petting one and it climbed on me and stole my hair clip. It then hid in a corner and gnawed on it. I won’t lie, I was all for letting it choke and die on the thing, but Jasmine took sympathy and tried to steal the hair clip back. 

In thanks, it bit her. 

It also managed to finish consuming my hair clip without choking. 

It was one of those experiences I’m glad I did because now I can say I played with raccoons but also it took my ambivalent dislike for raccoons and turned it into loathing. Not sure that is what the cafe was going for. 


The Most Beautiful Temple in Korea

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple 해동 용궁사

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On Saturday Jasmine and I visited the self-proclaimed “Most Beautiful Temple in Korea.”

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It was gorgeous. 

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We timed the visit right after Buddha’s birthday and the temple was decorated with lanterns to celebrate. 

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The best part was absolutely the view, though. 

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Even the statutes looked happy here.

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Meet Jasmine.

Meet my friend Jasmine.

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I previously alluded to her in my post about visiting Korea. We hung out with the same group of friends in college and our sophomore year she helped get me hooked on Korean dramas. 

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She was also one of the first people to support my dream (both financially and emotionally) of studying abroad at Oxford University. 

She has lived in India and visited I don’t know how many other cool places around the world since then. And almost exactly two years ago, she moved to Korea to teach English. 

And I got to visit her! Visiting Korea would be amazing under any context, but it made it extra fun that I got to explore it with a dear friend! 


Uploading Photos to Facebook

Before I post them on here, I typically upload photos of my trip to Facebook. It goes like this:

Step 1: *squint at phone and click on a bunch of pictures*

Step 2: *upload pictures and then notice I chose a bunch of blurry ones* 

Step 3: *delete blurry photos and try again*

Step 4: *repeat until successful*

Step 5: *share to Facebook*

Step 6: *realize I forgot to tag the right album and hurriedly delete everything* 

Step 7: *begin Steps 1-4 again*

Step 8: *successfully share to Facebook*

Facebook then plays a game with me called, “How Many Inanimate Objects Can We Auto-Tag Your Face In.”

In other words, it tags me in every single picture. But it does not actually tag me. It claims I am a rock. A tree. A statute of Buddha. A cat. My friend Jasmine. So…

Step 9: *delete tag from every single picture*

Step 10: *retag the correct people* 

Step 11: *admire correctly tagged photos*

Step 12: *review Steps 1-11 and question if I am actually a Millennial*