Quick Trip To Korea Circa 2008

In 2008, our family made a side trip to South Korea to visit a family member who was working there.

It was because of this trip that I fell in love with the Korean hot sauce, gochujang.

Flying Korean Air

“Gochujang or red chili paste is a savory, sweet, and spicy fermented condiment made from chili powder, glutinous rice, meju powder, yeotgireum, and salt. The sweetness comes from the starch of cooked glutinous rice, cultured with saccharifying enzymes during the fermentation process.“—Wikipedia

My daughter was still a baby. So I was given the seat under the television screen with a baby bassinet. Only when we had to take off or land that I had to sit her on my lap with a seatbelt extender.

Sinchon-dong, Seoul

Freedom Bridge (or Bridge Of No Return)

“Located in the Joint Security Area (JSA), the so-called “Bridge of No Return” crosses the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) between North Korea and South Korea. It was used for prisoner exchanges at the end of the Korean War in 1953. The name originates from the final ultimatum that was given to prisoners of war brought to the bridge for repatriation: they could either remain in the country of their captivity or cross the bridge to return to their homeland. However, once they chose to cross the bridge, they would never be allowed to return, even if they later changed their minds.“— Wikipedia

Back in 2008, we were warned not to point out cameras towards the North. We were all a bit nervous.

Shopping For Food?

The thing that I bough a lot of were Korean-made socks. That explained the photo below of my interesting pose at Costco.

Finding cute food shops and street vendors was a lot of fun.

I hope that I get to go back soon in the future!

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