thursday, march 14.

two fridays ago was a national holiday here in korea called march 1st movement. in order to "celebrate," a few friends and i went to seodaemun prison. seeing that this torture prison was used both during the japanese annexation (1910-1965) and also after, the experience was quite moving and depressing. i mean, it's not a site i plan on ever revisiting. nevertheless, here are a few photos from our trip:

seoul, march 2013.

seoul, march 2013.

seoul, march 2013.

seoul, march 2013.

seoul, march 2013.

seoul, march 2013.

it was really neat to see this structure amongst other buildings in the city, yet surrounded by mountainous terrain. this kind of juxtaposition is one of my favorite characteristics about seoul.

seoul, march 2013.

something not so neat about the prison, though, was the odd scene of parents allowing their kids to play and run around the torture chambers.

seoul, march 2013.

and finally, we found a huge korean flag to pose, like tourists do, in front of.

seoul, march 2013.

seoul, march 2013.

seoul, march 2013.

later that weekend, i met up with this sweet lady:

seoul, march 2013.

she used to own a kimbap restaurant near my house, which i frequented. her restaurant has since shut down, and we haven't seen each other in over a year. so we met up, shared some dinner, and fought the language barrier. her 16-year-old daughter helped us with this problem, although much of our conversation was lost in translation. =]

seoul, march 2013.

seoul, march 2013.

this next weekend, we plan to celebrate saint patrick's day, so stay tuned!