Year Two, Week Nineteen – Jessica


Happy New Year! We braved the crowds this year and went for what might be the most touristy spot in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung Palace, along with the neighboring folk museum. The streets were deserted when we left home, businesses dark, and parking easy, despite what I considered to be a late hour (9:30 am). Maybe one day my children will sleep past 5:30 on a holiday. A girl can dream.

We caught the first changing of the guard, which never seems to get old. Since I’ve taken a whole lot of photos of the palace and changing of the guard, my focus here turns the other direction to observe the photographers. Tourists are reminded not to touch the guards they are taking photos of, which seemed odd at first, but now just seems practical considering how our

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entire family has been posed so that various Korean or Chinese people can get the coveted shot with white people. I had to get a shot of this lady. It only seemed fair since my blonde headed children are now in her photo album … properly posed, of course.

  • sherri - love it! In the US you’d never ask “foreigners” to pose for pictures but here it’s pretty common to have folks ask or sneak shots of us in the grocery store, restaurants, markets, etc. One day I want you to teach me how to get off the auto button on my cam – this is a gorgeous depth-of-field shot! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dina - Wow really? I never really noticed that while I lived in Japan. LOL! But No blond children are coming out of this mom for sure. Interesting. I know, no harm done but I’m sure how comfortable I would be with strangers intentionally taking photos of my son.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - Such a sharp photo!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Wiggin - Thanks for sharing with our Cultural Anthropology class about life in South Korea! I’ll definitely be following your blog (:ReplyCancel