PHOTO TOUR: WELCOME TO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

While I often write about the places we go, I thought some of you might like to see more of where we stay. We live south of the Han River, in a small neighborhood in Seongnam. Though we originally hoped to live in a more urban area, we are very happy with our little neighborhood. It doesn’t have many restaurants or stores, but it does have access to an amazing web of woodland trails. I have gone on several exploration walks in the vicinity, and I have collected these photos to give you an idea of what we see each day. Let’s take a tour of our neighborhood!

First, you should know that there are gardens all over the place in Korea. I have seen huge flower pots in the middle of the city and at first thought they were just for aesthetic value; however, upon closer inspection, I saw they were growing lettuce. Koreans will garden on every inch of dirt they can find. In our neighborhood there are several little farms and greenhouses.

Garden & greenhouses surrounded by apartment buildings.

Garden & greenhouses surrounded by apartment buildings.

Not just weeds! Small garden right by the street!

Not just weeds! Small garden right by the street!

A flooded field. Rice, perhaps?

A flooded field. Rice, perhaps?

I found a field full of irises!

I found a field full of irises!

The random gardening spots weren’t as surprising as the various workout equipment. I’ve found ellipticals at children’s parks, and even workout machines in the middle of the woods!

Exercise park next to the street.

Exercise park next to the street.

I really like walking in the woods around here. There are multiple paths that form a huge web to cover our mountain. Everything is very green right now, but there are a lot of bugs out! It’s nice to have a little patch of nature so close!

Path in the woods.

Path in the woods.

The Korean Army has practice foxholes throughout the woods.

The Korean Army has practice foxholes throughout the woods.

Here are just a few random pictures from the area:

View of the neighborhood.

View of the neighborhood.

A cemetery. The mounds of grass are the graves. I was informed that all of the mounds start out the same size. So, you can look at how much the ground has settled to know how old the grave is.

A cemetery. The mounds of grass are the graves. I was informed that all of the mounds start out the same size. So, you can look at how much the ground has settled to know how old the grave is.

A few local shops.

A few local shops.

Almost every Korean home has kimchi pots outside.

Almost every Korean home has kimchi pots outside.

We live near a soju distribution warehouse. Yum!

We live near a soju distribution warehouse. Yum!

A lot of the Korean dogs are mean and scary, but not this guy! He looks like a teddy bear.

A lot of the Korean dogs are mean and scary, but not this guy! He looks like a teddy bear.

I hope you enjoyed the tour! The pictures may not be as inspiring as those from famous tourist spots that we visit, but they represent home to us. Thanks for visiting!

 

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OUR SUNNY DAY IN SUWON

2 Comments

  1. Reply
    sandy gardner 10 June, 2013

    Have you shown your flat? I may have missed it. When you start running out of “new” material I am looking forward to the workings of your daily life: laundry, kitchen, the loo, grocery. It is always interesting to see what daily life is in different countries.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Reply
    Bethany 10 June, 2013

    Thanks for the ideas, Sandy! Our home is actually pretty Americanized, but I’ll starting preparing to show you the little quirks that make up our new life!

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