Super Photo Corner – Jeonju Jet Setters

Okay, it’s more like bus setters.  However, the allure of alliteration proved irresistible. This past weekend I traveled north to the Jeonju Hanok Village with Potato, Sugar, and The King.

I’ll be honest.  I was a terrible Jeonju tourist.  I didn’t wear any  Hanbok.  I didn’t eat bibimbap (or anything else for that matter),  Regardless, I had a great time catching up with friends following two weeks of absence.  The day trip also produced a glut of photographs.  So in lieu of walls of text, I present to you around 35 captioned photos.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses at the Mokpo Bus Terminal handed me some reading material for the bus.  Ordinarily, I throw these things away.  However, after reflecting on the importance of listening to alternative viewpoints, I gave it a go.  It wasn’t all bad.  I learned about things like the enteric nervous system.  1/1 Would Read Again.

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Paris Baguette (right) is a popular chain of bakeries found in nearly every Korean town.

A “Yak-Gook” (middle) is the Korean word for pharmacy.  “Yak” translates as medicine.

CU (right, obscured by trees) is a popular chain of convenience stores.  They can be found in nearly any Korean town and within three blocks of any point in a Korean city.

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Officer Barry watches over this coffee shop like a hawk, making sure customers throw away their trash in the proper receptacles.  His disapproving scowl is a terrific deterrent.

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This terrifyingly skinny man reached for my phone.  I sidestepped him and he flew into  the wind like a piece of paper.

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Love is in the air.

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“I can’t believe they ruined my amazing outfit with the tawdry sign.”

“I know.  This is a crime against fashion.”

“I’m just doing this to pay my way through mannequin school.”

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I ran into a teddy bear and a short, faceless Gumbi on an awkward first date.

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I find these dragon stones at every temple I have seen.  I really need to learn what they mean.

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A beautiful portrait of King Taejo, a famous ruler from the Joseon Period.

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Even the admission tickets have this guy’s face on it.  There was no escaping this guy.

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“What are you doing?”

“King Taejo said to destroy the documents, so I’m beating them with a hammer.”

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“I say, sir.  While you make some fine points, I find your argument as a whole to be circular and pedantic.”

“I protest.  Your lower-level intellect merely cannot comprehend the nuances of my argument.  If my argument is a circle, then your mother is a square.”

“I dare say your words leave me no choice.  I declare fisticuffs!”

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“How do we always get stuck carrying the royal spitoon?”

“I don’t know, but don’t spill that shit again.  I just finally washed the smell out of my clothes.”

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“Who are we?”

“MUSTARD SQUAD!”

“Who’s going to defeat the Ketchup Krew?”

“MUSTARD SQUAD!”

“Who is an ugly shade of yellow between gold and brown?”

“MUSTARD SQUAD!”

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“I was so much happier and knowledgeable back when I had a head.”

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And like that, the dawn of spring marked the dusk of the snowmen’s protest.  Their cause was lost, but their spirit lives on.

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I respect King Taejo’s eternally peaceful expression.

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This royal chair feels like a lowly prison to a man of inches like myself.

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This art is not much unlike popular Western war paintings of the 1800’s like those depicting Napoleon Bonaparte or George Washington.

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The cartoon cops just don’t strike the same chord of fear and authority as their live action counterparts.

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I like this tree throwing up two fingers.  Peace.

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After an awkward conversation and photo request, I earned a picture of the back of his jacket.

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These happy totem poles brightened my day.  Everything I say is a riot to them.

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Most Korean palaces I’ve seen look very much the same.  Many old buildings that look like this surround a bigger building that looks much the same.

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The village was quite a trip.  Koreans decked out in traditional clothing munched on traditional street food, and took an appalling number of selfies.

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These baskets were so kind.  Like the totem poles, they laughed at all of my jokes.

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Someone give these chickens an endorsement deal for Head and Shoulders.  They would sell some serious shampoo.

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I love how Trump is about to drop an F-Bomb on Kim Jong Un who brandishes a Pokémon card in defense.

Meanwhile, Moon Jae-In just nervously smiles, pretending not to know either of them.

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What got me was the star on the skewer’s chest.  Is that a sheriff’s badge or a 1930’s German discriminatory insignia?

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When trouble strikes around December 25th, the Santa Commandos spring into action.

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Why does this boy look so mischevious?  Are those flowers to impress a girl or to apologize for breaking Old Man Wallace’s window with his baseball?

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We later found the traditional market.  Older citizens sell produce by the side of the road next to a dingy river (that has character).

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The inside part of the market was fun to explore despite buying absolutely nothing.

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Found this heron just chillin’ in the river.  He approached the ducks trying to make friends.  The ducks paddled away in solidarity.  I felt sad.

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This reminds me of some Jamaican “extracurricular activities.”

“Don’t hog it all, mon.”

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This lovely structure forms the center of a roundabout in Downtown Jeonju.

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And that was how Princesses Jane and Abigail lost their arms and never spoke to each other again.  To add insult to injury, Prince Frederick married their younger sister Jalissa.

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