- Organized chaos
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries operates the Noryangjin Fish Market (노량진수산시장) which is Seoul’s largest market for marine products. This 66,000 square meter facility houses over 700 shops selling fresh and dried fish and squid from 15 fishing ports around Korea. 
Right off Noryangjin station, we trudged with Clare’s friends to the fish market. I was a bit hesitant because we were dead tired (having just finished the war museum) and the guys were dead set in finding their own way. No worries, I’ve just been here for the past 5 months. Needless to say, they evenutally realized I knew what I was talking about and we headed to the market. Men, sheesh.
It was fun looking at the various fish and sealife they had, vendors crawling everywhere wanting to sell to you. Clare and I eventually settled on a snow crab to share. After buyin the fish they took it to a small restaurant in the back, ready to cook it for you. It is perfection. Just bring extra warm clothes when going cause I was FREEZING my butt off while we waited for her friends, to the point that the ajumma who sold me the crab let me go near her heater and chill there.
The steamed crab was delicious….and we finished off by having some rice mixed in with the crab juices and served on the crab carcass. Quite splendid.
I looooove interactive art, and this is what we found downstairs at the War Memorial of Korea:
I can fly!
Just walkin the dog
Coolest thing ever
Why ...so.... serious?
We headed to the War Memorial of Korea Museum (전쟁기념관) that opened in 1994 to display the various moments in history South Korea had been involved in war. I had heard it was a pretty good one and I was not disappointed. Like everything they do, the Korean War Museum has something for everyone. What other history museum has a free 3D flight simulator and a mini digital shooting range?
Children at play
A memorial statue
Exhibit on last year's attack on the South Korean Navy ship
Cool replica of the Vietcong underground tunnels
Awesome planes and tanks with the Seoul tower lighting the background
Getting ready for the "ride"
And of course it would not be complete without a cute little mascot to attract kids and adults alike. Meet Mudori, the official mascot of the War Memorial of Korea:
“I do not have a particular shape like other things, but I dwell inside the hearts of people all over the world, including you! I can be the largest thing or even the smallest thing in this world. My goal is to concern myself with everything done in the names of peace and love. If you love me, then we can work together for a stronger future!”
My every so lucky friend Clare, whom I met three years ago when we worked together in CityYear, came to stay in Seoul for a month. Why? Cause the lucky punk is doing a semester overseas so she landed in Seoul after partying on the Nile in Cairo, viewing mountains in Geneva, visiting a garbage town in the slums of India, getting tricked into going to a PingPong show in Thailand and accidentally being given the penthouse to dorm in in Hong Kong. Lucky lucky girl. Check out her Global Semester through St. Olaf university here.
Back in the day serving our AmeriCorps year at City Year
I met up with her to stay at Yonsei University, the Harvard or Yale of South Korea. It is one of the SKY schools. SKY is an acronym for the three most prestigious universities in South Korea: Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University.
I love when you get together with a friend you haven’t seen in FOREVER and you pick right up where you left off. Plus I once again pigged out at On the Border while catching up over cheese dip and chips and a corona…now that is just perfect.
One thing I did learn about her: She randomly giggles in her sleep. And Clare is the epitome of …well a cute little bunny or something of that nature. Still freaky to wake up to though.