Monday, 26 May 2014

Last Insadong visit

'Flow' Yuna Kim - Kaze Park

This was in Anguk station

Guknyeong Temple in Bukhansan

I went to Guknyeong Temple. I used this site for guidance... but I didn't end up at the right starting point. I didn't see Daenammun 'Castle Gate' 대남문. Still, I got there and some of the directions were really helpful! It's about 2-3 hours all up. It took an hour to get to the temple but I just went back the way I came (was trying to avoid being late meeting people, was late anyway). But the link will have directions to a different route back if you want to try it. 

It's relatively easy and there wasn't any climbing involved. It still makes you sweat and thirsty though.

Gupabal Station, exit 1. There is a bus stop right outside the exit and it goes in the direction you want.

Catch either 34, 704 or 8772. I got off at Bukhansanseong (Fortress) entrance 북한산성입구 which is about a 10 minute ride. If you hop off and see a few dogs, you stopped at the right place. Walk straight then turn right at the first street. It'll look like this:


Go straight for 5-10 minutes until you get to the end:

When you see this, walk right to the end and turn left. 

Keep going..

Turn into the left one. 

When you see the little bridge, go right (not to the bridge)

There's some little fish xD 

                                      It's green. Follow the path. Just keep going and enjoy the hike. 

You will eventually see a car park, bathrooms and vending machines (take 1,000won bills, it doesn't accept 5,000won notes). Just go straight. Look for the sign for Daenammun (Castle Gate) 대남문.
Eventually you'll see this mini statue:


As soon as you see this, there is a main path and one to the right. The right is someone's property but you just go in anyway. Follow this '국녕사' it means Guknyeong Temple. There are little '국녕사' with an arrow showing you where to go. The hike gets a little bit more exciting xD 

This bridge xD



So sweaty.. I filtered this picture xD 

Despite the blog saying there's a restaurant place to eat, I didn't really see it. Maybe I needed to go in and ask, but with my lack of Korean skills, I didn't. 

Quite a fun walk ^_^

All these Buddha statues. I am not actually religious. It's just something I find really cool and pretty. 

Monday, 19 May 2014

Yayoi Kusama + Steampunk Art Exhibition

I went to Seoul Arts Centre as soon as I could after hearing that Yayoi Kusama 草間 彌生 's work is in Seoul! Time is flying so fast. I have less than 2 weeks until I leave Korea. 

Exit 5 of Nambu express bus terminal, walk straight, turn to the first street on the left. Walk for about 5-10 minutes until you see the art centre. You will have to cross the road. I don't know why, but there are two Starbucks (what is the plural form of Starbucks?). I tried a soy white chocolate mocha today and it wasn't bad : D will try to drink soy/ almond milk over cow's milk as much as I can. It's hard to get used to though.

So, Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist that moved to America and then at some point moved back? I think she's amazing. You're only allowed to take photos of certain things, hence why I don't have photos of her paintings. Her artwork is abstract (as you can tell) with a lot of bold colours and repetition. Her paintings had a lot of eyes, women and circles.

She is, overall, obsessed with circles, eyes and mirrors. I love her work! 
Oh! And she loves pumpkins too!

Ladder to Heaven
 (changes colour)

The dogs are resin

I wanted to jump on these like Sora does in Kingdom Hearts....

This is a box that you look into. It's full of mirrors so it appears bigger (you can see my cellphone if you look close enough, and the reflection of the person on the other side).
Anyway, the lights changed colour. So pretty!

Tentacles are a Japanese thing >.> lol

So 4 walls are full of this pattern xD

Hehe Le Bunny Bleu!

I think that is Yayoi Kusama!

This room, you're only allowed in it for 30 seconds (because of the queue). You can't see it but there's water on the ground. Where we are standing is on a plank or something similar. It was pretty cool. Again with the mirrors, balls and colour changing lights.

Souvenir shop

Before entering, you have to take off your shoes and they give you 6 stickers to add to the collection. Again, there's a time limit because of the queue and only a certain number of people are allowed in at a time. 

People added their stickers to the lights or...

themselves xD

I saw one man do a 'Garden State' like photo.

I added mine to the trail

You're meant to do this first but seeing the queue, I did floor 2 and 3 then had to ask to be let in again to finish the 1st floor xD

Resin dog!

Time limit again

A kind worker took a photo for me 

I got lost after. There was another exhibition - Steampunk Art - that I didn't know about until I got to the Art Centre. Of course I wanted to do that one too! So I had to find it afterwards.

Not sure what was going on. Anyway, it was a warm day, maybe 24 degrees. And there was a choir of people singing Japanese songs. Maybe it has to do with the Yayoi Kusama exhibit?

It says su.tim.pung.ku.a.tu aka steampunk art xD

The March of Intellect - William Heath

Books! I spot H.G Wells! >.> 'The Time Machine' is still on my to read list. Omgosh I haven't been reading in ages because I've been busy! 

John Coulthart

Jason Brammer

Chained to the Future - Jason Brammer

Sound Machine X - Jason Brammer

Dream Fiend + Dream Fiend II - Jin Su Han 한진수 
The bird would peck the skull. Pretty cool.

Classical Cycle + Golden Scientist - Jong Deok Park 박종덕

Sam Van Olffen

Are you my mummy? Just kidding. These were made by Tom Banwell.
'Dr. Beulenpest at Empire Mine' etc

Court Band - James NG

Key Keeper - James NG

Mechanical Tiger - Sam Van Olffen

Art Donovan

Steambunneh - 'Mitre' + MechOwlie No.54 - Rubis
Kimberly Hart
Hand-sculptured from polymer clay with the addition of watch parts, gears and findings.

Martin Horspool - 'Flash Feldman'
Made from recycled metal.

'Nobody Understands'
 Shaun Tan (is awesome!)
  He is an aussie author and artist.

Dong A Lim 임동아

'The Golem' (middle) - Krista Brennan

Hye Myeong Song 송혜명 did the sculptures.
The paintings in the background are by Kazuhiko Nakamura.

Takorasu Studio



Catapult - Yasuhito Udagawa 

Fly with the wing - Yasuhito Udagawa