The Squid of Samcheok

20 09 2012

Lazy again. So bad. And I’ve had so much going on. Oh well. Another attempt to at least post regularly.

For no reason really I’ve been missing Korea lately. A few house related drama’s here as well as change of jobs has me maybe missing the more simplified existence that was living in Korea. Simplified but oh so great. Even 30 months after leaving I still miss the place (and my students) daily.

So, photos from Korea. This time around it’s from a beach around Samcheok, Gangwon-Do. This was approx 1 hour drive from Taebaek but a stunning beach.


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Depending on time of year, you can encounter squid drying in the sun. They are caught at night on one of the many squid boats and then hung up to dry. The pictures speak a thousand words, so please enjoy.

The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid Wench
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid Lady
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid of Samcheok
The Squid of Samcheok

The squids themselves are delicious. My favourite way to eat them is lightly grilled and served with ice cold beer. It makes the perfect bar snack.

Just looking at these pics again brings back so many happy memories. Such a magical country.





Penis Park, Part2

3 04 2011

Thanks to the popularity of my previous post about Penis Park, here are some more pics. The story is on my previous post, if you haven’t seen that, go read

Peculiar Place of Korea : Penis Park

What more can I say. If you ever find yourself in Korea, make the effort, get the bus or train, do the travel and visit. Its one of those unique places in the world that you’ll never forget. Its also a beautiful part of the world and well worth a visit, even without this place.

Go, visit. Enjoy.

Chest High

Proud

Bad Teeth, Big ...

Phallic Zodiac

He Forgot Something

Not to Scale

Feminine Penis

Happy Happy

Uncountable

Sprouting Out

Triptych plus One




Spanish Friends and their discovery

3 04 2011

Unbelievable. Actually, thats not strong enough. Lets try that again.

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Thats better.

Seems the fine folk of Spain have discovered my blog, well, one page of it at least. Specifically my blog post about Penis Park in Samcheok, Korea.

Peculiar Place of Korea : Penis Park

What did they do?

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Thats hits per day. Usually around 25 is normal. I got over 8000 after being translated into Spanish and posted on a site called meneame. The comments some have left me, after translating by google, are great. A selection :

Korea’s secret weapon: the gun cock …

Korea is the country with the size of the world’s smallest penis. that irony

another example of the proverb is no coincidence: “Tell me what you brag about …”

this type of news is what you need after a shitty day, reading news of wars, crises and petty politicians, I’ve got a few laughs with photos of the park and the comments above are great jajajja
I go to sleep with a smile
Thanks!

reminds me of that novel that he wrote Mr. Garrison on South Park. “It was like a forest of penises.”

I’ve photographed without my consent!

and my favourite

It looks like a Seville nightclub at 5 am, all full of turnips.

Stay tuned, by popular demand a few more pics will get posted soon.





Peculiar Places of Korea: Penis Park

4 12 2009

Thirty(ish) minutes South of the port town of Samcheok, you can discover one of the strangest places in Korea. Haesindang, or Penis Park. Why is it called “Penis Park” you might ask? Easy. Its full of statues of Penises.

Penis Park, Samcheok

We are not talking one or two of them, but hundreds, some highly elaborately carved out of huge tree’s.

Penis Park, Samcheok

Penis Park, Samcheok

Why does this place even exist? Being Korea, there’s a legend behind it. Instead of trying to paraphrase, I’ll just copy and paste from the Korean Tourism Page on the subject.

Legend of Aebawi and Haesindang – There once lived a young maid who was engaged. One day, the maid took her husband’s boat out to sea to harvest seaweed. Her husband dropped her off at a rock that was at a distance from the beach. After promising to pick her up later, he returned to the beach to do his work. Later, the weather changed, and brought with it strong winds and pummeling waves. The man couldn’t rescue his wife and she ultimately drowned. Since then, the village people caught no fish and some said that it was because of the dead maid. To soothe the spirit of the dead maid, the village people made several wooden carvings and held religious ceremonies on her behalf. After a while, the fish slowly returned and the villagers were able to live comfortably again. The place where the maid died was named Aebawi Rock and the building where the religious ceremony is held twice a year was named Haesindang. The ceremony is still honored today as a traditional folk event.

Since then, its turned into a kind of outdoor art sculpture garden dedicated to the, well, penis.

Penis Park, Samcheok

Penis Park, Samcheok

Penis Park, Samcheok

Thats not all. Everything is penis themed. We even have a water fountain style thing that moves up and down by the power of water.

Penis Park, Samcheok

Strange?

More odd are the museum style outdoor exhibits, showing how Koreans used to live and work. Similar to many folk village exhibits except for one small (large?) detail. Guess.

Penis Park, Samcheok

We also have the 12 signs of the zodiac done as penises. Each granite statue is carved with the relevant animal and exhibited in a circle looking out over the water. (This pic is actually a huge mega panorama. 15 shots stitched together, so click it and have a look. Beware if your computer is slow or your have a slow internet connection, it might take a while.)

Twelve Penises of the Zodiac

If you come to Korea, I’d recommend this place. Its one of the nicest parks, in a stunning part of the country. Yes its a good long way from Seoul, but worth it.





Death of a Video Game

9 06 2009

What do you get when you have a bunch of drunk people on a beach at night?

A big fire.

What happens when these people discover a video game cabinet close by?

An even bigger fire. And sadness in the hearts of retro gamers the world over.

Awaiting its fate

It all started so innocently. A birthday party held on the beach, with grand plans of bonfires, dancing and good times.

The arcade cabinet was sourced, readied and unceremoniously dumped into the flames. Within minutes it was consumed.

Death of a Video Game

Video Arcade Cabinet, comsumed by fire

Soon all that was left was a pile of burning scrap.

The burning remains

Strangely it wasn’t long after that when the army turned up. Apparently the beaches are supposed to be under lockdown after nightfall. Something to do with North Koreans invading.

Korean army party poopers

2 scared looking soldiers rocked up and was communicated to us, non-verbally, that we couldn’t continue. Oh well. What a night.

Just a real shame to see a decent condition cabinet burned just for fun. I know what these are worth to some people, but meh, the flames must be fed, the gods sated, and the army called.