A chipmunk on a wall made of roof tiles at a wooded mediation spot on the grounds of Gilsangsa Temple.
Interestingly enough, the Siberian chipmunk is the only kind of chipmunk found outside of North America (HT to Joel).
산골짝의 다람쥐, 아기 다람쥐… 🎶
Some more smartphone shots from my walks in Seongbuk-dong last weekend.
(top) Spring blossoms at Samcheonggak, a former yojeong-turned-cultural space hidden in the forests of Mt. Bugaksan. Yojeong were high-class restaurants where, in the 1970s and 1980s, Korea’s rich and powerful would eat and drink to the music and dancing of gisaeng.
(bottom) Buddhist lanterns and beautiful tile-roofed hall at Gilsangsa, another former yojeong that was turned into a Buddhist temple in the 1990s. This is one of my favorite spots in the city - every time I go there, I’m overcome by the tranquility and happiness. It’s magical.
I think I’ve never been to Seongbuk-dong…
Woman explains the characteristics of the cherry blossom at Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Pink cherry blossoms, blue skies and white clouds in front of the National Folk Museum of Korea.
Cherry blossoms and Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, Gyeongbokgung Palace.
The Korean traditional garden of Yeouido Park.
Tucked away beneath Yeouido’s skyscrapers, Yeouido Park is now one of the city’s more pleasant recreation spots. But it wasn’t always. Prior to being turned into a park in 1999, this piece of real estate was a military parade ground and, before that, an airfield, and before that, a sand bar in the middle of the Hangang River.
“The clocks were striking midnight and the rooms were very still as a figure glided quietly from bed to bed, smoothing a coverlid here, settling a pillow there, and pausing to look long and tenderly at each unconscious face, to kiss each with lips that mutely blessed, and to pray the fervent prayers which only mothers utter.” ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Happy Mother’s Day!
"It is the custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day." ― J. M. Barrie, The Adventures of Peter Pan
Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day.