Assorted images and insights from Seoul, January, 2013

I have always felt there is something sublime about crossing the Hangang River on winter day when the sky is blue. I can remember something of that sensation even from my year in Seoul in 1995.

I have always felt there is something sublime about crossing the Hangang River on winter day when the sky is blue. I can remember something of that sensation even from my year in Seoul in 1995.

I am not sure if I read it right, but this new financial product seems to be offering you the lottery and a pension at the same time. True innovation.

I am not sure if I read it right, but this new financial product seems to be offering you the lottery and a pension at the same time. True innovation.

Photo from January 29, 2013 Joongang Ilbo Newspaper shows leader of North Korea Kim Jung Eun gathered at a table talking to his top advisers. The photo is remarkable in that it is not the flat propaganda photograpy we are used to from North Korea but a rather "Western" looking glimpse of a power meeting. The feel on takes away from it is not that different than most photos of leaders in the rest of the world. The ideological wall seems to have finally fallen on both sides.

Photo from January 29, 2013 Joongang Ilbo Newspaper shows leader of North Korea Kim Jung Eun gathered at a table talking to his top advisers. The photo is remarkable in that it is not the flat propaganda photograpy we are used to from North Korea but a rather “Western” looking glimpse of a power meeting. The feel on takes away from it is not that different than most photos of leaders in the rest of the world. The ideological wall seems to have finally fallen on both sides.

My daughter and I made this tower out of dufu recently when cooking a dinner together. We could not get it to stand up on its own. Let us call it avant garde food art.

My daughter and I made this tower out of dufu recently when cooking a dinner together. We could not get it to stand up on its own. Let us call it avant garde food art.

Jangchung Elementary School is just next door to our home and my daughter Rachel is now in the third grade there. It so happens that president elect Park Geun Hye graduated from Jangchung Elementary some years ago. The school put up this congratulatory banner. Rachel had a chance to see Ms. Park up close when she made a surprise visit to the opening of the recent Pororo feature film.

Jangchung Elementary School is just next door to our home and my daughter Rachel is now in the third grade there. It so happens that president elect Park Geun Hye graduated from Jangchung Elementary some years ago. The school put up this congratulatory banner. Rachel had a chance to see Ms. Park up close when she made a surprise visit to the opening of the recent Pororo feature film.

One response to “Assorted images and insights from Seoul, January, 2013

  1. Craig January 31, 2013 at 4:49 am

    I wouldn’t bet on ideological barriers coming down between north and south; reports indicate that the north is possibly becoming more repressive, with vast swathes of the country now dying of starvation, while plutocrats in Pyongyang live well.

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