Marilyn Monroe, Seoul

Summer classes are over and it’s vacation time again! This time around I’ll be staying in Korea, so I’ll just share some of my recent shots.

New menu at my friend’s bar in Hyewha: 곱창 (gopchang), or stir-fried intestines. Chewy, but I do think it tastes better than it sounds.

Hmm...fried intestines!

Hmm...fried intestines!

Another evening spent with friends at 혜화동사람들. Here my French friend Gwendal entertaining us with the guitar:

Gwendal

Gwendal

Checking out the fish-eye lens:

Lens & beer

Lens & beer

This is how Koreans typically greet each other:

Greetings!

Greetings!

Okay, just kidding about that last part.

Mickey the magician and my “older brother” Gwon Won having at it:

Fight!

Fight!

On Monday I met friends in Gwangwhamoon to go see an art exhibition. Little did I know it was “Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting” by Bert Stern. I found it interesting, but also expensive (W10,000)  given how small the display was.

Things I learned: Marilyn Monroe had an appendectomy, loved Champagne, was five hours late to the shoot, and had a hairy face.

These were the banners promoting the exhibition:

Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting

Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting

Walking out of the exhibit they had a set reconstituting the hotel room where Bert Stern took photos of Marilyn. I really felt no desire to get my picture taken on that bed, but I’m glad my friends were more than willing to.

Posing with Marilyn and Bert in the background

Posing with Marilyn and Bert in the background

Not far from Gwanghwamoon station (Exit 6, walk up to the right) there’s a church I had never been to before. Growing up in France I probably wouldn’t have given it a second look but its distinct architecture really makes it stand out in Seoul.

Architectural contrasts

Architectural contrasts

Monica

Monica

Mirrors are fun.

Distorted mirror outside the church

Distorted mirror outside the church

I’m still not a fan of coffee but when it’s as nice as this, I sure can enjoy a coffee shop. I forgot its name, but it’s on the first floor of the C2 building up the street from Gwanghwamoon exit 6 (next to the Chosun Ilbo building).

AM

AM

And three of my favorite things about Seoul: 포장마차, food delivery service and public transportation. 포장마차 are cheap food stands that are often open all day and night. Food delivery is fast, cheap and no tips are expected. And public transportation is excellent (unless a kid next to you gets sick and pukes all over the floor).

포장마차, 신촌에서

포장마차, 신촌에서

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~ by nathanhendrix on August 26, 2009.

4 Responses to “Marilyn Monroe, Seoul”

  1. just stumbled upon your blog after reading brent smith’s latest post. i guess we have a mutual friend and both live in seoul? amazing photos!

  2. Do we know each other? Thanks for the compliment about the photos. How long have you lived in Seoul?

  3. no… we don’t know each other. i have been friends with brent for about 10 years and lived with him in china in 2006. now i have been in seoul for about 1 1/2 years!

  4. nathan! dude, i love the blog. also, there is a picture entitled “greetings” and the girl throwing up the peace sign is very cute. who is she- have you told me about her?

    i miss you and korea. if you stick around longer, i’ll probably be back. peace.

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