November 17, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
My mom drove us to the Yongsan US military base to get lunch and to pick up some supplies for my older daughter's birthday party. It's cute, really - my mom planned to throw a fun party for my daugther, so she invited her youngest niece to come over to play. The niece, who is attending a how-to-speak-english class decided to invite 11 of her friends to the party. Why not? What better way to learn english than by attending an American girl's birthday party? Very cute.

Yongsan, incidentally, means "dragon mountain." That would explain this sculpture I saw on the way to the Yongsan base:

And here's a couple of shots of my old high school I attended my junior year, located on the Yongsan base. It's a pretty ordinary looking school, really.

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Mark Glesne said:
How much for the dragon? Twenty, thirty... forty bucks?

I think it would look quite nice on my deck.


November 18, 2006

Luke said:
Cool pics bro. Keep 'em comin'. Or are you secretly in a bomb shelter right now because you know something that I don't know... If so I won't tell anyone... Then again I can't know conclusively so you'll have to send me a secret message like, "The bear is in hibernation" but not that one cause I just said it and the N. Koreans might intercept it... DEVELOPING...
November 19, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
Mark - sorry for the confusion. That dragon sculpture is the size of a house. I don't think that'll fit in my carry-on luggage.

November 19, 2006

Jill said:
i want more pictures. and you also haven't replied to my email!!!

hope you are all having fun.

see you soon!

Jill (using Luke's computer)

November 20, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
hey Jill! New pictures are up - we had to pause for a couple of days while we traveled down south to visit relatives. We're back in Seoul, though, and I should be able to each day that we're here. E-mail coming soon.
November 20, 2006

deel said:
I lived in Yongsan. I went to that very same high school. Across the street is a dog house and Burger King. At least it was there in the 80's. I'm actually looking for other pictures in Yongsan.

February 20, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
Hi deel!

I don't believe a dog house is still there... but that Burger King sure is. My mom is still in Korea -- maybe I can get her to take some pictures for me and I can either post them here or I can e-mail them to you. Did you want pictures on the base, or just in the Yongsan area?

February 20, 2007

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