South-korea Travel Stories, Page 3

Hotel California Seoul Korea

Hotel California Seoul Korea
“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”
- The Eagles Rock Group

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Seoul, South Korea
Friday, September 26, 2008
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It is very easy to get caught inside a Hostel in Seoul, South Korea, it is like an addiction you do not realize you have acquired. We live in an aquarium here in Seoul the Korean people look in, and we look out, however it all through a thick layer of cultural glass, there is no touching.

Once per day the residents of the Hostel feel obliged to walk around and make a futile attempt to do something touristy.

A groups was going to the bar last night, and one fellow said,
“we are going to walk to something close?”

Everyone understand, we cannot go far away or we would have trouble finding our way back to the Hostel. The level of communication between the locals and the tourist in this country is at an all time low in the world, there seems to be no desire for social interaction from either side. We are really here to just look a them, and allow them to look at us.

Therefore we can never leave the nest of our culture, when people check out, they leave the country. They only people moving around are people who have met a Korean in another country and came to visit. People have a guide or they do not go visit Korea, there is no wondering around except by walking.

I have decided to just hang around in the Hostel until the September 30 when my plane leaves for Japan. I will just walk around and look at them, I cannot be bothered on a planet with 242 countries to force the play in one country to make friends.

ONE INTERPRETATION OF THE SONG BY WIKI
“The song's lyrics describe the title establishment as a luxury resort where "you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave." On the surface, the song tells the tale of a weary traveler who becomes trapped in a nightmarish hotel that at first appeared inviting and tempting. The song is generally understood to be an allegory about hedonism and self-destruction in the Southern California music industry of the late 1970s; Don Henley called it "our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles and later reiterated it is basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_California_(song)

Hotel California Seoul Korea


Do Not Walk in my Bed

Do Not Walk in my Bed
Removing Shoes in Asia tradition, I heard a clue here to why Asian often do not want shoes in their homes. In Asia a person is often required to remove their shoes at the door.

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Seoul, South Korea
Friday, September 26, 2008
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There is a need for heat in South Korea, in the past they would elevate the floors and build fires under the building. They would sleep on the warm floor where it was warmer and not want people walking in their bed.

Traditions often cannot be explained by locals, however traditions can be enforced violently. They are not a big problem, more of an annoyance, and I do my best to accommodate unless they interfere with my traditions or morals. For example, I am not going to treat women as servants or objects just because the local men feel women are furniture.

I tend to feel that sleeping on the floor is the essential reason people do not want you to wear shoes in homes. Plus if you realize in tropical areas, in the past there was only one room, the bedroom and all cooking, living, and eating was done outdoors.

This tradition is slowly disappearing, however there are many individuals who still maintain traditions long after there is value for no reason.

Here is a tradition of Nepal explained.

Do Not Walk in my Bed


National Geographic Earth Explorer Backpack

National Geographic Earth Explorer Backpack
I walked into a Camera shop here in Seoul and happened up on a National Geographic Backpack, being the semi-paparazzi person I am I pulled out my camera and took photos. Quite a funny experience to be taking photos inside a Camera shop.

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Seoul, South Korea
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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I felt a sense of sadness and let down when I inspected this Backpack by National Geographic. I have always held National Geographic is high esteem, however this backpack was a complete emotional letdown, a true disaster.



The name of this bag is the “Earth Explorer Backpack.”




In my experience, the further you get from civilization, the more you need a secure bag to protect your valuables from theft. I am an explorer in many ways, I truly feel this bag is about the last bag on the planet would ever consider using.



National Geographic



I would say a marketing gimmick, playing on the Safari color stereotype of some old time Tarzan movie.

National Geographic Earth Explorer Backpack


Korean Sundial

Korean Sundial
In the Changdeokugung Palace here in Seoul, Korea I saw a sundial, I have been reading a little trying to understand sundials, as best I can understand it also tells the seasons.

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Seoul, South Korea
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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This was in the Palace near the sleeping quarters of the King and Queen, although presently Korea has no Monarchy.



The bowl shape is intriguing design for a sundial.



This type of post is a great subject for a Travel Journal, the reason is this, some people read a blog like a newspaper, whatever is new is important, then they throw is away and the page dies forever.

This post has a very long shelf life, because many hobbyist, students, teachers and other people will always have interest in Sundials. Whereby this type of blog post will give continuous traffic for years to come to my site. And normally this type of object is for the most part ignored by the other people with cameras., I on the other hand consider it in many way more important to a Travel Journal than the Palace. If you seen one Temple Palace, you seen them all… hehehe

However it is not common to find a Sundial, I some days feel like I am just a collector of clues to long stories that need to be told.

SUNDIAL
Hemispherium
Jang Yeong-sil - Korean Sundial
List of sundial mottoes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sundial - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Korean Sundial


I Have an Embarrassing Ugly Website

I Have an Embarrassing Ugly Website
There are two Graphics people in Hostel, one from England and the other from Australia.

They both ask me,
“How many hits do you get on your site?”

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Seoul, South Korea
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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I am actively searching for CSS and Graphic worker in India, we have advertisement and are taking applications.
Hobo Jobs

Hmmm…. let me think...

How many Hits do I get per day?

This question is a humorous question for me, and truly a question I do NOT want I want to hear from a potential people to work on the site. These two gentlemen are not potential workers, however may have the proper skill sets.

I have about 400,000 hits per day on the two site, HoboTraveler.com and HoboHideOut.com.

Why do I not want to hear this question?

I Have an Embarrassing Ugly Website


Busy is Good and Slow is Bad

Busy is Good and Slow is Bad
I have calmed myself down, Seoul, South Korea is in many ways the same as the USA, they look Asian, however all are crazy busy.

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Seoul, South Korea
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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In my opinion, the first world countries have a dreadful problem and I see no solution. They believe busy is good and slow is bad, a person that is doing five things at one time is considered high status, while a person that sits around is low status.

Everyone in Seoul seems insanely occupied with the business of doing something, the same as the people in the USA, Europe and probably Australia, although I have never been to Australia.

I do not talk with South Korean people, I have no way to talk with Korean people here in Korea, there is no place I know of other than a bar to meet them socially. I did meet them in Taiwan, and I think maybe if I went to China, Singapore or Hong Kong and stayed in Hostels I would meet Korean people maybe. They are many in the Philippine and Thailand however they seldom talk with the non-Korean people.

I have however slowed myself down, retracted completely into the Hostel social life, and just walk around outdoors to look at Korean people in a window shopping way. There is no way to take taxis, the only easy form of long distance transportation is the subway, however there is nothing relaxing about getting on the subway, more less leads to the “busy is good and slow is bad” mental confusion, therefore I am also staying away from the subway as best I can.

Many of the tourist in the Hostel also have this mental problem believing “busy is good and slow is bad,” therefore when they get out their five map, two guidebooks and start to say,
“you must do this, and you must do that.”
Well, I know they are have the malady, and I avoid them.

There are very few must in life that bring happiness to my life, I am 100 percent postive there is no must see in Travel, it is insane to give yourself an order,
"I must see this,"
"Who are you and why are you give me orders, what give you the right SELF."

I almost left Korea for Japan, and I thought to myself,
“meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”
Japan could be worst than Korea, or probably just the same.

Look hard for me to avoid, this “busy is good, slow is bad” mentality is an addictive behavior malady, society truly enforces this norm, they can totally ostracize and berate anyone how is sitting around doing nothing all day reading a book or talking, while looking at old things I do not care about is considered of great value, while talking with people from all over the globe is considered lazy.

I have talked for hours now with Japanese people while in Taiwan and Korea, I tend to believe when I get to Japan the conversations will stop. I talked more with Korean people in Taiwan than I do here in Korea.



Korea is like the wheel in a Hamster Cage, if you are not thinking, you can climb in the wheel (subway) and start running nowhere.

High density of people per square kilometer is a sure sign of the existence of Hamsters.

SLOW IS GOOD BUSY IS BAD
Happiness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Happiness Quotes Happiness Quotations Happiness Sayings Wisdom Quotes
Happiness
History of Happiness
I Am Happy
imageHammy Excersising.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Life is Easy
Philippines Smile for No Reason
The Outside World
What would you do if you was a Millionaire
World Database of Happiness

Busy is Good and Slow is Bad


Changdeokgung Palace Seoul Korea

Changdeokgung Palace Seoul Korea
In Seoul, South Korea within a 10 minute walk from my Hostel near the Anguk Subway station is the Changdeokgung Palace. I walked over there today with my new friend Rowley from England to take a English language tour for 3000 Won, about 3 US Dollars here are many photos.

“Changdeokgung (Changdeok Palace) is a palace set within a large park in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty and because of its location east of Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeokgung is also referred to as the East Palace. The literal meaning of Changdeokgung
is "Palace of Prospering Virtue".”
Changdeokgung on Wiki

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Seoul, South Korea
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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This is my type of tours, less than two hours walking distance from the Hostel and cheap enough to enjoy without a question mark.














I have no idea why, but there were many men in Suits.





















The women on the right was the Korean Guide speaking English, the girl on the right was in front of Rowley and me the whole way, and I made sure to include in photo because she help me and Rowley to enjoy our tour.




This is the Lotus Pavillion, if you have been reading, you will remember a post about the Lotus being the flower of the Traveler ever reoccuring theme in my travels.
The Lotus the Flowers of the Traveler

CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE
Changdeokgung - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Changdeokgung Palace Complex - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
National Heritage - Changdeokgung
Official Site of Korea Tourism Org. Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon

Changdeokgung Palace Seoul Korea


Korean Turnstile Olympics

Korean Turnstile Olympics
I am in training here in Korea for the “Korean Turnstile Olympics,” whether I want to join the team or not, they have recruited me.

TURNSTILE
“A turnstile, also called a baffle gate, is a form of gate which allows one person to pass at a time. It can also be made so as to enforce one-way traffic of people, and in addition, it can restrict passage to people who insert a coin, a ticket, a pass, or similar.”
Wikipedia.org

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Seoul, South Korea
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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Steve Altfeder from Great Neck New York, while attending Indiana University, Bloomington taught an Indiana farm boy of 18 by the name of Andy a term he would never forget.

“Turnstile Olympics”

A street smart kids of New York, he explained first what a turnstile was, then proceeded to explain the Olympics. He had his own shirt that represented the New York City Turnstile Olympics Team and a shirt to this day I want to own.



This is a Turnstile, singular and stops you from walk in our out of a the Seoul Korea Subway or Metro, you know, the train that goes fast underground.



How does the “Korean Turnstile Olympics” work?

It is all about timing, when you are walking down the steps into the subway you can hear a train fast approaching, however there is a line of Turnstiles between you and the train. You have a choice, you can buy a ticket, or you can start running and JUMP the Turnstiles running as fast as you can you slip into the Subway car as the doors close and you are safe.

If you get caught, you lose, if you make it you win.

I have been entered into the Korean Turnstile Olympics, too weird for words, however there are two problems. I am Indiana Farm boy, it takes me awhile to figure out how this mass of people slam themselves into a turnstile and how the system works.

FIRST TRYOUT
My first attempt to use the Korean Turnstile was the airport, I paid the ticket counter, tried to enter the little paper stub the gate to the left of me open, then closed, some women comes and show me, and it refuses to open. Hmm, I decided, I paid, I am jumping it and proceeded to jump the turnstile with a airport full of people watching this man with two large backpacks make it over successfully.

SECOND TRYOUT
I walked up to the ticket counter, said the unpronounceable name of my destination to the Korean guy who did not care to know, he says 1100, I pay him and enter the turnstiles successfully. Good, I do not look like an Indiana Farm boy who has no reasonable need for this apparatus on a Farm.

However, when was ready to leave the subway, I put my ticket in the turnstile the same as everyone else and it start to buzz… hmm, not again, what is up with these turnstiles. I look at it, say what the hell, and jumped it again, not to be delayed by some machine.

I asked the person with me what the problem was and she said,
“I guess you did not pay for the right stop.”

I realized, I had cheated the Korean Subway system out of some money, the true goal of the “Turnstile Olympics.”

I miss my friend Steve, wish he was around to enjoy this good fun.

I can imagine myself in New York as a boy running to truly hurdle the turnstiles as would have been a lot easier a teenager.

Ok Korea, the USA has successful competed in the Korean Turnstile Olympics and won, we will not be stopped by machine or need of tokens of a few rules that need to be broke.

Here is a Video below, if you cannot see it please go to the online version of this blog of some boys jumping the turnstiles.



TURNSTILE
'Messing With Their Turnstiles' - New York Times
How Things Work What I Learned in Jail Last Night
I fought the law and the law won - a set on Flickr
NationMaster - Encyclopedia Turnstile jumping
NYC; If Turnstile Balks, Who Is Fare Swiping - New York Times
Turnstile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
YouTube - New York City Subway Turnstile Jumping

Korean Turnstile Olympics