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.