Strolling through an electronics market in Dongdaemun on a Sunday afternoon, we suddenly find ourselves thrust into a sea of plastic chairs by a cheeky old ajosshi turned self-professed taekwondo champion, who later threatened to fight us. We find ourselves immersed amid old, red-faced stallholders in a makgeolli tent, with seemingly nothing better to do than to eat ddeokbokki and lecture us about marriage and employment.
The last of the golden leaves has fallen, taking with them the fading hint of fall. But travelers and photographers should not despair. Groove Korea has found six lensmen who have braved the snow and sub-zero temperatures to share with you some of the best destinations around the Republic of Korea.
Our list includes everything from the top of Korea at Hallasan National Park to an ice fishing festival in Gangwon Province.
Damyang, South Jeolla Province — The first thing I see at the entrance to Samjinae Village is a huge oak tree. Through the shaded gates and amid the stone-walled lanes, the only things to be heard are our footsteps and the buzzing of bees. There are flowers everywhere — growing on rambling vines atop gateways and archways, peeping out at the bases of the walls and even towering above us in an overgrown courtyard, almost a Korean “Secret Garden.”
“Between Darkness and Light” runs until Oct. 21 at Seoul Arts Center. — Ed.
In a career spanning some three decades, Steve McCurry has seen and experienced more than most of us will in a lifetime. He has worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Cambodia, Burma and many other countries, boldly capturing images of civil wars in the Middle East, the devastation of the Kuwaiti oil fires of 1991, grounded Japanese fishing boats following the tsunami in 2011 and harrowing scenes of New York City firefighters and ambulances from 9/11.