Sunday, September 6, 2009

Currency and Today's Mini Adventure

Today Ian and I had a pretty lazy day.  We did try to see some parts of town that we haven't seen before, but it seems we've seen everything that's within an hour or so's walk.  We first tried to head in the opposite direction of downtown (to see what we could see :) ), but there wasn't anything in sight, so we turned around.  It's been terribly humid all day.  I wish it would just rain, but the clouds went away.
I've been meaning to show you guys what the currency looks like here, so I guess I'll start with that.
Here are the fronts of the bills.  There is also a 50,000 bill, but we're too poor.

The backs of the bills.  They are all different sizes, like the Euro... and probably lots of other currency.

The fronts of the coins.  500, 100, 50, and the two 10s.  The one on the left is simply a newer version.  Both are accepted.  Not that you'd ever use them, they're so small.

This picture sucks.  I had to turn off my flash because the coins kept reflecting.  There's a crane, a past leader (maybe?), wheat, and a pretty building.
Our walk today wasn't particularly fruitful, but it was good just to learn the city better.

Gas prices at a station near our apartment, won/liter.

We did get to see a crane playing in an irrigation ditch.  He kept jumping/flying in and out of the water.  It was pretty sweet.

Cups of ice sold at a Family Mart.  I couldn't find any prices.

Battling dehydration one giant water bottle at a time.

Tina invited us to a movie next weekend, so we stopped in to the theatre to check out the prices.  It's 6,000-8,000 won (about $4-5) a ticket.  That's Charlie Chaplin ("Charles spencer chaplin") on one othe internal doors.

That truck had two girls dancing in the back with blaring music.  We think they were promoting the grand opening of something.

A police informational building.  BTW, I didn't know that you weren't allowed to take photos of police stations in the states.  No one seemed to mind here... at least, that we noticed.

A shop selling traditional Korean dresses (hanbok).

Will it be food or substitute food for you, today, ma'am?

Santa Claus promotes radishes at a downtown  HomeMart.
GIANT soy sauce.

WE FOUND IT!  It's kind of pricey... but we bought some.  We need all the protein we can get.
I was going to include some thoughts on Korean public life and social behavior in this post, but I think I'll save it for later in the week.  Back to the grind tomorrow!


  1. Yay for peanut butter! I'd have to have care packages sent to me with peanut butter because I live off the stuff.
    That is a very odd product for Santa to be hocking.

  2. I know! The peanut butter isn't all that great, but it's better than nothing.

  3. So do you still want some Adams? (Making note to self to check out shipping prices for a case of it.)

    I'm really enjoying this. Good writing, Casey. Would love it if Ian would add a comment or two.