Friday, April 23, 2010

Manseok Park

Andrew and I found a fabulous park about a five minute walk away from our apartment! We went there on one of our first nice days (it has since gotten cold again) but we believe this might be our favorite Summer hot spot! 

This is at the entrance of the park. We have driven by this countless times, and it is lit up with bright colored lights at night. 

A dad helps kids fire off a rocket. 

Apparently we live right by the Yeongchwacheon River. 

I'm not sure what these guys were working on... but they were definitely taking a break!

There were (grass-less) soccer fields! (Notice the fountain in the background... It was shooting up really high in the sky, but by the time we got to the lake, it had stopped running. I hope we can catch it another time)

The pavilion

inside the pavilion... all of these things have the same painting/colors on them!

Mountains in the background (for you Dad)

The soccer field... and apartments in the background. 

... and more apartments...

... and more apartments... (they all look the same all around Korea)

Public exercise equipment! 

Instead of lifting weights, you lift your body. 

Apartments, apartments, apartments!

(and apartments!)

This little guy is making the nearly mile-long walk around the lake. Its really uncommon to see kids in strollers here. They walk all around the city with their parents from when they are able to walk. It kind of makes you think that we really are lazy Americans... drilling it in at such a young age!

Can you see the waterfall?

Are those apartments over there?

I thought this little girl was SO cute. She had massive cheeks. I was bummed I never got a front-on picture of her. Her sister was wearing the same outfit and they were playing hide-and-seek. 

Her sister, hiding. 

Uh oh...

Two kids come to the rescue. 

Oh no! I've been spotted! 

This guy was seriously going to town on his work out... Korea jumpsuit and all! 

Those things on the bottom are not birds... those are all the spouts for the fountain. 

I have a try on the elliptical.

This kid was just riding the unicycle like it was no problem. 

This is the big central area where all the kids zoomed around on their motorized jeeps. These cars were available for rent, along with two person and four person bikes. These kids had almost no sense of steering or breaking, so we had to be on the constant look out. There were accidents all over. 

A driving lesson from dad.. 

Ahhh the open road... 

I think it might be a little too tall....

The Magnolia Trees and Cherry Blossoms were blooming! This one is near our apartment. 

Do not enter!

This is the road we live down.

This is an example of how much they try to utilize any free land for gardening. This is a small area next to an apartment building near our house. They plant vegetables here. It smells like raw sewage all the time. And, if we are lucky, if the wind is blowing just right, we get to smell it in our apartment! 

Our apartment building.

One of our favorite traditional Korean Barbecue restaurants is down this road next to our apartment. 

Do you think there are enough power lines? 

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