Nampodong, Busan, Monday morning 18 February: a quick stroll around the Jagalchi fish market before I catch the subway to Busan Station and buy a ticket for the KTX back to Seoul. As we pass through Milyang, setting for Secret Sunshine, I feel compelled to take a photo.
On arriving in Seoul, a quick bag drop in Insadong before heading off to Hongdae for the LKL / Korea Pop Wars meetup with Mark. After a pork katsu cutlet and a tour round the coffee shops, we find ourselves in a rather fine CD shop where Mark loads me up with all sorts of recommended listening. But I still can’t find Shinparam Yi Paksa!, the seminal work of disco ppongtchak.
Monday afternoon 18 February: subway back to Insadong. My fellow passengers and I are amused when a tiny ajumma starts pummelling a twenty-year-old stranger for some imagined slight. A stroll round Insadong (for the first time, I managed not to spend anything there during a trip to Seoul) and it’s soon time for the LKL / FT meetup with Anna at a western-branded coffee shop near the Sejong Arts Center. Back to Insadong for dinner with Chris, the kind Korean lady who had managed to get me a good deal at the Fraser Suites. The food at the renowned vegetarian restaurant Sanchon was superb; the strange entertainment including a kisaeng dance rather spoiled the atmosphere.