Every Friday, near where I live, there is an outdoor market, mostly food but also some other things (kitchen tools, etc.). Since I hadn't visited it in a long time, I decided to walk there today and buy some fresh tofu, some muk-chae, and some seaweed sprinkles. Here are the pics:
Yesterday--Thursday, November 13th--was the day for Korea's nation-wide college entrance exams.
Here is an interesting article about the tests and their importance/effects (considering that 640,000 students took the tests at the same time on the same day, they are clearly important, enough so to stop Samsung and Korean Air from functioning for a short time):
From one tent at the market (see post below) I bought this take-out bowl of acorn jelly, seaweed flakes, kimchi, and other healthy foods. It came with a bag of broth and a small bag of spicy stuff. I've had it before, and I like it (muk-chae; 묵채 , I think it is called; $4):
There were a lot of food tents at this market/festival, though few eat-on-the-spot types of foods . . . mostly healthy types of Korean foods such as nuts, kimchi, seaweed, etc. There was also a stage set up for performances; one older Korean man approached me and told me, in good English, that he was going to sing John Denver's "Country Road" and that I should come listen:
The last pic is of dried fish (on the left--I bought some) and octopus tentacles (on the right--I tried a small piece, and it wasn't as chewy as I thought it would be).