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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

restaurant panoramas

Getting good results with the panorama function of a camera in a restaurant full of customers is difficult due to the constant movement of people, and one should be happy to be able to attach the shots so that no-one's head is of double size or that none has two pairs of shoulders.

• The first one is a grilled fish restaurant on an alley in Dongdaemun market alongside six or seven similar places. This one must benefit from its auspicious location as the first one in the row, and that fact was, if I remember correctly, one decisive factor in choosing this very place. Ethnographical remark on the gender division of labor in the restaurant: the wife of the proprietor couple was responsible for the kitchen work inside with the kitchen hand, the husband grilled the fish outside the door. (Photograph taken on Dec. 21, 2006)
Restaurant in Dongdaemun, Seoul
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• The second one is one of the numerous chicken places in one alley at Dongdaemun marketplace, and not even the only place named something like Wônjo Halmae ("original granny's"). It has this homepage ("wonjodark"!) - Chin Ok-hwa halmae wônjo tak han mari. I appears that this is the most famous and most popular among the chicken restaurant competitors, and typically for Korea, had attracted imitators throughout the years; it had a note posted outside the door saying "we do not operate branches." Despite of the sophistication of the homepage, the restaurant is very down-to-earth. It was a memorable Christmas eve dinner, at least for its difference to how we usually eat on that day. (Photograph taken on Dec. 24, 2006).
Restaurant in Dongdaemun, Seoul
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• This kukpap place in the vicinity of the Jagalchi fish market in Busan was a pleasant place to sit down after strolling up and down the hills and alleys in the city for the whole day. This was taken on the same occasion as the current blog header photograph. If one's looking for Korean marketplace "authenticity", this place is it, and the kukpap, rice and diverse stuff in broth was good.
(Photograph taken on Dec. 30, 2006)
Restaurant in Jagalchi, Busan
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Another scene from my visit to this place: a man came to sell siraegi, radish leaves that this restaurant uses in the rice soup, in quite an aggressive manner. The restaurateur woman refused, and the man asked for a glass of soju which the woman gave him, apparently in order to be able to send him away. In the second picture, the siraegi peddler has drunk the soju and continues his route. (Photographs taken on Dec. 30, 2006)

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