Sunny Summer Days in Gwangju-si, South Korea

The beauty of little Gwangju-si is becoming more and more apparent to me the warmer the weather gets. It was just so hard to appreciate it when it was below freezing and a layer of dirty snow and ice covered everything. But now, the sun is shining, people are out in the streets enjoying the city, and the kids are treating the whole city as their personal playground.

View of Gwangju

The other night when Matt and I went for a walk around town, we came upon a fountain we’d never noticed before, full of children who were ecstatic to be playing in the water on this hot day. Some things easily pass through language barriers–a smile, a welcoming gesture, and the worry-free laughter and play of children. Little moments like this, we feel less like outsiders, and more like members of this community where we live.

Rice paddies in Gyeonggi-do Gwangju

Rice paddies in Gyeonggi-do Gwangju

macro flower

Korean flags

Fountain in Gyeonggi-do Gwangju

Boy in fountain in Gyeonggi-do Gwangju

boys in Gwangju-si fountain

boy riding bike in Gwangju-si fountain

Girls in Gwangju-si fountain

Girl in Gwangju-si fountain

Two girls in Gwangju-si fountain

Which one is your favorite?


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5 Responses to “Sunny Summer Days in Gwangju-si, South Korea”

  1. Claire June 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    I feel like it’s hard to appreciate anything when it’s freezing cold! Warm weather is my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the shot of the boy on the yellow bike, riding through the fountains!

    • Andrea June 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

      I know, I really dislike cold weather! I moved away from where I grew up partially because of the freezing cold winters, then I got spoiled by the tame winters in Seattle…which ruined me for Korea. Seriously, I’ve never felt anything so cold! We literally get icy winds rolling down from Siberia. Not cool!

      Also, I love that boy too. He was so carefree on that bike! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Rachel June 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    I wish I could say Incheon is prettier now… it’s just not, in general, attractive…

    • Andrea June 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

      We thought the area around the Chinatown was really pretty! Not in the same way as Gwangju, but I love all the Chinese architecture, and that big park up on the hill above the Chinatown is gorgeous. Plus you guys have more food choices ๐Ÿ™‚


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