Monday, March 29, 2010

Street Scenes VII

The Deungchon-ro pedestrian crosswalk ...


... disappeared over the weekend. It was replaced by a regular zebra crossing and a stop light, which probably pleased vistors to the Deungchon shi-jang but irritated drivers:


I happened to be leaving the market today around lunchtime when I heard the drums playing and people wearing sashes milling about that means there is some kind of ceremony.

Turns out it was a ceremony opening the new crosswalk:




There was a series of brief speeches, sans ribbon-cutting per se, then the band led the assembled dignitaries, soldiers, police offficers and hangers on across the road ...


... where this was waiting for them:


Meorigogi, yummy!

5 comments:

조안나 said...

is that real????

Tuttle said...

Which part, Jo-Anna?
But, yes, it is all real, from the pig's head--often, new events, building dedications, etc involve meorigogi--to the fact they had a ceremony to open a new zebra crossing.

Korea is just lovely, I think!

SuperDrew said...

That is two pig's heads in one weekend, Tuttle! I'm kind of surprised they didn't put any money in the ears and mouth, though...don't they want the crosswalk to be successful? Jeez!

Tuttle said...

The same thought occured to me, too. Dunno why, but maybe the pig doesn't need to be bribed for public works as opposed to purely private undertakings?

Come to think of it, I took the pig's head photo before the ceremony made its way across the street, so maybe they did.

Mo said...

Wow, they really make a big deal out of a crosswalk there!