Today, I packed my bags, cleaned my officetel (who wants to come home from vacation to a dirty apartment?), and went off to the opening day of the six-day Spring Hi Seoul Festival, coincident with Children's Day, a national holiday where the banks close and everything.
I'm not sure who I took my photo above with, but I can't resist the outsize mascot photo op. I know the dude below, however: he is Mr. Baek Won (100 won piece), part of a drive to get Koreans to contribute to worldwide relief efforts.
This was all at Gwanghwamun Plaza and Cheonggyechun. I was hoping to see some live music acts, but I was rather early in the day, I suppose--loads of stages are set up, so I urge my fellow Seoulites to get out and enjoy some free concerts!
Alas (well, not really), I will miss the Hi Seoul Festival action since I'm off to the Gulf of Siam for a week's R & R.