Friday, 8 May 2009
A Kangaroo, in Jeonju
I set out today to go to the Jeonju Sori Arts Centre and the Zoo as they were close to one another. I had met an artist who told me about an Art Exhibition at Sori Arts - arts and crafts by women artists, and I did promise her that I'd go.
I managed to get a taxi and with my bit of paper with Sori Arts Centre in English and Korean, I set off. These complexes are on the edge of the city surrounded by dense bushland. The Art Centre is huge - a place for concerts, Art Exhibitions, (though all the galleries were empty), a shop, and lots more. I found some people who tried to find the exhibition I was talking about, and one guy even took me on a tour of the place (he spoke no English) and as we passed the bookshop, he took three art books from the shelves and gave them too me. I think they are old catalogues/exhibition details but they have great photos and information about local artists.
I set off to find the zoo, and was surprised that it was much closer than I had imagined. I had trouble working the vending machine to get a ticket, but a young man helped me, and I paid the 1300 Won entry fee. (About $1.30 Au) and set off inside.
The zoo is a huge area, and much of it is garden and as it is spring there was quite a showing. The animals were not a happy lot. They are in cages, just like old zoo's, with bare sandy floors and nothing of interest. They all looked bored and unhappy. I found three kangaroos lying in the sun - with some rather fun pop art behind them. I took a few photos, and wandered around in the thousands of school children, some of whom came up and shook hands with me, "Nice to meet you" or "High five". I didn't stay long - it was hot and I found it quite depressing.
Another cab got me home again and I bought some lunch at Domino's Pizza. That was quite funny as Domino's used to be near my apartment and the other day I noticed that the spot they were until last week had been completely demolished. They had moved into a new place close by. Very expensive and huge pizza's - and not being a pizza lover and thinking it might take me a week to eat one, I chose the spaghetti bol., which I carried home in its neat little box with a red ribbon.