I was interested in visiting Seoul, given South Korea's reputation for its paper, Hanji. I found a couple of shops in the Insa-dong area, amongst the tacky tourist shops and restauranteurs touting for business.
The best shop I found is known as Ilsindang. As usual, its hard to find places using street addresses, but luckily I had walking instructions from another blogger (thanks!). Find Starbucks (easy), look across the road and up, and there it is. I could see the paper lanterns alight in the window....magic!
The shop was full of paper goodies - hanji papers, glues, brushes, templates. Unfortunately for me the people in the shop only spoke Korean, so I just had to help myself. I've still got a large stash of Japanese papers from my last trip so I had to restrict myself to just a few goodies.
I loved the lanterns, so have included a few photos here (I was thinking of you Ngaire....!).
|paper, paper, paper|
|more paper, almost overwhelming....!|
|I bought one of the plastic templates for this lantern,|
to work on at home
|Detail showing the beautiful paper|
|Like a beautiful rich pumpkin!|
|The pinholes in this lantern make a beautiful effect.|