Date night this week was to Janganpyeong Antique Market (also know as Dapsimni Antique Market). Hubby found the info about this market in the paper; we get the International Herald Tribune. He said the article talks about more than 120 antique stores in three buildings. It gave directions and said that visitors don’t know this area as well as InsaDong because visitors have to enter the buildings first to find the stores. It says that they only get one foreign visitor per day and is a much quieter area of the city. The article also says there are twice as many antique store here than in InsaDong. Well, of course we had to check it out and be their one foreign visitor for the day. (If you live in the area and want directions just let me know and I will get them to you) The first building we went into wasn’t as big as we expected, but the antiques lined the halls, and all the stores were busting at the seams. They had the most beautiful double doors, the type Hubby wants for the entrance to the courtyard in our dream home. The second building was about the same as the first, not as big as expected, but still tons upon tons of beautiful antiques. We found a wonderful long, slender table with a marble top we would love to have, but have no idea where we would put it. It is on the list and we might have to go back for it…..we will see. To find the 3rd building we had to venture out a little further, but it was pretty easy to find. Here we hit the jackpot. There were so many stores in this building, however we were running out of time and did not get to explore the entire building. We only hit a few stores on the main floor; we know there were at least 2 more floors full of antiques, if only we had more time. We will go back when my mother-in-law is here. She will love this place; the only problem will be if she finds something, how on earth will she get it home? In the last building we found an amazing chair, I am sure it was made for a giant. It was so large you could fit at least three people on it comfortably. It was so high that it had a stool to pull out to climb up on to it. It was all wood, with hand carvings all over it. If I only had a nice cool 5G lying around.
Here are a couple of shots I took while out that day….this mask was about half the size of me.
And this statue was just too funny I couldn't resist.