Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cheonhodong

This post took place on June 10, 2010.

We went to Cheonhodong today to visit my parents' old neighborhood. They had houses here and a store in the market in the '60s and '70s.

The first thing we noticed was a knife store that up until 11 years ago was owned by the father of a close family friend.


They sold 10 years ago and the son of the current owner was tending shop.


I bought a knife.


I like the curve of it and the fact that it was made in shop. I'm hoping it will do well in the kitchen.

In Cheonhodong market we spotted a shop that looked like it sat on the site of my parents' old shop. They initially sold dried fish then switched to silverware and china. The current store is selling sheets, coffee tables, and housewares.


It's not as nice as the other markets I've seen, but it was interesting. I saw stands that only sold salt.


My mom says a place like that can survive because Koreans use a ton of salt for Kim Chi. I also saw a store that only sold plastic bags, complete with a mechanical plastic bag folder. And there was whole trunk (not just chunk) charcoal being sold.

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