Life between Ikseon-dong Alleys

Ikseon-dong is one of Seoul’s oldest area where you can find a hanok neighborhood. It is located in the center of Seoul, Jongno. This area has started to become hip between youngsters. Huge renovation to most of the hanok houses has turned this neighborhood into bar, cafe, restaurant, and cultural spaces while they keep the traditional sense. People might take some traditional tea after having lunch pasta in between the alleys.

I strolled some alleys last Sunday with drizzling rain.



February 4 , 2014


“Change, we don’t like it, we fear it, but we can’t stop it from coming. We either adapt to change or we get left behind. And it hurts to grow, anybody who tells you it doesn’t is lying. But here’s the truth: the more things change, the more they stay the same. And sometimes change is good. Oh, sometimes change is . . . everything.” -Meredith Grey

I come from a big city Jakarta, a huge city that I thought was quite advance in everything. I guess I was wrong. Comparing with another cities in Indonesia it is obvious that Jakarta is, but since I moved to Seoul a lot of things are different in many advance ways. I was afraid that I couldn’t adapt to the change but was so excited to experience it. An now I’m still in Seoul.. things keep changing but the more I stay the same I feel, and most of the changes here are good. Hopefully I will not fear to face what will I have later in my hometown later.

I hope to see subway or MRT later in Jakarta ^^

Seoul is not always about what you see on TV drama

I have been visited places in Seoul that you might not like it very much, or you won’t see it on your favorite Korean Drama or tourism ads. Interesting when I uploaded a picture on Instagram (@rikaty), some of friends from my country were asking whether there is that kind of place or district in Seoul.

I went to Mullae-dong district for a FIS meetup. This district is famous as iron and steel industry, also as art district or space. You might imagine a place related with iron or steel doesn’t look clean enough, and there is Mullae-dong. But in this area you can find some art studio or Korean artist and I might revisit this place again to put the story here.

Here are some pictures from Mullae-dong district on weekend, and weekdays should be more interesting. I took some of this pictures from rooftop of a building where they put all the trash just right there. I’ll post more pictures that represent more later after my revisit to this district.

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Night lights

It is almost the end of November and some people have been feeling the Christmas is about to come. Cities have been started glowing at night with all the lights decorations, and Seoul is one of them.

We spent last Saturday night to catch some lights, and Tanya loves them very much. It is her first time to see so many lights decoration in the middle of city especially in cold weather. More lights and colors to come, hopefully I could take her again and the temperature should be friendly (I bet not), so more pictures later.

There was the time when I liked to take unfocus lights… and now I found them again…