Pottery Date

Korea is a country that’s insanely couple friendly. Everything is done in pairs. There are even some restaurants that only allow you to order certain dishes with a minimum of two servings. Although this can be a huge pain if you’re single or just enjoy eating alone from time to time, you never run out of ideas of things to do on dates.

Recently, my fiancé Andrew and I celebrated our fourth year together. We decided to commemorate the day by trying our hand at painting. There is a little artistic courtyard in the middle of Insadong (인사동) called Ssamjigil (쌈지길). There, you can shop for hand crafted items, snacks, or like we did, make your way down to the basement level where there are various arts and crafts that you can make yourself. They include painting pottery, melting glass bottles and turning them into useable items, making soap, decorating cakes and more. We chose pottery since I had recently destroyed several cups and bowls while washing them.

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There was a shelf with various cups, pots, bowls, etc. that we could pick from. The prices varied depending on our pick. We ended up choosing the soup bowls, which came up to around 30,000 won for two (probably the most expensive two bowls that I now own). The lady at the counter gave us the run-down on what not to do, gave us some paint and brushes, and we put our creativity to the test. The entire process took less than an hour. I ended up with a blue mess of things while Andrew gave birth to a cute, but gory eat-out-of-my-head creature.

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They bake the pottery and mail it to your home so we still haven’t seen the finished products. They’ll be arriving next week and I can’t wait to see how they turned out. The entire process was very therapeutic and I would definitely recommend others to visit Ssamjigil and check out all of the booths.


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