Cylinders of Seoul for cake eaters, roof spotters and tree huggers

Thursday was a day of cylinders.
Tea cakes shaped like old tiles
with a gutter in front
but more tender and more tasty.

Four coloured roll cakes in a specialty tea shop in Seoul

Roll cakes in a specialty tea shop in Seoul

Real tiles in Bukchon Hanok Village
are heavy enough to anchor a home
tight to the earth in storm.
The word “typhoon”
is a cylinder.

Traditional tiled roof on an old-style Korean house in Bukchon Hanok Village. Curved black tiles over white clay.

Solid as! Traditional tiled roof on an old-style Korean house in Bukchon Hanok Village.

Sunrise reddens the red trunks
of pines outside my door.
So wavy and so wayward
hard to believe they are rigid.

red trunks of Korean pines match an orange roof at Seou Art Space Yeonhui

In sunlight the red trunks of Korean pines match the orange roof of a building in Seoul Art Space Yeonhui


Photos and travel notes from Seoul Art Space Yeonhui by Rachel McAlpine. Sharing is good.

15 thoughts on “Cylinders of Seoul for cake eaters, roof spotters and tree huggers

  1. This brought back some fond memories of my recent visit to Seoul.

    1. Glad to hear that.

  2. simplywendi says:

    thank you for sharing such beautiful photos. looks like a beautiful country.

    1. Thank you Wendi! Seoul is full of lovely surprises.

      1. simplywendi says:

        sounds wonderful.

  3. I love the tea cake, roof tiles analogy… rather beautiful!

    1. You see it too, I’m sure! After all, you showed me 🙂

  4. Sadje says:

    Beautiful pictures and your post. Thanks for taking us to Seoul.

    1. I never intended to blog while I was here, but in the end I couldn’t resist popping up little notes and pics.

      1. Sadje says:

        The best thing about your short posts is that I read them instantly.

  5. Somehow the trees look more edible than the cakes!

  6. Im really enjoying these delightful cameos – or pameos? (Cameos in the form of poetry).

  7. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for bringing us along with you!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I am sitting here trying to figure out how those bakers did that. Awesome food as art.

  9. Joared says:

    Looks delightful!

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