yes, those are real pig heads
Since Noelle now lives and teaches in Vietnam....she was able to come visit me in Korea on her week long vacation. We had an incredible time. She said that Korea was the funniest country she'd ever been to. What I think she means by this is the quirkiness of this country and the random and bizarre things and situations you encounter here. Of course she was also impressed by the nature and beauty of the surrounding mountains and temples. You can feel like you're out of the city in only minutes because the mountains and ocean are so close. They absolutely loved the food...even kimchi. I took them to what I deemed to be points of interest...such as visiting a love motel to see a dildo vending machine, the dong-dong-ju (rice wine) cave with giant penis sculptures, a Korean red-light district, the fish market, a pig head soup restaurant, a waterfall,some temples, national parks, and cliff side coastal walks. One of the strangest and rather funny things that happened to us was when I introduced Noelle to a couple of old Korean ladies, whom I joyfully exchange hellos with every night on my way home. I told them she was my chingu (friend) and they got so excited they jumped up and ran to us...then grabbed our boobs and started rambling in Korean doing some sort of comparison or something. Really strange. Then Noelle showed them her soju bottle and apparently they deemed it a gift because they snatched it right out of her hand and stashed it behind their chairs. I have tons of other stories from their visit but I will post some pictures instead of rambling on.
Steve tried a bondegi (silkworm larvae...bugs!)These are often served free when you order beer or alcohol.
He didn't like it
We found some old military bunkers on our hike.
An "eat the seafood while it's still alive" food tent.
a link to more photos of when Noelle was here