No need to take pictures today. I’ll be exploring my local Daeheung subway station. I plan to go to the Soom Island cafe, then visit Sogang University, both mentioned in this post.

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A short ways from Sinchon Rotary, Daeheung Station serves Sogang University (서강대학교)and the surrounding neighborhood.  One of Korea’s most highly-esteemed universities, Sogang is a small Jesuit college, its undergraduate student population standing at around 11,000.

Sogang’s front gate is about a ten-minute walk up Baekbeom-ro (백범로) from Exit 1.  Because I arrived there just a week before Christmas, the campus was decorated for the season, including with a Korean-style nativity scene just inside the entrance.  Statues of Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, and company had been set in a thatch-roofed hut of the kind that you see in folk villages and occasionally even out in the countryside.  While livestock and an angel watched over the newborn Christ, strings of garlic, peppers, and soybean paste hung drying from the roof.  It was a unique take on the traditional scene, but one that I found rather charming.

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Behind the manger…

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