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A floating museum (+ giveaway)












I recently went on a spontaneous road trip to visit a very special museum with Ongdalsam’s founder, Mr. Godowon, and our head architects. Built on a mountaintop, Hansol Museum is located 275 meters above sea-level and neighbors a vast oak reserve. Designed by Japanese minimalist architect Tadao Ando, the concrete+limestone museum looks like it’s floating on a calm reflective pool.

I’m really looking forward to visiting the 20_20 museum designed by Tadao Ando in Tokyo, as my trip to Japan is just days away now. If you have any Tokyo recommendations, please do send them my way! It’ll be my first time in the city.

Can you believe my time in Korea is already coming to an end? In tribute to my motherland, I am hosting a giveaway of my Korean recipe zine!


“Playtime: Sewon’s Korean Kitchen” is a mini recipe zine of my favorite Korean food from childhood with my notes from the kitchen and lovingly photographed home-cooked meals. It’s my first cooking zine featuring fun recipes, including my own recipe for spicy Korean fried chicken and homemade pepero (Korean pocky).

pepero recipe http://mapsandfragments.bigcartel.com/

The giveaway features: a signed limited edition of my Korean recipe zine, a small souvenir from Korea, and an extra hand-written recipe.

Everything goes to one randomly chosen winner.

You only have to do two things:
1) Be a Maps and Fragments follower. It can be on any RSS readerTwitterBloglovin’Facebook, etc.
2) Leave a comment with a way for me to contact you.

The giveaway will be open until September 2nd, and the winner will be announced shortly after. The randomly selected winner is Louise. Congrats, and thanks everyone!


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    August 29, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I love the design of the museum – the outside looks so calm and peaceful! I’ve never been to Tokyo, but I heard it is incredible. Have a fantastic trip!!

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    Bui Thu Kon Kon
    August 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I just wanna say Thanks for every beautiful, inspirational journey you captured here 🙂

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    Katie (keitii_chan)
    August 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    It looks like you’ve really been enjoying your time in Korea, Sewon. Are you going to be staying there after the summer ends? I never thought about going to Korea before, but your posts (and some other random events lately) have inspired me to add it to my list of future destinations!

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    August 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    oh my god, that place is amazing !
    Can’t wait to see your Japan photos…

    your zine looks so cute 🙂

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    north creatures
    August 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    i love the design of your zines and those recipes look so tasty and fun!
    i’d love to enter your giveaway! 🙂

    this is my address: northcreatures@yahoo.com

    enjoy your last days in Korea and your trip to Tokyo!

    much love,


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    emmie rae
    August 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I have been loving your documentation of korea and wait eagerly to see how you will love tokyo!! if i have a singular recommendation it would be the fresh vegetarian lunch set at nomin cafe in shimokitazawa!

    emmie xx

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    Our Strange Nature
    August 30, 2013 at 1:31 am

    The museum looks amazing. I will have to remember to go there if I go to Korea one day.
    You’ve done a great job with your very first zine. Hopefully there are lots more to come!

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    August 30, 2013 at 3:18 am

    such a breathtaking view. I’d love to sit at one of those shaded tables and just watch the surroundings.
    and of course the building itself is gorgeous. Sewon have fun in Tokyo! I’m sure you will love it!
    Shishi Yamazaki is doing some interesting things next week in Shibuya (workshop, exhibition, artist talk).
    here’s the link http://by-rocket.tumblr.com/post/59280932090/70-2013-9-6-fri (in Japanese!)
    I might have the chance to meet her in September! And you said you were going to Kyoto also, right? Let me know if you’d be interested in some Kyoto recommendations (-;

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    August 30, 2013 at 5:04 am

    sewon, you’re always staying so creative! and I must ask – how do you get your pictures so lovely and bright?

    the zine looks amazing. I’d like to read it! my contact is sleepycouch at gmail 🙂

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    August 30, 2013 at 5:37 am

    that museum looks amazing! i sadly can’t give you any tips for Tokyo, but i’m sure you’ll be able to find the lovely places anyway 🙂

    and well..i’d love to enter the give away! it would be lovely to prepare for my Korea trip by trying (to make) korean dishes… 🙂 i follow you on bloglovin and facebook, and my e-mail address is heimarlou@gmail.com

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    August 30, 2013 at 6:50 am

    I already have your other zine and i would really love to have this one 😀

    this museum seems like a magical place!
    Have a great time in Japan <3

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    August 30, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Oh what a wonderful museum!! I should learn Hangul to understand their website, but it does look incredible! (I’m a bit of a museum enthusiast haha) I’ll be recommending the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo to you, when I was there in 2010 they had remarkable exhibitions. Oh and the Studio Ghibli museum in Mitaka of course, although I’m still dying to go there myself. Have a great time!!

    And I’d love to be joining that giveaway, the prize is so neat!! I follow you through bloglovin, you get my email through this comment right?

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    August 31, 2013 at 11:51 am

    ooh, i’m sure you will love tokyo, looking forward to your photos and reports!
    recommendations are pretty hard when there’s so much to love. first off, because your blogs suggest you might match, i guess you know about hellosandwich (ebony) – but just in case you don’t, check her blog and maybe her tokyo guide (which is sold out right now unfortunately), or maybe some of the other guides like this one she compiled for an airline: http://hellosandwich.blogspot.jp/2013/07/qantas-tokyo-article.html

    my personal advice would be to check out harajuku, which might sound boring after all the coverage the ‘main attractions’ like takeshita and / or the oh so super duper hidden indie places got in the last few years. it’s tourist-y, complete with ridiculous t-shirts and all the government-sponsored ‘cool japan’ promotion, but there are always some little corners left to discover.
    also seconding shimokita (although i’m not so sure how the new station changed the area, haven’t been there since february) and throwing in koenji, for everything from nice cafés to random shops and general shitamachi feel.

    i’m on a tight budget when i’m in tokyo, so i won’t be much use for restaurant recommendations, but you can always check the ‘travel’ (= food) guides you find in the magazines section in every konbini or tabelog rankings: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/ (if google translate fails, try something like rikaichan for mouse over-translation)

    also, for craft supplies, have a look at tokyu hands and loft, as well as sekaido (stationary & art supplies, a LOT of them), kiwa (beads, pearls)…or well, you could always check out the tokyo craft guide, i guess they have everything listed (http://www.tokyocraftguide.com/).

    enjoy the trip!

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    August 31, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    What a wonderful place!
    And hooray for the giveaway, I hope I’m lucky!

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    August 31, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Sewon,

    I love your beautiful photography and following your stunning travel adventures. Your zine is delightful!

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    September 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Dear Sewon, it’s so surprising that your time in Korea almost ends.. I thought there’d still be many, many stories from Korea for long time. And after this, where will the next adventure be?


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    September 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Oh my gosh your time in Korea has gone so fast! I hope you are having the best time in Tokyo – I’ve been loving your instagram pics!

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    September 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    hey! i’m a canadian living in south korea right now so it was a real treat for me to come across your blog. i’ve never heard of hansol museum before and would really like to check it out. i’ll definitely be digging into your archives this weekend! happy travels in japan! ^_^

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