Check out these pictures I took of the shipyards just last year:
Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI):
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME):
Geoje Island -- or Geojedo (거제도), 'do'(도) means 'island' in Korean -- is the second largest island in South Korea (second to Jeju Island) and is filled with foreigners everywhere you look. Most of them obviously work at the monstruous shipyards or are visiting the ones who do. I like it how you can see so many foreign kids, of completely different backgrounds and cultures, playing and interacting with each other as well as with Korean kids, even though their English (any of the kids') might be poor or they might not speak it at all! I remember how my little Brazilian sister, who was just 5 years old back in 2002 when we were there visiting our dad, would make friends with other kids, Korean and foreign, in a heartbeat. She once brought this shy Korean girl (about her age) to my dad's apartment to introduce her to us. I remember my sister going like (in Portuguese): "people, this is my new friend! She can speak English! Listen!" She turns over to the girl and asks the only question my sister actually knew in English, "what's your name?", and the girl promptly replied! Haha. We were absolutely delighted.
For a long time, my memories of Korea were mostly of Geoje Island... Some beautiful memories that eventually brought me back to this amazing country, not to visit, but to live here. So, here I am.
I leave you with some more pics I recently took of beautiful Geoje. Enjoy.
In the center of the picture is London Pub, a good time on any night.
PS. HAPPY 2010 YA'LL! :)
I couldn't miss this little Korean boy posing for a picture by this huge 2010 ice sculpture outside Hyundai Department Store, in Ulsan City. :)