There’s a special place in Korea in an inconspicuous corner of the Coex Mall, which is called the Kimchi Field Museum. Inside, you can discover the history ingredients, and benefits of kimchi, as well as sample 8 different varieties. Moveover, there is a unique photo opportunity which I first encountered in 2007 with the welcoming and generous, “Kimchi Lady.”
Later that summer, my brother Derek and his friend Charlie made that same unforgettable pilgrimage.
Five years later, in their inaugural visit to Korea, I ushered my parents to this same revered site. Although they actually showed some indifference about visiting the museum, before walking out the door they had confessed their liking for kimchi and paused for their moment with the kimchi lady. As you can see, in the past five years she got a new pink hanbok. Also, her hand and chopsticks had been replaced and were now covered in glue, because apparently not everyone respects kimchi like the Wittens.