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Published: November 3rd 2006
Making Rice Cakes
The old-fashioned way
And, lest you think my Chuseok holiday vacationing was over after Busan, I will set the record straight. Indeed, I traveled to Gyeongju, Andong, and Busan, then back to Yeosu, but the fun didn't stop there. The Saturday of my return (the 7th), I was swept away to Nagan Folk Village by some friends of a woman with whom I volunteer at Sam Hye Won orphanage (teaching English to elementary kids). I went with a family who all lived in the US (Ohio) for 18 months-- father, mother, daughter, son. The daughter is in elementary school, and the son (who's English name is Sonny) is in middle school. They are all very proficient, so it was nice spending time with them, getting to know them, talking, etc. etc.
Nagan Folk Village was really cool. I've actually gotten to go twice, but both were equally fun because different things were going on. This time, they were celebrating Chuseok, so they had all kinds of traditional stuff. The second time, I went with an English teacher and his daughter for a food festival, so it was a totally different but equally wonderful experience (I'll explain more later).
So, there was all
Posing with the Mayor
Posing with the Nagan mayor and the Korean family who took me on the outing. Yes, even the mayor of Nagan dresses up and re-enacts (people still live with their families in the village, by the way... it's not just for tourists!)
kinds of cool reenacting and things like that going on. The village is a thatched-roof village with many displays and restorations, a museum, etc. It also has a nifty castle-type wall around it-- really thick and mean-looking-- which was fun to walk on. And it's also pretty cool that while many houses are open for touring and such (restored to how they were when a castle wall was necessary), many families still live in the folk village, so it's still operating on a modern basis-- just inside the walls, it doesn't necessarily look
So, there are bunch of pictures here of that. Afterwards, we went to a local temple. Overall, a grand time, good company, etc. etc.
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