Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Much Anticipated (and Slightly Disappointing) Korean Folk Village

The first thing I see: traditional Korean vending machines (if you're not a fan of cynicism, maybe you should skip this post... it only gets worse)

Traditional Korean caged dogs... they were really cute.

OK, so maybe the work cow was traditional and Korean, but it was completely tied to this one spot all day, and people kept poking it with sticks. And flies kept biting it, but it couldn't get at them because it was tied to tightly. And at this point I teared up. Poor little cow, you could see it getting more enraged as each moment wore on.

Traditional Korean wedding (complete with microphones)

There was a lot of bowing involved- bowing, while a priest of sorts chants with another priest echoing what the first one says.

This is where I started having fun; I bought a wall hanging in the old Korean Hangeul script that directly translates into "Get Somewhere". For two bucks it's a good way to decorate my walls!

The baby in this picture was mesmerized by the water wheel.

The white blob on the bottom of the water is a massive goldfish. They just live in the river or something.

Rice fields, almost ready for harvesting (or ready; I'm not a rice farmer- clearly. I'm barely even a teacher!)

Traditional Korean tin cans.

Waterfall under a bridge

The ducks had funny looking heads; they were really funny.

This was actually pretty cool: the traditional dancers at the village beat their drums, did crazy summersaults and jumps, AND had strings attached to their hats (see the white string in the background?) that whirled around in time to the music. They moved the string by moving their necks and if they do this every day it's amazing they don't all have severe neck injuries!

The dancers/drummers/hat swingers in action

There was one lonely guy by the entrance who didn't dance; he just stood there playing a pipe of sorts. I tried to get this picture of him but my camera was dying- I thought he was funny.

Then the show moved on to a tightrope walker whos whole show consisted of pretending to almost fall down. Oooooh, Ahhhhh.

That was the villagey part of the village; after this my camera really did die and we went to the traditional Korean amusement park. Who knew the Vikings ever came to Korea? We went on the Viking ship ride, and the traditional Korean bumper cars, and then we ended the day with the calming traditional Korean swan boats. What a day; I feel fully informed on the entire history, culture, and traditional way of life of every Korean there ever was. The end.

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