Chuseok Holiday (Break)

September 24, 2013

in Academic Year 2013-2014, Asia, Lisa Xiong, South Korea

Chuseok: Korean Thanksgiving.

Chuseok: celebration of a good harvest.

When people ask the Koreans what Chuseok is, they usually just say that it’s the Korean Thanksgiving.  It is the equivalent of American Thanksgiving.

Day 1

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On the first day of my break, my friends and I went to Bukchon Hanok Village.  We wanted to see the traditional houses of the village.  We searched and searched to find a way into the residential area but we couldn’t find an entrance. Every ally we came across turned out to be a dead end.  We were, however, able to see the rooftops of the houses.  We decided that we should head to a different village.

We headed to Namsangol Hanok Village. There were multiple activities that we were IMG_1980able to participate in from making masks, wearing hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) to making a bow and arrow.  We roamed around in the village coming across children in hanboks, children wearing masks they just made and children practicing their archery skills with their newly made bows.

 

This is the mask I made!! =)

This is the mask I made!! =)

The masks the children made and eagerly putting in on.

The masks the children made and eagerly putting in on.

Next on the to-do list for the day was to visit Namsan Tower. Namsan Tower is a popular tourist site.  This site is mainly to attract couples.  At Namsan Tower the couples area able to buy locks and lock them at the tower.  The locks represent their love for one another.  Having the locks lock at the tower shows that they will always be together as long as it doesn’t break or fall off.  We waited in line to board the cable car that will take us to Namsan Tower.  It became dark when we finally arrive.  The tower shined a brilliant pink as we got closer.  We came upon the locks.  There were millions of them locked up on the fences.  The best part of Namsan Tower was the eligant scenery from the top of the tower.  The night view of Seoul was beautiful.  All the lights shining up the city was stunning.

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Finally, our last destination was the palace gate.  The lights illuminated the gates making it a beautiful sight.

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Day 2:

On the second day we headed for Lotte World.  Lotte World is similar to Disney land.  There were herds of people during IMG_2222this day.  We waited in line for two hours just for one ride.  It was so tiring just to wait in line.  After that one fide we kind of didn’t want to go on any more rides.  The lines were soooo long.  We rode the hot air-balloon, where we were able to view the indoor section of Lotte World.  We boarded when it began to get dark so everything was lit up.  Even though I only went on one ride, I had a wonderful time.  Even if there wasn’t a line I don’t even know if I would have been able to ride more than 2 rides since I have motion sickness and I don’t know if I would be able to handle the rides, since I never really went to amusement parks often.

 topview of the Merry-Go-Round So pretty


topview of the Merry-Go-Round
So pretty

The hot air-balloon ride 							we went on.

The hot air-balloon ride we went on.

The Two mascot for Lotte World ( I believe they are raccoons.)

The Two mascot for Lotte World ( I believe they are raccoons.)

Lotte World: Castel!! (.^_^)

Lotte World: Castel!! (.^_^)

Day 3:

After those two days, my friends and I were exhausted.   We decided to have a rest day to restore our energy.  For dinner, we went to have Korean BBQ.  It was delicious.

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Day 4:

On this day, we went to Naksan Park.  The artworks painted on the walls were beautiful.  As we climbed our way up, we were able to see the city.  We never knew how extravagant rooftops could look.  It was an amazing view, such a sight to see.  As we got to the top we were able to see the view of the beautiful sight of the city. This area was such a relaxing and calming place.

The view of Naksan Park

The view of Naksan Park

 

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