Chuseok part 1, Hanok Village

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Week 38, from wensday, It was Chuseok (추석) in Korea. It is koreans most important feast throughout the year, that's why they have three days of holiday. From the beginning, Chusok was the celebration of good harvest. During this holiday the koreans visit their families and relatives, also visiting the family graves. It is a mixture of halloween and thanksgiving, and it is as important as christmas is for us.

                                                     Hanko village
Me and Erik wanted to take part in korean culture so we asked our friend Sue Kim to come with us to Namsangol Hanok Village. It is a small village put togheter with houses, from 1800-1900 century, from the whole of Seoul to preserv them.
No one of us had ever been there, but despite that Sue Kim still had alot to tell us about the houses and the old times. There was alot of peoples and so warm so we took a brake eeating Hangwa that Sue Kim brought. It is a speciall cookie for celebrations like theese and it is made out of rice.

                                                              Me and Sue Kim
After that we explored the houses and the area more. Alot of traditionell activites was going on, among others a drumming on a block of stone that the cildren could try out and traditionell arrow throwing into a vase, a old sport.

During Chuseok the family pust up a podium with food in order to honor their dead relatives. They bow infront of the podium and then let the food sit for on hour before eating it up.

This day many wore the traditionell korean clothing called Hanbo, but mostely small children. Must have been incredible warm.

When we finished walking around Sue Kim took us to the Insa-dong district for some korean traditionell food called banchan and contains many small sidedishes.

Insa-dong is a really cozy and nice area with alot of stores and many things to look at, I fell in love straight away. Sue Kim took us fuhter up in the district to the youtharea and there we had a latte on a roof terass while the sun set, with that view the day coulden't end in a better way.


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