I live and teach English in Korea in Anyang, a satellite city of Seoul. Anyang is the 15th largest city in Korea with two major districts. Dongan district, where I live, has a major park (named Central Park), over a thousand after school academies, and two major strips filled with restaurants and bars.
This past weekend was actually the 15th annual celebration of Pyeongchon "first" street. No matter what town you go to in Korea, you'll find a series of neon lights on a strip filled with restaurants and bars. They usually refer to these strips as "il-beon-ga" or first street.
As you can see in the picture above, a stage was set up with thousands of chairs lined up for the audience. This two-day event featured a series of performances including, but not limited to singers, magicians, dancers, and comedians.
Some performances were better than others, but it was a great way for those starting out to showcase themselves. I've never seen my town so packed before. Restaurants were even setting up their business in the middle of the strip for people to sit on the floor and enjoy food while watching the show.
I'm not too sure if every town celebrates their first streets like mine, but if they do, it's something English teachers in South Korea should definitely check out!
Aeri Park has had a multicultural history taking her from Seoul to Buenos Aires to Atlanta and back again. She graduated Emory University in 2008 and wanted to experience the culture of the place she was born. Aeri arrived in Suwon in 2010 and is now enjoying her second year teaching for Chungdahm in Pyeongchon. So far she has most enjoyed the food, fashion, and never ending list of places to explore. Follow Aeri to see where she goes!