When I came to Korea to teach English, the first thing I noticed was how many parks there were. Every city block seems to have a small patch of land or park. Trees, grass, and benches are everywhere. What’s better is that they are spotless. (Even in Seoul, where I spent my first week, the parks were clean). In Daegu, where I am teaching English and living now, this is also the case.
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Welcome to the second part of my blog, which will continue looking at Daegu's International Body Painting Festival (If you missed out on Part 1 you can view it here).To recap: Once a year, in Duryu Park (which is in Daegu) artists from all over the world including: China, Japan, Korea, and America come here for this two day event. There are two categories, the first is body painting and the second is fantasy make-up. This blog will look at the body painting. The best part about this amazing festival is that it is completely free. From walking around the open tents, where you can see the artists sketching the outlines and then painting the models, to the staged show, which is several hours long, to the award ceremony and fireworks - you don’t pay a cent (or Korean Won as the case is here). The prizes for the winning artists are quite generous too, with first place worth nearly $10,000 or €7,500, so the fact that there is no entry fee for visitors is amazing! Festivals like this are very common here in Korea, which is great news for us English teachers.
Every year in Daegu, South Korea there is an international body painting festival. As this was my first time being in Korea for it, I was eager to go along and see what all the excitement was about. All the other English teachers at my school, who were here last year (and some the year before) said that the festival was a must-see. Well, they were right. The festival was very impressive. From the very detailed paintings to the shows they put on, everything about this festival was great. The atmosphere was electric and the crowds, which were made of thousands of Koreans and Foreigners alike, were all in good spirits.
(Given Daegu's nickname, Colorful Daegu, the location was quite appropriate)