Last week, I posted part one of my blogs on the annual Lotus Lantern Festival, thrown in honor of Buddha's Birthday in Seoul. After we spent some time last weekend walking around Jogyesa and taking billions of photos of the lanterns, it was time for my favorite part of the festival: the Lantern Parade.
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Every spring, in honor of Buddha's birthday, Korea throws my favorite of all its festivals: Yeon Deung Hoe (연등회), or the Lotus Lantern Festival. It runs for almost an entire month, with the best festivities happening on one weekend. This past Saturday and Sunday, the 26th and 27th, was that particular weekend, so some fellow English teachers and I headed into Seoul to enjoy the gorgeous sights.
Before moving to South Korea to Teach English, the only K-pop I knew of was Psy and his HUGE hit, "Gangnam Style". I had no idea just how big this genre of music was until moving here. Now that I'm here almost a year I can tell you that Korean pop, or K-POP is a huge part of the culture, at least for the younger generation. In fact, Korean music in general has such a big impact on the people here, or at the very least, the students I teach. The other English teachers like it too (It's kind of a guilty pleasure!)
Spring!! Sweet Spring! Our salvation. The white of winter melts away, and we are left with so much! So much … free time. Sure, you had plenty of free time in winter, but it was cold outside. Now that excuse is thankfully not excusable. So what’s an expat to do? Here are five happenings in South Korea during the next month.
There have been a lot of festivals recently in Korea, and this one caught my eye especially because of the electric lights. The Busan Port Lighting Festival took place on Songdo Beach from November 8th to November 17th. Songdo is one of the seven beaches in Busan that I had not made it over to yet, so I thought I should definitely check it out when they have their lights on.
Korea has a real knack and penchant for festivals, which is something I've really come to love about living in this country. It seems like nearly every weekend there's something going on, and I've tried my hardest to check out as much as I can. But as November rolls back around, the Cheonggyecheon stream in Seoul lights up with fancy lanterns, signaling the start of one of my favorite festivals in Korea.
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A couple of weeks ago in one of my previous blogs I mentioned that Korea plays host to many festivals, and most of them are free to attend! Well the past month has been no exception. My next few blogs will focus on some of the festivals I have attended, culminating with the International Fireworks Festival in Busan at the end of the month. This blog, however, will look at the Gimbap Festival in Daegu, which a few English teachers and I attended two weekends ago. It was quite the sight!
Alcohol in Korea has been one of the more interesting things to explore while teaching here. And no, I haven’t explored alcohol while in the classroom. From the potent and cheaper-than-water soju to sweet, refreshing makgeolli, I’ve had fun trying all sorts of stuff including new western spirits and custom concoctions made by friends. However, amongst all these poisons, beer is still my favorite. And last weekend, I had the pleasure of trying some excellent brews at the Fall Beer Fest in Seoul.
It was Hangeul Day recently! So, we teachers were awarded the best surprise gift; a mid-week Wednesday day off. A day trip was quickly thrown together and we happened to notice that a Lantern Festival was happening not too far from Busan, in Jinju.