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July 15, 2013

Yongin, Suwon in Gyeonggi-do, and Samsung

Filed under: Field Trip,Seoul — geakorea @ 7:21 pm

By Yuni Choi, Ari Lyon, and Melina Sutton

Yuni, Melina, and Ari outside of the folk village

Yuni, Melina, and Ari outside of the folk village

We started off the day by hopping on a bus that took us from the Ewha campus to Yongin to visit a Korean folk village. The village is a recreation of what a traditional village looks like and the employees even dressed in hanbok, the traditional Korean clothing. As soon as we stepped into the village, we got our first taste of traditional Korea. Our tour guide showed us replicas of an herb store, the women’s quarters of a house, and stores that sold traditional household goods and crafts. They were even selling traditional goods such as wedding ducks and masks. Our TA Lucy bought a handmade shoe horn! The folk village had an area for people to play tuho, a game where one throws a stick into a canister. But our attention was easily diverted to the performance area where “Farmer’s Music and Dance” was going on. In this traditional dance, men wear hats with long ribbons on them and dance to the beat of drums. After that ended, there was another performance of a woman doing acrobatics on a tightrope. She started off by just walking across the rope and I thought that was the whole performance, but then she started bouncing and sitting on the rope while making her way across! Needless to say, the folk village was a favorite for many. While we have visited many places that display contemporary Korea, this let us experience traditional Korea.

Jae and Lucy

Jay and Lucy

The group added their wishes to the wish rock

The group added their wishes to the wish rock.

The village had cutouts of characters from movies filmed at the village. Yuni poses with one of them.

The village had cutouts of characters from movies filmed at the village. Yuni poses with one of them.

Korean wedding ducks

Korean wedding ducks

Farmer's Dance and Music

Farmer’s Dance and Music

After the Korean folk village we went to Hwasong Fortress, which was where Korean soldiers used to train for combat. We got ice cream and walked around the perimeter, which was a long stone wall with spaces built in for guns or other weapons to be placed. Our tour guide explained that when the fortress came under attack, the women living in the fortress would throw stones over the side of the wall to knock off anyone attempting to climb it and injure the soldiers below. This way they could still participate in the battle without being directly involved in combat. Hwasong Fortress has flags placed on each of its four gates, and the different colors of the flags represent the different cardinal directions. Blue is East, white is West, black is North, and red is South. Luckily, it wasn’t raining when we toured the fortress, so we still had a good view of part of the city.

Olivia fights on at Hwasong Fortress

Olivia fights on at Hwasong Fortress

After visiting Hwasong Fortress, we moved to Samsung D’light in Gangnam.

Samsung d'light

Samsung D’light

Samsung D’light is the fulfillment of Samsung electronic’s promise to share the joys of digital technology with customers. Here, we were able to see brand-new Samsung products and accessories and also experience its digital content. The name Samsung D’light combines the words ‘digital’ and ‘light’ and indicates “guiding light to the digital world” as well as delight and excitement.

Jasmine got proposed to by four men! Who should she choose??

Jasmine was proposed to by four men! Who should she choose??

If you type on one of the computers, the message shows up on the floor!

If you type on one of the computers, the message shows up on the floor!

Hanna playing a bicycle video game

If we touch the screen, it reacts and some circles appear. You can even touch it with your face. I tried that.

If we touch the screen, it reacts and some circles appear. You can even touch it with your face. I tried that.

This is the first floor of Samsung D’light. We also can explore phones like the Galaxy S4, tablets, and laptop computer.

This is the first floor of Samsung D’light. We also explored cell phones, such as Galaxy S4, Samsung tablets, and laptop computers.

“The imagination and freedom of youth – discover the creative soul inside of you” is the motto of the company. They say the mobile plaza is a space where we can feel free to create any content that we desire using Samsung electronics’ innovative devices.

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