First field trip - Yeonjin Traditional Folk Village and Hwasung Fortress, Suwon, South Korea.
So I started school a couple of weeks ago and Sogang University here in Seoul. And the first Friday of school we took a field trip to the city of Suwon to check out a folk village and the Hwasung Fortress which is a really impressive architectural feat if you know it’s history and it’s context.
Being that it is now monsoon season here in Korea, it was wet and cold and everyone had an attitude! But it was still pretty great, really relaxed. I didn’t get too many good pictures due to the weather conditions. Sorry.
And just a few quick notes on the last two pictures - the concert stage was set-up (apparently) for a rock band that I couldn’t get anyone to tell me about - there’s actually a fair amount of cool shows that go on this stage on the weekends especially in the summer. And then the picture of my friend Rock in a rice chest - well, there’s a story that a long time ago a Crown Prince of the Joseon Dynasty was wrongly accused by his father of various misdeeds and ordered to die locked up in a rice chest. He went mad and his screams could be heard from the rice chest for 8 days until finally he died. Now tourists can squish themselves in the rice chests too! Now if I had put the lid on that, Rock probably would have stopped smiling…