|Houses in Korean Folk Village|
|Guardians Keeping Evil Spirits Away|
There are various shows staged every hour during the day, demonstrating arts of the period. When we arrived, the Farmers' Dance had just begun. This was a combination of traditional music, dance, and juggling. The music of Korea is not on the top of my list, but the dance was fun to watch.
We then took a walk and the guide showed us the building that would have been the court. She told us about the various punishments that would await someone who committed a crime. Some were similar to European stocks. There was also a jail with dummies in the cells. They all wore a long board on their necks with only a hole for their neck.
Our guide then took us back to the show area to see an equestrian show. Riders brought their horses into a circular arena and performed various stunts. They were very good. It's hard to explain so you'll just have to wait for my video.
Next we had time to visit a set of buildings that would have been the home of a wealthy man. Near the gate there was a small one room building for servants. All the buildings were only one room deep, and all were entered through a door facing the central courtyard. Moving clockwise around the courtyard, the first building was for the husband. There was a bedroom and a study. The kitchen and storeroom appeared to be next. At the back of the courtyard were the rooms for the wife, husband's mother and children. They were heated by a fire built in a room to one side, with the heat directed under the floor to the rooms next to it. The buildings on the opposite side of the courtyard from the husband's rooms appeared to be more storage.
The last show we saw was a reenactment of a traditional Korean Confucian wedding. This was an interesting ceremony. It was narrated in Korean, so our guide explained it to us before the show and we just had to try to follow along. Two women assisted the bride in getting up and down. They have no chairs, but squat when they are at rest. The "priest' was in the middle and two attendants stood at the sides to assist, bringing cups to the bride and groom to drink from.
|Korean Wedding Re-Enactment|
We saw another building after the wedding, which our guide said explained how they make kimchi. There were large pots around it that she said the kimchi was stored in for up to 3 years.
|Kimchi Preparation & Storage|
It's about 5pm now and we should be leaving the pier any minute now. The captain announced that the seas are going to be a bit rough tonight, so they postponed the show with the ship's dancers until tomorrow night and are putting on a comedian instead. The crew show is still scheduled as an early show at 6pm though. I hope we aren't out in the rough waters yet when they are on the stage.