It was my second free day trip with the Chungnam Happy Foreigners. For those of you who missed it, my first one was a trip to an incredible Lotus Festival. I’m almost borderline obsessed with these mini trips now, and I cannot wait to do my third. I would have been writing here anyway, so it’s really just a bonus for me. It’s really impressive what you can find on Meetup, isn’t it?
Embarrassingly enough, I didn’t even realize what I had signed up for. I think I was just so excited to explore Korea outside of Seoul that I forgot to really look into it. I also have to wake up at the crack of dawn for these trips, So, needless to say, I was quite shocked (in a good way) for what the day brought me.
After a few hours of napping on the bus, we arrived at a place called Edenhills Healing Park. Personally, I’ve never heard of Edenhills before, and I wasn’t too sure what exactly it was. Apparently, it is a “cosmetics theme park”, or at least that was how it was described to me. (It smells really good!) We received a tour around the facility. We got to see boardroom, lab, and where the fish live for the eggs in the products. This was all really cool, as I love Korean skincare, and I really hope I get to go back as an actual guest to try out the full force.
I know this sounds odd, but it was really nice to see so much grass in Korea that was people and stuff free. I think that’s one of the things I miss most about the States. Even though it was an overcast day when I went, I can really imagine how beautiful and peaceful it would be on a nice, sunny day.
Outside, there is a really cool lush green maze, which definitely contributes to the whole peaceful and healing effect.
Inside the second building, there is a super cute cafe, and, of course, a gift shop. It’s actually a very nice gift shop, with well crafted items. The whole interior gives off a warm, cozy vibe. It’s very aesthetically pleasing. Also, inside, you can make your own soaps! For someone who is a sucker for handmade soaps, I was so happy to see this. I really wish part of the trip/tour was to make your own soap, as this would have been my dream come true. However, it just shows me that I have to go back soon.
The second stop on our day trip was completely different from a cosmetics theme park. It was a shrimp festival. Not just any shrimp festival, I’ll have you know. It’s the Hongseong Namdanghang Port Jumbo Shrimp Festival! I knew food of some sort would be on the agenda, but this was a totally new experience for me. We had a variety of dishes, most of which I had no idea what they were. The centerpiece, of course, was cooking shrimp…live. This was something I had never done before and wasn’t too sure about. It was definitely an experience, but the shrimp was actually pretty good. The noodles at the end were delicious as well.
From our shrimp dining experience, we are then taken outside in the rain. As it turns out, we are actually supposed to catch shrimp, in a concrete pool, in the rain. It was so surreal…yet one of the most fun things I had done in a loonnggg time. Here’s this group of foreigners, hours away from Seoul, as a man empties crates of live shrimp into a concrete pool. It is raining, and I am given gloves and a plastic bag. I am supposed to take my shoes off, go in barefoot, and basically have the time of my life catching shrimp.
And so I did.
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