I just want to start off by saying that I’m extremely happy I went on this trip. It was so much more than I thought it would be! It’s very common to get dressed up and party in places like Itaewon to celebrate, but I’m glad I didn’t. It might be part of the reason our numbers are currently rising.
It took about an hour or so to arrive here, and it was a part of a group trip. I like how we arrived while it was still the afternoon so it was the perfect time to get photos of the fall foliage at all times. It’s located in Yongin, and the name of this particular village is Hangook Minsookchon (한국민속촌), literally Korean Folk Village.
Upon arrival, this place just had endless opportunities to get beautiful photos. It was also large enough where even though there were many people (welcome to Korea!), it wasn’t packed so you could still maintain some kind of social distancing. What I love so much is how you can see the natural progression from afternoon to sunset to night. At each step, it was all so fun and picturesque.
Because this village is quite large, it was great to get many steps in. You didn’t even have to dress up, and this was a perfect place because I wanted to stay sober throughout the evening. Like everywhere in Korea, I’m sure there was a stand somewhere of some kind of alcoholic beverage, but if you’re looking for something sober in the evening then this is definitely for you.
Dinner was (one of my favorites) pajeon (Korean pancake) and mung bean pancake. There were a handful of places to eat in similar styles. I was thankful that there were sit down options and that it didn’t just have stands of food (which I don’t recall seeing).
At this point, you can now see it be completely nighttime. This is where the more “Halloweeny” stuff came out. It wasn’t much, certainly not “Halloweeny” by American standards, but it was cool to see some people dressed up in some of the traditional Halloween things such as a shaman who performs salpuri the kumiho, which in folklore is a nine-tailed fox with a pretty interesting story.
There were also a few performances, but I was so busy exploring that I missed most of them. Also, I wanted to stay away from the large crowds that gathered around.
If I had to pick, my favorite part of the evening was getting pictures of the glowing orb in the water and seeing all the beautiful hanboks amongst the night lights. It was super well lit in a way that made it easy to get great pictures, and believe me, I’m the queen the point and shoot (and pray there isn’t a thumb covering the lens! haha).
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