“Cheonghakdong Village, located at the southern foot of Samsanbong Peak on Jirisan Mountain, maintains the traditional style of daily Korean life. ‘Cheonghak’ means a community where a crane of blue feathers lives. 

Cheonghakdong is one area that was left virtually untouched throughout much of Korea’s turbulent history. 

It is an inland village where electricity came into the village only 20 years ago. Over 200 residents of this community maintain the custom of wearing hair in a knot, wearing Korean traditional clothing, and doing farm work in the traditional manner of living.”

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Thoughts from Korea!

I’m in Hadong now! I spent one night in Seoul, then took a 4 hour bus to Jinju, visited the Jinju Fortress, played a game of soccer with some Koreans and English teachers, and then took another hour bus took Hadong. I’m off to another unknown place tomorrow!

  • The Seoul subway system is soo confusing! It’s really extensive, but to a point where there are multiple ways to get most places, and it’s hard to figure out the best route. (Looking at the map can give headaches! And I thought Taipei’s was extensive…)
  • There are many advertisements for plastic surgery
  • I think I would be in trouble if I didn’t have someone showing me around because it took me a day and a half to remember how to say “Hello” in Korean. There are so many syllables to everything! “Hello” has 5 syllables! Ahhhh!
  • My backpack alone was 26 pounds.. plus a small day pack and laptop - definitely heavier than ideal. I’m hoping that a fair amount of the weight were the manyyy AA batteries (because my camera eats them like crazy) so hopefully my pack will get lighter as I take more pictures
  • You know the slug bug punching game? Same thing applies for couples in matching outfits. I’ve been hit twice.
  • My first meal in Korea was Mongolian food. My cousin volunteered for the Peace Corps and lived in Mongolia for two years. Pretty much the only place that we would be able to find legit (not Mongolian BBQ, because that isn’t actually Mongolian) was in Seoul, and we were only there for the night. I don’t know how to describe it, except that mutton was the main meat/flavor.
  • I’m supposed to go hiking today and check out one of the most famous mountains in South Korea. It’s super gloomy outside and raining though.. hmm..

Happy August! August always symbolized the end of summer to me.. it’s hard to believe that it’s already here.

Tea at the Hadong Tea Cultural Center~

Today we stopped to sample some tea :)

We learned about Korean tea manners and how to serve tea. We didn’t have that much time, however, because our busdriver got lost and we were very late…>.<

The tea was really good! I’m not much of a tea person outside of Lipton chai tea, but it and the whole atmosphere was very relaxed and comforting :)

And afterwards, we were able to go down and help make some tea, here’s some of our group members roasting tea leaves X)


Then it was put up to dry!