Thursday, October 4, 2012

Chuseok Events at Namsangol Hanok Village

Namsangol Hanok Village is always the best place to go for every holiday in Korea. Chuseok this year was no different. A friend and I went over Saturday morning, the day before Chuseok and we found the place buzzing with excitement.

Traditional Korean Spinning Wheel

First we walked through the historic homes and found some traditional crafts from life in the past.

Close Up of Spinning Yarn

Machine for making rope out of reeds

Grinding grains with a hand mill

Ironing, Korean style

Making crafts from dried grasses

Making crafts from dried grasses

Girl in Hanbok playing 굴렁쇠, gullongswe, rolling a hoop on a metal stick

A variety of traditional Korean hats

After walking around the village, we headed back out and caught a ssirum (씨름) demonstration near the front gate of the hanok village. First we had a demo of how to tie the sash around your legs and how to position oneself in order to prepare to fight.

Sash before being folded and tied around the waist

Demonstrating how to tie the sash

Demonstrating how to position oneself to prepare for the match

Two men demonstrating the basic moves of ssirum. Their shorts say 씨 (heart) 름

Finally, the real action began. These two first demonstrated the basic ssirum moves, and then had a three round match to demonstrate the game.

After the pros had their turn, kids were allowed to jump in and try their hand at ssirum, too.

Two boys attempting ssirum

This was a great start to my Chuseok weekend. Be sure to come by Namsangol Hanok Village for the next Korean holiday!

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