Saturday & Sunday, February 20-21: During the first weekend of our orientation, EPIK introduces us to a bit of Korean culture by taking us to Jeonju and the historic Hanok Village. We visit Buddhist temples and historic buildings.
We learn how to play Korean drums.
We go outdoors, where we watch another impromptu street performance and then congregate for group pictures.
Then we rotate through a variety of rooms where we do little arts and crafts projects. I feel like I’m in 3rd grade again. 🙂
Then some of us don animal costumes and do dances on stage.
We eat lunch in cold Korean restaurants.
And we visit the historic Hanok Village.
We join in a crazy Korean street dance with some wild-looking performers.
We visit the historic grounds of Gyeonggijeon and its bamboo grove, where lovers have carved their initials into the bamboo. Gyeonggijeon was built to preserve the portrait of King Taejo Yi Seong-gye, founder of the Joseon dynasty. Originally Gyeonggijeon was a gigantic building with many attached buildings, but it lost half of its land during the Japanese occupation.