Month: September 2014

Chuseok (추석)

Chuseok is a big harvest festival in Korea and is usually celebrated for three days. It’s also known as the “Korean Thanksgiving”. People usually visit their hometowns, and spend time with family as they eat traditional Korean food. Last year, I was able to see what a traditional Chuseok looked like at Namsangol Hanok Village. I ate traditional foods, watched various traditional performances, and even tried on hanbok! (Hanbok is the traditional Korean dress).

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At the village, I tried a traditional rice cake…………………………….

 

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And I also tried songpyeon ( 송편). Songpyeon is one of the most popular Chuseok foods. They are stuffed with things like sesame seeds, cinnamon, jujube, or honey. One thing that makes them extremely different than other rice cakes is the fact that they are steamed over a layer of pine needles. This attributes to the name, with the word “song” (송) in songpyeon meaning pine tree in Korean.

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During the course of the day, there were many different traditional performances……..

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Even though in the majority of the pictures I kept getting the back of people’s heads, my absolute favorite were the pungmul performers! 

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After leaving the village, we ended the day by eating traditional kimchi, seafood, and potato pancakes!

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Chuseok has slightly different dates each year, and I’m not sure if Chuseok was just celebrated ( this past week) or is being celebrated right now in Korea. Either way, Happy Chuseok!!!!!!!

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