Last week I had the pleasure of celebrating Korean Thanksgiving, or Chuseok (추석). My students and I visited Gyeongbokgung Palace to celebrate. The field trip itself was a bit boring for the students, but I had fun and learned a bit about Korean culture and history. Tourists love to come up and ask to take pictures with the students, which I find a bit strange (although kind of endearing.) We are not supposed to allow that though, so I had to turn down several disappointed people. I guess I get it- those kids are pretty darn cute. I think their favorite part was bringing their sketchbooks to the park and drawing their favorite thing that they saw that day.
When we got back to the school we made songpyeon (rice cakes.) We added raisins and black beans to ours, and dipped them in sesame oil when we were finished. It was fun for the students to roll up the rice cakes, and I think it was very nice for my co-teacher to be able to share a bit of Korean tradition with me. It was very interesting to experience Korean culture on such a personal level, and I enjoyed the food and the four-day weekend as well. (Can’t beat a four-day weekend!) Chuseok is really just about spending times with friends and family, and I got to do just that.
I ♥ Korea. And my students.