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ON THE ROAD TO ANSEONG: KIMCHI AND FOLK PERFORMANCES

December was still approaching, the Korean Cultural Class braved the colder temperatures and took a field trip. It was snowing when we arrived at the village of Mirinae, which means “Milky Way” in Korean, located in the city of Anseong. Our international participants learned how to make kimchi. Donning aprons and rubber gloves, they started chopping radish like true professionals. They even sampled some kimchi with cabbage leaves.
After that, we visited Chiljangsa Temple, which is said to have been built by Jajangyulsa during the reign of Queen Seondeok of Silla. While admiring an ancient temple amidst a delightful snowfall, we learned the story of Park Mun-su, a Joseon-era royal inspector who visited the temple to pray before taking his civil service examination. That night, Park supposedly saw the exam questions in his dream. The story inspired all of us to make a wish of our own.
Thereafter, we viewed a rendition of namsadang nori, one of Korea’s best-known folk troupe performances. Based in Anseong, namsadang was an itinerant troupe that performed in villages while touring across the country. Everyone was fascinated by the performance’s diverse program, which included plate-spinning, tightrope-walking, and puppetry.

KFVN Reporter
Kim Byung-sub

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