Once we arrived at the festival we were presented with row upon row of tents with vendors selling a variety of Korean goods, souvenirs and of course, food. We were all a bit hungry and decided that 패전 would hit the spot, and what goes better with 패전 than some 동동조 (traditional Korean rice wine). After lunch we made our way deeper into the festival grounds to see what else was in store for us. There were row upon row of random booths selling everything from jewelry to traditional Korean snacks and of course hiking gear. We spotted a group of Koreans dressed in blue vests holding "free hug" signs, feeling adventurous we decided to approach and see if we could get a hug. Turns out their signs had nothing to do with the booth they were working at, and to be honest i'm still not sure what their mission was. We answered a few trivia questions (actually they gave us the answer to two of them) were awarded some free ice cream, and were then on our way laughing and wondering what had just happened. After making our way past all these tents we found the main stage and more of the traditional mask displays. The afternoon heat was wearing on us so we decided to sit and take in a few performances.
|creepy mask puppets|
|Seonyu Julbul Nori (Traditional Fireworks)|
The next morning we made our way back to the festival, but not before finding a good spot for breakfast. High on our list was coffee and good bakery, we found both - despite the fact that our coffee was served in what appeared to be a dixie cup. Back at the festival we decided that we should test our creative ability and make a mask of our own. I wanted a souvenir from the weekend so why not put some effort in rather than buying the pre-made, overpriced masks the loads of vendors were selling. Much to my surprise my mask turned out awesome and is now hanging proudly on my wall.