Gongju Baekje Cultural Festival

공주 백제문화제

There are times when so much time goes by and I feel I haven’t done anything. Then, everything seems to happen all at once.  There have been many things this past week. Tonight I went to explore the festival going on in my city. It actually started last weekend, but since I was on vacation (another post on that one to come soon), today was my first chance to experience it.  Lots to look at, listen to and food to eat.

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LANTERNS

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Flower Lights

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Ssireum Wrestling before this, but I didn’t take pictures of that.

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You can write your wishes and such on these lanterns. This is what is written on the papers you can see hanging off the bottom of the lanterns. Haven’t had a chance to do that yet. Maybe tomorrow.

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The bus stop near the Fortress has been decorated to look more traditional.

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Finally, Gongju is known for it’s Chestnuts. I bought and ate some yummy chestnut bread, and bought some Chestnut Makgeolli.  Makogeolli is a fermented “adult beverage,” usually made from rice.  When I open it I’ll take a picture so you can see what it looks like outside of the bottle.

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That’s it for now.  Good times, neat fun.  If you’re in Korea the festival goes through Sunday. Come on down!

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