Hanbok: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Namsangol Hanok Village last August 30th for the Seoul Food Festival (while my husband was at his hometown cleaning their ancestors’ graves). The festival itself was disappointing since there aren’t a lot of food on display. There was a huge poster of the different seasonal dishes at the entrance but with no English explanation. There are tables where you can try the food but if you’re a foreigner, you might get lost in the long line of Koreans eager to try them as well.
If the Seoul Food Festival turned out to be a disappointment, I enjoyed the other event at the Namsangol Hanok Village. There is a display of hanbok or traditional Korean clothing at one of the “houses” at the “village.” The theme of the event is “Hanbok: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Again.” The title sounds a little awkward but it just means that there are hanbok for different seasons. I took photographs of all the hanbok in display. My favorites are the spring hanbok. Their colors are light and I thought that the floral design (not really my style) are pretty.
While I was taking pictures, a group of Japanese tourists arrived. The tour guide didn’t bother to stop and let the folks she was touring to take pictures. It made me wonder how they could appreciate the places they visit with that style.