Saturday, October 9, 2010

Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival

We were blessed with perfect, summer-like weather today as we ventured out to enjoy the festivities down at Hwaseong Fortress. There were lots of cultural/arty activities to take part in, a food festival, music and dance, and of course the main parade re-enacting King Jeong-jo's funeral (King Jeong-Jo is famous for building the Hwaseong fortress, and is considered to be one of the most successful and visionary rulers of the Joseon dynasty, around the 1700's. He died very suddenly, under mysterious circumstances - some say he was poisoned by a jealous brother!) . This evening we also got to see a play about the the life of King Jeong-jo. Although we couldn't understand much, it was still interesting to watch!

The parade, including fun and formal

Being interviewed for the local news

The food fun

James got stuck into the ceramics

King Jeong-jo's play

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