Sunday, November 11, 2012

Trip to the old time

So before my extra busy and hectic season started we (of course me and my dear boyfriend) planned to have a little fun. The weather gets chiller day by day here so we better act quick.

In Korea we have a huge ‘OUTDOOR’ folk museum called Korean Folk Village. It demonstrates lots of great traditional things and you can experience some cool things just like old Korean used to live. My boyfriend from the States seems like overly excited about the place like this. For me simply hoping out of my little studio and taking a good walk while getting fresh air were absolutely sweet reasons to join him.

The weather was per~fect for shooting photos. Nicely overcast day so things look softer and warmer than as they are. Just my kind of day!! So we made sure we had enough batteries to feed our cameras and happily hopped out. It means… I have plenty to show you today~ J I am wondering how many of you are interested in old Korean living style but hopefully you’d like my photos. Things are not-so-fancy but pretty cool-looking. We don’t live this way anymore yet it used to be an efficient and cozy way of living in Korea. Now it is fun to look back and learn some of our ancestors’ wisdom and wit. So why don’t we take a look together?

Those are old houses. (Can you believe that the museum exhibits more than two hundred and thirty something houses?) Shapes and materials of houses vary depending on the regions and classes of people who lived in. Houses have two to three rooms generally (Well, some rich folks lived in houses with more than five to ten rooms though. How glamorous!) and a little kitchen and a separate toilet.

With a help of gorgeous fall foliage the village looked amazingly beautiful! Since we visited on weekday we missed chances to experience something fun like traditional dyeing (which I really wanted), wooden craft, mask-making, pottery-making, and silk thread-making… However, walking around the village was so enjoyable and lovely as you see.

About the middle point we arrived the bazaar area. Yay!! How long did I wait for this moment? I was super hungry. Time to feed ourselves and have some extra fun. We ordered traditional meat soup with rice, Korean pancake and some traditional alcohol drink. What a fun feast we had!! Those were so delicious, too!

Oh, I almost forgot little something I really wanted to share: a hat. While I was preparing my next BIG project (Yes, I said it! I am trying to start something advanced after the success of my last sweater. Well, I am probably overly optimistic, but at least I am more confident now.) I was able to finish this little thing for my boyfriend. I didn’t use a fancy yarn, but I think it turned out pretty nicely. Extremely quick and simple yet the texture is so unique and fun. You know… I am a huge texture freak. J The cool thing is the hat is knit inside out so it reveals its beauty at the final moment when you turn it inside out. Waiting isn’t so fun but after you put all your heart in it ‘voila!’ you will know all your effort was totally worth it. So here it is. My handsome boyfriend voluntarily modeled for the hat again. I start to think that he is really natural and he knows how to be photogenic. What do you think? J

Anyway I am glad he enjoys being a model for me. The most important thing is he really loved the hat and gave me a beautiful smile while he was walking in the village. How sweet of him! BTW, if you're wondering the pattern is attached here.

The weather got colder and darker quick so we had to leave soon. We barely finished half way though. Kind of sad to say good bye but we decided to come back later when the weather gets better. No matter what it was a lovely fun day-out. I hope I have more chances to get out and have little joy like this. Are you having some fun in this lovely season? If not go out and enjoy the last moment of the gorgeous season before it says good bye to you.




Windybrook Spinner said...

Maybe I am odd, but I am very interested in old Korean living style. Beautiful hat. Gorgeous photos. Thanks for the post.

Rachelle said...

That looks like such fun! There is definitely an upside to living in a country with such great history, NZ unfortunately is much less interesting.

lilirious said...

I always feel like I'm born in the wrong century... maybe that's because I'm a spinner.. lovely!

Francoise said...

I love looking at the old Korean houses and really hope to visit Korea at some point in the future. If you ever get to the UK there are a couple of places like this which have examples of old British homes.

PS Great hat

Kenyetta said...

I love the hat! Beautiful post

kniterly said...

What gorgeous photos! The hat looks great. And now I'm hungry after looking at all that food. mmm.

Ann said...

Great pictures and I must visit this place when I am in Seoul in January. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.

arezoo4 said...

Thank you for your sweet comment.
Your photos and your etsy shop are great. I like them:)

LoriAngela said...

I wanted to thank you for the comment. Then I was amazed by your beautiful photos and wonderful sewing. Thanks.
We have many Korean people here in British Columbia, but our own history is just over 100 years. Very interesting village. I should take photos of our Heritage Village as it will be decorated for Christmas soon.

Mabiana said...

Very beautiful photos!

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pinkpaillette said...

Lovely pictures.
I am crazy about your needle cases! Regards from Switzerland, colette

Isabel said...

Beautiful post!!!I love the husband visited your country once and he loved it, I wish I could visit someday too. The hat looks great too. Thank you for your comment at Ravelry. Regards from Spain!

Sandalwood65 said...

I've been there, it's really interesting!