If you’ve visited and loved traditional cultural theme parks like Michigan’s Greenfield Village or Denmark’s Den Gamle By, then you’d probably love the Korean Folk Village just 30 miles from Seoul. This folk village is carefully situated on 245 acres according to the principles of feng shui (philosophy of orienting everything to harmonize with nature), with a river flowing in front and a mountain behind. Some 260 traditional Korean houses were relocated from all over Korea to create the atmosphere of a Joseon period village, and visitors from around the world can spend the day experiencing the life and customs from days gone by. Grace is an amazingly intrepid adventurer, so despite their baby being just a few weeks old, she and Michael took us there before we had to leave South Korea. We were totally delighted! The Korean Folk Village is one of those wonderful “hands on” living museums where children can run, play, and participate. Beyond the many opportunities to see villagers in period costumes carrying on life and practicing their trades, such as spinning silk from silk worm cocoons, weaving shoes and other items from straw, or making pottery (which is crucial to provide for every family’s ample stash of kimchi pots). We were also able to enjoy three live performances. A rather elderly looking man did some very active tricks walking a tightrope, and afterward, daring souls could practice on a tightrope close to the ground! There was a troupe of traditional Korean acrobats who danced and performed all sorts of break-dance style acrobatic feats. The kids’ favorite were the Masangjae, a very talented group who performed martial arts and equestrian feats. From previous experience, the kids knew that if they waited patiently enough, they’d eventually get to ride around the ring on horseback (for a small fee). I think this was the most looked-forward-to & longed-for highlight of their trip! Either that or snack time! 🙂 Some Korean snacks aren’t as appealing to western palates, but the sweet, crispy coconut rice balls were a real hit with all of us! We had a memorable, most pleasant afternoon, although we were only able to enjoy a fraction of all that was available and never even made it to the exhibition hall or the amusement facilities zone. But, what a wonderful day we had! Thank you, Mike and Grace. 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I often finding myself so excited by life that I don’t want to stop and wish for “just 1 more turn?!”Or, like the kids wanting to hold the chickens, I want even more than can be given. But, Mike and Grace love their kids dearly and do delight in giving them what they can…as long as it’s good for them.
I think God is just the same. At the front gates of the Korean Folk Village there’s a place where you can write out wishes and tie them up. I don’t exactly do “wishes,” but I certainly ask the Lord for blessings. Do you? If you could have any good thing in this world, do you know what it would be? Have you asked your Father lately? The answer may be “Yes” “No” or “Wait,” but He encourages us to ask, and we’ll never know what’s possible unless we do ask!