Itaewon Global Village Festival

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On Saturday and Sunday, the Itaewon Global Village Festival was taking place not 5 minutes walk from our house. After spending a good chunk of the morning recovering from the British Embassy Excursion, we headed out to try to catch the parade, which the 8th Army Band was marching in.

We wandered down the main drag, which had been closed off to cars and was set up with many vendor booths – the first stretch was all Korean food, the second was international food, and the third was international wares. We stopped for a few bites:

Mung bean pancake
Mung bean pancake
Delicious little dumplings
Delicious little dumplings

It’s hard to convey how truly crowded it was, but somehow everyone managed to get where they were going. Here’s a couple of street photos to give you a feel for the scene.

View on the main street
View on the main street
View down a side street
View down a side street

On the way to the start of the parade, their was a traditional Korean group of musicians who wore hats with a long ribbon on them, which they would move in really cool ways.

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We finally found the start of the parade, which is where we stayed to watch because we didn’t think we had a shot of a good view further down. Here are a few scenes from it:

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Sorry that some of the shots are blurry; for some reason, HDR mode isn’t staying on permanently on my phone, and I sometimes forget to check.

After the parade, we wandered around a bit more, saw a lot of strange and interesting sights, such as a race between 2 people in computer chairs,

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and then headed back to the house for an early night. The next day, we went back several times for food and entertainment, including a fabulous performance by the Spartan Brass, an element of the 8th Army Band.

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It was a really fun festival with great food and entertainment, and I hope we’re still here for next year’s. (In case I haven’t mentioned it previously, we are due to move to Camp Humphreys further south at some point during this assignment).

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