Each year at the end of April or the start of May, The Daedeok Festival is held in the area south of Daemyoung Subway Station. It is a rather large festival that holds an awards ceremony to recognize contributions of residents of all ages. While we were there Min Hee was surprised that there were so many children her age receiving awards and prizes for actions in the community. Some of the highlights of the festival are over one Kilometer of vendors along the road below the Apsan Beltway. Food and handmade crafts were in the majority!
Min Hee was very interested in the clothes washing event. She had seen event posters, flyers and mock-clotheslines with colorful children’s clothing several times, in the area, as we take the bus to go hiking, and asked what it was for.
In the past, well before the need for modern roads and drainage systems, there was a stream and man-made well in the area that is now a park. This was a popular area for residents to come and wash their clothing. Now, that near every house in the area has a washing machine, this type of work is no longer done outside. To show the younger generations how it was done this event is held during the Daedeok Festival.
“Is that for making kimchi, mommy?”
While we were learning about the event, Min Hee bumped into her friend. Hello. Hugs. I missed you. ( even though it was yesterday that they saw each other….. lol ) Then, goodbyes!
There were local vendors on hand with some items for sale. All items appeared to be handmade! We have actually seen lots of local vendors appearing at festivals more often than in the past.
As always, if you happen to see us out and about, please say hi.