The Goryeong Daegaya Festival

Trip Start Aug 18, 2010
Trip End Aug 26, 2012

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Flag of Korea Rep.  , Gyeonggi-do,
Saturday, April 9, 2011

    The excursion for this weekend was to the town of Goryeong for the the Daegaya Festival.  I was running late today and needed to get to the Seobu Bus Terminal.  It took me almost an hour by train and but I only ended up arriving about five minutes late.  When I got there, the usual group was there and once everyone was in attendance, we got on the bus.

    The whole day was quite interesting.  Before we really started to explore the festival, we first went up to see an excavated tomb/museum.  This museum is built above an actual tomb.  When you walk in, you are on a raised platform and the museum itself encircles the excavated area.  You can look down and see the uncovered areas.  The most amazing thing about this was that they actually left the skeletons lying in their graves.  All along the walls of the museum are display cases featuring objects that were recovered including tools, pottery, weapons, and jewelry.  I think the highlight was definitely seeing the actual skeletons.

    After the museum tomb, we headed up to a grave mound to get a nice view of the entire festival area.  We then went to a museum located by the festival and walked around inside for a bit.  The museum mainly dealt with history and culture of the Daegaya and featured clothing and aspects of daily life along with numerous dioramas illustrating how the people lived at that time.  After the museum, we continued to wander around the festival grounds and one of the more unique activities sat at the top of a large hill.

    The activity was called the "Death Experience."  Essentially, you enter into a hut where you are greeted by two undertakers dressed in a black robe and black gat with white makeup on their faces.  If you pay a small fee, they will let you put on a white burial shroud and get into a coffin where they will close the lid on you for about two minutes or so and every so often knock on the coffin with a hammer.

    Around the end of the day, the group broke up.  Some of them went to pick some strawberries at a nearby field but my friend and I decided to wander around the festival some more.  During that time, we decided to get our pictures taken wearing soldier costumes from the Daegaya period.  Even though they were simply costumes, they were quite heavy and hot but it was a pretty cool picture. 

    At around 5pm, we decided to head back to Daegu.  When we went to leave, there was a massive line for buses.  Luckily it was moving fast.  However, they were not the correct bus.  The bus we got on was for the parking lot.  The buses to go back to the Goryeong Bus Station were on the other side.  We made our way there and met up with the others and together we made our way back to Daegu.

*In order to get to Goryeong from Daegu, take a train, bus, or taxi to Seobu Bus Terminal located just outside the Seongdangmot Subway Station.

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