Korea Joa is a Korean Culture Coverage Project organized by KOFICE (Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange), where participants are invited to cover and experience ten days of events covering Korean culture and entertainment, encompassing films, dramas, and K-Pop in Seoul and Busan.

For day 7, we went to the Korean Folk Village which is a place where many of the traditional dramas are filmed here! We took around an hour by bus to arrive at the Korean Folk Village, and it felt a sense of deja vu for me as a drama fan, since everything looked so familiar.


We were caught up in a festival when we were there, and they were all children! As a group left, another group appeared, and I nearly got lost because of them, as I stood confused in the middle…but I did find my way out and rejoined my group. I also saw some performances, and experienced some activities, but I had to give up on some because I couldn’t squeeze my way in. We also went to a Yamen-like building (traditional police station), where we got to see some torture tools of the past, and it was quite horrific!


Korean Folk Village (cr. Korean Tourism Organisation)

We then went to NAVER!

NAVER (cr: Wikipedia)
Naver (Hangul: 네이버) is a popular sponsored advertisement portal in South Korea, owned by Naver Corporation. Naver was launched in June 1999 by ex-Samsung employees, and it debuted as the first Web portal in South Korea that used its own proprietary search engine.

In July 2000, Naver was merged with Hangame, South Korea’s first online game portal, and in 2001 changed its name to NHN, or Next Human Network. The combination of the country’s top search engine and the top game portal has allowed NHN to remain South Korea’s largest Internet company.
They introduced us to V APP, and stuff. Everyone knows about V APP right? For those who don’t know, V APP allows stars to host their own live broadcast.


We then got to tour around the company premises, and I was super envious. There were so many rest areas. And everyone was talking afterwards about wanting to work in NAVER!

We went to Dongdaemun at night, and it was our free time. I actually wanted to go on a shopping spree, but I really saw stars after looking and looking at things in front of me, and I didn’t get anything in the end. And I feel really regretful now. As I trotted back to the hotel, I got myself some snacks and drinks from a nearby convenience store, and ended my busy day!

On to our 8th day which was to be our free and easy day. I didn’t really do much, because I was too tired!
I went to Hongdae with some of my group friends, and then had a BBQ buffet meal (does it seem a little overboard to be eating this so early in the morning?)


Then we found a little cafe where we spent a few hours, before going to Dongdaemun at night.


Finally, I still didn’t manage to get any clothes…
And a day just ended!

I have been back home for a few days already, and as I sort out my past schedules every time, I really miss everyone so much!

By: Alvin