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Children’s Day

Yesterday was a national holiday in Korea, and no it wasn’t because it was Cinco de Mayo.  May 5th is Children’s Day in Korea.  It’s a day to let the kids go wild and be kids.  Everyone is out of school and places like zoos, amusement parks, and other children’s attractions are busy.

Within the area around my apartment, new things had been set up for the celebration.  Tables were set up selling cameras (they always seem to find a way to sell something) along with tables with balloon animals and what not.  It was a carnival like environment with bungee/trampoline type rides were set up for kids to have fun.

With the day off, another teacher and I headed out to the shooting range for some fun.  We had a lot of fun shooting out at the range.  We both did some pistols (I shot the Beretta 9mm again), and then we took aim at the clay pigeons which is always a lot of fun.  After taking our anger out on some targets, we headed back into town to get some Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo.

The Mexican food here isn’t all that great.  But it will do in a pinch.  There aren’t many places to find it here so the selection is limited.  I rather enjoyed the quesidillas I had, even if they aren’t like back home.  They did the trick and we were feeling good again with our bellies full.

It seems rather ironic that the Koreans have a full day to celebrate the kids here.  Every other day of the year they push and push their kids to the extreme.  They just don’t seem to have time to be kids since they are being shuttled all over town from academy to academy.  So by Korean logic (that is a post coming very soon), the 1 day a year to celebrate the kids is enough justification to push them for 364 days.  No matter what they feel, I was just glad to have a day off with such nice weather.

‘Till Next Time,


About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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2 Responses to “Children’s Day”

  1. Interesting point you make. When I heard there’s a children’s day, I immediately assumed this comes from a culture in which children are coddled (in a good way, I mean — which is very much as things are here in Argentina).

    Funny that there’s a day to recognize the natural inclination of children and have that ignored the rest of the time.

    Does the same, perhaps, apply to Mother’s Day only a few days after?

  2. admin says:

    With the rationale here, I think they think 1 day is enough for the kids. They actually don’t celebrate Mother’s Day here. They had Parent’s Day instead, and there was a sad article in the paper a few days prior about how most older parents just wanted their kids to send them spending money.


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