Korean traditional martial art: Taekkyon

Taekkyeon lesson

These days I am learning¬†taekkyon with my friends at school. At the beginning of the “free semester”, we can choose any class we want. It’s similar to to a university’s class registration system.

Taekkyon resembles fluid dance movements. Players use kicks and an opponent’s moves to knock them down. Taekkyon is the first martial art to join the UNESCO World Heritage list. However, it has remained unknown to the world outside of Korea for centuries. During this time, Chinese kung fu and Japanese karate have become popular.

Today was my second taekkyon lesson, so it is still a little hard for me.

Taekkyeon lesson
Photo: Ji Soo

My servant

Python

I want to have a python as a pet. I think they are the most interesting animals in the world. Pythons are quiet and cute. They eat food like mice. Pythons also have color scales. People think they are slimy, but their skin is dry. If I had a python, I could take him to the park. I could hang him from a tree. At school, he could scare my classmates. The python will be my servant, and I will be his master. All the girls will envy me.

Python
Burmese python
Source: telegraph.co.uk

Seorak National Park

Seoraksan National Park

Today we visited Seorak National Park in Sokcho. It was my first time there, so I was really excited. The weather beautiful: sunny and not too humid. We took a cable car to the observation deck and enjoyed the gorgeous view of the mountains.

Panorama of the mountains at Seoraksan National Park
Panorama of the mountains at Seoraksan National Park
Some boys enjoying the view from the observation deck of Shin Hung Sa Memorial Stupa Group, Seoraksan National Park
Some boys enjoying the view from the observation deck of Shin Hung Sa Memorial Stupa Group, Seoraksan National Park

The park was a great example of Korea plentiful natural beauty. But the group of stupas and the bronze Jwabul statue of the Buddha at Shinheung Temple reminded me of Korea’s sophisticated art and rich cultural tradition.

Shin Hung Sa Memorial Stupa Group, Seoraksan National Park
Shin Hung Sa Memorial Stupa Group commemorating Buddhist priests
Bronze Jwabul Statue, Seoraksan National Park
Bronze Jwabul Statue

What a beautiful place to visit! I can’t wait to come back.

Everland

Columbus Adventure at Everland. (Photo: Charles Ian Chun)

Today I went to Everland. The first thing I rode was so scary at first, but it wasn’t scary after that. Then we rode the roller coaster, the Viking, and bumper cars. Also, we ate a lot of food like popcorn, hamburgers, and ice cream. I was tired when we got home, but it was a fun day!