Had a fun surprise here at the guesthouse in Gyeongju
-- arts and crafts! Apparently every night they feature something else, all different forms of traditional artwork, rotated each day of the week. How fun is that? So on Thursday night we did traditional Korean paper making, which to me was more like paper maché. We were each given a white box and different colored papers and a bowl of watery glue, and painted the glue on everything in sight -- the boxes, both sides of the paper, the whole creation receiving a thorough lathering several times over at each stage of the way. A bunch of us around a table, brightly colored papers and glue flying everywhere. Last night was traditional knot making, which to me looks like a long tassel with beads on it, sort of like an over-sized and extravagant bookmark, but apparently is part of traditional formal wear for Korean women.
Both were lots of fun, and a great way to gather a bunch of strangers around the table for genuine enjoyment and laughter. Arts and crafts brought out the kids in us, and was a terrific way to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing and travel. Loved it.