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Welcome back!  I’m still at the Korean Folk Village (at least in this post).  I left you eating lunch…so are you ready for the rest of the afternoon?  If you remember this living history village covers about 25 acres, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that there is a lot of open space and well…nature.   Continueing on through the village, we walked past this waterfall. IMG_1505 and this grain millIMG_1510 Here is the inside where the grain is actually ground.  IMG_1512And where might this grain come from?  Well this is a living museum, so maybe from some of the farms.IMG_1536 IMG_1693In case you wondered how the typical farmer’s houses are made, this is a home with a partially built wall.IMG_1515The logs are attached horizontally, then the thatch is woven between the logs.  Not all the homes have thatch walls, some are made of stone.IMG_1531 IMG_1525And some with more of a log cabin fell like these walls of this outdoor kitchen.IMG_1520 IMG_1519If you were traveling and came upon a farm house, a gate like the one below would let you know if you were welcome.IMG_1532Three wooden poles straight across like in the picture means “Keep out!  We are not home”.  If all the poles are gone, it means, “Welcome”.  If one or two of the posts are gone, it means, “We are home, but out working in the field.”  You might also pass by a statue like this one.IMG_1539It’s believed that if you rub the nose you will have good luck…and a close look shows that the nose is kind of flat from all that rubbing.  And then there are these tall figures.IMG_1543 as well as a short one too!IMG_1675There is a nice little exhibition hall here aptly called the Korean Folk Museum.IMG_1633It has over 3,000 items on display that showcase Korean culture…like clothing, how grain was threshed, and how kimchi is cooked… just generally how they lived day to day. It’s definitely worth taking the time to walk through.IMG_1558 IMG_1569 IMG_1572 Back outside it was on to the Scholar’s House and gardens.  IMG_1610 IMG_1608IMG_1615Of course there were more kimchi pots (I told you they love their kimchi here!)IMG_1616 Plus a nice little place to cook it.IMG_1618On the way back to the entrance (the tour was almost over), we passed by this  – The Stepping Stone Bridge. (although you can’t walk across it).IMG_1631With these views you tend to forget that this village is in a city of a million plus people.  IMG_1665 IMG_1666 IMG_1683Plus this nice big stone (with pretty flowers) that was a good spot of picture taking.IMG_1636You might even pass by a few people dressed in period costume.IMG_1628IMG_1674There was one more bridge to cross before we leftIMG_1663then a walk past this home with the rice paddy.IMG_1686 IMG_1684And then we were back to the entrance. I saved this for last…it’s at the Market Square right before you go through the passage gate.  Yep…a pile of rocks covered with twine.  IMG_1273But this is no ordinary pile of rocks.  It’s a wishing rock.  You write your wishes down on pieces of paper and then tie them to the rock.IMG_1745IMG_1768I hope my wishes will come true.