Gaya Fest!

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Last weekend we were lucky to have a long 5 day weekend. Friday was labour day and then Tuesday was children’s day. Myself and Jason were planning on going camping during this time but we noticed that it was supposed to be raining so we decided to take a rain check (pun intended).

Another reason that we didn’t go is because our city, Gimhae, was celebrating its annual festival; Gaya Festival.
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This is very much an unknown festival to people outside of our city but we love it! The festival takes place right outside my school so it was pretty exciting while walking home, watching them prepare the tents.

So what is Gaya Fest?

It is a festival to celebrate the history of Gaya (what this region was known as a long time ago).

Gaya festival officially opened on Wednesday with a parade through the city. It passed our apartment so I was lucky to get to watch it.
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We started off the celebrations on Thursday night by watching our friend Yeong-hwa perform at the Gimhae theater. She was playing the gayageum. It is a beautiful Korean string instrument and the music that was performed was absolutely outstanding!

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The next day we met some friends and spent all day and night at the festival. It is a much more laid back festival compared to others in Korea (I think that’s because it’s lesser known)
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We basically spent the day eating and drinking. (I’ll write a separate post about the food that we ate).
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Our friend Nick told us that he had never flown a kite before so we found some for sale and he managed to make a childhood dream come true. It was so sweet.
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We had so much fun at the festival, I saw so many of my students there (past and present) enjoying themselves which made the experience all the better.
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I’ve loved going to festivals here in Korea and I’m hoping to get to a few more before we leave this beautiful country.
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