May 28, 2013 by rkpcs
We can’t eat noodles, it’s raining!
That is the lesson of the day. Noodles should only be eaten in good weather and as the downpour today was torrential, noodles were off the menu.
The weather was so bad today that we cried off a visit to a folk village but still managed to cram in two professional visits and a photo session wearing a hanbok (traditional Korean costume).
The first visit was to meet with the mayor of Suncheon Jo Choong-hoon. He is justifiably very proud of Suncheon and of the Garden Expo that we visited on Saturday. Suncheon is an agricultural and industrial city of around 270,000 people and boasts Suncheon Bay, one of the world’s five coastal wetlands. We met with those that had worked for the past 5 years planning and developing the Expo and Sulina discussed the regeneration of the site post Expo and the economic value in growing garden related industries.
The team moved onto a visit to Sunchon University (no not a spelling mistake, the town’s name has changed slightly over the last few years). Sunchon National University is a national research university and is one of the top universities in the country. It has state of the art library facilities and a fantastic museum comprised of the archaeological finds of its students. Sally held an in-depth discussion with two of its students, Jane and Jessica, on university fees and campus life in general.
After getting thoroughly drenched we headed off to a hanbok hire shop and chose our costumes for a photo-shoot with one of the best photographers in Joella province. It is safe to say that some took to the costumes better than others (Lucy and Ed) and would happily have taken a step back in time and kept the outfits indefinitely. We explored the many photosets and tried to emulate Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner in ‘The King and I’. We had thought that we had done pretty well until the photographer showed us her airbrushing techniques and promised the end result before we leave. Final photos to follow.