Middle Schoolers Explore Traditional Korean Sites and Customs

May 12, 2017

As part of the annual Celebrate Korea Days event, YISS middle schoolers partook in various activities that allowed them to learn more about the country and culture in which they live.

Sixth-graders stayed at YISS and learned how to make the most important food to Koreans--kimchi! The sixth grade PTO representatives and approximately 20 parent volunteers taught the students to make kimchi in the cafeteria. Students enjoyed a short video describing the history of kimchi and then put what they had learned into practice. They mixed the ingredients to create the pepper sauce before applying it to the cabbage, each taking some home to enjoy. This was the first time many of the students experienced the process of making kimchi first hand, and they all came to appreciate the work that goes into the process.

The entire seventh grade piled into busses to go back in time and experience traditional Korean life at the Suwon Folk Village. As they wandered through the model homes and shops, students were able to compare modern daily lives with the lives of Korean people in the past. For the afternoon, students built kites using traditional materials and designs while synthesizing their observations at the folk village through poetry, drawings, and diagrams. The students were excited to share the kites with everyone, so the next time you are in the YISS lobby, just LOOK UP!

Eighth grade went to Gyeongbokgung Palace for Celebrate Korea Days this year. It was a great opportunity to see the rich history of Korea. Students were able to walk around the grounds, examine the architecture, and see the royal palace first hand. They participated in a photo scavenger hunt and competed to take the most beautiful, funniest, and most thought-provoking pictures. Overall, it was a great opportunity to spend time with friends while learning about Korean culture.

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