Korean Hospitality: Added Blessing to Our Mission Vision Trip

Pastors James Kwon and Paul Kim, Hyungjae Church                   

Pastors James Kwon and Paul Kim,
Hyungjae Church                   

by Jeff Ritchie

The Rev. James Kwon had in mind that participants on our trip to Korea might experience something more than the amazing things that God is doing through the Church in Korea. He wanted us to experience Korean hospitality at its best and to appreciate the beauty of the Korean culture and its Korean countryside. And that is what we have indeed been enjoying as a group since we arrived last Wednesday.

Farmer’s Dance at Suwon Folk Village

Farmer’s Dance at Suwon Folk Village

Several of Pastor Kwon’s elders from the Community Church in Seattle have treated us to special meals at traditional Korean restaurants. At one of them, Korea House, our dinner was followed by a program of traditional Korean music and dance. Another elder made it possible for us to see a private museum that featured reconstructed houses from 19th century Korea so that we could see how the nobility among the Korean people lived in the latter part of the last Korean dynasty.

We have toured palaces in Seoul and have gone to the Yong In Folk Village about an hour south of Seoul. At the Folk Village we saw traditional farmers’ dances and a reconstructed village depicting the life of most Koreans in late 19th century Korea.

Currently we are on a three-day sightseeing and culture tour of central and northeastern Korea. We are seeing gorgeous mountain views, rice fields ready for harvest, and taking side trips to such places as a celadon pottery village, a beautiful herb farm, and one of the venues for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Fall is the best time to see Korea, and the weather is cooperating.

Flowers in herb farm and garden

Flowers in herb farm and garden

To our gracious hosts from the Community Church of Seattle, we say a hearty “Thank you!”

Jeff Ritchie
Associate Director for Mission