I headed out with J. to explore Korea’s official Chinatown today. The entrance is right outside the very last stop on the #1 line, Incheon station. It seemed to me to be a tourist area designed for Korean and foriegn tourists to the sanctioned Chinese area of Korea. I enjoyed it nonetheless. A good break from miles of concrete highrises, this really small area of about four square blocks is packed with trinkets, restaurants, and molds of chinese-looking statues.
I don’t know if they do this every weekend, or if it was some kind of occasion, but there was a parade with drummers, and the chinese dragon. The two people dressed as the dragon were on tall wooden beams, and the would jump as a team from beam to beam while doing a dance.
View from the top of a hill down to the docks in Incheon.
East meets West. Although I know in my head that about 30% of Korea is Christian, I can’t help but find the crosses and churches here out of place. When I was in Nepal, the most militant missionaries trying to save Nepali souls were Korean folks.
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