The village was very pretty, but it was a little bit awkward because people still LIVE in the houses... we then went to ANOTHER village, that was more like a park. We took a picture in front of an entrance to one of the houses in our robes. Many Koreans there stopped to take pictures of us. The choir members were 90% sure that we were going to be singing in front of this building -Anyone who knows David Mennicke should not be surprised. We didn't though. There was another performance going on in close proximity and we refrained from making conflicting noise. There wasn't much to do in the village, but one of the cool attractions was a time capsule that Seoul buried in 1994 on the 600th anniversary of the cities existence. They will open it 400 years after the burial when the city celebrates it's 1000th year. We stayed to watch a taekwando concert which was absolutely incredible. It was absolutely amazing to see what these teens and young adults were able to do with their bodies. They leaped, kicked, punched, and broke more boards than I was able to count.
After the show we went to the North Seoul Tower and Teddy Bear Museum. Half of us went through the museum which depicted the history of Korea using teddy bears! Then we went up onto the observation deck and looked out over the entire city and the Han river. The city was beautiful, and the weather was cloudy, yet clear over the buildings, so we had a great view of miles and miles of the city. After the tower, we went to our last Korean dinner. We ate "traditional style" on the floor and enjoyed the company of our tour guides and fellow choir members one more time. We had barbecue and soup while we did the "Grand Quack" (which was Pastor Riemer for his woman's bathroom trip) and also our thank-yous for the Riemers and four Lara. We ended with singing E'en So and copious amounts of tears -for the seniors, for the end of the trip, for the blessing of the choir, for the love of God. It was a perfect end to an amazing trip.
Tomorrow we will fly home. The majority of the choir will be leaving bright and early tomorrow morning, but I will be leaving separately with Sarah and Carrie so that we can go straight to Michigan/Virginia. Thank you so much for your prayers and support! I will blog at least twice more -once on our homestay, and also a reflection once I've settled back in to the states, so please continue to stay updated, and also keep the graduated seniors, members of the choir who are moving on next year and will not be able to be in Christus, and also the returning members as well as directors and guides in your thoughts and prayers.