During my time in Korea I have learned to appreciate many aspects of the culture, but I also have learned to be thankful for the fact that I am not Korean. I have learned that it takes a lot of effort and patience to be Korean. For the past month I have been taking a Korean cultural class with a focus on the traditions of the ancient Joseon Dynasty. During this time I have made traditional Korean Eobo soap, calligraphy, and food, I have participated in a traditional tea ceremony, and most recently, I have had the honor of becoming a Korean queen. Every experience has taught me that being traditionally Korean is hard work. Koreans focus on the process when doing things so that the product is perfection.
This evening I was unwillingly selected to be the “Queen” of the class for the evening. After what I first felt was an unlucky win at “rock, paper, scissors” I was selected out of the entire class to wear the traditional garments of a Korean queen. Later I felt grateful for having the once in a lifetime chance to wear the special garments.