Last weekend, my husband and I, together with his family, went to 팔현리 은항하리 to have a picnic by the river. We spent the entire afternoon basking in the sun and when got hungry, we ordered samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), a popular summer dish in South Korea. There are restaurants and coffee shops located near the river that deliver food right to your mat or picnic table. Isn’t that great? You don’t even have to cook or prepare food for your excursion if you are too busy to do that.
Summer in South Korea usually begins in June and ends in August. July is the rainiest month and August is the hottest. Korean families flock to the river to cool off. Most working parents in the city have only few vacation days in summer, so instead of driving for hours to get to the beach, they take their children to the river or stream. There is always a river or stream near every city in South Korea, so you don’t have to go far to escape the heat.
My first summer in Korea was memorable. My husband took me to a beautiful stream in the mountains. There weren’t a lot of people, just us and some of his friends, so we were able to get the best picnic spot and enjoy the serenity of the place. We had a barbecue party, took a stroll in the woods and played in the stream. At dusk, we visited a small farm owned by my husband’s friend’s family. I ate samgyetang for the first time and met a dog named after my husband. ^^
There are only a few days left before summer is over. Enjoy the rest of it. =)
Meanwhile, here is my favorite Korean song about summer performed by 에프엑스.
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