My 3-hour layover at the Incheon airport in Korea was probably the best layover I’ve ever had. I was on my way home, scouring the airport for trinkets I could bring my husband and daughter when suddenly I saw a sign for the Cultural Experience Center.
Intrigued, I checked it out and quickly discovered that I could learn to make a traditional Korean craft, or watch a dance, or paint — as long as I was a foreigner passing through. I guess my blondish-brown hair, blue eyes and freckles weren’t proof enough. They did check my passport and my plane ticket. Satisfied that I was just passing through, I was taught to make a persimmon leaf pouch.
I am by no means crafty, but wanted so badly to make a pretty little persimmon leaf pouch for my daughter. I had plenty of time to take my time and create something beautiful, but this is as far as I got before I needed assistance.
A very polite and very patient Korean young man took over.
A few flicks of the wrist, a couple complicated knots, and voila — a beautiful Korean craft!
I proudly took it home and gave it to my daughter. She was so impressed with the pretty little pouch “I” made. She gave me a big hug. I told her it was nothing. 😉
Where’s your favorite layover airport?