Do they have a 4th of July in Korea? Yes, they just don’t celebrate it!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Living abroad is an amazing opportunity that I feel lucky to be experiencing (especially for the second time!). It provides many gifts, like cultural awareness, friends from around the globe, convenient travel, new language skills, and refined problem solving. But perhaps the greatest gift is that of perspective. As I sit here across the world on this 4th of July, far away from home, I am extremely proud to be an American! *Cue Lee Greenwood music* I hope everyone at home had a wonderful holiday, complete with family & friends, fireworks, grilling, and, of course, the appreciation for those who protect our country near and far.

In an effort to be as patriotic as possible, and really embrace our nationality, we tried to celebrate in the most “American” way possible. How did that turn out?

Well, for starters, we ate hot dogs for lunch from a popular chain restaurant.

That would be a cheese hot dog on the right. Lots and lots of cheese.

Next time I’ll ask for some hot dog with my cheese.

Next, we went to a baseball game! (Baseball is huge in Asia if you didn’t know.) The Hanwha Eagles, based out of nearby Daejeon, were playing the NC Dinos. It was a close game – 6 vs. 6 in the bottom of the 9th! Fortunately, Hanwha Eagles won with a walkoff double! Woohoo! This game was certainly not played at the same level of MLB, but it was entertaining nonetheless, particularly when 2 outfielders slammed into each other when trying to catch the ball.

Get your ticket to the ballgame!

Get your ticket to the ballgame!

Stadium food is slightly different than at home, but they had all kinds of chicken! "You know I like my chicken fried..."

Stadium food is slightly different than at home, but they had all kinds of chicken. “You know I like my chicken fried…”

Fanbots!! See those signs that people are holding across the way? They aren't real people; they are robots controlled by fans at home!

Fanbots!! See those signs that people are holding across the way? They aren’t real people; they are robots controlled by fans at home!

Korean baseball also has cheerleaders.... or K-Pop dancers, really.

Korean baseball also has cheerleaders…. or K-Pop dancers, really.

Kevin in full American spirit!!! Love this shot.

Kevin in full American spirit!!! Love this shot.

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The stadium!

The stadium!

The stadium!

What you can't see is that we are wearing the same shoes!

What you can’t see is that we are wearing the same shoes! Koreans LOVE couple outfits, and this is the closest we’ve been to wearing one. 

We finished the night back in Cheongju with the other expats. There aren’t that many Americans in Cheongju, relative to the Canadian and British expat population at least. Therefore, the red, white & blue was lacking a bit, but we had our own fun time!

3 thoughts on “Do they have a 4th of July in Korea? Yes, they just don’t celebrate it!

  1. Did you catch on to the songs for the players as they walked up to the plate? My favorite song was for 최지냉. I still sing it with my son sometimes.

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    • Hi Paul,

      Thanks for the comment! Yes! That was a great aspect of the game. I’m not sure which song that was but I did like the one from Indiana Jones. I also thought the opposing team had some great music. Do they always do the “slow wave”? That was one of the coolest things I’ve seen as well.

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      • The slow wave was performed during both games we saw this past April. In the 90s I used to see them play once in a while in Cheongju. The Eagles used to play a handful of games in that stadium next to the sports arena where they hold the craft fair. I definitely don’t remember the slow wave then, but those fans in Cheongju where nothing like the faithfuls currently in place at Hanbat Stadium. It’s such an intimate stadium with great views and thunderous roars from the 12,000 or so in the stands. Especially on a walk off win too! Thanks for sharing your perspective on the place I called home for seven years.

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