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Gosapo Beach (고사포해변)

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Gosapo Beach and Haseom Island – South Korea

During certain tides, the East China Sea (or maybe this is the Yellow Sea? I’m not sure where one ends and the other begins) will part between this beach and the island in the distance. During those brief periods you can walk out to the island. I think they call it something in Korean dealing with Moses. The rest of the time, you need to rent a tube to get out there or just swim.

Koreans playing hanafuda

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Korean hanafuda

I frequently see Koreans playing games with Japanese hanafuda cards. Alcohol is always involved, usually large amounts of soju. According to Wikipedia, “in South Korea, the cards are called Hwatu (화투)” and “the name literally translates as battle of flowers.” Two of the most common Hwatu games are Go-stop (고스톱) and Seotda (섯다). Again, according to Wiki, “Hwatu is very commonly played in South Korea during special holidays such as the Lunar New Years, and also during the Korean holiday of Chuseok (추석).” I haven’t seen it limited to these occasions. It is hard to not go for a hike, take a bike ride, or just walk past a park in the neighborhood without seeing a group of Koreans playing. If only I could speak Korean; I could join in…