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* Date : 2016-03-21

Winter Preparation in Korea

As a member of Magnum Photos since 1975, Richard Kalvar has expressed human sentiments by the way of unique facial expressions seen through his humorous and witty perspective. He now embarks on a winter trip with his travel mate Lee Ye-na, a composer of Korean traditional music and geomungo player, to capture the expressions of Koreans preparing for the coming winter.

Korea with its distinct four seasons gets ready for a long, hard winter every November. Hachu Village in Inje-gun, Gangwon-do Province, where Korea's last thanksgiving festival is held, celebrates autumn harvests and thanks the gods for granting them food to last the winter by hosting a thanksgiving ceremony and the village's own Dorikkae Festival.

Hongcheon in Gangwon-do Province has always experienced food shortage in winter. So the villagers are banding together to make siraegi, emergency winter food. The green radish tops are cut and hung up to dry in the shade for two or three months to make siraegi, which has more vitamin C than lemons and is rich in dietary fiber. This nutritious food has now attained the status of a well-being food and is even exported overseas, but it's long been a symbol of hard times, as it was eaten as porridge instead of rice to sustain hungry families through the harsh winters of Gangwon.

In every November the entire nation undertakes a winter preparation event called kimjang. Kimjang, the collective tradition of making massive amounts of kimchi to last a winter, was inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2013. Richard experiences various kimjang styles at a mountain village in Hongcheon, where a whole family gets together to do kimjang the old-fashioned way, and at Sumi Village in Gyeonggi-do Province where urban families come to learn how to make kimjang.

The pair of travelers stop by Buseoksa Temple in Seosan, Chungcheongnam-do Province to savor the early winter scenery and Ye-na's geomungo performance. Then they visit the winter tidal flats near a fishing village in Seosan. The mud flats where the tides have receded are dotted with workers digging for wild oysters available only in November. Richard witnesses the island women's tenacious struggles to make a living and captures their winter preparation activities.

The 11th episode of In Frame Season 3 shows Korea's typical communal spirit, which puts "we" ahead of "I," through the country's winter preparation traditions passed down through many generations. Check out the "Winter Preparation in Korea" episode at 8:00AM on Monday, December 28th, 2015, on Arirang TV.

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