Hyundai Autumn Gathering

This Saturday was the annual Hyundai Autumn Gathering, where all the people whose companies are working with Hyundai Heavy Industries (so not the car making bit, but the big boats, oils rigs etc…)  go on a big day out.  It is worth noting that this is he world’s largest shipyard so that is a lot of people from all round the world, there were 18 coaches leaving Ulsan, with lots of people taking their own cars.

What made this day so much more fun, is that we really had no clue what was going on. We were told where and when we were getting the bus and that was it. The day before we were given our t-shirts, a long sleeve nylon thing – mine was burnt orange colour (I didn’t wear it as it is just too hot for long sleeves, and it is hideous) and a schedule of the day.  At 1 o’clock we had to be at on bus which was leaving from Exordium, which is just the other side of the river from us. We then drove north for about an hour, so I am guessing we were near the old capital city, Gyeongju but we went to a carpark and had to line up in our projects.

Then there was photos, firstly of everybody and then each project at a time. This took an age and the kids were getting very bored. The red and yellow bags you can see are the goodie bags, containing some water, a chocolate bar and a bright orange towel. After the photos there are a group warm-up dance! And what else could it be but Gangnam Style, the K-Pop hit sensation of the year  It was interesting that all of the children and most of the women knew the song, but very very few of the guys.

After the warm up we were split into two groups, those going to the museum and those going for the hike, I figured being outside would be much better for the kids so had opted for the hike. Here we are setting off along the road, nice and easy going to start with.

We saw lots of rice being dried on the side of the road, and even in the car park. Rice is one of the few Korean words I now know, Bab – 밥 .

We then headed off road and on to the track to climb the hill.

It got pretty steep and was quite a scramble at times.

Stopping to admire the view, about half way up.

It was 3km up to the top, but we all made it, Katrine and Gregor were a bit quicker than me, but I got there.

The view from the top.

Then it was a scramble to get back down passing a lotus lake.

At the bottom there was welcome refreshment, with these fun frozen ice-cream pouches.

Before heading back to the buses and driving the ten minutes to Hotel Hyundai (where else could you go?) and a big buffet in the garden. Fortunately we brought our fleeces as it was getting cold by then.

Walking to the toilets though the woods.

Then there was entertainment with a few different singing groups and dancers and a beer drinking contest.

During which the children discovered a play area and disappeared off, with only occasional glimpses of them as they ran past.

The evening finished with fireworks, only 50 minutes later than scheduled.

Back to the buses for the final time for the hour drive home, then a taxi back here. So we got in at 11.30, very tired but happy as Richard had arrived home from the UK and was there waiting for us. He missed all the fun.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 15:12:55

    In the interests of full disclosure, I think there should have been a photo of you modelling the hideous, nylon, orange garment.


    • Esther Haydock
      Oct 15, 2012 @ 15:16:37

      I didn’t even put it on! One of my friends borrowed it as she was getting cold in the evening and still has it.


  2. Sandra Howells
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 18:36:41

    Shame Richard missed it, did he get an orange jumper thing as well be default as it were? a matching pair would be good!! A good day.


  3. Nigel & Tessa Dearsley
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 21:44:37

    So enjoying all your news and photos – giving us an insight into your lives and Korea – looks to be a fascinating country – and so beautiful!


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