Hyundai Spring Festival

A while ago I wrote about the autumn gathering and now it is the turn for the Spring festival. This is a very different day, it is a team family fun day – we were on the blue team. Also, it is held in Ulsan, which mean we could get the public bus there rather than have to take the HHI (Hyundai Heavy Industries) bus. It is held on a soccer pitch, which unfortunately meant there was very little shade – and it was a toasty day, rising up to 27 degrees.

The day started with a taekwondo demonstration from the Ulsan University team, which was stunning! It was demonstration choreographed taekwondo, with a story running though it – boy and girl fall in love, girl is taken prisoner, boy fights to rescue her but is fatally injured, girl kicks ass.

IMG_1666 IMG_1669 The high kicks were astounding, they did a run up and then used the other team members as steps before kicking the high up board.

IMG_1670 IMG_1678After the opening fireworks the games started, first up there was a candy run, where the children had to roll over the mat, crawl though the tunnel and then eat a sweet covered in icing sugar without using their hands and then claim their prize of a bubble gun. Gregor was very patient and waited until the last group to go (as he wanted to let the little kids go first) but they had run out of bubble guns.

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The dissapointment didn’t last long as it was my turn to enter a race – the train relay. This involved 30 people per team running a relay of 6 groups of 5 people each that were inside a rope ladder, so had to run as a train. Blue team (my one) came first closely followed by red. My prize for being part of the winning team – a large Snoopy in space towel. Rather random, but I won’t turn a nice towel down.

There was plenty to see and do with stalls all around with food and drink and even a pottery tent – my children can sniff out clay from miles away and make a beeline for it. They made 2 pots each which are drying on the windowsills now.


Katrine had success at one of the throwing games and won, yep, another towel!

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Not long after lunch the heat and sun just got too much as we headed home – so we missed the tug-of-war and other games, but we had had a lot of fun with all our friends.



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janice
    May 16, 2013 @ 10:20:57

    Hi, I am enjoying your site. We are in the beginning stages of preparing to move to Ulsan- Hyundai Compound. I feel like I have so many questions and your blog has answered many. Is there any way to get more information about the housing options. We have two small children 2 and 3.5. Thanks so much.


    • Esther Haydock
      May 16, 2013 @ 10:28:28

      Which company are you coming out with, as that can affect your housing options. Lots of people with children that age stay in or close to the foreigner compound as there is a pre-school there and mums and toddler groups.It is very hard to find a house here and nearly everyone is in apartments. Which can be low rise of 4-6 levels or all the way up to 50 high in Exordium. There are several apartment complexes near the compound; santa ville is very close, and there is a Prugio and ipark nearby as well. Saying that there are people with those age children in new and old downtown and it is easy to get between the two.


  2. Janice
    May 16, 2013 @ 11:12:18

    We are coming with Noble. The HFC and NFA have been suggested. I would love for my oldest to be in school for 1/2 days (I saw that on one pamphlet- 9-12 for 3-4 yr. olds). It is difficult to look at layouts and determine which of the two would be best (NFA of HFC). I think we are leaning towards the HFC… is it hard to secure a house there? Thank you… any info would help greatly!


    • Esther Haydock
      May 16, 2013 @ 12:18:25

      It is very hard to get a house on the compound but you should be able to get an apartment. I know another Nobel mum with three year olds on the compound. The advantages of the compound are: very close to school/club house, straight away social group. Advantages of NFC: newer apartments and closer to the yard. Dong-gu is not big so easy to get between the two. There are also non-hyundai apartments which tend to be bigger. Around the apartments there are lots of play spaces for the children.

      If you are on facebook there are a few really good groups/pages: ulsan online, HFC Clubhouse!, ulsan parents group, Flik HHI and Flik magazine.


  3. Janice
    May 17, 2013 @ 08:46:27

    Hi, Thank you for all the information. I have been online for hours looking at all the options. I have looked at all the information you suggested… thank you!! I looked into the compound and at the moment there is not a whole lot available. I am not sure if there is a high turnover? If you have any other thoughts or suggestions it would be great. Thanks so much. Janice


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