ACS Camp Henry hosts family adventure trip to Gyeong-ju
DAEGU GARRISON — Taking advantage of an opportunity to travel back in time and learn more about South Korea’s rich history, Camp Henry’s Army Community Service (ACS) hosted an all day Family Adventure trip to Gyeongju April 20. Despite the cold and rainy weather, members of the USAG Daegu community gathered during the early morning hour to head off to what for some, would become a most enjoyable and memorable experience.
Hosted by USAG Daegu Army Community Center’s Family Advocacy Program (FAP) the event was well-received. According to Carmen Ortiz, Education/Prevention Specialist, ACS, “The FAP is committed to Army Soldiers and Families, as well as the prevention and treatment of domestic violence. We believe every trip and activity we provide gives our Soldiers and families the opportunity to spend more quality time together. This enables family to enhance relationship skills and improve their quality of life by spending time together. Also, children are able to learn so much more by traveling than from sitting in a classroom. Traveling exposes families to so much more than a book or magazine.”
The FAP specialist added, “Attendees can experience different cultures, smell the local markets, taste different foods, visit places where there is limited contact with the rest of the world, listen to music played with instruments they did not know and see how living conditions vary in different countries and within different cities. I hope more families would come and join us on future trips.”
On this trip, participants visited three destinations, the Bulguksa Temple, the Folk Craft Village and the Gyeong-ju National Museum. The Bulguksa Temple is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Gyeong-ju. In the temple are a lot of national treasures. A lot of pottery stores along the path on the Folkcraft Village were filled with creatively designed potteries. Some stores sold various decorations carved with Korean traditional motifs and Korean traditional costumes.
One of participants, Kim, Bo-Seon, Intern, ACS, highlighted the importance of cultural exchange opportunities offered by the family adventure trip. The intern expressed her view of the all day family event. She said, “Not only did Americans have an opportunity to learn about the Korean culture, but by talking with them I learned a lot about their culture.”