Any ex-pat in South Korea worth her kimchi knows about the “big three” ancient kingdoms of Korea — Silla, Baekje, and Goguryeo. However, not far from lovely Daegu, are the remains of a smaller ancient kingdom known as Dae-gaya, which was later invaded and absorbed into the more powerful Silla kingdom.
My adult students, as is their wont, occassionally decide we should forego an English class and instead take a “field trip,” so off we went to the Daegaya Museum built at the foot of a series of burial mounds about an hour west of Daegu. Also, lunch.
Korean museums tend to do a good job of being kid-friendly, and even on a weekday you’re going to run into tons of school and hagwon groups out for a day of adventure.
I wonder how the teachers and museum guides broach perhaps the most controversial aspect of Daegaya culture — the practice of human sacrifice when a king died. Similar to ancient Egypt, no small number of his aides and soldiers and cooks and concubines were expected to be buried with his passing eminence. Very grim.
Overall, another great day out with my adult students and a little personal edumacation as to one of the lesser-known bits of ancient Korean history.
We stopped at a little hole-in-the-wall famous for galchi-tang, or knife-fish soup. The soup was ok, but the galchi-gui was better (grilled style).