As the year’s sixth typhoon Khanun moved northward toward the Korean Peninsula, participants in the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Saemangeum, an estuarine tidal flat in Buan-gun County, Jeollabuk-do Province, on Aug. 8 were evacuated at 10 a.m. from their campsite. Korea.net visited Saemangeum from Aug. 5-7 right before the evacuation to see scouts from around the world enjoy the event regardless of nationality and race. On Cultural Exchange Day on Aug. 6, scouts wore the traditional costumes of their respective countries and tried a variety of cuisines to experience and interact with each other’s cultures. The following are photos from this global event.
Buan-gun County, Jeollabuk-do Province
By Cao Thi Ha and Yoon Seungjin
Photos = Cao Thi Ha
Sri Lankan scouts dressed in ves natuma, the traditional dance costume of their country, on the afternoon of Aug. 5 take a photo with visitors and scouts from other countries at the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Saemangeum, an estuarine tidal flat in Buan-gun County, Jeollabuk-do Province.
Scouts and visitors at the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Saemangeum on Aug. 5 write and draw on a coloring wall with Korean tourist landmarks set up by the Korea Tourism Organization at the entrance of the campsite. Inscribed with the phrase “Color Your Korea” in large letters, the wall is filled with messages from scouts about their visit to Korea, cultural interactions and experiences, and K-pop.
The Black Eagles, the aerobatics team of the Republic of Korea Air Force, on Aug. 6 put on a 30-minute show in the sky over the campsite of the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Saemangeum. The planes caught the eyes of scouts by forming heart and rainbow shapes under the theme “Dreams.”
Scouts on the afternoon of Aug. 6 snap photos of the air show by the Black Eagles, the aerobatics team of the Republic of Korea Air Force, at the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Saemangeum. They expressed awe at the spectacular aerobatic maneuvers while watching, with quite a few scouts saying, “Wow, that’s cool.”
World Scout Jamboree participants on Aug. 6 in Saemangeum receive around 20,000 servings of ice cream to cool off from the heat wave after watching the air show by the Republic of Korea Air Force’s flying team Black Eagles.
Scouts from Vietnam on Aug. 6 pose for a photo in their traditional costume ao dai at a Cultural Exchange Day event on the sidelines of the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Saemangeum. The day featured scouts learning about other cultures while roaming around the campground wearing the traditional costumes of their respective countries.
Hungarian scouts on Aug. 6 pose for a photo at their food tent in Saemangeum at the 25th World Scout Jamboree. They smiled when a Korea.net reporter called their tent “the prettiest and coolest.”
Scouts on Aug. 6 cool off by splashing water at the campsite of the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Saemangeum.
Scouts and daily visitors to the Canadian subcamp in Saemangeum of the 25th World Scout Jamboree on Aug. 7 listen as Canadian scouts describe their country’s culture and their organization’s history. The minimum requirements for a participating delegation in the Jamboree were a patrol of nine members and one leader, with four patrols equal to one unit (36 members and four leaders) and 50 units forming one subcamp (2,000 members).
A long line on Aug. 7 forms in front of a water slide to cool off at the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Saemangeum. Egyptian Amir Achaia said, “It’s a shame that today is the last activity due to the typhoon,” adding, “I’ll enjoy the remaining time as much as possible.”
World Scout Jamboree participants on Aug. 7 visit the souvenir shop in Saemangeum featuring items like the doll of the event’s tiger mascot Saebeomi.