13.152 Gold Combo

Cycle 13 – Item 152

6 (Mon) June 2022

Gold Combo


at Lotte Cinema Wirye

-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-

w IZ

Today is Hyeonchung-il (현충일), a national holiday in Korea.

Until a few days ago, I didn’t know what the day signified (or probably I did at some in the 20-plus years that I’ve lived here, but forgot).  If asked, I would’ve guessed that it celebrates something obscure, like arbor day.  The term “hyeonchung” – used only in the context of the holiday, like “arbor” in arbor day (I’d bet 90% of Americans don’t know what Arbor Day is for) – means “an act of loyalty,” which is typically cryptic of highbrow words derived from ancient Chinese characters.  Turns out that it’s Memorial Day, as I (re)learned when W was explaining it to IZ over dinner the other evening.  Apparently, a siren rings all over the country at 10:00 to alert everyone to pray together for those who have died in military service, but I can’t recall ever noticing (I was probably asleep).

Anyway, IZ and I took the free afternoon to watch Jurassic World: Dominion.

I am so pleased that Korea now sells beer at concession stands (must’ve happened sometime while we were in the Philippines).  It inevitably forces me to run to the bathroom after about an hour and a half and miss a couple minutes of the movie, but totally worth it.

Fortunately, Korea has recently lifted the ban on consuming food and beverage inside the screening room.  Under the stricter pandemic restrictions, moviegoers could purchase items but had to finish them in the lobby (or sneak them in).



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