Military families experience Korean history and culture in Asan

By Chaplain (Maj.) Christian Bang, Special to U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Public AffairsDecember 10, 2021

U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Soldiers and Family members prepare to ride a railbike along the scenic rails south of the Sinjungho Lake Park during a tour of Asan City Dec. 4, 2021. The event aimed to foster ready and resilient teams and strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance through a friendship opportunity with the Good Neighbor Program of Asan.
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U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Soldiers and Family members tour Asan City Dec. 4, 2021. The event aimed to foster ready and resilient teams and strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance through a friendship opportunity with the Good Neighbor Program of Asan.
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CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea (Dec. 10, 2021) – Twenty-eight U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Soldiers and Family members toured Asan City Dec. 4 and 5.

The event aimed to foster ready and resilient teams and strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance through a friendship opportunity with the Good Neighbor Program of Asan.

"This two-day city tour will be a great memory for my family. This trip provided an opportunity to explore nearby destinations that could otherwise be overlooked for foreigners,” said Staff Sgt. Lorenzo Gutierrez, an air traffic control equipment repairer who has been stationed in South Korea for one month. “It also provided a well-balanced dive into Korean culture by covering history, art, food, outdoor activities and shopping. We are very grateful for the opportunity to make meaningful memories and connections.”

The Asan City Hall sponsored the tour and coordinated with the garrison chaplain’s office to make the event available to Humphreys service members and families.

U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Soldiers and Family members make plates out of clay at the Pottery Exhibition Hall during a tour of Asan City Dec. 4, 2021. The event aimed to foster ready and resilient teams and strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance through a friendship opportunity with the Good Neighbor Program of Asan.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Soldiers and Family members make plates out of clay at the Pottery Exhibition Hall during a tour of Asan City Dec. 4, 2021. The event aimed to foster ready and resilient teams and strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance through a friendship opportunity with the Good Neighbor Program of Asan. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Soldiers and Family members tour Asan City Dec. 4, 2021. The event aimed to foster ready and resilient teams and strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance through a friendship opportunity with the Good Neighbor Program of Asan.
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U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Soldiers and Family members enjoy a meal at a Korean bulgogi restaurant during a tour of Asan City Dec. 4, 2021. The event aimed to foster ready and resilient teams and strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance through a friendship opportunity with the Good Neighbor Program of Asan.
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Soldiers and Family members enjoy a meal at a Korean bulgogi restaurant during a tour of Asan City Dec. 4, 2021. The event aimed to foster ready and resilient teams and strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance through a friendship opportunity with the Good Neighbor Program of Asan. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

The tour group visited Asan Oeam-Ri Folk Village, Maengssi Haengdan, and made plates out of clay at the Pottery Exhibition Hall. The participants enjoyed the Dogo World Botanical Garden and the railbike ride along the scenic rails south of the Sinjungho Lake Park.

The participants also experienced a 150-meter Asan Ecological Environment Insect Park tower, traditional market, Onyang Folk Village, and a meal at a Korean bulgogi restaurant.

The city tour was a chance for Army Soldiers and Families to share quality time together over the weekend. In addition, the event provided the Soldiers and their Families an opportunity to learn about Korean culture and history and gave the local Korean community time to get to know U.S. Soldiers and their Families stationed on the peninsula.