A Travellerspoint blog

January 2013

Deogyusan hike

I tried to wake up early today, but it wasn't early enough. I took the bus to Jeonju, and then another bus to Muju and then ANOTHER bus to Gu-cheong, or something like that.

The driver on the Gu-cheong bus dropped me off 2 km from where I wanted to be. He thought I was going skiing, which I was not.

The next bus didn't come for another hour, so I just walked to the trailhead, grumbling the whole time.

However, it was a very nice hike. I went 1.5 hours in and just made it to a well preserved temple. It was destroyed in the Korean war, but built back up again in the 1960s. I don't think many people visit it because of the hike, so I think it's my favourite temple so far. When I came back out, was just in time to make the last bus home. I had to sort of run down the mountain to catch it, actually. Luckily this last bus went straight to Jeonju and I didn't have to switch in Muju again.

I was so tired, that I didn't notice that the bus driver gave me back too much change. I actually thought he gave me less change than I was supposed to get, so I yelled at him for about five minutes. Neither of us quite understanding each other. Every time he saw me after that, he said something mean to me in Korean. It was a long bus ride.

Muju bridge

Muju bridge


Muju river

Muju river


Me vs. Muju

Me vs. Muju


Muju river

Muju river


The mountangs

The mountangs


On the way up there are some statues

On the way up there are some statues


The frozen river

The frozen river


The frozen river

The frozen river


The very well maintained trail

The very well maintained trail


The frozen river

The frozen river


Baengyeonsa Temple entrance

Baengyeonsa Temple entrance


Steps to the temple

Steps to the temple


Steps to Baengyeonsa Temple

Steps to Baengyeonsa Temple


Nice statues!

Nice statues!


Me vs. mountangs

Me vs. mountangs


At the top of Baengyeonsa Temple

At the top of Baengyeonsa Temple


At the top of Baengyeonsa Temple

At the top of Baengyeonsa Temple


Me vs. buddha

Me vs. buddha


How do I look this hot after a 1.5 hour hike???

How do I look this hot after a 1.5 hour hike???


Baengyeonsa Temple

Baengyeonsa Temple

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American grocery shopping

Amazing. There is NOTHING Korean in this store. I got turkey bacon and also some real cheese. Can you believe it?

Also, I took some shots of the dorms and other things.

Then I brought Dave back to Iksan to pick up all his stuff. We stopped for lunch and I accidentally ordered...worms...

Worms...

Worms...


Me in America store

Me in America store


ENGLISH CEREAL!

ENGLISH CEREAL!


I'M ON A BASE

I'M ON A BASE


The dorms

The dorms


Some stores?

Some stores?


Gunsan train station

Gunsan train station

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I'M ON A BASE!

After the hike, I went to Dave's place on the base. Check out that alliteration. It was kind of intense. At the gate, they take your ID and give you a visitor card. Then, you can stay there for 24 hours as long as you are accompanied by someone from the base.

It was a "hail and farewell" day, so a bunch of people were out wearing their team jerseys. For example, Dave has one that says "weapons". Other people have other things on their jerseys that I can't remember now.

We went to A-Town to observe the prostitutes and drunk people and then we took the drunk bus home, which was even crazier. These are the heroes protecting your freedom, ladies and gentlemen.

The drunk bus

The drunk bus


Kunsan stole my soul

Kunsan stole my soul


Me and the drunk people

Me and the drunk people


The drunk bus

The drunk bus


Dave and the drunk bus

Dave and the drunk bus


My visitor card

My visitor card

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Maisan, horse ear mountain

So, I finally got a travel book about Korea and now I am going crazy crossing things off my list. My American military buddy, Dave came with me.

We went to Maisan mountain which was an easy bus trip to Jinan from Jeonju. The top of the mountain was closed, so we could only hike up halfway on a lonnnnnnnnnnng flight of stairs. On the way down, we found the piles of rocks that a monk made without any cement. They've been there a long time, like the inukshuks in Canada.

A Korean women kind of kidnapped us, but she found us a quicker bus back to Jeonju. It was honestly the craziest bus ride in my life. He went around the curves and we got thrown around the bus. I took a video, enjoy.

Maisan temple

Maisan temple


Me with glasses

Me with glasses


Downtown Jinan

Downtown Jinan


Me vs. Jinan

Me vs. Jinan


Ginseng street lamps

Ginseng street lamps


Dave vs. tentacles

Dave vs. tentacles


Guy making noodles

Guy making noodles


Me vs. red bean donut

Me vs. red bean donut


Me vs. Maisan

Me vs. Maisan


Maisan and our kidnapper

Maisan and our kidnapper


The stairs up

The stairs up


The mountain and the temple

The mountain and the temple


Dave and the mountain

Dave and the mountain


Me and the mountain

Me and the mountain


Me and Dave and the mountain

Me and Dave and the mountain


Stone pile

Stone pile


Frozen waterfall

Frozen waterfall


Stone piles

Stone piles


Lots of stone piles

Lots of stone piles


Dave on the chicken bus

Dave on the chicken bus


Dave and stone pile

Dave and stone pile


Some paddle boats

Some paddle boats

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Touring Namwon

We slept over at Jenna's house. In the morning I played a bunch of Ben Folds music and no one knew what it was. I was preparing for the big concert in February.

After that, we hiked up the mountain and met Ryan and her boyfriend Jake for coffee, where they have some of the best coffee I've had in Korea yet.

Then, we went to the place where Chunhyang met her husband. It's a big story in Korea, I'll paste it here from Wikipedia.

MongRyong who always studies hard, goes out to get some fresh air. He sees ChunHyang on a swing and it's love at first sight. He orders his servant, BangJa to ask ChunHyang to come to him but she refuses. MongRyong goes to talk to ChunHyang's mother, Walmae, to ask permission to marry ChunHyang; Walmae gives her permission and the two young people marry that day.

MongRyong's father, a government official, has to move to another region, so MongRyong has to leave ChunHyang to follow his father. After he leaves, a new lord comes to ChunHyang's village. The new lord is greedy and selfish- he always wastes his time at partying with courtesans. ChunHyang, renowned for her beauty, is forced to come to his party. Although ChunHyang is not a courtesan the lord treats her like one because her mother is a courtesan. So he compels her to sleep with him, but ChunHyang keeps refusing because she is married. The lord gets angry and imprisons her. He decides to punish her on his birthday.

MongRyong wins first place in a state examination and he becomes a secret royal inspector, who investigates and prosecutes corrupt government officials as an undercover emissary of the king. Under disguise, he comes to ChunHyang's village and finds out what happened to ChunHyang and the misbehavior of the lord. He must conceal his real identity so he acts like an insane person and wears mendicant clothes. Despite his mendicancy, ChunHyang still loves him and asks her mother to take good care of him.

At the lord's birthday celebration, MongRyong comes in and makes a satirical poem about the misbehavior of the lord, but the lord does not understand the poem. MongRyong discloses his real position and punishes the lord. At first, ChunHyang cannot recognize MongRyong and he tests her faith by asking her to spend a night with him. ChunHyang, who still cannot recognize him, refuses him as well. However, she recognizes him soon and they live happily ever after

Soooo after that, we had some mud fish soup, which Natalie recommended to me. It's some sort of Namwon specialty. It wasn't the best, I wouldn't have it again.

We made our way back to Iksan pretty much right after that. We'll probably be back soon, I think I'll go for sure in May anyway, for the big Chunhyang festival.

The river

The river


Me on the heart bridge

Me on the heart bridge


Me under the heart

Me under the heart


Halfway up

Halfway up


At the top

At the top


Namwon

Namwon


Namwon

Namwon


Jenna and Nicole

Jenna and Nicole


Totem poles

Totem poles


Plaques about Chunhyang

Plaques about Chunhyang


Chunyang swing

Chunyang swing


Bridge

Bridge


Me and the bridge

Me and the bridge


Bridge

Bridge


Jenna smashing the ice on the mosaic

Jenna smashing the ice on the mosaic


Me at Joon's Cafe

Me at Joon's Cafe


Nicole at Joon's Cafe

Nicole at Joon's Cafe


Tea at Joon's Cafe

Tea at Joon's Cafe


Tea at Joon's Cafe

Tea at Joon's Cafe


Joon's Cafe

Joon's Cafe


Cat on the fence

Cat on the fence


Chunhyang place

Chunhyang place


Chunhyang place

Chunhyang place


Me on the famous bridge

Me on the famous bridge


The story of Chunhyang

The story of Chunhyang


The story of Chunhyang

The story of Chunhyang


Little statues in the houses

Little statues in the houses


The big swing

The big swing


The big swing

The big swing


The big swing

The big swing


The big swing

The big swing


The big swing

The big swing


Me vs. "mud fish soup"

Me vs. "mud fish soup"


The main street in Namwon

The main street in Namwon


The main street in Namwon

The main street in Namwon

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We went to Namwon

After tutoring Nicole and I went to Namwon to hang out with her old friends where she used to live.

We met up with them at a barbecue place called I Love and had some makeoli in rustic cups. I met the woman who used to be Lunette from the Big Comfy Couch (the stage show, not the TV show, let's be clear about that) Her name is Ryan, she is one interesting person.

Me vs. Makeoli

Me vs. Makeoli


Me and Nicole

Me and Nicole

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Crazy press junket with K

After coming home from the dentist and flaking out on the warm floor, I got a message from K.

"Hey where are you?"

"At home, why?"

"OK, I'm coming, we are going to the sea."

"OK... see you soon!"

He didn't tell me what was going on, but we drove for a really long way and then all of a sudden stopped in a parking lot in the middle of nowhere. K said we are "switching cars" and then we got into a fancy SUV with a very fancily dressed man. For a minute, I thought maybe I was being kidnapped and taken to North Korea... but it didn't turn out that way.

The whole drive there, K and his smartly dressed friend Lee were chatting away in Korean. I was staring out the window, trying to remember where exactly they were taking me to sell me to the communists, so that I could tell the police later. I tried distracting my brain away from these paranoid thoughts by remembering my favourite boy and hoping that he would come and rescue me from the North Korean work camp that they must have been secretly transporting me to. I mean what other reason were they "switching cars" for? They couldn't have been carpooling to save gas right?

What really happened though, was we went to the tourist town of Boryeong, home of the famous mud festival. They had invited K there to sample their live fish and write about it on his blog. This dapper looking fellow had something to do with K's blog, he was not a member of an evil communist gang after all.

We ate LOTS of seafood, including sea cucumber and live octopus which was boiled alive on the table in front of us (they get so scared that they squirt all of their ink out into the pot and then you get this black liquid in which to boil the rest of the seafood that you eat).

We had "bird fish" which is some type of shellfish, a HUGE PILE of oysters, all kinds of sashimi, and of course as much somek as we could drink. Enjoy my crazy videos.

Me in the car not getting kidnapped

Me in the car not getting kidnapped


I don't know what the face is for

I don't know what the face is for


Korean pancake and Lee

Korean pancake and Lee


Me vs. oyster

Me vs. oyster


K taking photos

K taking photos


a PILE of sashimi

a PILE of sashimi


Me vs. sashimi

Me vs. sashimi


Me vs. insanely fresh octopus

Me vs. insanely fresh octopus


Me vs. "bird fish"

Me vs. "bird fish"


The restaurant owner

The restaurant owner


Many clams!

Many clams!


Restaurant owner

Restaurant owner


Me and K

Me and K


Me and restaurant owner

Me and restaurant owner


Other table

Other table


Lee with sea cucumber

Lee with sea cucumber


Me vs. sea cucumber

Me vs. sea cucumber


I think it's karaoke time...

I think it's karaoke time...


Me on the beach at night

Me on the beach at night


The beach at night

The beach at night


The strip at night

The strip at night

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GINSENG CHICKEN

Diner's Club got back on the authentic Korean dish bandwagon last week. Thank god, because I was so sick of horrible western style Asian food, I was about to die.

Here is me freaking out over my chicken.

And doing an impromptu selfie photoshoot while I waited for Nicole in the hallways. We always walk to diner's club, in an effort to make room for all the delicious food we eat... I think it works a little, maybe.

Selfie

Selfie


Selfie

Selfie


Selfie

Selfie


Selfie

Selfie

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Back to Gunsan

Nicole and I both had Thursday off, so in order to make it epic, we went back to Gunsan. We had a crazy dinner and walked around looking for a teapot. That's it.

Map of Iksan

Map of Iksan


Playdoh Bible

Playdoh Bible


Playdoh Adam and Eve

Playdoh Adam and Eve


Kong bul dinner

Kong bul dinner


Me vs. Kong Bul

Me vs. Kong Bul

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Baesan mountain

Miss Ashley Colorado calls this one a hill, but my neighbour Nicole and I climbed it anyway. It was pretty slippery, but an easy and very convenient hike. It's just around the corner from my house.

Steep climb

Steep climb


Me and Nicole at the top

Me and Nicole at the top


Baesan Mountain

Baesan Mountain


They liked us a lot

They liked us a lot


Me vs. bamboo

Me vs. bamboo

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Mixing business with pleasure

I got back to Korea right on time. I thought I had to go to work for Monday, but when I got there, they looked at me surprised that I was there, and then told me to go home and not come back till Wednesday. I immediately began to cry, because I could have had more days in Canada with my favourite people!

Luckily though, K was having an adventure the next day, so I went with him and his friend to a business meeting in Gunsan.

My batteries died so you only get iPod photos. They are terrible, sorry.

At the business meeting

At the business meeting


At the business meeting

At the business meeting


Gunsan has a giant dike

Gunsan has a giant dike


Industrial harbour

Industrial harbour


Juk!

Juk!


K and friend at seaside restaurant

K and friend at seaside restaurant


Me vs. sea

Me vs. sea


The golden sea

The golden sea


Seaside restaurant

Seaside restaurant


Beach

Beach


Me vs. wintry beach

Me vs. wintry beach


Beach

Beach


Me vs. beach

Me vs. beach


A little boardwalk

A little boardwalk


Fishing village vs. K

Fishing village vs. K


Is he catching anything?

Is he catching anything?


Fishing on the cliff

Fishing on the cliff


Me vs. cliff

Me vs. cliff


Beautiful seaside

Beautiful seaside


K vs. camera

K vs. camera

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Poor Otis

Eric's dog Otis was sick so we visited him in the vet's office.

Later we went into the woods and found the vast tundra beside Netherby Road. It was exhilarating for Sandy.

Otis

Otis


The vast tundra of Stevensville

The vast tundra of Stevensville

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Short Hills Park

Now that I'm looking at all my pictures, I never got any at home or with any other people! I'm sorry. But, that means next time, we need more people to come with us on hikes.

This would have been a really awesome hike if we turned right instead of left at the first intersection. But who am I to judge?

A little stream

A little stream


We are so cute

We are so cute


Me on the bridge

Me on the bridge


Crazy waterfall at the mill

Crazy waterfall at the mill

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A little urban exploration in Welland

My aunt and uncle came over for New Year's Day instead of Christmas. My other aunt, uncle and cousin came over sometime before that. I hung out with the Girl Guide leaders another day and Aleasha and Bill came over a few days before. So it kind of spread all the visiting and parties out a bit. It was more relaxed that way.

My first hike of the year was to the train tunnel in Welland where it was spooky, windy and icy.

Train tracks

Train tracks


Train tracks

Train tracks


Eric on the ladder

Eric on the ladder


Me vs. Main Street tunnel

Me vs. Main Street tunnel


Eric vs. tunnel

Eric vs. tunnel


Icy

Icy


Ice

Ice


Icy

Icy


Me vs. ice

Me vs. ice


Welland Canal

Welland Canal


A giant boat in the canal

A giant boat in the canal


A giant fish in the aquarium

A giant fish in the aquarium


A giant fish in the aquarium

A giant fish in the aquarium


A giant fish in the aquarium

A giant fish in the aquarium


He follows your finger

He follows your finger


A giant boat in the canal

A giant boat in the canal

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