A Travellerspoint blog

April 2013

Another temple in Gongju

Amy has a car, so she takes people on trips to many places on the weekend. This time, she was going to a temple that happened to be on my route. So, I went.

I am still stuffed up and snot is constantly running down my face. I don't know if I'm allergic to the dust from China, or if I just have a cold. Kind of makes me worried about going to China in September.

I met Amy, Jessica and Stuart at the Dunkin Donuts and filled up my pockets with an insane amount of napkins. I quickly ran out.

We drove about two hours and got to the temple, where there is a "mind-washing" bridge and there happened to be a spring festival going on. We wandered around, did a stamp picture, which soon was ruined from the rain and ate some bibimbap. I was so sick the whole time, the ride home was kind of painful and tiring. I could notttttt breathe.

Amy showed me how to bow to the Buddha, so I really appreciated that. I will know what to do next time I go to another temple!

Me and Stuart

Me and Stuart


Magok temple

Magok temple


Magok temple

Magok temple


Magok temple with lanterns

Magok temple with lanterns


Magok temple with lanterns

Magok temple with lanterns


Magok temple with lanterns

Magok temple with lanterns


Magok temple Mind washing bridge

Magok temple Mind washing bridge


Me vs. mind washing bridge

Me vs. mind washing bridge


Massive bowl of bibimbap

Massive bowl of bibimbap


Me and Jessica

Me and Jessica


Me vs. bibimbap

Me vs. bibimbap


Magok temple

Magok temple


Magok temple

Magok temple

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More hot springsssssss

It was raining again when we woke up, a lot. So outside things were cancelled.

Even though it's the end of April, we drove through snow to get to Yuseong. Canadians aren't the only ones getting a crazy spring this year.

Yuseong is a suburb of Daejeon and well known for many hot springs. They seemed like a good destination. Dave had never been to a "gingerbong" before so that was funny to make him frolic with hundreds of naked Korean men. I think he liked it, because we went to two. There's a lot of places to choose from, and I wasn't sure where to go, so we went to the most popular spa and a large jimjilbang.

The first one we went to had a bath but no steam room area, which is usually co-ed. It gets boring pretty fast when there is no one to talk to in the baths, so we went looking for one that will give you pyjamas and you can try different hot and cold steam rooms and lay in boiling hot piles of salt together. Hahaha. The cold room was at this one, and a lady in there put ice on our heads and tried to make us guess what the rocks looked like. Another room was about the temperature of lava. It burnt our faces off and we ran out.

All the pictures are about food, because I feel weird bringing a camera into a spa. Sorry.

Next week, hiking in Songnisan park, where there is a 33 metre tall golden Buddha: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264126

On the bus to Yuseong

On the bus to Yuseong


Dave vs. kimbap

Dave vs. kimbap


Dave vs. galbitang

Dave vs. galbitang


Dave vs. granita

Dave vs. granita


Me at Pascucci

Me at Pascucci


Me vs. green tea latte

Me vs. green tea latte

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Beomeosa Temple and home

Wouldn't you know it, I left my ring in the locker at the spa. Yun Gil called them, and they said it was still there, so we went back to pick it up.

After that, we went to Beomeosa temple, which was really super under construction and there wasn't a whole lot to see. I had my first temple lunch though! All vegetarian and really healthy for you. Rice/bean sprouts/seaweed/kimchi/cabbage soup/steamed cabbage. You wash your own dishes and it's free to anyone.

From there, we went home, because it was starting to get late and it started raining too.

This was also the last weekend for my favourite grey running shoes. There is an unrepairable hole in both toes and the tread has completely disintegrated. Goodbye running shoes.

Hotel balcony

Hotel balcony


Giant lanterns

Giant lanterns


Yun Gil and temple lunch

Yun Gil and temple lunch


Beomeosa

Beomeosa


Beomeosa

Beomeosa


Beomeosa

Beomeosa

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Long day in Busan

Since we woke up really early, we headed down to Jagalchi fish market. An incredible amount of suffocating fish on display, flopping around, trying to survive. None of them will get out alive though. They will just end up dead in someone's stomach. Tear. In the fish market, we strangely had some pig soup. I dunno, Yun Gil's idea. I didn't ask.

From there, we went to Taejongdae park, to see the rocky cliffs and bright white lighthouse. It was quite the hike, with many stairs and hills and climbing on things.

We were super tired at the end, so we went to Spaland! It's supposedly Asia's largest spa, someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but it was awesome! Lots of different water temperatures in the pools. There was also a finnish sauna and outside there were three different hot springs and an elaborate "foot bath" area. In the co-ed section there are at least 10 steam rooms with different themes like "Turkish" "Roman" "Soundwave". I dunno none of them really made sense to me, and they were also really hot, so we didn't stay there very long. Then, I got a massage in a crazy robot massager. It was painful, should've got a real massage.

After all that, we were starvinggggggg so we headed to the famous Haeundae beach where we got takeout noodles and had a picnic. It was super windy and cold, so we didn't stay long.

From there, we kept going to Yongung-sa temple. I guess the only reason it's famous is because it's perched on a cliff by the sea. They were preparing for Buddha's birthday, so there were a million strings set up for the lantern festival. I have to get me to a temple on May 18 weekend to see whatever it is they do for their version of Christmas weekend.

Jagalchi Market

Jagalchi Market


This is the rooster zodiac guy

This is the rooster zodiac guy


All 12 zodiac animals

All 12 zodiac animals


Yongung sa

Yongung sa


Yongung sa

Yongung sa


Yongung sa

Yongung sa


Yongungsa

Yongungsa


Music on Haeundae beach

Music on Haeundae beach


Windy on Haeundae!

Windy on Haeundae!


Yun Gil vs. Haeundae

Yun Gil vs. Haeundae


Haeundae

Haeundae


Haeundae

Haeundae


Noodles on the beach!

Noodles on the beach!


I don't know where this is

I don't know where this is


"Relaxation room"

"Relaxation room"


Me in my spa clothes

Me in my spa clothes


Foot bath area

Foot bath area


SHOE LOCKERS!

SHOE LOCKERS!


SPALAND!

SPALAND!


Busan subway

Busan subway


Pebble Beach in Taejongdae

Pebble Beach in Taejongdae


Pebble beach in Taejongdae

Pebble beach in Taejongdae


Pebble beach in Taejongdae

Pebble beach in Taejongdae


On top of the lighthouse

On top of the lighthouse


The lighthouse

The lighthouse


Taejongdae rocks

Taejongdae rocks


Colourful rocks

Colourful rocks


Me vs. Taejongdae

Me vs. Taejongdae


Taejongdae

Taejongdae


Taejongdae

Taejongdae


Taejongdae

Taejongdae


Taejongdae

Taejongdae


Taejongdae

Taejongdae


Taejongdae temple

Taejongdae temple


People walking dogs

People walking dogs


Jagalchi fish market

Jagalchi fish market


Jagalchi fish market

Jagalchi fish market


Jagalchi fish market

Jagalchi fish market


Jagalchi fish market

Jagalchi fish market


Hot soup

Hot soup


Hot soup

Hot soup


Busan film festival stuff

Busan film festival stuff

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I took the Mugungwha to Busan

It took foreverrrrrr. But it was fun.

I met Yun Gil on the second train and we went to a hostel that I picked. The hostel was horrible. The people were not nice, and we left early in the morning.

We had some french fries and chicken.

Me vs. chicken and fries

Me vs. chicken and fries


Yun Gil vs. chicken and fries

Yun Gil vs. chicken and fries

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Rain rain go away

We decided to stay in Suncheon for the night and early in the morning take whatever bus was leaving at 6 a.m. I thought it was going to Tongyeon, but it was only going to Gwangju. I guess I was tired, and reading the schedule wrong and also had too much of a positive attitude. Mandy knew it last night, but I was hopeful anyway that we wouldn't have to backtrack. In the morning, we went to Gwangju. Sigh.

When we got there, our bus to Tongyeon didn't leave for a few hours. It was raining and miserable when we finally got to the ferry terminal. As I suspected, none of the good boats were leaving anyway. Only one ferry to an island about 20 minutes from the mainland was leaving in about an hour. So we took that one.

The city of Tongyeong is really pretty and tropical, as are the islands southwards. They have a lot more vegetation than the other rocky islands that I've been to so far, and the blossoms on the trees are further along.

When we got there, there was absolutely nothing around. A bus took off before we even figured out where it was going, so we walked down the empty road until we came to a small pension (minbak).

It was all really confusing. I didn't feel like trying to communicate. All I wanted was a room and a map of the island, but this lady kept jabbering on. Good thing that Mandy was so patient with the crazy lady, who eventually managed to tell us some important information about the ferry, and also that there were no stores, saunas or restaurants nearby. I think it was probably only because of Mandy that we actually got any dinner or breakfast the next day. (Rice and kimchi and spam/jelly/peanut better sandwich)

For the rest of the night, we just lounged around. I finished the book I bought, drank some "maple rice wine" and half watched like, three hours of Law & Order, then went to bed.

Reeeeeeeeeelaxxxxxxxxxxxx.

Seoho market

Seoho market


Peanut butter spam jelly sandwich

Peanut butter spam jelly sandwich


Ferry

Ferry


Hansando

Hansando


Hansando

Hansando


Hansando

Hansando


Hansando

Hansando


Minbak

Minbak


Minbak lady

Minbak lady


Minbak lady

Minbak lady


In the van

In the van


Hansando

Hansando


Hansando

Hansando


Hansando

Hansando


Hansando

Hansando


Hansando

Hansando


Hansando

Hansando


Hansando ferry

Hansando ferry


Me vs. hansando ferry

Me vs. hansando ferry


Hansando ferry

Hansando ferry


Hansando ferry

Hansando ferry


Mandy and me vs. wine

Mandy and me vs. wine

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We stayed in the VIP room

So Mandy and I left after school around 5:30 ish and we tried to get to Tongyeon on the bus because no trains go there. There are trains to Jinju, but why switch from train to bus, it would be inconvenient. Or so I thought.

Once we got to Jeonju, which is really close to us, they told us there were no more buses that day to Jinju or Tongyeon. But it's only 6 p.m! So, we got a bus to Suncheon, thinking we could catch a bus the next day.

Once we got there, a really loud ticket man told us we had to go to Gwangju, and sleep there. Which was way backwards. Another foreigner tried to help, but he also didn't know really what was going on.

We got a room in the only motel in town that was open, and it turned out to be a "VIP" room. Translate that into love motel.

Everything was covered with zebra stripes and the beds were huge and there was romantic soft lighting. Haha. What a romantic evening.

the love motel

the love motel


Young Bin Motel

Young Bin Motel

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