Ok, so Gavin and I finally finished the 춘천 (Choon Chon) city bus tour (entry #14 -17), but even though the tour was done we still wanted to explore some more.
We saw some cute, little horses <3!
Near the tiny horses was a field of tinny, yellow flowers!
Gavin pouting in the flowers.
Me trying to look cute!
People looking at the flowers.
After the exploring we were hungry. So, we stopped at a little hole in the wall to grab some food.
Oh, I miss Korean food so much!! I really think I’m gunna stop at the Korean grocery store soon and pick something up.
I can’t remember exactly where Gavin and I were when we saw this place. I think it’s a very magical looking place though. It was actually someone’s yard. They had lot’s of flowers and even a pet peacock!
That’s all I have for now. Stay tuned for my next story! If you are a fan of ball jointed dolls then you’ll really enjoy my next update ^_^.
Ok, yeah forget about me updating everyday. I’m a liar, a cold hearted liar! However, I want to change, turn over a new leaf per se. So I will now tell you the truth: I’m going to update this when I feel like it hahaha. Don’t worry, there won’t be huge gaps between stories, but I’m just too lazy to update my blog everyday.
Anyway, enough of that, let’s talk about my adventure on 남이섬 (Nami island)! This is a small, crescent shaped island located in 춘천 (Choon Chon) (another stop on the 춘천 bus tour). This island has grown in popularity after the highly popular film, “Winter Sonata” was filmed there. The drama was a hyper romantic love story that managed to make every Japanese woman wet between the legs for Korean men. I’m not kidding! I visited Japan back in 2003 and all the ladies were talking about Winter Sonata and how they wanted Korean husbands haha (A big step for unity between the feuding countries （＾＿－) ). The last episode had ended in 2002, so you know it must be pretty good to still be gushing over it a year later.
Before we get into all the cool things about this trip, let’s start out with the funny things! (Cuz what better way to hook someone than to have what appears to be a vulva ?? : D)
… NO, this is not a road-map to a woman’s clitoris (wouldn’t that be great though?)! It’s actually a map of how to have the best feng shui for your palace. Basically, a palace should have a mountain in the back and water in the front. This is called 배산임수 (bea-sa-nim-soo). Somehow this helped maintain a more level temperature throughout the year… I am sure that is just a likely excuse and that this is actually supposed to look like a vagina and people from the Joseon Dynasty were just secretly perverts HAHAHA.
This woman is in for a BIG surprise….
These kids are playing with an old torture device. Look how happy they are as they beat the snot out of their friend :D .
Gavin mimicking the ostrich.
And this is me… :P
Ok ok, now let’s get back on track! xD
In order to reach the island Gavin and I had to take a small boat ride to it:
The boat was filled with happy tourists snapping pictures and talking to one another.
Once off the boat we could see that 남이섬 (Nami island) is beautiful and quite a lot more colorful during this time of year. The island was covered in a soft blanket of snow during the filming of Winter Sonata, leaving 남이섬 void of color.
Oh, and not only was Winter Sonata filmed here, but so was the movie, King and the Clown ( 왕의 남자). This movie was about an emperor with sever mommy issues who became very attached to his court jester *wink wink, nudge nudge *.
Here is where one of the scenes from the movie was filmed:
남이섬 also had some historical recreations and original items. These scenes made me feel like I was at the Renaissance Faire, but Korean… Which I suppose would make it the 조선축제 (Jō-san Choog-Jea) (I think that would translate to Joseon Faire lol).
These kimchi pots not only contributed to the traditional look of the island, but also serve a purpose! They are filled with fermented soy beans and oh boy, did it ever smell like it. The rich aroma of decomposing soy filled the air… and ya know what, it was actually pretty nice!
These are 장승 (jang-sung). They are placed at the the entrance of villages in the hopes that they will protect the village from diseases, evil spirits, and other misfortunes. The 장승 also served as sign posts allowing travelers to know that a village was nearby.
This is a 서낭당 (seonangdang). Basically this is a colorfully decorated tree with piles of rocks at its base. Travelers would place three stones on top of one of the piles and make a wish. There are five colors of fabric adorning the tree: red, yellow, white, blue, green. These colors represent the cardinal directions and are meant to word off misfortune.
This was a big rock with people’s wishes tied to it. It’s said that the wish is supposed to come true, but I have my doubts about that :P . We’ll see.
Ok, I hope you enjoyed this entry and maybe even found it useful ^__^. Stay tuned for more pictures and stories.
Yes yes, I know I said I was going to update everyday until the blog was finished… but, I usually update this blog while I’m at work and have some downtime. Since I had off the past few days I decided not to update until now. Anyway, I’m back in business so please enjoy ^__^
In my last entry I talked about the 소양댐(Sōyang dam) in 춘천 (Choon Chon). Now I will show you some pictures of 신장절공묘역 (The graveyard of Sinjangjeolgong myoyeok) specifically located in the 강원 (Gongwon) province. This was also apart of the 춘천 city bus tour.
The grave site was amazing! At first glance this burial site appears to be fit for a king, but in fact it is actually given to a general who died in the king’s place. The burial site was located at the top of a hill covered in wispy, green grass. In sharp contrast to the grass stood the noble 소나무 (sō-na-moo). These trees act as guardians to the deceased. The sloping hill is actually for the use of a dragon. It is said that the dragon will rise out of the water and then take flight. However, since the dragon is so large it needs a running start in order to take off, thus the dragon runs down the hill and then jumps into the air in order to achieve flight :D
This is a statue of the General Jangjeolgong Sin Sung-gyeom.
I hope you enjoyed my update! Stay tuned for more stories in Korea (^^)b
After another hair-raising bus ride through the countryside of 춘천 (Choon Chon: City of The Lake) Gavin and I arrived at 소양댐(Sōyang dam)! This dam is the largest gravel dam in East Asia. The dam was built in 1973 and looks out over Lake Sōyang. It’s really quite beautiful. Here have some pictures, cuz no one cares about words these days!
This was a statue at 소양댐 (Sōyang dam) and there was a poem next to her. There is a story behind this statue but I can’t remember it! When I try to find information on her all that comes up is the Statue of the Sōyanggang Maid (소양강 처녀 = The virgin of Sōyanggang river), which is a very beautiful statue! I didn’t see the Maid while I was at the Sōyang dam. I think she is located closer to the Sōyanggang river. If I find out info on the statue in the photo then I’ll be sure to update this post :D .
As I said in my last post it has been over a year since I have actually been in Korea, however, I couldn’t just leave my blog unfinished. I now feel ready to continue my stories in Korea. Please enjoy :) .
This time Gavin and I took a bus tour, the 춘천 (Choon Chon: City of The Lake) city bus tour. Our first stop was the Forest Museum.
This is the bus we rode on… and OMG this bus scared the crap out of me. Korean bus drivers generally drive fast, but this guy was driving like Hawthorne James’s character Sam in the movie Speed! At one point the bus actually went airborne… Well ok, it was just a large bump, but it was enough to make the bus come to a stop and start a cacophony of crying children (I silently joined them).
This is the arboretum at the Forest Museum. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to go in. I was too busy looking at all the bugs and skeletons.
This strange looking sculpture is actually a naturally occurring work of nature.
I really enjoyed watching the stag beetles eating their food.
And there you have it! This stop was one of my favorites on the city tour.
Ok, hope you’ll tune in tomorrow for my next post. Tomorrow’s post will also be about the 춘천 bus tour.
Last year I traveled to Korea. For most of my trip I was keeping a detailed journal of all the activities I did, but as my trip came to a close I stopped updating my blog. I was feeling nerves about leaving and I wanted to spend more time actually doing things and less time writing about things. When I got back to the US I felt too sad to confront this blog, but now I am ready to finish it :D .
So, let’s start out with some pictures and then I will talk about them.
These pictures were taken in 춘천 (Choon Chon: City of The Lake) and we (Gavin and I) are specifically near 구봉 (Koo Bōng) mountain.
LOL I mean look, a Jacob’s Station, power lines, and an empty highway!! How much more american can you get? I felt very much at home.
We eventually stopped at an architecturally interesting rest-stop with a cheeky name:Top Place, which I assume is referring to the elevation of the restaurant but also suggests that the restaurant is of high caliber… though it is highly elevated, it was rather basic. They served rest stop food and it’s interior was not as astounding as it’s exterior. From what I saw of it anyway. We didn’t go upstairs, so I don’t know whats going on at the top of Top Place.
This is the view from behind Top Place. There were a lot of people standing around taking pictures that I’m sure were a lot more lovely than mine… but ya know, it’s the best I could get in such minimal light.
It was a very relaxing hike. I definitely recommend walking when visiting Korea or any new place (as long as it is safe to do so). Seeing things on foot gives one a good sense of adventure.
Sorry if this blog post seems to lack some of the detail of my earlier posts. It’s been a long time since I experienced this event and some of the memory has faded. I hope you still enjoyed it :) . Ok, I will post more tomorrow.
HAD THIS CRAZY ass dream…I was looking cute….running around the club with a bottle of blueberry Vodka in one hand and a bottle of tequila in the other hand. I was pouring shots into all these hot guys mouths while singing NEGA CHE CHALA GA!
And then I woke up to like 20 pictures of me pouring shots in guys mouths!
I adore this story. You really just made my entire night and prolly half of the next day.