Blogs from Gangwon-do, South Korea, Asia - page 4


Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do November 30th 2013

An early start! We left Seoul before eight am and drove north toward the DMZ. A brief break in Uijeongbu to pick so people pick, I don't think they turned up, and then a shorter drive to our first proper stop of the day. The Battle of White Horse was a series of bloody battles that took place during the Korean War, to gain control of the hilltop positions. Baengma-gji was the peak of the Iron Triangle, formed by Pyeongyang and Gimhwa and Cheorwon were the two points at its base. The hilltop and the surrounding area was very important as a strategic transport route in the central region of the Korean peninsula. During the ten day battle between the South Korean troop and the Chinese the hill changed hands 24 times. That's a bloody lot! ... read more
White Horse Hill
White Horse Hill
White Horse Hill

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Odaesan National Park October 9th 2013

Happy Hangeul Day! Hangeul is the Korean alphabet and it was invented by King Sejong in 1443, during the reign of the Joseon Dynasty. Hangeul Day used to be a public holiday, but it was dropped in 1991. Why you would want to get rid of a public holiday I have no idea? Anyway this year it was reinstated. An extra day off? Yes please! Anyway enough of the history lesson and back to a lovely day off. We were going hiking and to the beach over on the east coast. We left from Suwon not long after midnight and the bus was full. In fact there wasn't enough seats for everyone and there was at least one person sitting on the floor in the aisle. I tried to nap on the bus, but sleep eluded ... read more
(Limited) View From The Peak
Odaesan National Park
Odaesan National Park

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Donghae August 16th 2013

16th Aug: We departed from Seoul's Express Bus Terminal at 10:30 pm. We were on one of the fancy schmany express buses, so we had quite a bit of space, which was nice. We spent the journey napping and chatting. We arrived in Donghae at around 1:45 am, so the journey took just over three hours. We took a five minute walk from the bus terminal and found a love motel. We looked for the one that had the most fabulous exterior. The room was nice, we had a bed that three of the others shared, while me and Mel slept on the floor. They had provided lots of bedding for the floor, so it was comfy. It was only 20,000 each. We ended up going to sleep around three. 17th Aug: Up at nine am. ... read more
Mangsang Beach
Starfish Eating a Clam
What a Beaut!

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do March 20th 2013

Today I am going to Seoraksan National Park to hike and experience the wildlife. It has some ancient temples as well. The temples should be able to show me how religion and ancestors influence the culture in Korea. It costs two dollars to get in. While I'm there I will also take the cable up to the top of Gwongeumseong which will cost nine dollars. img= read more

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do February 16th 2013

16th Feb: Last ski trip of the season for me. Up at the ungodly hour of 5 am. Was in Seoul and on the bus by half seven. The journey was uneventful, I napped for most of it. We stopped around 9:30 at a service station to grab a coffe and food if you were hungry. We arrived at the High 1 ski area around 11. We had made great time with the traffic not being bad at all, so we would get plenty of skiing in. Our first stop was in town at the rental shop. We all got sorted with our skis, snowboards, boots and clothing. I picked out a gorgeous jacket and pants, they were matching and so bright. Orange and yellow! You would definitely see me coming down the slopes. We were ... read more
Escalator up a Mountain
High 1
High 1

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Yongpyeong January 19th 2013

Sat 19th: Up at the crack of dawn, oh the joys! Hopped on the bus to Seoul, had a lovely hot bagel for breakfast and then onto the bus to Yongpyeong. The journey was a few hours and a bit boring. We had a couple of rest stops. We stopped at the rental shop to get our boots, skis, snowboards, and clothing. That was carnage, so many people trying to get sorted, asnd that was just our group, didn't help with the Koreans trying to push in. Finally sorted we got back on the bus and drove a bit further to the resort. At the resort we all got sorted with our lift passes and headed off to the slopes. We had to walk for about 5 minutes and that left me knackered. Walking in ski ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Gangneung January 14th 2013

A freezing cold, iced up river provided the perfect backdrop for a day spent perusing the Jung Ang Market in Gangneung. Located in the middle of town, this market would be more aptly entitled The Fish Market for all the varying degrees of fish for sale. Coming in all shapes and sizes, there were big fish, small fish, blue fish, red fish, and fish violently cut in half. The one thing they had in common? All the fish had salty hooks thrust through their salty mouths and lips. Koreans come here to shop, while foreigners (and probably out-of-towners too) come here to glimpse, stare and dare I say sample the wide variety of fish / meat / seafood on display at Jung Ang bazaar. The first things you see in abundance are the yellow and purple ... read more
Fish Galore
The Stingrays
Rice / SOJU / Spices /

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Hwacheon January 5th 2013

5th Jan: Up at 6. Showered, layered up, and had brekky. Skidded down the road to get a taxi. One came pretty quick. Taxi driver was chatty, sad face, I can't be arsed to make conversation in broken English first thing in the morning. Got to Suwon station by about half seven. Went and got a coffee at Maccy Ds in the station and then headed out to the subway exit, where the bus would be picking us up. Chain smoked, while waiting. The bus turned up about ten to eight. We all got on. Bloody hell, it was freezing on the bus. We waited for a bit and then drove into Seoul to pick up the people there, at the Express Bus Terminal and Yongsan. My God I was bursting for the toilet. Tried to ... read more
Ice Fishing
Fish No. 1
Bagged up

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Seoraksan November 29th 2012

27-29thNovember 2012 Unless I go off an a tangent, this will be a quick blog. We didn't spend long in the Sokcho area and the weather was bad the one day we had to explore the national park. The only bad weather day we've had here so far! The scenery from Andong to Sokcho was stunning; mountains dusted with snow along with the rivers and valleys we've seen elsewhere, but the bus ride was marred by a grumpy bus driver. We had the front seats which we were happy about initially as it gave us more of a view out the front. That was before the driver started hassling us for the “noise” Samara was making. Every time she started talking or singing (she is into singing twinkle twinkle little star big time at the moment!) ... read more
Snowy landscape at the top of the cable car
On the bus to the national park
Dragon on a fabulously decorated gate in the park

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Sokcho October 3rd 2012

Chuseok holidays had arrived and myself and a friend had organised to go away hiking in the north of the country. Chuseok is basically Korean thanksgiving, most people travel home to be with their families and pay their respects to their ancestors. People prepare food as offerings and then go tidy their ancestors graves. My co-teacher Shasha told me that she would be very busy cleaning, cooking and visiting all her families houses - she doesn't consider it much of a holiday! It is customary to give and receive gifts at this time, so in the days leading up to Chuseok I was given an presentation box from my principal containing three bottles of olive oil and six cans of tuna; two pairs of sports socks from the vice-principal; a box of white lotus tea from ... read more
adjumma hat
spectaular roof

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