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Published: August 15th 2010
As far as weeks go in Korea, this one was my toughest. I was starting to feel that my wander lust had completely worn out and that I should head home. After a "Western" breakfast burrito, a friend and I headed out for our now daily walk around town. We decided to take a new road which ended at a bridge construction site. After a few seconds of deliberation, we crossed the barriers and walked down the closed road. It lead to a place which seemed very un-Jeonju like. A small creek rushed through the neighborhood which made for a tranquil setting. Little concrete bridges created a path over the creek to the homes of a few lucky Jeonju residents. Even the dog looked content to just listen to the water rush by!
On our journey up the road, we found a shrine which was no longer kept up. It felt like being in the "Secret Garden". We even scared a very large bird out of it's hiding place. It was a treat to see a flower tree still in full bloom this late in the summer season. The temple door were locked and abandoned, so we continued up the
road. It has rained a lot this month and today was not an exception. There was a steady stream of water as we trudged up-hill.
We found just what we weren't looking for! A lovely brick-wall waterfall entrance to a temple. After browsing through the temple, I went to look for Lindsey. A monk was standing outside and motioned that he wanted us to take a picture with him. Unlike my first encounter with a monk, he didn't speak English. I made motions towards the temple, so he took us back up to the temple and sat with us for a few moments before asking if we would like coffee. I was very excited to be invited to have a drink with a monk since I was unable to take up the offer in Yeosu. We were lead to the monk's living quarters and served coffee. As a group, we managed to communicate very little, but as we were leaving they made hand gestures that I can only assume meant to come back to visit again.
The monk probably has no idea what he did for me, but I needed his kindness today! My friend and I headed
up for yoga and meditation. I guess I can handle my stay in Korea for a bit longer.........
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