Saturday, October 27, 2012

Jangseong Forest

We went for a drive again and we happened to see this forest in Jangseong. Actually it wasn't our intention to visit a forest. While driving we saw a signboard going to the campsite but we couldn't find it so when we saw a forest, we stopped by, got out of the car and took a walk, instead.

Here's the forest.

The trees are too high and it's a great place to get some fresh air and for a walk. I think it's just close to the campsite because we saw the sign again on the left side of the forest but the path is too narrow so my hubby doesn't want to go that way because he's afraid that his new car would get some scratches. We also saw some tents that are set in the street. I guess, those campers lost their way or didn't like the path either.

Anyway, here's another beautiful picture of the forest.

Btw, on our way home, near to the forest, there are also some new guesthouses, just in case that you don't have or don't want to stay on a tent.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Naju Seungchonbo

We like going for a drive and last weekend we went driving through Naju and the wheels brought us to Naju Seungchonbo. I've been to Naju several times but never been to this new project of the Korean President Lee Myung Bak, the Naju Seungchonbo.

Naju Seungchonbo is a river. It is Yeongsan gang or Yeongsan river. Yeonsan gang or river begins at Yongchu Valley in Yongyeon-ri, Yong-myeon, Damyang-gun. The stream that runs through the valley of Gamagol within four kilometers of Chuwolsan Mountain in Damyang is also called Yongso. The stream expands into Damyang Lake continuing its flow to Wolgyecheon Stream, Jiseokcheon Stream, and Yeongsan Lake. It makes its way to Mokpo and flows into the Yellow Sea past the Yeongsan Bank. The river is 138.75 kilometers long. It is one of the four major rivers in Korea beginning and ending in the Southern state and is a precious source of water in the region.

It's not only the dam or river that gives beauty to Seungchonbo but also the park. Near the bridge is the park with museum inside. You go up to the porch and you'll see the nice view of Naju.

Here's the beauty of the Naju Seungchonbo from the top view.

There's also an art museum inside. There are lots of art but I think this is what I like the best. It's like broken glasses or crystal and it looks different if you use the light.

If you're planning to visit Naju Seungchonbo, it's in 769-1, Singa-ri, Geumcheon-myeon, Naju-si, Jeollanam-do.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Jeju Dongmun Wet Market

One of the most interesting thing to do when travelling is to visit the markets specially when you travel out of the country. The reason is to know what people eat in that country, city or area if you just visit the other town. So, if you visit Jeju Island or Jejudo, don't forget to visit Jeju Dongmun Market. It is where you see different kinds of food specially seafoods.

It's the best place if you're looking for sea foods as presents to bring home for the family if you're just living in another city.

It's also fun to see how the vendors clean and cut to sell the rawfish. Here's one.

It's fun to see how fast they do it but it's also heartbreaking because the fish look pitiful.

But they also look yummy after that heartbreaking feeling. hehe..

If you can't eat raw fish, there are also restaurants inside where they serve different kinds of menu. Me and my hubby were craving for teokpokki, sundae and mandu so we went inside the small restaurant that we saw inside the market and had some. There were so many customers but we weren't satisfied with the food. It's just the same restaurant in Jejudo Island where they serve you and say goodbye. I mean it's not delicious and they don't care about it because they know that you are a traveler and will never come back again.

Well, if you visit Jejudo, it's better to eat raw than going to the restaurant where you will just feel upset and disappointed because of the food.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Jangseong Confucian Temple

My hubby bought a new car so we had to break-in the car. My hubby just drove the car without nowhere to go so the wheels took us to Jangseong. We drove around Jangseong and when my hubby saw a small road in the county where there were some rice planted in the farm, he directed the road and we happened to reach the Jangseong Hyanggyo.

Jangseong Hyanggyo or Confucian Temple in Jangseong is a national school established in local districts to teach Confucianism. This school was first established in Osan-ri in the 3rd year of King Taejo (1394), but it was merged with Jinwon Hyanggyo before it was relocated in the 33rd year of King Seonjo (1600). Then, Ipam Mountain Fortress was built as a tactic of the expansion of armaments in the 9th year of King Hyojong (1658) and the status of Jangseong-hyeon was promoted to Dohobu. Later the school was relocated at Jangseong-gun, Jangseong-eup Seongsan-ri 110. There remain the tablet hall, a lecture hall, gates, a school office and other minor structures. Hama monument is erected outside Oesam Gate. This compound follows the typical arrangement of traditional schools with the academy facing the front and a shrine at the back.