Happy Feet! (The Gyejok Mountain Park Eco-healing Barefoot Walk Experience)

One sunny Saturday in Korea, we got invited by some faculty and staff from Kongju Communication Arts University to a picnic somewhere in Daejon. A picnic sounded nice but not until we got to the place when we realized that Korea’s idea of a picnic is a hike.  Our “picnic ground”:  Gyejok Mountain.

Gyejok Mountain Park is so famous for its annual Masai Barefoot Marathon, a 13km (or a choice of the 7km) trail that should be hurdled on barefoot.  This is the only barefoot festival in the world where one can walk or run on the  red-clay soil.  We were told that walking barefoot on this mountain is good for the health.

Our course map.

Going up, we saw a “No Smoking” campaign by some elementary students.  The students were campaigning for a smoke- free zone parks.  Kudos to these kids for taking such an advocacy at a young age!  Love the creativity too!  Hiking is a quite a fad in Korea and every national parks I went to, there were always droves of hikers.

 It was one leisurely hike! Thanks to a well-developed trail of wooden stairs, clear paths and smooth layered rocky roads.

After a few hours of walking (No, we didn’t do a marathon and we just hiked for like 5 kilometers), we reached the top.

We got a beautiful view  of the city.

Tiny wildflowers at the mountain top…

Love this picture!

Our team: The Kongju Communication Arts University Faculty and Staff

An aerial view of the race. This was taken probably in one of the event marathons.  (I just took this shot from the framed pictures displayed along the road.)

And on our way down, we did it barefoot.

At the end of the hike, they give out certificates for those who finished the course.

Lining up to get my certificate 🙂

Tada! My certificate!

I had to pose at the marker to prove that I’d been to Gyejok Mountain Eco-Healing Park. (Actually, I just wanted to  get the name of the place for the purpose of this blog.  I’m not good in remembering names in Korean.)

Another unique experience for me in the Land of the Morning Calm.

P.S.  At the foot of the mountain, there were fresh fruits being sold:  Persimmons and Apples!

Persimmon is what is referred to as the  “fruit of Zeus or pear of Zeus” in Greek literature.  It was my first time to see and tasted this fruit in Korea and it tasted like our Philippine “Chico.”

And these were the most delicious and the sweetest apples I’ve ever had in my life!

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Flowers, Stars and the Little Prince

Petit France (South Korea)

This village is called Petit France, a sort of theme park set to the concept of ‘Little Prince,’ from the ever famous book of the equally famous author Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupéry. ‘Petit’ means ‘small and pretty’ in French, and this village is located on the hilltop overlooking the beautiful mountain scenery of Mt. Homyeongsan  and the clear surroundings of Cheongpyeongho Lake.

Petit France is like a rural village set at the bottom of the alps, with it’s  white walls and red terra-cota rooftop houses. Building heights were adjusted using natural hills, and every house in the village were arranged to overlook the lake. Such structure disposition and internal decoration of construction materials, rooftop, windows and floor are said to be all French.  Indeed you get to have a feeling that you are in the land of wine and cheese!

 I love how these wildflowers greet the visitors as they walk to (and around) the village.

The entire village is set to the concept of Little Prince – a place to be for the Little Prince fanatics.  l”On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur, l’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux”  translated  it says “One sees rightly only with the heart, the essential is invisible to the eyes.”

 The Little Prince (French: Le Petit Prince), published in 1943, is French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s most famous novel. It has been translated into more than 180 languages and sold more than 80 million copies making it one of the best-selling books ever   Here is a gallery showing the works of Saint Exupery.

 The Saint Exupery Memorial Hall exhibits 14 articles left by Saint Exupery. Sponsored by his niece, this exhibition includes the first-edition English version of ‘The Little Prince’ published in 1943, versions in French and African, an original drawing by the author, letters, photos and clothes.

There is a gallery that exhibits a unique collection of roosters!

A french wardrobe collection…. (I’m sure I’d look good in one 😉 )

Around the village are sculptures of the characters from The Little Prince, such as the drunkard, businessman, boa constrictor, desert sand fox, and the little prince himself.  I don’t have a lot of pictures of the sculptures ;-( 

One of my favorite spots in this place is the fountain and the nearby Little Prince gift shop.

The village is also the location of a popular Korean soap, “Beethoven Virus.”

The Korean drama Beethoven Virus is the tale of a struggling regional orchestra who mange to succeed beating all the odds. Initially the orchestra members, who are not professionals and have varying talents coming from all walks of life, are terrified of their fearsome conductor, Maestro Kang, but they are finally united by their love of classical music.

Maestro Gang’s room

This room is kept the way it appeared in the drama.

Signatures of the cast of the famous Korean Drama “Beethoven Virus.”

The food shop overlooking the conductor’s room.  (Pretty railings)

The love bell: Before we left the place, visited this spot and wished for eternal love.

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Goeje Island (Oedo-Botania)

Goeje Island is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in South Korea.  Goeje, the Blue City is the second largest island in Sounth Korea (second to Jeju Island).  I was invited by a friend  to visit her hometown for Chusok (Korean Thanksgiving Day).  At first I thought that since Goeje is an island, I’d go to a very remote place in Korea and experience traditional Korean life.  I was surprised to know that Goeje is a city and one of the richest in Korea since it is where the largest shipyards in the country are located. The trip from Seoul to Goeje took almost 5 hours though.

Some famous tourists attractions in Geoje Island are:   Haegeumgang, Oedo Botania, Windy Hill, Gujora & Wahyun soft sand beaches, Hakdong pebble beach, Historical P.O.W Camp, Okpo Great Victory Commemorative Park, Geoje Art Centre & Museum, Mt. Daeguemsan.

I didn’t get to go to many places in Goeje but I was happy that I was able to set foot in Oedo-Botania.  Oedo-Botania, which has been cultivated for almost 30 years since 1963 by couple Lee CHangho and Choi Hosook, is the first island in Korea to be owned and developed by an individual.   It is one of Korea’s most exquisite private gardens.

Oedo is about 30-minute boat ride from Goeje Port.  The 90 minute ferry ride was comfortable and nice.   The tour of the island only takes 2 hours and 30 minutes.  I wish we had more time to enjoy the place  but nonetheless we were able to explore almost all parts of the island.

From the wharf, we were greeted by the friendship gate where we bought our tickets for the island tour.  The entrance fee is 8,000 won (less than 8 dollars), a bit expensive but it’s all worth the grandiose of the place.  It was a lovely sunny day in September and we were quite lucky to be blessed with a perfect weather but it is said that the best time to go there is in April where there are less crowd and flowers are in their perfect bloom.

Just a little hike from the friendship gate are these beautifully trimmed trees.  The trees are inspired by a work of a famous architect. (Maybe he isn’t that famous I forgot his name 😉

The island is home to more than a thousands of subtropical plants.

The cactus garden.

The statue of Venus grace the entrance to the Venus garden.

Resembling formal European gardens, the Versailles-inspired Venus Garden features a zig-zag camellia hedge and 12 white marble ladies.

Magnificent view of the ocean from Venus Garden.

The place is simply beautiful.  It’s a very romantic.  This place is a location of a blockbuster Korean drama, Winter Sonata.  This modest white cottage is the house built by Min-hyung for Yu-jin and the final location of the drama.

The Flower Garden.  There weren’t enough flowers at this time of the year though.

The view from the Panorama place…breathtaking! 

Hope of the World Garden.

Dreaming Heights.

There’s a small chapel in this place too!

There are still a lot of picture perfect sites in the island but I ran out of battery.  They are just captured and stored  in my memory.  Our ferry ride back include a short detour to the Haegeumgang cliffs.  Thank God, I manage to get a shot of this place.

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Trailblazing at Gyeryongsan National Park

One of the best things that I ever did in Korea is to take a hike in one of its 20 national parks.  I’m just lucky I live about 20 minutes from that place.  Mt. Gyeryongsang is a part of both Daejon (a metropolitan city of Korea) and Gongju (a small city where I live).

There’s a very interesting story about this place.  Gyeryong literally means a dragon with the shape of  a rooster.  The first king of the Joseon dynasty, King Taejoe was visiting this mountain when a renowned Buddhist priest described it as  a”golden rooster sitting on eggs” and a “dragon soaring up to the heavens.”  Hence its name as rooster (Gye) and dragon (ryong) mountain remains to this day. 

So, does it really look like a dragon or a rooster?

Sorry, the picture isn’t really that good.  Or probably that wasn’t the view where you could see a rooster or a dragon. 😛 

It’s my second time to come here.  The first time I came to Gyeryongsan, I didn’t go far so I thought I’d like to come back and a do some real hiking. With a total area of 64 sq. km, it encompasses three temples (Donghaksa, Sinwonsa and Gapsa), all renowned for its rich cultural heritage.  One thing I love about taking hiking trips in Korea is that you are not only in communion with nature but you also get a taste of Korean culture and spirituality. 

There are many entrances (and also exits) to Gyeryongsan National Park.  You can enter in one temple and exit another temple, but that would be about 4-5 hours hike.  There are 14 hike courses, listed in the brochure found at tourist information area near the gates (I was also  able to get a neat map of Korea there).  Here are the 14 hike courses:

Donghaksa Temple – Gwaneumbong peak -The Nature Wall Ridge – Nanmae-tap Pagoda – Shinheung-am Heritage – Gapsa Temple (7.1 km/4.5 hrs)

Donghaksa Temple – Gwaneumbong peak -The Nature Wall Ridge – Nanmae-tap Pagoda -Donghaksa Temple (6.4 km/4 hrs)

Donghaksa Temple – Nanmae-tap Pagoda -Sambulbong thre-way junction – Geumjandi-hill – Shinheung-am Heritage- Yongmon Waterfall – Gapsa Temple (4.7 km/3 hrs)

Donghaksa Temple – Eunson waterfall- Gwaneumbong three-way junction-Gowang-am heritage- Sinwonsa Temple (5.8 km/3.5 hrs)

Donghaksa Temple – Eunson waterfall- Gwaneumbong peak- The Nature Wall Ridge – Sambulbong Peak-Nanmaetap Pagoda-Cheonjong Valley (8.2 km/4.5 hrs)

Cheonjong Valley-Nanmaetap Pagoda- Sambulbong three-way junction-Geumjandi Hill-Yongmon Waterfall-Gapsa Temple (6.3 km/3.5km)

Cheonjong Valley-Nanmaetap Pagoda- Sambulbong three-way junction- The Nature Wall Ridge- Gwaneumbong Peak-Yeonchongbon Peak- Sinwonsa Temple (9.4 km/5 hrs)

Gapsa Temple- Yeonchongbong Three-way junction- Yeonchongbong Peak-Gowang-am Heritage-Sinwonsa Temple (5.5 km/3.5 km)

Gapsa Temple- Yeonchongbong Three-way junction-Gwaneumbong Peak – The Nature Ridge Wall- Geumjandi Hill – Shinheung-am Heritage – Yongmon Waterfall – Gapsa Temple (7.2 km/4.5 hrs)

Sinwonsa Temple – Gowang-am Heritage – Yeonchongbom three-way junction-Gwaneumbong peak- The Nature Ridge Wall – Geumjandi Hill – Yongmon Waterfall – Gapsa Temple (7.5 km/4.5 hrs)

Sangsin-ri parking lot – Eunson Waterfall- Keungol three-way junction – Large Baejae – Nanmaetap Pagoda (3.2 km/1.5 hrs)

Sutong valley visitor center – Dodeokbong peak-Geumsu-bong peak-Bingyesan Mountain – Sutong valley parking lot (8.5 km/5 hrs)

Jiseok Valley – Little Baejae- Nanmaetap Pagoda – Donghaksa Temple (4.3km/2.5 hrs)

Byeongsa Valley-Janggunbong Peak -Gatbawi Rock- Large Baejae-Nanmaetap Pagoda-Donghaksa Temple (4.9 km/4 hrs & 10 min)

We took the Donghaksa-Nanmaetap Pagoda- Sambulbong three-way Junction – Sambulbong Peak -Shinheung-am Heritage-Gapsa Temple course.  It was a very nice hike.  Hiking in Korea is very leisurely – the path/trail is very nice and there are markers everywhere to tell you the direction  (good for people like me who has a propensity of getting lost).  There are a lot of hikers – most old people, married couples or groups of friends.

Looking at our course at the entrance of the Park (Donghaksa Temple side)

There is a tourist information center near the entrance of the park where you can get information on hiking courses, cultural heritage and natural resources of Gyeoryong National Park.  The center also houses exhibits on the flora and fauna that thrive in the park. 

Inside the Tourist Information Center.

The biggest beehive I’ve ever seen.

Entrance to the National Park (after the Tourist Information Center)

Donghaksa Temple (Photo taken in May when I first went there).  It is considered to be one of the most impressive temple complexes in Korea. 

About 15-20 minutes hike from Donghaksa temple, is Eunson Waterfall. 

It is not really a pretty site.  I have seen bigger falls but the hike going there is great and the view of the mountains is breathtaking.

Mountain streams.  I love the sound of the water against the rocks, very relaxing.

A very rocky hike.

One hour hike from Donghaksa Temple (about 1.7km), two pagodas stand abreast. The Nammaetap pagodas are considered national treasures, built in memory of a legendary monk and his adopted sister (a seven-story pagoda for the brother and a five-story pagoda for the sister).

According to legend, a man from the royal family (some versions say it was a famous monk) retreated to a cave in the twenty-third year of Queen Seondeok of Silla, and was living there in meditation. One day he rescued a tiger who was suffering from a bone caught in its throat. The tiger brought a lady to express its gratitude. The man discovered that the woman had been recently married in Sangju, Gyeongsang-do. On the first night of her wedding, she had gone out to get some fresh air, and had no memory of what happened next nor how she found herself to be with the tiger. Since it was a very cold winter season, they had no choice but to stay together in the cave. Later, she asked him to marry her but the man concretely rejected her, knowing she was already married. Instead, he promised to live with her as brother and sister. After living together many years in the cave, they died at the same time on the same day, and the two pagodas, a seven-story pagoda for the brother, and a five-story pagoda for the sister were built in their memory.

Just below the Nammaetap pagodas is the temple village, with an English-speaking monk serving free coffee.

The lush view of the mountains from Nammaetap.

At the Sambulbong three-way junction, bracing ourselves to take the hike to Sambulbong peak (0.2 km).  I wanted to go to Gwangumbong Peak (1.8 km) but we didn’t have time (and yes, we were already tired).  Going to the peak was worth it.  It was not a difficult hike because there were railings for safety and support.  The view from the top was magnificent.

This picture was not zoomed so that’s how close we were to that whirlybird.

Going down from Sambulbong three-way junction.

Geumjandi hill calling for our chopper to pick us up.  😉

Small falls along the way.

Shinheung-am Hermitage

Hundreds of monk figurines inside the temple.

Jongmon Waterfall, about 10-15 minute hike from Shinheung-am Heritage.

Sources of potable water in the park (they are clean and safe to drink).

After more than 4 hours hike, we reached Gapsa Temple.  It is said that Gapsa is very beautiful during fall season, with dense old pinewoods, zelkova trees, red persimmons and maples.

A painting in one of the doors at the Gapsa temle complex.

It was a great experience.  The views are lovely and I felt a sense of peace during the hike and visits to the temples. 

Note:  There are restaurants near the temple where you could eat after the hike.  We did not actually ate lunch there because we brought some trail food and we thought we would like to save some money and just enjoy a hearty sangyupsal dinner back to the city.  In my first visit to Donghaksa, my friend and I ate in one of the restaurants there.  The food was ok but what I love most about that place is the refreshing dip at the stream beside the restaurants.

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Cherry Blossom Festival in Daejon

We came to Daejon after a trip from Byeonsan-do.  I came with my  friend’s family who were attending a wedding in Daejon the next day.  We were quite lucky to be there during the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Cherry blossoms are usually in its full bloom in April and May.

The fair was just a few minutes walk from Kyeryong Spatel (spa+hotel), where we were staying.  There were so much to see – a bonsai exhibit, food festival, a concert and a lot of stuff for sale.

The 250 -year old Bonsai tree. 

Korean Food.  Let’s see what I can identify there.

Kimchi, Kkagdugi (chopped radish in square-shape mixed with red hot pepper powder and seasoning sauces), Bossam (steamed pork belly usually wrapped and eaten with lettuce), Makgeoli (muddy color in brown bowl; it’s traditional korean rice wine); Bulgogi (korean barbecue); Mandu (dumpling), Galbi (marinated and seasoned ribs of beef); etc.  I can’t identify the others, mostly the “Zigge”  or stew.

More Korean food.  Some are delicious but not all are to my liking.  So far, my favorite is Samgyeopsal (sliced boned pork rib o prok belly which is cooked on barbecue grill) and I think I would never tire of it.

The flea market.

I like the heart at the middle of the park…made me miss someone.    😦  

Atists corner for those interested to have their portraits made.

The flowers at the side of the street were really pretty. One thing I love about Korea is that there are always different kinds of flowers along the streets, and the landscape always change every season.  I love the flowers during spring!

I had a great time.  What a lovely night in Daejon!

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Naesosa Temple

Near the Byeonsan Peninsula Park is the Naesosa Temple, a Buddhist temple built in 633 AD by a monk named  Hye-gu.  It’s original name was Sorae-sa , meaning “a place where one revisits to be reborn.” 

May indeed is a hiking season  in Korea for we had a hard time looking for a parking space.  Koreans are very much into hiking and healthy lifestyle.  I even saw old people, probably in their 70’s or 80’s still among the hikers.   From the parking space to entrance of the temple was probably about 15-20 minutes walk.   The path is shaped like a tunnel of trees – about 500 fir trees lining up at the sides, all the way to the entrance of the temple.  I came here in early May and the trees were lushed green, very soothing to the eyes.

This is a magnificent view  of the path in autumn.

photo grabbed at http://www.mecitour.com/upload/travel/2009-03-06%2014;21;16.jpg

For Korean soap lovers. there’s one thing you can’t miss before you enter the gates of the temple.  It’s probably about 10 meters  from the gates.  Does this spot look familiar?

It’s the location of the popular Korean drama “Daejanggeum” or “Jewel in the Palace. 

The Naesosa temple is also a popular location for shooting outdoor scenes for other TV dramas such as Seodongyo, Lovers in Prague and Damo. 

This was my first time to visit a temple so I was amzed with the magnificent view of the temple gates.  I like the intricate designs of the ceiling and the colorful paintings on the walls.

In the temple gates, you will come across the four gods that “guard” the temple, called Sacheonwangsang.   Most temples have  four huge sculptures of gods or guardians, carved in wood at the entrance.  They’re gigantic, scary…but very interesting.  I wondered if the images would haunt me in my dreams.  I hope not!

The gates mark the transition between the mundane and the sacred and the guardians represent the power of wisdom over ignorance.  Upon entering the gate, the first thing that you will notice is the 1,000-year-old Dangsan tree, believed to be of sacred origin.  Some people would come here and pray under it. 

There is also a bronze bell used by Buddhist temples, housed inside a pavillion. That  particular bell was made during the Goryeo Era and is completely engraved with three images of Buddha.

May 20 is Buddha’s birthday so probably they put up these colorful lanterns with prayers hanging on them to give a festive mood to this place. Just my hypothetical guess. 🙂

Just before the main temple, there is this beautiful flowering tree.  We think it’s pretty so we took a picture of it.  (My friend Rosa, her sister and me, with the tree at the background 😉 )

The three-story stone pagoda in Naesosa Temple. 

  The temple has a few items designated as National Treasures due to their high historical and cultural value. The temple was proclaimed in 1986 a historic area protected by the state.  The doors of this temple are especially exquisite.  They are diagonal crysanthemum and lotus flower designs.  The interior wall of of the main sanctum is elaborately decorated with lotus flowers. We weren’t able to take pictures of the interior of the temples because there were many people praying inside and we didn’t want to be intrusive. 

Naesosa is one of temples where you can experience life in the temple.  This is one of the lodgings of the monks who live in the temple.

There are stone fences at the side of the main temple and I saw some stached stones on them.  I was told that stones represent petitions so I also got one and offered my prayer.

I stacked two stones, for me and my beloved.  I prayed for eternal love and good health…and safety for our families.

There is this place I was really curious about.  There were a lot of women who went there.  I could only look from afar because I was told that the temple is for those who want to petition for fertility.  I wasn’t ready for it..Not yet. =)

 These photographs of the exquisite temple architecture set against Mount Neungga is simply beautiful. 

In this trip, I tried to open my mind and embrace the tranquility  that this temple offers.  And to end my temple visit, I partook of the water from this well, believed to be a source of long life and a cure to whatever  that ails the soul.

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Byeonsan Peninsula National Park

 Rocks, boulders and ocean.  This is to sum up what Byeonsan National Park is.  I love the harmony between the ocean and the rocky mountains.  I’ve tried to research more about this place and I found out that this is the only national park in Korea that has both a seashore and a mountain in it.  

There were so many tourists that time – mostly groups of old people, and a few families and couples.  I went there in May and the weather is just perfect – sunny but a little chilly.  I was wearing my winter coat and this wide-brimmed sun visor hat, which my boyfriend told me not to wear again because I look like an “ajumma”  (old lady in Korean).

This was lent to me by my friend’s mom so when she thrusted it to me, I couldn’t refuse.  I knew it was out-of-fashion so after a while, I managed to put it aside.  I donned on some sun-block before the trip so I had no worries.  The shades were good enough to protect me from the glare of the sun.  😉

 The rocky cliffs at our back, which have been formed by the waves of the ocean look like thousands of stacked books.  I’m sure they’ve been formed thousands of years ago.  I’m always amazed with the course of nature.  If I were a Biology teacher, I would want to take my students here.  It’s a good site to have a personal encounter with sea creatures like starfish, sea urchin and a lot more.  I enjoyed picking shells in the cracks of the rocks (I had the urge to bring them home and put them in a glass container but I ended up putting them all back because they would always be better off in their natural habitat.  I remember when I was a kid, I brought some starfish home but they died the next day. From then on, I take this nature trekker’s adage by heart:  ” Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time, bring nothing home but memories.  We can enjoy nature, walk amongst it, breathe it, feel it, but not alter it.  Leave it the way it is so others can also appreciate it ).

I think Byeonsan has a lot to offer aside from sight seeing.   I wonder if it’s a good place to swim during the summer.  The  water is crystal clear and it looked very tempting but I’m sure swimming in icy cold water is out of the question.  If I were in the Philippines, May is one of the best season to take a dip in the ocean (although all year roud, you could always take a plunge in the beach in the Philippines).   I’ve seen some people doing some water sports like jet skiing.    See that guy over there?  =)

Some tourists also come here just to see the sunset. I’m sure the island and the sunset seen from the peak of the rocky cliffs would make a perfect backdrop. 

Near the beaches are droves of seafood restaurants.  For lunch, we had sashimi and fish soup (which taste like our own Filipino fish soup only that it was a little spicy).  If you are adventurous enough you could try this  favorite Korean delicacy.

Steamed octopus!

Koreans usually dip it in “gochujang,”  Korean chilli paste.  Koreans have a lot of octopus dishes.  In our cafeteria in the university, they always serve spicy octopus tentacles mixed with vegetables like carrots and cabbage.  In this area, you can see aquariums with octopus or other sea animals outside most restaurants.

If you’re in Byeonsan, you wouldn’t want to miss visiting some sites. In Byeonsan Peninsula National Park, there are three famous highlights, collectively referred to as “Sambyeon.” The first is Byeonjae, the long and straight pine trees. The second is Byeonran, the wild orchids. The third is Byeoncheong, the natural honey produced from the slopes of Mt. Byeonsan. It is very fragrant and sometimes used for medicinal purposes. 

Just a  short drive from the beach is the Naesosa temple.  After feasting with the grandeur of nature, you can summerge yourself in a rich cultural experience. 

I went to Beonsan National Park from Gongju and on our way, we passed by the Seumangeum Seawall.  It’s the longest man-made dike in the world, measuring 33 km.  It is 500 metres longer than the Afsluitdijk in the IJsselmeer in the Netherlands, previously the longest seawall-dike in the world.    Althought it  was a very controversial project because of the possible effect on the environment, it was deemed to be “the kernel and the gateway of South Korea’s west coast industrial belt.”   The Saemamgeum wetland is an important shorebird site in the Yellow Sea for migratory birds transiting to breeding grounds in Siberia and Alaska.  Sometimes, it’s just sad to think that somethings have to be sacrificed in the pursuit of economic expansionism. 

I don’t really know how to go to Byeonsan National Park since I went there with my friend and her family but here’s the address in case you are interested to go there:  Byeonsan-myeon, Boan-myeon, Sanseo-myeon, Jinseo-myeon, Buan-gu, Jeollabukdo. Enjoy the trip!   🙂

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