Kind regards from South-Korea

Sharing my thoughts and experiences about my exchange period in South-Korea

Jeonju 2nd day

It has been really long time since I posted anything. I have been so busy with meeting new people and bit of travelling. Also I got sick so that took a lot of my energy to do anything.

Anyways let’s continue my adventures. This is from our guest house. Really cozy garden, where we enjoyed our breakfast. Quite basic breakfast, jam with bread and boiled eggs.

After done eating we packed our stuff and head to “painting” village. Nothing like Busan’s painting village, but still decent. These are getting more and more popular in Korea. They started to do it Jeju also, but we will come to Jeju bit later.

View from almost top of the “painting” village. This is the land of mountains.

As pictures might show, many tourists are here to see these things. It is kinda unique, because I think in Finland I never seen anything like this. People actually live in these buildings, so no littering, keep your voice down and everything will be okay.

After the village we head to center of the town and took a bus from there to Maisan. It is 1-2hours from the central area. The It is the weird looking mountain. For me they look like ancient volcanos. Before crazy climbing we ate lunch and left our luggages and extra stuff to local restaurant.

While walking there we saw this cool lake. There was paddle boats or whatever they are called. I wanted to do them, but our budget was really tight on this trip so nope.

Weather was actually quite decent for hiking these mountains. Korean people like hiking a lot. They wear full hiking gear and backpack full of food/drinks to survive whole day there. From kids to elder old people hike here. Elder people are really strong here, they hike up to the mountains and start drinking alcohol there. They usually drink makgeolli. It kinda like rice wine, but I wouldn’t call it wine though.

After walking a while we ran into this gate to that mountain area. The walls of the mountains looked like some magma stuff from volcanos. Nobody could actually confirm this info for us.

After passing this gate, there is a lot of these “cairns”. Korean people love stacking these stones to make this tower. It is something related to hope. These towers were claimed to be older than 800 years. There was also kinda like a temple where people could pray.

Hiking almost to the top is “easy”. There are decent stairs, but it is still quite tough. Crazy leg day. And rest of the route to the top is not appropriate of you don’t have good shoes, because the stairs ends like 100-200m before the top. I stopped when the stairs end, but old people just kept pushing them self to the top !

This is the highest I got, maybe around 500m.

This was our last destination. After this we head back to central area again and waited for our train to departure.

That’s all for now.

Kind regards,

Tam