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    There's hundreds of them!

    by melanieinkorea Written Apr 24, 2006

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    An interesting legend: A young woman was harvesting something from the sea at low tide. Her fiance was supposed to bring her back to land before the tide came in, but sadly, she drowned when he didn't show up. Many years later, a fisherman relieved his bladder over the side of his boat and the same day, caught more fish than he ever had before. Everyone decided that it was the ghost of the young woman who sent the fish to the fisherman after witnessing his manhood. She rewarded him with the large catch, as any virgin ghost would do, after witnessing such a sight! Now, there is a shrine to the young woman and many carved phallus to appease the ghost and ensure prosperity.

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    Honeymoon Gang Won Do

    by melanieinkorea Written Apr 24, 2006

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    People tell you that Gang Won Do is beautiful. It's the province on the north-east cost of South Korea. It's cleaner, greener and less populated than many of the other places in South Korea, which can be a nice change if you're getting sick of people and cities. The drive up the coast from Ulsan is beautiful. We spent three days here on our honeymoon.

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    Daedunsan: Walk on one M* scary bridge

    by hindu1936 Updated Apr 8, 2006

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    The mountains in the center of South Korea are some of the steepest, rockiest and most intimidating in the world. No, they are not tall. They are just steep, bare of soil, trees or bushes. Often sheer vertical faces offer the purist rock climber a chance to show his or her mettle in an attempt to free climb them. For the less intrepid there is the cable car to the top. Ah! I forgot to say where the cable car takes you. Well, 45 minutes south of Daejon on highway 17 is Daedun Mountain (Daedunsan) in the middle of a beautiful national park seemingly dedicated to the spirit of broken bones. More climbers are injured here than any other park.
    Daedun is not for climbing. It is for scaring. Imagine a set out of "Lord of the Rings" where the Evil Tower blossums flames. Take away the flames, add another tower just like it 200 meters away. Now put a swinging foot bridge between the towers. Oh yes, the towers-not man made, maybe made by evil demons-stand on hills far above the ground below and on the edge of a sharply sloping valley. The cable car will take you from just above the parking lot to the bottom of the tower area. The cable car ride itself is worth the trip. It is 20 minutes long, costs 5000 won, or about 5 USD round trip. You still must climb the godawful stepped path to the bridge of death. If you note a shortness of breath it is probably fear as you approach the bridge and realize that one slip leaves you with about 15 seconds to learn how to fly. Enjoy the magnificent view, the stunning landscape and the sobbing of my wife as I drag her onto the bridge to look. I will post a photo next time. battery went dead on the bottom.

    Don't buy food at the mountain. Just 15 kilometers before you get there (right after you make the hard left turn on 17) there is a great little restaurant with good food and reasonable prices. Ms. Lee serves a limited menu but all good. Try the Kalbi Dang, but be careful it comes to the table boiling.

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    Daedunsan #2--the mountain, the bridge

    by hindu1936 Written Apr 8, 2006

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    Located on the northeast corner of the provincial park, Daedun mountain features an exciting photo opportunity not offered in many places in the world. There are two foot bridges built for the sole purpose of providing photo moments. Both are built between rock pillars. The first one is easily accessed after only a few minutes walk up a few hundred steps. The second one requires a longer hike followed by a climb up more than a hundred step "ladder." Okay, so it really isn't a ladder, but it is steep enough to qualify, and it goes right up the sheer face of another pillar. Once at the top, you can cross the bridge, hike back down the other ladder (they are one way) and then on to the top of the mountain where there are a few monuments. Be advised that even people in good condition arrive at the pinnacle out of breath. The (new) easiest way to get there from Cheonan or points north is to go down Hiway #1 to #23. Follow 23 to a point 12 kilometers north of Nonsan City. Pick up 697 secondary until it runs into #17. Turn left, go 8 kilometers and the parking lot is on the left. Handicapped people can take their cars to the tcket window for the cable car but cannot leave the cars there. The cost for the cable car is 5,000 won round trip or $5.00 USD. Entry to the walking trails, and there are foolish people who HIKE all the way up, Note the vultures grinning in the trees, will cost between 1.30 to 2.00 depending on age. Take your own water. The water there is twice the price it is anywhere else. The only public bathroom is in cable car buildings on both ends. There is a viewing platform just outside of the upper cable car room for those whose common sense took hold just before beginning the hike up the steps of atonement. Sorry, but the beautiful woman in the blue motorcycle coat is spoken for unless you are willing to trade for new Pfleiger skis.

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    view the harvests

    by hindu1936 Updated Mar 18, 2006

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    Take a slow drive along the Nakdong River. There are only a few cities, a short stretch of 4 lane traffic, and some beautiful rural kodak moments. The photos of the gigantic golden Buddha on the top of a tall hill didn't come out. next time. The two main crops grown along the river are apples and peppers. The korean word for peppers is kochu (gohchew) and kochu chang is pepper paste, used on everything except ice-cream and cake. Kochu Karo is powder similar to chili powder and is put in almost everything unless you ask the waitress not to. Along the river you will see Korean pears with each pear individually covered with a small cloth bag to keep off the bugs. During the harvest you will see many roadside fruit and vegetable stands, and where there is room to pull off, you can get the best fruit in Korea here. Something about the soil and water. Along the quiet litte road are a few temples not far off the track, a couple of small villages where the traditional Korean quadrangle home is maintained. Just go south of Seoul until you see the sign for Highway 34 and stay on that highway until you are tired. Go back to the expressway and return to Seoul, or stop by my place in Cheonan for a cup of coffee.

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    A National Birthday Party

    by hindu1936 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    Buddha's Birthday is not celebrated on a particular date, but is reckoned by some mysterious process of lunar dating that only Asians can grasp. Nonetheless, the day is one of spectacular parades, concerts, and rejoicing. There are hundreds of Buddhist temples in South Korea and each one is painstakingly decorated for the joyous event. One of our favorite places on the birthday is the beautiful Mageok-Sa located about 35 minutes south of Cheonan. Several nationally known movie stars, singers, political figures, athletes, and just about anyone else who can make will be there. Normally just an obscure temple in a rustic setting, on the birthday, well bring your own chair to sit on, and forget parking there. You will have a minimum of a 10 minute walk, and if you a bit late, 30 mintues. The concerts begin at 1:00 p.m. with several musicians using traditional Korean stringed instruments and goes on until late evening. Somewehre around 6:00 p.m. it ends and the line for the free dinner forms. All the temples provide lunch on this day. The polite thing to do is to drop a few thousand won ($2.00) into the pot as you enter, but there is no requirement. Enjoy the good music, singing, food, honor the tradition and go home happy.

    Directions: Go south out of Cheonan onf Hwy. #1 (not expressway one) 20 kilometers. Exit right onto #23. Go about 10 kilometers and watch for the signs. They are Bi, Brown, and have picture of a temple. follow the signs. go past the wooden totem poles up the hill. park. walk

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    Hwach'on Resevoir (4 photos)

    by nicolaitan Written Dec 10, 2005

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    For beautiful rugged scenery the Hwach'on Resevoir offers unending vistas. Created by a dam on the Pukhan river near the city of the same name, the resevoir is approximately 12 miles long but narrow throughout. The dam, only 13 miles north of Chuch"on, was controlled by the Chinese Communist forces during the Korean Conflict and the area around the city and resevoir was the scene of intense fighting between North Korean and Chinese soldiers versus South Korean soldiers as well as US Army and Marines. The rugged terrain and vicious weather combined to make this area one of the difficult.

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    Nonsan City South Korea

    by Ladymaggic Written Sep 1, 2005

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    Nonsan City must be off the beaten track as I just cannot find it anywhere.
    Yet, it is a reasonably large city 3 hours from Seoul where many people live. There is an University here, a large shopping centre, a huge reservoir with two large hotels on its shore, many schools, and I am teaching English at the Lap Laboratory, also known as Harvard Institute which is in Chwiarm dong in Nonsan City.
    There are some beautiful temples and many beautiful churches.

    I have been searching the web for hotels, at I thought, Daejeon...another place that keeps coming up in the search engines as non existent. Yet I know it is there and I will be attending a wedding there on Sunday.

    My next writing will tell you heaps more.
    I would be very interested in hearing from someone who has even heard of Nonsan.
    My travel website will tell you more if you wish it.
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    You may like to view my Korean photo album at webshots;
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    I don't think many tourists come this way. Yet there is a train right from Seoul and also a limousine bus which costs 15,000 won. I came late in the evening, and had to take a taxi here which cost $300.00 or 300,000 won and took the driver 3 hours to drive to Danjeon from where I was collected and we drove another 40 minutes to Nonsan City.

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    One of the top-5 most beautiful spots in Korea.

    by Outbound88 Written Aug 20, 2005

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    Mount Sorak is a beautiful site and a must for the mountain lover. Mount Sorak's name means "snow rocky mountain". The mountain is over 1500 meters above the sea level. You could easily hike the mountain in the early morning and jump off the side into the ocean before noon. Enjoy!

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    Beopjusa Temple, Songnisan

    by manil51 Written Jul 12, 2005

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    On Mt. songnisan is one of the largest temples in Korea called Beopjusa Temple. At the temple, there is a Maaeyeoraeuisang carved on a rock. Monk Uisang refers to a sitting Buddha statue, and Maaeyeoraeuisang describes the Buddha sitting on a lotus flower, which is the picture carved on the rock. The years have damaged the picture quite a bit, but the original picture can still be seen clearly. In any picture taken of Beopjusa Temple, one object that always gets included is the Cheongdongmireukbul, which is the largest of its kind in the world. . Beopjusa Temple is the blossoming of a long history of Buddhist culture developed on Mt. Songnisan.

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    Songnisan National Park

    by manil51 Updated Jul 12, 2005

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    Songnisan (san=mountain) is a beautiful National park , with mountain cherry blossoms in the spring, green pine forest in the summer, and the lovely autumn leaves in the fall. It's a great place for hiking.
    It takes about 4 - 5 hours (return) to climb the mountain from the Beopjusa Temple Which is a major atracion as well.
    It is posible to get Directly to the entrance of Songnisan by bus from Daejeon.

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    Seoraksan National Park

    by ant1606 Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Right after the park's main gate, you'll find the cable car station on the left side. Take it to enjoy a comprehensive view of the Pacific Ocean and Ulsanbawi rock, which is probably the main natural feature in the park.

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    Seoraksan National Park

    by ant1606 Written Jun 9, 2005

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    I've climbed Ulsanbawi Rock in December. With perfect weather, temperature was unexpectedly pleasant.
    The long and steep steel staircase in the last section of the climb, and the outfit of climbers may lead to think of this climb as an easy and effortless one. Staircase goes up partially inside a gulch and around huge granite walls.
    Do not underestimate this climb. Take your time, dress properly and bring plenty of water.

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    Seoraksan National Park

    by ant1606 Written Jun 9, 2005

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    Inside the park a few Pagodas can be seen. These are generally immersed in quiet places and were used by teachers to impart school lessons to students. Grat places for meditation, Pagodas were ideal places much different from present-day school rooms!

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    Soraksan National Park

    by skullcrusher Updated May 30, 2005

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    If you have the time and energy and you like to hike and climb mountains then I think a trip to Korea's east coast is definitely worth the effort.

    Sokcho - is a sleepy little resort town on the east coast of S. Korea. It's my favorite spot in the country because it's quiet and is the base for some great mountain treks. It has a nice beach, but the water is a tad chilly for my taste.

    Soraksan National Park - is very close to Sokcho. It is considered by many Koreans to be the Mecca of mountain climbing and hiking in the South. (I'm told that there are even better mountains in North Korea, unfortunately .....) Soraksan is a hidden wonderland that I can't wait to visit again. If you have the time do go and visit it. But it takes a while to travel overland form Seoul.

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