From 2010/12/06 to 2010/12/10

-- From Seoul to Gongju

 

 

 

The road tracklog 
from Seoul to Gangneung 
from 2010/12/09 to 2010/12/12 

After a captivating stay in Seoul I began my trip in Korea at Sokcho where I would have to ship my truck for Vladivostok. Of course I went to the wearing of loading and I looked with sadness the map of the voyage. I must assume my decisions. Beforehand by arriving at the bus station I had left my luggage to a kiosk of tourist information which had agreed to keep it, helpful Koreans.

 

 

 

Ferry map 
Sokcho 
04/12/2010 

I strolled on the fishing port in this sunny and cold morning where autochthones ate raw seafood. The city does not have great tourist attractions. In the early afternoon I took a local bus for Seoraksan where I had decided to spend the weekend to oxygenate me after the pollution of the megalopolis of more than 20-million inhabitants.

 

 

 

Breakfast at the port 
Sokcho 
04/12/2010 

 

 

 

Fish drying 
Sokcho 
04/12/2010 

 

 

 

Crabs 
Sokcho 
04/12/2010 

 

 

 

The port 
Sokcho 
04/12/2010 

 

 

 

Octagnol pavilion 
Sokcho 
04/12/2010 

 

 

 

Cheonghodaegyo Bridge 
Sokcho 
04/12/2010 

 

 

 

Lighthouse 
Sokcho 
04/12/2010 

In this sunny and windy Sunday many Korean families spread themselves merrily on the footpaths of Seoraksan National Park listed on the World Heritage I walked during five hours going from sight to sight. I returned to the hotel tired but purified from miasmas of Seoul.

 

 

 

Cheonghodaegyo, Pagoda 
Seoraksan NP 
05/12/2010 

 

 

Gwongeumseong 
Seoraksan NP 
05/12/2010 

 

 

 

Gwongeumseong 
Seoraksan NP 
05/12/2010 

 

 

 

Landscape 
Seoraksan NP 
05/12/2010 

 

 

 

Aallack Temple 
Seoraksan NP 
05/12/2010 

 

 

 

Aallack Temple 
Seoraksan NP 
05/12/2010 

 

 

 

Seated Buddha Statue 
Seoraksan NP 
05/12/2010 

 

 

 

Sinheungsa Temple's Gate 
Seoraksan NP 
05/12/2010 

 

 

 

Guardian 
Seoraksan NP 
05/12/2010 

 

 

 

Sinheugsa Temple, main hall 
Seoraksan NP 
05/12/2010 

 

 

 

Heundeulbawi Rock 
Seoraksan NP 
05/12/2010 

 

 

 

In Korea traffic & walk on the right side 
Seoraksan NP 
05/12/2010 

On Monday December 6 I left Seoraksan NP to return to Sokcho to take an intercity bus to go to Gangneung where I had two sites to visit. Ojukheon, a sacred site where the mother, Shin Saimdang, and her son, Yulgok Yi Yi, the teacher of the nation were born. The site is composed of several buildings distributed in courtyards according to a Chinese plan, they were built about 1450 and are remarkably well preserved. Yulgok Yi Yi has his effigy on the note of 5000 KRW and Sin Saimdang on that of 50,000 KRW put soon in circulation.

 

 

 

Ojukheon 
Gangneung 
06/12/2010 

 

 

 

Ojukheon 
Gangneung 
06/12/2010 

 

 

 

Shin Saimdang 
Ojukheon 
Gangneung 
06/12/2010 

 

 

 

Yulgok Yi Yi 
Ojukheon
Gangneung
06/12/2010 

 

 

 

Mongryongsil 
Ojukheon 
Gangneung 
06/12/2010 

 

 

 

Eoje-gak 
Ojukheon 
Gangneung 
06/12/2010 

Seongyojang, aristocratic residence which was built in 1703. It has for only interest to be furnished from that era. The weather was gloomy with a rise in temperature which announced a rain which fell indeed during my visits.

 

 

 

Seongyojang 
Gangneung 
06/12/2010 

 

 

 

Seongyojang 
Gangneung 
06/12/2010 

 

 

 

Hwalraejeong 
Seongyojang 
Gangneung 
06/12/2010 

 

 

Seongyojang 
Gangneung 
06/12/2010 

 

 

 

Seongyojang 
Gangneung 
06/12/2010 

 

 

 

Seongyojang 
Gangneung 
06/12/2010 

The day after I took a bus to go to Samcheok and further on to a fishing village. Sinnam are famous by Haesindang Park, called Penis Park, on hillside overhanging a very agitated blue sea. This park exhibits more than fifty phalli carved either in wood or in stone and even bronze. At the hilltop twelve phallic sculptures have animals of the Chinese zodiac, look at "Gallery". A local legend is at the origin of this phallic overflow to calm a virgin who had drowned and whose spirit disturbed the village. A small museum is devoted to fishing, shamanism and sexual iconography in other cultures.

 

 

 

Seascape 
Sinnam 
07/12/2010 

 

 

 

Haesindang Park 
Sinnam 
07/12/2010 

 

 

 

Haesindang Park 
Sinnam 
07/12/2010 

 

 

 

Haesindang Park 
Sinnam 
07/12/2010 

 

 

 

Seascape 
Sinnam 
07/12/2010 

 

 

 

Haesindang Park 
Sinnam 
07/12/2010 

 

 

 

The road tracklog 
from Gangneung to  
From 08 to 12/12/2010 

At Gangneung there are only two buses per day for Andong, in the morning and in the afternoon, I embarked in that in the morning and three hours later I arrived in Andong around 12:30. After a short visit to Tourist Office I left my luggage at the hotel then I caught a bus for Dosan Seowon just. This academy of teaching of the Confucius philosopher was founded by Toegye Yi Hwang in 1574. It trained during several decades the high officers in charge for the kingdom of Joseong. The effigy of Yi Hwang is reproduced on the banknote of 1000KWR.

 

 

 

Dosan Seowon 
Andong 
08/12/2010 

 

Dosan Seowon 
Andong 
08/12/2010 

 

 

 

Toegye Yi Hwang
Dosan Seowon 
Andong 
08/12/2010 

 

 

 

Dosan Seowon 
Andong 
08/12/2010 

 

 

 

Dosan Seowon 
Andong 
08/12/2010 

 

 

Dosan Seowon 
Andong 
08/12/2010 

 

 

 

Gwangmyeongsil 
Andong 
08/12/2010 

During my visit a group of teenagers took part in a ceremony of presentation to the temple, I tried to make it explained alas without success. A small museum recalls the life, the activity and the writings of Yi Hwang. Breaks embellished this cold day, -3C, in mountain of medium altitude. On the road leading to Dosa Seowon vehicles were copiously sprinkled by automatic rotary jets of disinfecting for a reason which I am unaware of. The area cultivates fruit trees.

 

 

 

Dosan Seowon 
Andong 
08/12/2010 

 

 

 

Sangdeoksa 
Andong 
08/12/2010 

 

 

 

Dosan Seowon 
Andong 
08/12/2010 

Andong is the city of the Korean spirit, many old sites are in the area. I visited Hahoe Village where the members of the Ryu family lived for 600 years. It is composed of houses very well preserved and still inhabited nowadays. I strolled it by a cold sunshine day, the surrounding countryside was covered with white frost.

 

 

 

 
Hahoe Village 
09/12/2010 

 

 

 

 
Hahoe Village 
09/12/2010 

 

 

 

 
Hahoe Village 
09/12/2010 

An extraordinary museum of masks exhibits myths and legends of masks as well Korean as from other countries in the world.

 

 

 

Mask Museum 
Hahoe Village 
09/12/2010 

 

 

 

Mask Museum 
Hahoe Village 
09/12/2010 

 

 

 

Mask Museum 
Hahoe Village 
09/12/2010 

At the beginning of afternoon I visited Soju Museum devoted to Korean food. It was visited by the Queen Elizabeth of England in 1999. The city of Andong deserves several days.

 

 

 

 
Soju Museum 
09/12/2010 

 

 

 

 
Soju Museum 
09/12/2010 

December 10 I left Andong for Gongju. After more than 3 hours by bus with a change at Deajeon, I arrived at the hotel around 11am in a city covered by a fine snow film. I began the visits with the site of the tombs of kings of Baekje one of the three kingdoms which reigned from 57 BC to 668 AD. The most significant is that of King Muryeong, 461 to 523 BC. It was discovered in 1971, it was never violated. Its funerary furniture was intact, it was of a great utility for scientists. A museum exhibits objects discovered in the tomb, furniture, jewels and potteries. Kings believed in the rebirth, death was a waiting state.

 

 

 

Songsan-ri Burial Mounds 
Gongju 
10/12/2010 

 

 

 

 
Exhibition Hall 
Songsan-ri Burial Mounds 
Gongju 
10/12/2010 

 

 

 

Tomb of King Muryeong 
Songsan-ri Burial Mounds 
Gongju 
10/12/2010 

 

 

 

 
King's gold diadem 
Songsan-ri Burial Mounds 
Gongju 
10/12/2010 

 

 

 

Chinese celadon 
Songsan-ri Burial Mounds 
Gongju 
10/12/2010 

Along the Geumgang river one a hill the Gongsanseong fortress was built starting from 475 AD to protect the capital of the kingdom. Wall and pivilions were restored in 1980.

 

 

 

 
Gonggsanseong 
Gongju 
10/12/2010 

 

 

 

Gwangbongnu Pavilion 
Gonggsanseong 
Gongju 
10/12/2010 

 

 

 

 
Geumseoru Gate Pavilion 
Gonggsanseong 
Gongju 
10/12/2010 


Gongju, le 2010/12/10

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