Distance Traveled Today: 167km
Distance Traveled Total: 325km
My apologies. I got too caught up fan girling about the dolmens yesterday that I totally forgot about this very honorable mention! Just at the tip of the bridge between Ganghwa Island and Kyodong Island is this nice little pavilion overlooking a pond of huge lilies. This side of the country doesn’t get many tourists at all, especially in the rain and on a weekday, but I definitely had a few people who were equally impressed and stopped to shoot a few pics.
Okay on to day 3. Today started very slow because of a monstrous storm we had in the morning. Luckily, I checked the weather the night before and made sure to sleep in. I finally made it out of the north west region of Korea and headed south to Asan, home of saunas apparently. I came to see a place in the UNESCO WHS tentative list, the Oeam Folk Village and let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint. If you’re followed me for a while, you’d know that the folk village of Hahoe is my absolute favorite place in Korea. It seems that we now have a competitor.
I was actually completely unaware that more of these folk villages existed outside of Yangdong and Hahoe, so I will definitely be on the look out (I think there’s one more near Suncheon on the southern tip). In any case, this was definitely the highlight. Like the other two, this one is what we call a “living” folk village, with people actively still living here. There is a templestay in what appears to be a very gnarly temple and 4 minbaks if you want to stay the night, but I opted for a cheaper accommodation in town.
Tomorrow, if the weather is good, I am off towards the Taeanhaean Marine National Park. Otherwise, I have to rethink my life…or head south to Gongju. See you later alligators!