A&E on the World Heritage Train East 2009 travel blog

Entrance to Dosan Seowon

Red leaves, white walls, Dosan Seowon

Dosan Seowon

Red carpet

One of the libraries, Dosan Seowon

Leaves and bench, Dosan Seowon

Strong Autumn colours, Dosan Seowon

Farmyards in Hahoe Folk Village

Strange Hahoe fruit, forgotten what its really called!

More of those autumn colours in Hahoe Village

Hahoe Folk Village

Hahoe Folk Village


My nice hotel, the Hotel California. On the down side, for some reason I had a splitting headache all day, on the plus side it was sunny, albeit quite cold, and everywhere I went there were more of those fantastic autumn colours. At least the headache wasn't from trying to relearn one language and forcibly forget another, this was proving so difficult I decided not to bother, I'm hoping to get by on the 20 or so Korean phrases and words I can remember.

In the morning I went to a place called Dosan Seowon. This was another Tae Kwon Do trip, this time for a guy called Toi Gye, another leading light in Korean neo-confucianism, hero of the people and star of the 1,000 won note. More spiritual and humble than the political and adventurous Yul Gok, to whom he is often compared. Basically Dosan Saewon is an academy he set up, a lot of lovely buildings in a gorgeous setting.

After that I didn't have the time to go to any of my other choice places, so instead I went to the Hahoe Folk Village. This is a very old rural village that is full of what could be thought of as listed building, so it pretty much looks as it always did, except for the TV aerials, cars and rotivators. It was very attractive too.

Back home I managed to finally get some money out of an ATM, a good job as I had less than thirty quid cash left. I am confirmed with the United Nations Command (essentially the US Army) for the Demilitarised Zone on Thursday, which means I will have to go all the way back to Seoul tomorrow, and perhaps come back down here again Friday! I wanted to go on Saturday but they couldn't fit me in then. I am looking forward to visiting what Bill Clinton called "the most dangerous place on earth", I'm sure it isn't at all. I bet its loads safer than wandering around the rural areas of Afghanistan.



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