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

Must be too much meditating...

Seonamsa Temple

Some of the literally thousand of lanterns at Seonamsa Temple

Seonamsa

View from the top...

Songgwangsa Temple

Songgwangsa Temple

Songgwangsa Temple

Wish I'd seen this before I climbed all those mountains...

Songgwangsa Temple

Songgwangsa Temple

Songgwangsa Temple

The bright lights of love street, Gwanju outside my 'motel', as they...


Today was local buses, always a bit tricky in any country, but luckily I got the right ones and got on and off at the right places, I felt quite smug about all this success. However this was undermined by my trail-finding abilities on the mountain. The idea was I took one bus to Seonamsa Temple in Jogyasan Park, and then walked through the forested mountains to Songgwangsa Temple, trying to avoid the 3,000' Jongean Peak inbetween, but right from the start I had this feeling I was inevitably going to end up on the top, and so I did, as this was the way the Korean footpath signs sent me, and then further on round this great horseshoe of numerous other peaks. It was very steep up and down, and needless to say hot and muggy, and took me seven hours, but all in all was good exercise and fun, helped by Koreans on the trail who kept taking pity on me and giving me fruit. I saw two snakes, though no idea if they are a danger here, either way they tried to get away from me as I chased after them with my camera.

Then back to Suncheon, pick up my rucksack from the hotel, and bus to Gwanju, famous for the Korean version of Tianmen Square (2,000 killed) in 1980, though a conspicuous silence from the West at the time. I'm only here to be a bit nearer where I am heading to tomorrow, i.e. Naejangsan National Park. As I'm only in and out of Gwanju, I am again near the vast bus station, which means another love hotel. It feels slightly weird staying in these places, but I think I could grow to like them; they are very cheap, convenient, and all the stuff in the mini-bar is free! And this one even has a free pot noodle. Passing up that culinary opportunity though, I had a fantastic meal of Bulgogi nearby, like a sweetish beef broth with the usual range of side dishes, and as it was so neon bright around here I took a photo so you could get a sense of it. Just in the picture is a hotel nearby called Anel Hotel, who knows why?



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