Monthly Archives: April 2014

Sundubu Jjigae for Dinner

5 Nov 2013

Arrived at the bus stop near the hotel, I stopped by at the Korean restaurant shown by the hotel caretaker the day before.20131105_171926The ajumma at the restaurant was pretty. I saw several cars and shoes in front of the restaurant but inside, I was the only customer. I ordered sundubu jjigae (soft tofu stew) because it was the only Korean food that I recognize from the menu….kekekekeke and the ajumma told me it was 8000 won. I gave her the money and then sat back and relaxed while reviewing the hundreds of pictures that I took that day.

The ajumma cooked it herself and it didn’t take a long time for her to prepare it. When she brought the tray, every thing looked delicious. 20131105_163419 20131105_164807 20131105_163612There were clams in it. Myungje told me the clam name in Korean is bajilak. There were several types of banchan (side dishes) served with the stew and rice, but I only ate the kimchi and tofu. It was very tasty. The other two were green pepper and something red with suspiciously chili seeds in it. The rice was yummy.

I love the meal! The ajumma is a great cook. While I was eating, another ajumma came and they shared stories. Then another two ajummas came to eat. There was a big flat screen TV and it was showing Running Man rerun. It was a pleasant dinner time at 5 PM in the afternoon. I finished the sundubu in 20 minutes…kekeke.20131105_170956With a full stomach, I walked 300 m to the hotel while enjoying the sunset.

20131105_172822I took a bath and then transferred 300 photos, 200 of them were taken at Seoraksan that day. I was ready to sleep at 9 PM. I was tired to the bone but it was one of the happiest day in my life ^_^.

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Biryong Falls

5 Nov 2013

My last stop at Seoraksan was Biryong Falls. The path to the falls located between the bus stop and the entrance office. Biryong means Flying Dragon because it looks like a dragon flying upwards to the sky – according to the article in Visit Korea website.20131105_153944The path leading to the falls is on the right side if you’re walking from the entrance office to the bus stop. After descending a few steps, you’ll see a wide stone bridge and you’ll be able to see the cable car on the right side.IMG_7806 IMG_7801 IMG_7809 IMG_7807When I was crossing the stone bridge, I heard the sound of people laughing and talking from under the bridge. I took a peek and there was a group of aunties (Ahjumma) having a picnic there. ^_^

It was around 2 PM, the trail to the falls was 2.7 km – according to the sign post. The sun was shining but the trail to the fall was in shade. It was cold and quiet. I saw a group of nuns walking in front of me, but they disappeared when I was busy taking picture.IMG_7804IMG_7802IMG_7812IMG_7813IMG_7816IMG_7817IMG_7821IMG_7822

I was alone in the woods for about 1 km walking. I was amazed to see a toilet building inside the wood (and later I found out that everywhere in Korea, it’s easy to find clean public toilet in tourist attractions area).IMG_7824 IMG_7825 IMG_7826

 

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Beyond these steps, you’ll see the creek leading to the falls. Near the fall, I fell because the stone that I stepped on was a bit slippery. An elderly lady was worried but I told her that I was fine.

From the creek there was an uphill climb to the falls. I decided to stop at the creek and took pictures. The group of nuns was walking back from the falls when I was taking picture of the creek.

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There wasn’t enough light in the afternoon at the falls. I suggest that if you want to see it, do it in the morning.

The view on the way back to the bus stop was beautiful.IMG_7833 IMG_7834 IMG_7835 IMG_7836 IMG_7837 IMG_7839

I took a peek at the group of ladies having picnic under the bridge and they were ready to leave too.IMG_7838IMG_7840IMG_7842IMG_7846IMG_7849IMG_7850At 4 PM, I was back to the the bus stop. The bus was just arrived but it was full. So I stood all the way back to the hotel.

Afternoon Walk

5 Nov 2013

After lunch with the squirrel, I walked back to the entrance office. Not much to tell, only lots of pictures along the way. Here they are:

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IMG_7734 IMG_7736Toilet signs at Singheungsa Temple:

IMG_7737 IMG_7738  IMG_7740 IMG_7741 IMG_7742 IMG_7743 IMG_7744 IMG_7745 IMG_7746 IMG_7747 IMG_7748IMG_7750 IMG_7752IMG_7753IMG_7754IMG_7756IMG_7757IMG_7759IMG_7760IMG_7761IMG_7762IMG_7763IMG_7771IMG_7790IMG_7792IMG_7793IMG_7795IMG_7798 IMG_7799IMG_7800My last destination in Seoraksan was Biryong Falls and I will tell you the story in the next post.

 

Yeppeun (예쁜)!

5 Nov 2013

From the Bronze Jwabul, I continued walking to the temple. It’s easy to find because there are signposts with cute monks like this:IMG_7668There is another bridge, made from white stone, parallel from the wood bridge:IMG_7671 IMG_7674 IMG_7676The trail to the temple were covered with colorful leaves. On the road side, there were many stacks of rocks made by the visitors. It is believed that stacking the rocks will bring you good luck.

IMG_7677 IMG_7679 IMG_7680 IMG_7681IMG_7683In front of the temple’s gate, there’s a tree with yellow leaves. There’s a family of 4 with 2 little girls walking in front of me. I heard the little girl said “Yeppeun!” excitedly while gathering the leaves. It means “Pretty” or “Beautiful”. Her mother just laugh at her antics and gave her a plastic bag to store the pretty leaves .IMG_7684IMG_7686  IMG_7687

The Sinheungsa Temple was build around the year 590 ~ 658. The temple complex has several wooden structured buildings. It’s one of the many Korean National Treasures. Most visitors to Seoraksan will make a stop at this temple because it’s only a short walk from the  entrance office and also for praying for the safety of the hike.IMG_7685 IMG_7688 IMG_7689 IMG_7692 IMG_7691 IMG_7690  IMG_7693 IMG_7694From the temple, I decided to walk to the hiking path that lies outside the temple’s wall. It was so quiet and peaceful. You can hear the wind, the birds and insects having a ball there.

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Walking in the woods around the temple was heavenly, especially for those who loves seeing the colorful autumn leaves.

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There were also panels here and there with educational information, sadly, it’s in Korean. I guess it explains the usage of a type of tree, such as this one:IMG_7707IMG_7709IMG_7710 IMG_7711 IMG_7713 IMG_7714 IMG_7715 IMG_7716 IMG_7717 IMG_7718

Inside the woods, I found a big flat rock and I chose that place to eat my Gimbab lunch.20131105_125004

It’s so refreshing to have a picnic there, among the beautiful autumn leaves, watching other people passing by…..and….I even had a guest there…..it’s this cute little squirrel:IMG_7723 IMG_7720