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.The 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. There 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.With a full stomach, I walked 300 m to the hotel while enjoying the sunset.
I 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 ^_^.
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:There is another bridge, made from white stone, parallel from the wood bridge: The 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.
In 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 .
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. From 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.
Walking in the woods around the temple was heavenly, especially for those who loves seeing the colorful autumn leaves.
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:
Inside the woods, I found a big flat rock and I chose that place to eat my Gimbab lunch.
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: