Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sokcho and Seoraksan

My parents arrived in Korea! Jon and I went to pick them up at the airport and we spent the next day exploring one of my favorite places in Korea, Insa-dong. I love shopping so I never mind hitting up an entire street filled with trinket shops. Since the men don’t enjoy shopping as much we also spent time at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

This literally translates to the “Palace of Shining Happiness.” It was first built in 1934 and used until 1592 when it was burned down during warfare with Japan. It was then rebuilt in 1867.

The next day we took the bus to Sokcho on the east coast to climb the famous mountain Seoraksan. Being in the middle of rainy season and among the worst and heaviest rains of the century (literally!) the weather wasn’t very good. Although, considering, we had fairly good weather for the weekend. Seoraksan is known as the “Snow Peak Mountain”, but it is actually a series of peaks and is Korea’s most prominent geographical region. The Buddhist monks chose this area as the place where they would “strive to become one with the universe.”
Arriving in Sokcho
at Seoraksan National Park
floating water fountain

giant Buddha statue

Bears in the park

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