Sunday, October 14th 2012:
The next morning, it was time to head to Yeosu..
We stopped off at the Seonamsa Buddhist temple on the way to Yeosu. Above is a totem pole; they pre-date organized religion in Korea and are based on traditional animist beliefs. The pole is meant to act as a marker (ie: “Village/temple this way—>”
You can’t see them, but like in my previous blog post, the temple was noticeably busy because of the university entrance exams that are currently taking place. Parents were there praying for their children’s success.
After about one hour’s drive, we arrived in Yeosu. Since the World Expo had shut down, we just briefly looked at the surrounding grounds and visited the aquarium there. During the Expo, the aquarium was the most popular attraction. Normally around $30 to get in, I got my fee waived because I was a K-Shuttle passenger – nice.
Getting my hand exfoliated by several little “doctor fish”, a type of fish that will eat the dead skin off of you. I’ve seen advertisements for them before around Seoul, specifically for pedicures (feet).
After the aquarium, it was off to Suncheon to visit the nature reserve there.
My hotel for the night:
Since I was the only passenger on the bus, I basically got a $70 room upgrade. Normally this room holds two people (even then it still would’ve been quite nice) but I had it all to myself. Complete with a desktop computer, wireless router, TV with cable, and floor heating system (which is actually quite common in Korea, but I digress), this room was very nice. I was thrilled to see that the had Western-sized bath towels as well! In Korea, bath towels are the same size as tea towels/dish drying towels.
I was a bit tired from the day spent hiking and so forth, so I actually told my guide that I’d prefer to eat-in. We walked together to a convenience store where I bought some ramyun and samgak kimbap (Korean sushi triangles, my new favourite snack!). I snuggled up in bed and watched some TV before going to sleep.
All in all, Sunday was a good day. I think my favourite part was the Buddhist temple, although I enjoyed the hike in Suncheon as well.