Seoul Trail

My prize for the Seoul Trail

The last two and a half day in Seoul were devoted to the art and game of Geocaching. I walked approx 30 or 35 km along different sections of the Seoul Trail and grabbed a lot if caches. Since GC is so top-secret  (I’d have to kill you if I told anymore details), hereare some of the views I got along the way:

First part: Section nr 4

View over south-east Seoul

Second part: section 3

Yeah right, cache with a poor example of a logbook

View along the trail

View of an area Seoul is tearing down


Jeju Island

The light fishers in Jeju City

After flying from Busan to Jeju City I checked out the area. As my luck would have, there’s a five day cultural festival (October 05 – 09) at the beach area. Although there is no beach here, just a long concrete promenade without seats. On the 6th there were many workers building the tents, electric systems, stages etc. I asked a lady from the tourist office and she confirmed my suspicions: everything was destroyed by the typhoon Chaba and they were just finishing up on rebuilding it all. Impressive what amount of work they had completed in less than 36 hours, having had to clear up all the debris first!

Looking south from Seogwipo

Next day was a bus trip to the south of the island in Seogwipo. After a long walk finding some tupperware and climbing a windy harbour bridge the bus took me north again. Thus I made a trip around the volcano Mount Hallasan for appr. 5 €. But she was shy and kept her head hidden in the mist.

Gosari Hajong Kuk

For dinner was a delicious sort of stew, called “Gosari Hajong Kuk”. The girl in the Guesthouse had recommended it to me and warned that it doesn’t look very attractive. She was right: it reminded me a bit of a swamp where the swamp gasses bubble up through the thick brown mud. But it smelled good and tasted absolutely delicious. I’m afraid I have been in Korea too long already, because I would have preferred it a bit more spicey.😀

Jeju City Cultural Festival

Closed off the evening with the Cultural Festival  (tonight was China Night), a nice chat with the other guests and the girl from the Guesthouse.

Typhoon Chaba on visit

Thyphoon Chaba hits the beaches in Busan

Today is typhoon day: the typhoon “Chaba” passes by just south of Korea and here in Busan we notice it. Strong winds and heavy rain. According to all predictions it will be over mostly in the afternoon. Until then it’s a stay inside day and read a book.

Stormy weather

Around 12:00 the storm is mostly over and the rain has stopped. Since it’s still 25°C and 99% humidity everyone wants to go out and watch the sea. Well, you can see the sea here.

The Busan International Film Festival was supposed to start tomorrow on the 6th, but I’m afraid they have a few problems. Everything they’ve built up in the past two weeks has been destroyed. They’re removing the debris, but I don’tthink they are going to be ready for the opening tomorrow. So sad to see their whole work destroyed!

Remains of the BIFF village


Remains of the BIFF village (2)

Later in the afternoon the typhoon has gone and the sun is shining again. Beautiful weird clouds appear in the sky. 

Weird clouds appear – or is it an UFO?

Temple day

Wonderful wood construction

Today was my first temple day visiting the Beomeosa temple complex in the mountains near Busan, South Korea. It was easy to find: follow all the folks in walking outfit from the station to the busstation, get off the bus where they do and you’re there. Free guides! The temples are beautiful, but I’ve seen already so many in Japan. Next to the complex starts the “Sea of Stones”, making a great area for wandering  – if you have the right shoes. Which I do not, so I returned after a few hundred metres. 

Sea of stones

After walking down the mountain I was hungry and went into a typical Korean restaurant, where they make their own fresh soft tofu. Yummy, but especially the tofu is hard to hold with chopsticks. Luckily they use spoons too in Korea, so nothing to be ashamed of. 

Overdoing it a bit here, guys

The sky’s the limit

Today I had a long hike uphill to the Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan. The cats painted on the walls and stairs have disappeared over the last years sadly, but I got a live cat on my other camera. Live is better 😀 

For the rest it were just a lot of tiny alleys full wih people with cameras. Reminded me of Thera Santorini in Greece. Oh, and I’ve discovered that Koreans are crazy about “Le petit prince” and his little fox:

Back down in the harbour another discovery: a bascule bridge. “So what?” would any dutch say. But at 13:45 an announcement was made (in Korean of course) and some traditional songs were played until 14:00. In the meantime literally a few hundred people had gathered around. The bridge opened,  lots of Ooh’s and Aaah’s and a small vessel passed and the bridge was closed again. I had expected at least  the Queen Mary II but nothing such. 

Gwangnam – just next-door – has a nice beach to spend the evening and sunset too. Especially with the bridge in full lights in the background.

Livin’ in the fast lane. 

Today was train day in the KTX to Busan. No zombies in the train, no army of zombies awaiting us in Busan. The beach season is not over: with 28°C the beach was packed on this Sunday. 

Me at the beach – a seldom occurrence

Later tonight (after sunset) whole Busan gathered at the beach – me included. Announcements were made that “Use or purchase of fireworks at the beach are prohibited”. So you may guess three times what they all did? Right, they lighted their fireworks at the beach! Nothing sensational, but a nice way to let such a fine sunday fade out. And with a beer from the 7/11 I enjoyed the show. Since firework pictures usually don’t work out well, you get the below:

Busan beach by night – before the show

Feelin’ sporty

Weightlifter – could also be a gorilla

After yesterdays Power Walk I thought: why not clear the Seoul Sport Complex of all caches waiting for me? So said, so done. But somehow the GPS satellites ignored me today, ‘coz I wasn’t very successful. So I did the only thing that you can do: do something else. Like sitting in the park and listen to the screaming. 

Afterwards I went to the central station to switch my KTX reservation for a ticket for tomorrow’s Train to Busan. A bit weird that you can only print out a reservation and not the ticket itself but I’m in South-Korea – logic is chaos and chaos is logic in the land where a red traffic light is considered to be no more than a friendly advice. 

Korean War Memorial

Walking around the large American Army Base (and lifting a cache or two) and the Korean War Memorials, I landed in Itaewong: that’s where all those American soldiers live. There I got interviewed by a Korean guy, who was doing his best to learn English. All is on film so I might end up on YouTube. Was fun to do though.

And since it’s Saturday evening: now’s the time for K-POP! Yeah! But not really yeah… it’s just better than Helene Fischer.

They’re actually really singing “yeah yeah”