MMMMMMMMMMM Street Food!
Chili fish cakes, deep-fried squid, zucchini and dumplings... anything more perfect on a cold day in the city?
I don't know… something about this sign caught my attention at the Jecheon bus terminal. It might have been the simple design, or its message that I strongly believe in. More likely it could have just been the barista behind it making the most wonderful smelling coffee that made the whole contemplation process simply nirvana...
I am a virgin to living in Korea. Japan, Singapore and Toronto are worlds I understand, but this land of hangol, churches and kimchi is a whole new universe. So after settling into my room in Jecheon, South Korea, I went to a place most familiar: the Convini. God bless Family Mart, the biggest chain in the country, because here I was introduced to the wide world of Korean snacks! I think nothing says awesome like a banana milkshake and a chicken kimchi rice ball. Though strange to the ear, is heaven to the tongue...
I found the local tourist attraction last week, taking the form of an adventure park. I have a long-standing fear of heights, so deciding to face it here was a risky move. But I loved it - bungee jumping was great! I might go back and do it again… ahaha. Cheongpung Land is famous mostly with tourists and English teachers, but it is one heck of an adventure no matter who you are.
Guinsa, from what I understand, is the 3rd largest monastery in all of Korea; located about 40 minutes from Danyang city (town). The scenery from the bus to this holy place is as breathtaking as the location itself. I really love how colourful Buddhist temples in Korea tend to be; the opposite of their Japanese counterparts. Also, the monks and worshippers alike do not seem to have any issue with you being there - actually quite the opposite - and encourage your interaction, and leave you to meditate when you want. I really enjoyed this trip and highly recommend it.
It was nuts - I went sight-seeing in Danyang today and was amazed at how good the tourism infrastructure was for English speakers. On the recommendation of the women working at the tourist information booth, I ended up at the most famous restaurant in town. The key ingredient in Danyang is garlic, and the restaurant made sure it was well represented in all the dishes. Pickles, chilies and sweet garlic, roast pork, and fish wrapped in lettuce with lotus root rice - a feast for a king. It was delicious, every last bite. Just a word of warning: garlic is a digestive... so if you are planning on any hot dates after this meal, you should re-schedule.
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