Last weekend, we took our first organized tour with Goh Travel Korea. We headed south and had a great time exploring new places! This post is chock full of pictures, so I hope you enjoy! Additional photos will be posted to Facebook in the coming days.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
The tour left from Seoul but we got to take advantage of a Daejeon pick-up. Our first stop was Jeonju, famous for its bibimbap (mixed rice), its hanok village (traditional Korean village), and the Gyeonggijeon Shrine, which houses a famous portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. We had to enough time to take a tour of the Shrine area and eat some delicious bibimbap.
After lunch, we didn’t have time to explore Jeonju as we were originally scheduled to do. We would love to make a trip back because there’s so much we didn’t see and it seemed like a really interesting place.
Our next stop was Gwanghalluwon Garden in Namwon City. This garden is famed as the place where Lee Mong-ryong and Chunhyang met. These are 2 characters from a Korean folk tale not dissimilar to Romeo & Juliet. It was originally built in 1419 under the Joseon Dynasty (King Sejong).
Our final stop of the day brought us to Suncheon Bay Wetlands, which was a beautiful – if not too buggy – site to behold.
After the wetlands, we had some kbbq for dinner and called it a night in the biggest pensions ever. Well, some people did. Others went to a noraebong (karaoke room) and drank too much soju. 😛
Sunday, June 28, 2015
The main reason we signed up for this tour was because it was going to Boseong Green Tea Plantation! It’s been a plantation since Japanese occupation and is where half of Korea’s green tea is produced. If you know me, you know I absolutely love green tea, so this was an exciting treat!
I got to buy some loose leaf green tea here, but I didn’t buy the roasted kind. Alternatively, you can ferment the tea, which is just sun-dried tea. Tastes delicious, too!
Finally, our last stop of the trip included an amazing visit to Byeonsanbando National Park, and more specifically, the Cheseokgang Cliffs.
This park is located on the west coast of Korea and features beautiful sedimentary rocks, breathtaking cliffs, and a popular beach (Byeonsan) on the East China Sea.
Ah, a beautiful trip indeed! We are so happy we went and had a marvelous time. We saw places in Korea we had never even heard of and feel lucky we got to experience them!
But after 3 weekends of travel, I’m excited to sit tight for the next one!
Until next time~