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27 travelers at this place:

  • Day15

    Haesindang Park

    June 15 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Heute morgen hieß es für uns wieder rein ins Auto und weiter in den Norden. Wir hatten eine Strecke von insgesamt ca. 300km vor uns.
    Nach ca. 200 km hatten wir einen Stopp geplant im Haensindang Park (auch genannt Penispark). Zu diesem Park gibt es auch keine kurze Legende, also wen es nicht interessiert einfach nach unten gehen und Bilder gucken.

    Die im Park befindlichen Statuen erinnern an die tragische „Legende von Auebawi und Haesindang“. Laut dieser Legende ließ ein Mann seine Frau auf einem Felsen im Meer zurück, während dieser arbeitete. Aufgrund eines Sturmes konnte er seine Frau nicht retten und sie ertrank. Dies führte dazu, dass die Bewohner des anliegenden Dorfes keine Fische mehr fingen. Manche Menschen sagen, dass dies wegen der ertrunkenen Frau geschah. Eines Tages erleichterte sich ein Fischer auf dem Meer und fing daraufhin Fische. Der Legende zufolge erfreute sich der Geist der ertrunkenen Jungfrau dem Anblick des männlichen Gliedes. Um die Seele der Frau zu beruhigen fertigten die Dorfbewohner hölzerne Schnitzereien von Penissen an und hielten religiöse Zeremonien ab. Nach und nach kehrten die Fische an den Ort zurück und die Bewohner des Dorfes konnten wieder ein komfortables Leben führen.

    Am späteren Nachmittag ging es für uns weitere 100 km Richtung Norden. Den Abend verbrachten wir am Strand, leider nicht im Wasser, da wir wieder nur eine Außentemperatur von max. 20 Grad hatten.
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  • Day1

    The Eastern Dream / Korea

    June 29, 2017 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Well it was time for me to go ‘From Russia with love’. The next part of my trip involved taking the once per week ferry from Vladivostock to Japan via South Korea - a journey that takes two days. The check-in at the Marine Terminal was chaotic - lots of Asian folk pushing and shoving to get on the boat first. A large group of Japanese were determined to get ahead, and their leader - I shall call her Hello Kitty - literally pushed folk out the way as she dragged great amounts of luggage into impossible spaces at the start of the queue. I tried to stand my ground but she pulled folk in front and frantically phoned others at the back of the queue to come up and join her.

    It was a lengthy process going through security and passport control. Of course I ended up with Irritable Irena from Immigration - non-smiling, she went through my passport over and over and kept saying ‘you are not here, you are not here’ looking for some kind of stamp. At one point I thought we were going to get the whole panto routine - ‘well if I'm not in Moscow, and I'm not in Ykaterinburg, I must be somewhere else - and if I am somewhere else, I can't be here.’ Next thing I knew two solidly built officials came over (both female), one with a sniffer dog who took some interest in my bag. ‘Sorry, Fido, but the strongest drugs I have in there are paracetomol.’ There was a lot of chat and I thought I heard the word ‘Gulag’ being mentioned, but maybe my imagination was just working overtime. Anyway, apparently Irena had been looking at the Belarus visa and not the Russian one and I was eventually waved through - without a smile. The only consolation was that I had held up the queue for 20 minutes, and Hello Kitty was right behind me - I tell you she was not a happy pussy!

    Eventually I got on board the DRS Cruise Ferry, Eastern Dream. All I can say is that it has seen better days. (Ken, I really don't think it is quite Celebrity Class!). Again I was booked 2nd class, which actually turned out to be a large room with 8 bunks with curtains, reading light and wash basin. When I saw the Economy class accommodation - dozens of Japanese and Koreans camped out on futons on the floor and enjoying picnics and card games, I was quite glad. Although the majority of the passengers were Asian, I noticed an American couple being shown to the Royal Suite. I had a peek in, and I could tell by their faces they were a little disappointed - no sign of canapés on the balcony! . Before we had left dock there was a big barney- two groups of middle aged Asian men and women screaming and pushing each other at the top of the main staircase - a true stairheed rammy! I was going to start clapping and shouting ‘fight, fight’, but I resisted.

    Finally we set sail. There were lots of announcements in Japanese and Russian but I couldn't make out a word until I realised it was the safety briefing on deck, but no one else seemed to be paying attention anyway. The only thing I could understand was Rod Stewart singing ‘I am Sailing’ as we pulled out of Golden Horn Bay and into the Sea of Japan.

    I tried to solicit some information in English at the Purser’s Desk. A drunk Japenese guy overheard me and said ‘Ah, England, England’. He was very animated and might have been on more than the vodka. I called him Super Mario. ‘Well, Scotland actually’ I said. ‘England’ he persisted ‘Manchester United, Liverpool’. I replied meekly ‘Queen of the South?’ and he looked bemused and returned to the bar.

    I had booked dinner in the restaurant and looked forward to a candle lit affair with a glass of wine and friendly banter with the Maitre D’. Sadly you were given a half hour slot to eat as much as you could from the buffet - a sort of Supermarket Sweep type of idea. I found I could not work out what most of the food was, and did not like the taste of anything, so I ended up with some boiled rice, sweet corn and tomato.

    The entertainment on board included a disco, a sauna and a karaoke (which was very popular). I sat on deck for a while watching the sun go down, as the ship sped towards Korea for our calling point at Donghae.

    The crossing was smooth and the next morning the sea was calm as we sailed into Korea. For some reason we all had to vacate our rooms, even if we were travelling on to Japan, and move to a different berth - very confusing, and again no English explanation - the joys of travel!

    Super Mario appeared looking the worse for wear and greeted me with a shout of ‘Chelsea!’ to which I replied ‘Patrick Thistle’ which seemed to shut him up.

    We docked in the South Korean port of Donghae at 11.30. There was the usual scramble to get off, with Helllo Kitty barking orders to her group. Those traveling on to Japan could get off the ship for about 4 hours so I took the chance to see a bit of Korea. To be honest, there wasn't much to see. By the time we got off the ship and cleared passport control (Republic of Korea stamp in my passport - yipee!) we only had about 3.5 hours. When I asked the lady at the desk what there was to see in Donghae she said ‘the caves, the caves’. So off I went to the local underground caves and, while it was interesting, when you've seen 20 stalactites …

    Donghae was a bit of a ghost town, but I thankfully found a brand new McDonalds with an interesting menu and wifi. Well, time to head back before I miss the boat for my next destination - Japan!
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  • Day8

    Fish Market

    August 3 in South Korea ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    De populaire Fish Market in Donghae biedt heel wat soorten verse vis aan. De zeedieren blijven steeds levend tot op het moment van verkoop.

    Boven de markt is er een eetgedeelte, waar de verse vis voor je wordt klaargemaakt. We aten sashimi, vissoep, schelpdieren, vispannekoek enzovoort.

    's Avonds was er een Dance Party op het strand.Read more

  • Day81

    Biathlon Men's Relay

    February 23, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    Today we visited the Biathlon Relay. At the end we were celebrating a bronze medal. It was our last event at the Olympics, but at least for the Paralympics closing ceremony on 18th March we will go to Pyeongchang once again.

    Heute haben nochmal Männeerstaffel im Biathlon angefeuert. Am Ende hat es zur Bronze Medallie gereicht.
    Es war der letzte Wettkampf den wir uns live bei dieser Olympiade angesehen haben. Spätestens zur Abschlussfeier der Paralympics am 18. März werden wir allerdings zurück nach Pyeongchang kommen.
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  • Day73

    Austria House - Pyeongchang

    February 15, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ -4 °C

    Awesome night today: We have arrived at Pyeongchang :) and made a trip to the German and Austrian House. As the German House is very exclusive we were not able to go in but the guys from Austria let us in. We had some really, really good Käsespätzle and Kaiserschmarrn and met a lot of very nice people there. The Austrian backer gave us some fresh baked bread. The first real bread since we have started our trip! A big thanks to Günther!!!
    At the end the bar sponsored some Mozart Liquor. You should try that! All in all a very great evening. Austria you are great :)

    And of course a big thanks to Amelie who showed us around in this area.

    Ein wirklich cooler Abend heute: Wir sind in Pyeongchang angekommen und waren am Deutschen und Österreichischen Haus. Leider ist das deutsche Haus sehr exklusiv weshalb wir leider nicht rein könnten, allerdings haben uns die Österreicher ins Haus gelassen. Wir hatten super leckere Käsespätzle und noch besseren Kaiserschmarrn. Zusätzlich hat uns der Österreichische Bäcker noch mit frisches Brot gesponsert. Es ist unser erster richtiges Brot seit Anfang Dezember. Vielen Dank Günther!!!
    Am Ende gab es sogar noch ein paar Schnäpse aufs Austria Haus. Ihr solltet mal Mozart Chocolate Likör probieren!Österreich ihr seid super!

    Und natürlich auch noch ein großes Dankeschön an Amelie. Ohne dich wären wir wohl nicht dorthin gekommen. ;)
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  • Day74

    Kwandong Hockey Center - GER vs SWE 0:1

    February 16, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ 🌙 1 °C

    We lost but the game was really good at the Kwandong Hockey Center. Tomorrow we will go to the Biathlon :)

    Wir haben zwar verloren aber das Spiel war trotzdem sehr gut! Morgen Abend geht es dann zum Biathlon.

  • Day13


    November 15, 2017 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    17.4 km gestapt.
    Eergisteren kwamen we in Sokcho aan na 6uur op de bus te zitten. We waren daar met 1 doel en dat was de Ulsanbawi beklimmen, een berg in het Seoraksan national park. Dus dat deden we ook de volgende dag.

    Het was erg koud en er was reuzachtig veel wind, zeker vanboven op de berg, ik dacht soms dat ik er af zou waaien. Het was een stijle beklimming waar mensen gemiddeld 2uur over doen.

    Na onze tocht keerden we terug naar het busstation en namen een bus naar Seoul, onze laatste stop. Ook hier is het al goed koud en we hebben dringend nood aan een winterjas. We logeren hier in een klein appartementje op het 18de verdiep met een zicht op allemaal appartementsblokken, wat wel iets heeft.
    Vandaag wordt dus onze eerste echte dag in Seoul.
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  • Day55

    Südkorea - Seoraksan National Park #1

    June 28, 2017 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Gestern haben wir den Seoraksan National Park besucht - die Wanderung war ziemlich anstrengend, aber es hat sich mehr als gelohnt! 😊💪🏼
    Der Nationalpark ist wirklich unglaublich schön und man sollte ihn auf jeden Fall besuchen, wenn man in Südkorea ist 😊 Übernachtet haben wir in der kleinen Stadt Sokcho, welche etwa 2,5h entfernt ist von Seoul.Read more

  • Day77

    Unification Observatory - DMZ

    February 19, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    Today we have done a trip to the northernmost point of South Korea the public can go to. From here we could take another look on the border to North Korea.

    Heute haben wir einen Ausflug zum nördlichsten Punkt Südkoreas gemacht zudem man fahren kann. Von hier hatten wir erneut einen Blick auf die Grenze zu Nordkorea.Read more

  • Day104

    Victory Ceremony - Gold for Germany

    March 18, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    It was fun but now we have to leave for the closing ceremony in the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. (about 50km by car). Hopefully the show will be good.

    Es hat Spaß gemacht aber jetzt müssen wir schnell ins Olympiastadion nach Pyeongchang zur Abschlussfeier (ca. 50km)! Die Show wird hoffentlich genauso gut :)Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Gangwon-do, Γκάνγουον-ντο, 강원도

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