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  • Day206

    Mit einem neuen Fahrradpartner

    October 2, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Now that I was finally able to get my phone back , in Japan, flashback. In Korea, more than one month ago !
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    Diese wird meine einzige Nachrichte auf Deutsch sein. Ich schreibe in dieser Sprache, die ich fast vergessen habe, um meinen neuen Fahrradpartner David zu willkommen !

    Mit David haben uns in Seoul gettroffen. Weil er auch nach Japan geht, haben wir uns entshieden, durch SüdKorea zusammen Fahrrad zu fahren.

    David ist ein groBer Reisender. Er begann seine Radtour in Deutschland mitten in Winter und plant, fast 3 Jahre auf der ganzen Welt zu reisen ! Das ist ein langjähriges Project, für das er hat lange gespart.
    Ein erster Blick auf sein Fahrrad zeigt, dass er sehr gut ausgestattet und bereit für jeden Vorfall ist. Nach einem eisigen Winter und Sandstürme in den Ländern, die er besuchte, ist es besser !
    Auf seinem Fahrrad trägt er denn viel mehr kilogramm als ich, dessen elektronisches Geschäft für seine Fotos und Videos.
    Unten ist ein Link zu seinem schönen und interessanten Video über China :
    Das Video uber Südkorea wird bald folgen.
    Ich füge auch hinzu, ein Artikel auf die chinesische Teil seiner Radtour. Vielleicht werden sie an den Fotos anerkennen, den gleiche Ort, dort ich meine Zelt auch aufgestellt habe ! Viel Spaß !
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  • Day4

    Mr. Toilet day

    October 27, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Avui hem visitat el Mr. Toilet house. És el millor museu de la història. Ens han donat caquis d'un arbre del museu. El jardi està ple de ninots fent caca, caques i banys. L'edifici té forma de vàter. Hem anat cap a Seül, hem dinat i hem anat a passejar per un canal, per l'edifici-star-base cylon, on no hi havia res de res, només una galeria d'"art" ple de Barbies tunejades molt tètricament. Hem tornat cap al barri a sopar.Read more

  • Day30

    Royal Tombs & City Walls

    September 26, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Day trip out of the city to visit a World Heritage site, a pattern that's going to be repeated a bunch of times for the next few days! Up early and headed to the metro, following our directions east to the town of Guri. One really annoying thing about the metro here is that some of the lines split, but it never mentions which direction the train is going. Sort of like in Sydney how the south coast line trains are all on the blue line, but half of them go to Cronulla and the others go to Wollongong.

    Seoul has the same thing except yeah, it doesn't tell you which are Cronulla and which are Wollongong trains. You can probably see where this is going. Our app said to change to line 2 at a particular station, so we did and just hopped on the next train. It was a bit different since it wasn't a metro train, it was all seated, but it headed the right direction before veering away north and picking up speed. Eventually with the help of a local guy we figured out it was a train, not the subway, and that we'd need to get off at the next stop.

    At least it wasn't too far away, so we hopped off, switched platforms and waited 15 minutes for the next train back. That was all fine, if a bit annoying, until the ticket inspector turned up. As it turns out, this was an express train and our metro tap-on tickets didn't cover it. The inspector was an old guy and didn't know much English beyond "ticket" and "penalty". I google translated a few messages explaining the situation and that we didn't even know where to buy tickets (I think he was trying to sell them but they were quite expensive), and eventually he threatened to call the police on his radio.

    Which he did, and then escorted us to the rear carriage and his compartment. I had a feeling something was up, since he hadn't pushed the talk button on his radio when calling, and nobody had answered him. When we got to his compartment his demeanour changed massively, the train arrived at the next station, and we got off with no issues. It was a confusing situation but I think he just wanted to save face in front of the locals who could see him confronting us about not having tickets.

    Not wanting to take another chance, we left the station and took a bus the rest of the way. We'd wasted an hour, but at least nothing worse had happened! As it was, the site wasn't super interesting. It was a collection of royal tombs from the Joseon dynasty, which ruled Korea from the 14th-20th centuries. The tombs are scattered all around the peninsula but this is the largest collection in one area.

    It's a nice environment with a forest and a series of buildings in front of a large mound where the king and/or queen is actually buried. Interestingly, none of the tombs have ever been opened, so aside from the buildings there wasn't much to actually see. We wandered around, but were done within about 90 minutes.

    Caught a bus back to the station where we carefully caught the right train back into the city. The rest of the afternoon was spent walking around sections of the city walls. They were progressively built over hundreds of years, but are still running through large sections of the city. It was interesting to see via the stonework which parts had been built when! They're on the tentative world heritage list, and since SK is pretty organised it will probably get added in the next couple of years.
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  • Day32

    Namhansamseong Fortress

    September 28, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Another day, another fortress. Today's site was an "emergency palace", constructed during the 17th century. A fortress just outside of Seoul where the royal family and the government could retreat during times of war and unrest so that things could continue in safety.

    Much easier to access this time, as it was basically on the subway! 40 minutes on the subway to the edge of town, then a short 15 minute bus ride up into the hills nearby to the actual fortress. Quite busy today as it's a Saturday, and the area is super popular with the locals for hiking. Koreans really like hiking, as it turns out, even the old folks, and they all get super kitted out in their North Face and Kathmandu gear.

    This site doesn't have a great rep among our community as it's basically just a not-that-interesting fortress and isn't that old, so it doesn't have a lot going for it. We'd also seen ancient walls on the previous two day and weren't feeling super enthused. But we hopped off the bus in the tourist town and started wandering.

    The walls themselves run for about 12 kilometres and we picked the south gate to start with, figuring we'd walk a segment to the west gate, then head back to the centre. We essentially stuck to that plan and it was quite nice, though again the warm humid weather made the going tough.

    The wall was in great condition though as I mentioned it's not that old, and it's hard to know what sort of upkeep has been done to it. It was reasonably interesting, but certainly not a highlight I guess! The gates were cool though.

    Back to the centre of the fortress where we also had a look at the emergency palace. This was the centre of government when the king retreated here. Built in the 1660s, it was used within 10 years during a Japanese invasion (the Koreans lost). It suffered heavy damage in wars over the years and these days what you can see is mostly reconstructed from photos and archaeology. Not my favourite type of site!

    Took the bus down from the mountains to the city, grabbed a late lunch at Paris Baguette (again), then caught the subway back home. Stayed in for the rest of the day working on various things!
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    Trish Forrester

    It certainly looks to be in very good condition!

  • Day34

    Hwaseong Fortress

    September 30, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Another day, another fortress! Thankfully this is the last fortress we'll see in Korea. Hooray.

    Subway ride to the south-east of Seoul this time, and then another bus out to the mini-city of Suwon where our site is located. Again, this is a semi-modern emergency palace and fortress, constructed to save the government if and or when things got bad. This is actually in pretty great condition and is largely original, so we were interested to see it.

    First stop was an enormous old gatehouse that these days literally sits in the middle of a roundabout in the middle of town. It looked quite odd, but also very impressive. Took a couple of photos then headed off on our customary circuit of the walls. These were only about 6km, so much more hikeable in a few hours! The first part was quite tough, heading up a tall hill to see watch towers and a command post, but we were rewarded with good views. We could even see the wall miles off on the other side of the fortress.

    Strolled downhill, grabbed a snack and kept walking. Every couple of hundred metres there was a new thing to see, whether it was a bastion, a redoubt, a gatehouse, a secret entrance, a watergate, or even an observation post. It was all quite interesting, in good condition, and as I mentioned largely original which helped things quite a bit.

    The walk took quite a while though we both really enjoyed it, one of the better sites we've seen so far in Korea I think. Couldn't see many options for lunch so we ended up with microwaved meals from 7-11, though they're better than you might think! It's quite common to eat those here. I had a burger (surprisingly palatable) while Shandos had some bulgogi.

    Finished by mid-afternoon, we headed back to Seoul again and home where we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing. Although it's great that there's so many sites near the city and we can tick them off fairly quickly, it's kind of annoying that they're all spaced quite far apart. Aside from the ones right in the city, it'd be hard to do multiples in a day.
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  • Day79

    Garden of Morning Calm

    February 21, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ 🌙 0 °C

    A garden of lights we have visited today. It is our start to a 26-day trip through Korea.

    Wir sind zu einer 26-tagigen Rundreise durch Korea gestartet. Unser erster Stop war heute der Garden of Morning Calm.Read more

  • Day7

    DMZ Tour

    June 7, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Um 6:15 Uhr hat heute unser Wecker geklingelt, denn um 7:30 Uhr war Treffpunkt für eine DMZ Tour. DMZ = Demilitarisierte Zone (zwischen Nord und Südkorea ein 4 Kilometer breiter Streifen)
    Während der Halbtägigen Tour besuchten wir den 3. Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatorium & den letzten offenen Bahnhof in Südkorea.
    Unser Tour Guide hat uns einige sehr interessante Fakten über den Korea Krieg und den beiden Ländern erklärt (alles natürlich auf Englisch).

    Am Nachmittag waren wir wieder zurück in Seoul. Dort schlenderten wir (mal wieder) über verschiedene Märkte. Morgen früh wird hier in unserem Hotel ausgecheckt und wir bekommen unseren Mietwagen.
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  • Day71

    DMZ - Imjingak

    February 13, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ -2 °C

    Today we have done a trip to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) at the border between South and North Korea. The name of this zone is very strange because there are more than 1.5 Million soldiers in this zone protecting the border.

    Our first stop was Imjingak. It is located directly before the DMZ. From this point all excursions to the border are starting.

    Heute haben wir einen Ausflug in die Demilitarisierte Zone an der Grenze zwischen Nord- und Südkorea gemacht. Der Name dieser Zone ist jedoch nicht wirklich richtig da hier zurzeit über 1,5 Millionen Soldaten stationiert sind.

    Unser erster Stop war Imjingak. Es ist der letzte Ort vor der DMZ von wo aus alle Touren in die DMZ starten.
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  • Day71

    DMZ - The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel

    February 13, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

    After passing the the passport control at a military checkpoint we were allowed to enter the DMZ for 2.5 hours. The first stop of our tour was the third infiltration tunnel. It is one of four tunnels South Korea has found in the DMZ built by North Korea. In the tunnel we were not allowed to take any photos but it was a very deep and long tunnel. We could walk almost all the way to the border in this tunnel. About 170 meters before the border the tunnel was closed by the South Korean military. We learned that about 30,000 soldiers could pass this tunnel within one hour.

    Nachdem wir einen Militär Checkpoint inklusive Passkontrolle passiert haben waren wir dann in der DMZ. Unser erster Stop war der dritte Tunnel. Er ist einer von vier nordkoreanischen Tunneln die Südkorea entdeckt hat. Im Tunnel selber durften wir leider keine Fotos machen, aber es ist ein sehr tiefer und länger Tunnel. Ca. 170 Meter vor der Grenze zu Nordkorea würde der Tunnel allerdings von den Sudkoreanern durch drei Betonwände verschlossen. Durch ein kleines Fenster kann man allerdings weiter in den Tunnel sehen. Laut Aussagen Sudkoreas konnten bis zu 30.000 Soldaten pro Stunde von Nordkorea durch den Tunnel bis nach Südkorea gelangen.
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  • Day71

    Dora Observatory - View to North Korea

    February 13, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

    The next stop was the Dora Observatory. From here you can see the border and the city of Gaesung located in North Korea.

    Der nächste Stop war dann das Dora Observatory. Von hier kann man die Grenze sowie die nordkoreanische Stadt Gaesung sehen.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Gyeonggi-do, Γκιόνγκι-ντο, 京畿道, 경기도