In the Winds


Summer Vacation….
August 2, 2008, 3:01 pm
Filed under: Korea

This summer vacation came so soon after we got here that we had little time to prepare a trip elsewhere. So we spent the week brushing up on our Korean, sleeping in, cleaning, and seeing the sites around Pusan…

-SONGJEONG TEMPLE –

Songjeong is another beach area a little north of us. A few miles from the beach is a large temple that sits on cliffs above the ocean. It was a really beautiful setting, though it gave us a taste of Buddhism in Korea: ornate and often enormous statues of Buddha, surrounded by countless other smaller statues symbolizing unknown facets of this religion, colorful pagoda-shaped roofs, and typically a prayer room centered around a Buddha statue, prayer flags fluttering from the ceiling above.

An offering made to one of the statues at Somyeong Temple.
An offering made to one of the statues at the temple.

-HAEUNDAE BEACH-

While not the most relaxing beach experience of my life, great for people watching. We live about a 5-minute taxi ride from this beach and have been happy to enjoy the water on some really hot days here. Haeundae beach is a hub for concerts and events, with a gigantic outdoor stage. At the beach, vendors, selling fried chicken, step over sandy legs sticking out from neon orange umbrellas, yelling, “Takkogi!” only stopping to reach down and lightly smack Eric’s leg and yell, “CHICKEN!” loudly in our faces.

Haeundae Beach - our local beach. On any given day, there are thousands of people there, with just as many umbrellas and yellow tubes.
Haeundae Beach – our local beach. On any given day, there are thousands of people there, with just as many umbrellas and yellow tubes.

-GYEONGJU-

A city about a 2 hour train ride from Pusan. It’s a much prettier city, with a lot of green space. We took in a lot of Korean history here – Gyeonju has a national museum, tombs from royalty past, and some of the largest Buddhist temples in Korea.

Tumulis. There's a ton of these in Gyeongju. They are Korea's version of the Pyramids; royalty from the Shilla dynasty were buried in these gigantic mounds.
Tumulis. There are a ton of these in Gyeongju. They are Korea’s version of the Pyramids; royalty from the Shilla dynasty were buried in these gigantic mounds.
We visited a field full of lotus flowers.
We visited a field full of lotus flowers.
Bulguksa Temple is an enormous Buddhist temple in the mountains around Gyeongju.
Bulguksa Temple is an enormous Buddhist temple in the mountains around Gyeongju.
A statue at Bulguksa Temple...and Eric's next album cover.
A statue at Bulguksa Temple…and Eric’s next album cover.
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4,8,15,16,23,42

-NAMPODONG-

We took the subway for 45 minutes to visit this area of Pusan. I (Liz) was in my glory, walking streets filled with cheap (new?) clothes sold by old women sitting in sidewalk shops. Nampodong is also home to Jagalchi Fish Market – a pretty famous seaside fish market in Korea.

We love this woman.
We love this woman.
Mountains of sardines.
Mountains of sardines.

I declared this my "Year of Seafood" BEFORE visiting this fish market.
Note: I declared this my “Year of Seafood” BEFORE visiting this fish market.
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eww!!! what are those things in the bottom photo????

Comment by Sarah

I hope you aren’t picky eaters! It does look like quite the adventure.

Comment by Tanya

Oh, wow! What a fish market!!! Were those eels?

Comment by Aunt Linda

Anyong my friends! Looks like you didn’t have to go very far to see some exotic sights. I love how disciplined you are with your blog site, and the picture layouts are very well done. It is fun to keep track of the Bergets weekly. I was going to wish you rest the remainder of your weekend but realize that your sunday is already over by the time I write this. Well, I hope you guys had a restful weekend. I am sure that you will find yourselves getting exhausted simply because you are in a different culture. When I was in Ukraine or Poland I would get really tired just from listening to Ukrainian and Polish all day due to my brain always trying to figure out what was being said. So don’t be too hard on yourselves if you are just exhausted the first couple of months. On this side of the ocean, You haven’t missed much. Marta and I have been trading germs with one another and experiencing that first marital sickness, the one that keeps on giving. Today it is her turn as she wakes up from a night of fever. My plan is to drink a lot of whiskey to get rid of my sore throat, I will let you know how that turns out. Blessings friends, I wish you a wonderful week of teaching.

Comment by Billy Shaw

Of course, the fish market! Every Kurtz is drawn to the fish. You think Ben & Grandpa Joe could fish this well?

Comment by Aunt Kay

Is global warming as chilly in Korea as it is over here?

Comment by Tyler




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