Monday, September 28, 2015

[Travel] Gwanak Mountain

The only mountain located nearby my neighborhood. Get out of Seoul National University Station Exit no. 3 (please don't get confused between Seoul National University with Seoul National University of Education Station), go straight and you'll see a bus stop, you can take any bus from here and stop at Seoul National University Bus Stop. For me, I took bus no. 5513 and then you can get off on the 4th stop after you take on the bus. =)

Once you get off the bus, things can get very confusing. There's no sign at all on where to go to get to the entrance of Gwanak Mountain. Ah, there's a sign, but the sign only written in Korean words which I believe most of foreigners won't understand. So, the simplest way is there's a CU convenience store right behind the bus stop, if you're facing the CU convenience store, turn to your right side and go straight forward along the road, and you'll see the entrance. ^^

Now, all you have to do is just keep walking up, since there's no sign where you'll have to go.
There's actually several hiking course you can choose here, from the easiest one to the hardest one, but there's no sign or information on where to go to choose which path you'd like to go through. I think the Korean Government or local government or whoever is taking care of this place should pay more attention on these things. If you're a frequent hikers you might won't have any problem, but as for me since it's a first time I came here, it's kind of scary. I even hesitate on whether to go on with the trip or not before I decided to give it a try, which I think a lot of first time visitor will feel the same as well.
If you're someone who love to go through an easy way, once you say this on your right hand side, there's 2 path to choose. First is go right through the stony road, or keep going straight on the pavement. Choose the second option for the easier road.

Walk slightly a little bit more, and you'll see a public toilet on your right hand side. I'm not a fan of public toilet, so I didn't get inside to see, but normally public toilet facility around Korea can be considered pretty okay. =)
As you keep walking forward, you can see a lot of things...
They even provide exercise facilities here... (O_O)
Walk down a little bit and you can take pictures near the little stream flows...
And there's these cute little garden flower, which I bet must be super pretty during spring~
Over with the little leisure by the stream, you'll have to move up through the stairs a little bit, keep moving forward and you'll see this stone, which written "Gwanak Mountain Lake Park"~
Well, but don't expect to see some pretty beautiful things over here lolz~ As it more look like that the lake garden is not being taken care too well enough for me...
I don't know whether it's to preserve the nature of the lake garden that they choose to leave the lake garden in this shape, but I think it should have get a little bit prettier and tidier than this right?

Ah, and from what I read through the internet you can see a strange looking stone around this lake garden in Gwanak Mountain, which I believe must be referring to this one...
I admit this stone does look amazing to me... lolz... And another view of the lake garden which I though could come out a lot better than this if it's being taken fully care of~
And another proof that this garden is not being taken care well enough of~ Do you all see the huge spider webs around this thing~ (o_O")
Another unique thing about Gwanak Mountain is there is a lot of hidden temples around here. lolz. I was planning to go on the further one, but since I'm getting out of energy and time, I choose to go the nearest one which is called Seong Ju Am. So you'll be able to choose between 2 path again. To the left will be the further temple and the harder hiking course track, to the right is the up hill way to go to the Seong Ju Am Temple.
Once you choose the right pathway, you'll immediately be able to see this stone... Go moving up a little bit and you can see a vegetables field~
The way to the temple is super super super steep, I was exhausted and have to rest down every time I see a wooden stool lolz. Therefore, I'm not able to take lots of picture along the way upwards. It's just a 400 meters distance, but it felt more difficult compare to the few kilometres way I walk to get to the entrance way of this pathway.
After a long and difficult walk, I finally get to see the sight of the temple...~! Oh yeah~!
I just have to walk a few more steps.... and... HERE I AM!!!!
And I'll have to get on the stairs to get to the temple, but it's nothing compare the steep up hill road that I've just gone through.
It's not really big size for a temple but it's really quite and peaceful~
Plus, the scenery from up here is super beautiful, I'm not good at taking pictures, so I bet it doesn't turn out really well in the picture below. BUT, one thing for sure, this place is definitely going to have a wonderful scenery once the leaves turning red / orange. Therefore, I'm planning to go up here one more time during that period. ^^
There's also a statue of Goddess Kwan Im, which most of Buddhist people believed and prayed to...
 Another scenery from the temple~~
When you go to the right side of the main building, you'll see a little stairs, and once you go up through the stairs you'll find this place...
Last but not least... Greetings from me with the background of the temple parking lot~ LOLZ~! See you in my next post~ <3

Blogger's Recognition Award

I was nominated for Blogger's Recognition Award by Tijana Balint, a dedicated blogger~! You can check her blog here!

THE RULES

~Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
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About : Seoucial

I'm a Chinese Indonesian who has been living in South Korea for 3 years and on going. I love traveling and culinary but realized there's one problem around here, that it's hard to find an information center or restaurant menu which is written in English around here, making it hard for first timer in Korea to travel by their own. Therefore, rather than introducing places other than those which has been popular among tourists, I'd love to introduces places which is popular among locals. Aside, I noticed that lots of foreigners has put Korean Plastic Surgery into the spotlight, in order for the foreigners not to be fooled by the clinics around here, I also slightly put on a little bit tip here and there on how to justify for yourself when you're having your consultation. Therefore, I started to write about plastic surgery, Korean culinary and Korean traveling since August 2015.

Advises for new bloggers :
I just started out as well, so I don't know whether that my advise would be useful to others or not. lolz =P

1) Write about topics that you love to write, this way you won't stop halfway. Since that you're writing the things you love, then you'll always have new ideas popping out here and there about what to write. So choose the topic you like in order to keep yourself consistent~!

2) Put in lots of photos~! It depends on the topic you're talking about, but when you're talking about culinary, traveling, fashion, etc. Aside from reading your stories, the readers would love to see the visual thingies as well. So make sure you're not only satisfying them with your writings but with photos as well. =)

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Thank you for nominating me Tijana Balint~!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

[Travel] Amsa-dong Prehistorical Site

I accidentally find out about this place through visit Korea website, and since I'm a fan of anything prehistoric, I decided to go and check it out by myself. ^^ The prehistoric digging site located at Amsa-dong. You can get there by taking subway line 8 and stop at Amsa Station.
It's the last station of line 8 subway station, so you definitely won't go to the wrong way. LOLZ. Then, find exit no. 4 and keep walking straight, the distance is 1.05 km or so the naver map says, so roughly it takes me 20 minutes to walk before I finally get to see the main gate of the site. =)
To your right, there's a place where you can buy the entrance ticket, which is very cheap. It only cost you 500 won to buy the ticket. You walk in there and the first thing you see is this :
This should be how the storage pot look like in the neolithic period. Where they gathered the food and keep it in this kind of pot / bowl. (?) lolz~ Anyway the next thing is I don't think this has get something to do with the neolithic and prehistoric thing, but I see a horse man statue, a Sagittarian~ <3
The next thing you get to see is the pit house, a house where the neolithic period people used to live. They remodeled it by following the structures remain found in Amsa-dong. So, 6000 years ago, people lived in this kind of houses.
And if you walked further down, there is one pit house to your right where they let you to go inside and see what does the house look like inside.
And, the video as well~~
video
As you walk near to the center of the pit house, there is a automatic explanation radio who will suddenly started to speak up and give explanation in Korean. It feels creepy when I get inside the pit house, and it even startled me when the radio started to turn on.
After seeing the pit houses, the next destination will be the exhibition hall, which looks like this.
Once you get inside you can see the remains they found in the digging site like these :
It's awesome right?! And surrounding the digging site, you get to see tools that neolithic people used to have. We have a tool to lit fire which look like this :
And axes...
And they even know how to use an arrow... =_="
Moving to the next exhibition hall, you get to experience these things. WOW~! Using the fire lit tool and how does the neolithic people use the bow. The way they use the bow is kind of different with what we make use of it now. They literally rotate it this way, I wonder what's the use of the bow at that time. If someone knows about this, please leave the answer in the comment below. ^^
And here's how they make use of the bow which is very confusing for me~
video
Then you got to see some of the remains being found in the Amsa-dong, you have all types of tool they use on that time :
The pot that we saw in the main entrance, and tools to make decoration on the pot...
Then the necklace they used to have =)
And they even mentioned accessory made out of shell which is a mask made out of shell. I wondered how big the shell during that time that it can covered up the whole face. Or do the neolithic person has a super small face that it fits in the shell?
The next one I don't think I'd have to explain what's this, as you can find a similar thing even nowadays in the kitchen. lolz This one is more useful though, it can be use as the grinding stone cum cutting board.
They also make the miniatures on how the buried the dead people...
The hunting life...
The fishing life...
The agricultural life...
If you still not satisfied with what you can see inside the exhibition hall, they prepare a little library where you can read books and find out information about neolithic period people.
I was super satisfied up to this point. It's like just by paying 500 won and you can learn so much about the thing around here. The next destination would be what they call experiencing the prehistorical life, which I had put a lot of hope in it. lolz
They wrote "Path of the Time" in the entrance gate, and you'll have to go through the cave...
They put television left and right to give out information...
But wait... eh... ? Doesn't this place is all about prehistoric life and neolithic period? But the video they put everywhere is not about neolithic period... But instead history of Korea where they are being attacked by Japan and how they fight to get their country and independence back... It's just so weird that we have to see all this in a what they called prehistoric site museum....
Then you got to see the pit house again~~~ I was so happy that I thought this time I get to go inside, where they'll prepare the tool they used to have inside the house and let us try it out one by one...
But turns out it's just a decoration, they even put a fence and literally write "Don't get too near" beside the pit house. So what's this all about...? I thought it should be a place where you can experience thing...
And the next one you get to the area saying where you can experience a fishing life of neolithic people.
 But once again you can see this sign on the left~~
Which says you cannot throw a stone or go inside the water..... So my question is what the point of making a so called "experiencing" village where you don't get to "experience" things?
And this is the only thing I get to touch and experience when I got to the hunting ground experience. lolz.

Overall it's not a very disappointing trip as I got to see a lot of things~ If only you can really experience thing in the experience village area then it'll be more awesome~ =)