|Early morning view from the balcony|
Headed down to Naksansa (Naksan Temple) for a look - great idea in the rain and couldn't have done it without the car. Parking was W3,000 but ended up we didn't have to pay as it was free with entry to the temple. Nice view of the sea from the hermitage that was founded by Uisang back in 656. Pricey souvenirs.
|Pathway to Naksansa|
|Entrance to Naksansa|
|Typical building at Buddhist temple to house the bell and drum. Beautiful though.|
|The Bronze Bell, Treasure No. 479 was first cast in 1469 but recast in 2006 following a fire|
|Path of making a dream come true (that's what the sign said)|
|Overlooking the main hall|
|Painting on hall|
|Painting on hall|
|Inside the temple|
|Looking out to the hermitage|
|Back towards the lookout|
|The beach doesn't feature strongly in the brochure|
|That's not what I use the restroom for|
|Mist and clouds still shrouding the mountains|
|This is one tall statue|
|It was a wet day alright|
|Lunch - kimchi the focus of this shot|
|Dried fish is a specialty of this region|
At 2 o'clock, having thought that the rain had stopped to we journey by foot to Seoraksan National Park, almost 2km up the road, for a walk in the rain, as it turned out. Beautiful countryside, especially with the mountains shrouded in cloud.
Still a lot of tourists, mainly from buses, in the area. The missus decided to have some coffee and me some cocoa from a vending machine. Talk about a ripoff. We were lucky to get 100m and a hint of cocoa. Walked back to the hotel and saw a from near the roadside near some flowers. Vines climb the trees rhythmically in this region.
|The river coming down from the mountains|
|Panorama shot of the river|
|Vines rhythmically climbing the tree|
|Sorak Park Hotel - only just visible at about 4pm|
|Mountain across the road - view from the balcony|
Booked for another night as we were yet to see anything much of the mountains which is the reason for visiting. Stopped in the lobby for a while to use the wifi.
I wandered down the road afterwards to take a photo of a condo called Norumok - no room, OK? Dropped in to the Seoraksan National Park Visitor Center five minutes before they closed. The lady was quite helpful but really struggled with English. Matched my struggle with Korean so we'll call that even. Grabbed a map for an area where we planned to do some hiking.
Drove into town to find some dinner. I like how you can park just about anywhere in Korea which made it quite easy. Parked right near a mandoo shop - North Korean style. I had kimchi mandoo soup. It was OK.
Did some shopping for breakfast - bread, milk and hit the jackpot - a supermarket where we could buy expensive fruit. One Korean pear cost W5,500 ($5.50) and a small, blackened cauliflower cost W7,000!
Great to have the GPS or we'd never make it out of town. Even better to have someone who understands it.