Yeosu: Sunrise to Sunset

Alleyway near fish market

Buddha’s Birthday served as a much needed 3 day mini vacation and just enough time for a 7 hour journey south to Yeosu, the coastal city of the 2012 World Expo.  We covered a lot of grounds in day one from our 4 am taxi adventure to catch the cloud induced “sunrise” at a Buddhist temple, to walking along one of Korea’s 100 scenic roads which led to a rocky, picturesque, yet artificial feeling island eqipped with a lighthouse, dragon cave and musical fountain, to the stinky fish market where we picked out a mystery fish to be slaughtered in front of us, then consumed raw with the help of dear friends wasabi and soy sauce.

Day two involved skipping the over populated Expo and instead lazily posted up under a bamboo umbrella at the famous black sand beach which was a light shade of black, otherwise called grey, catching warm rays while being thouroughly entertained by a boy fetching seaweed with a piece of drift wood and proudly returning it to his sun protected mother who was collecting it in a bag most likely to add it to their dinner that night.  Upon hesitation to ingest this slimy multi cellular algae, most Koreans would say it’s good for stamina.  Eugh.  Just when the heat of the sun was at it’s peak, we treated ourselves to a sea view linner next to a Korean couple from Seoul who befriended us by buying us a beer as “Korean custom for new friends” and by the end of the meal wanted to fit them into my pocket and take them home with me, but said goodbye and caught the sunrise over the mountains on the jetty surrounded by frusterated fishless fisherman.

The weekend was short, but sweet.  From sunrise to sunset, the sights and adventures were typical of Korea, just in a shore lined city on the opposite end of the country, filled with friendly and warm locals, while artlessly observing their so-called ordinary life and routines, sampling risky and unfamiliar cuisine and viewing bizarre must-see natural attractions.  Things don’t seem weird anymore.  It’s just the norm now and…just another Korean adventure.

Sunrise at Hyangilam Temple

Odongdo Island

Musical fountain

Fish Market

Fish Market

Dried Sting Rays

Manseongri Black Sand Beach(만성리)

Yeosu Sunset

World Expo 2012

Ferry to the expo

“Our incapacity to comprehend other cultures stems from our insistence on measuring things in our own terms”-Arthur Erickson


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. agirlcalledemily
    May 31, 2012 @ 01:40:49

    What a lovely blog post, and BEAUTIFUL photos!! You make me so desperately visit Korea. Hope you’re having a lovely time there – definitely looks like it!


    • Jane Norton
      Jun 01, 2012 @ 10:28:45

      Joanna: Your Blog was wonderful and the pictures, amazing. So beautiful! You need to become a journalist and photographer when you reach this world again!
      Hugs, Jane


    • jojobee6
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 11:11:34

      Thank you! Korea has it’s nooks and crannies of beauty! Come and visit!


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