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Archive for May, 2010

My, What A Big Buddha You Have!

Posted by cocoinkorea on May 21, 2010

(Golden Maitreya Statue of National Unification)

Today in Korea is Buddha’s Birthday, so I went with the Kim family to the Beopjusa Temple Grounds at Songni Mountain and I saw a really big Buddha. The Buddha stands at 33 meters high (108 Feet). There were hundreds of people there who went to pray to their Buddha and visit with fellow Buddhist friends. I did not climb the mountain today (the walk alone is over 3 hours), but I plan to climb it before I leave Korea. 

The weather was beautiful and I got to take some amazing photographs (which can be found above and below this post.) For more information on the history and information of the Beopjusa Temple Grounds, click here.

(Me and Hyeh Jeong at the Beopjusa Temple Grounds at Songni Mountain)

(Lucky Stones)

(Election Day is approaching [June 2 – No School!] so many of these women can be seen dancing all over Korea in support of their party. Sometimes they even give away freebies ^^)

Posted in Beopjusa, Buddha's Birthday, Election Day, 법주사, 속리산, June 2, Songni Mountain | Leave a Comment »

Biking Along The Musimcheon

Posted by cocoinkorea on May 14, 2010

This afternoon after I got off of work I went bike riding along the Musimcheon River with my friend Jaehoon. It was a beautiful spring day, the weather was warm, it was quiet by the stream and there were not many people around. The best thing about the bike riding is that renting the bikes was FREE!! 

For people living in/traveling to Cheongju, there is a bluish-green shed near the Flower Bridge (꽃 다리) where you can rent the bikes. All you need to do is give them your ID in order to rent the bike and it is your to enjoy. The view is beautiful and not very crowded so go enjoy yourselves and happy biking!

Posted in Musim Stream, Musimcheon RIver | Leave a Comment »

Best Weekend Ever

Posted by cocoinkorea on May 3, 2010

(Me before I rode the T Express)

This was one of the best weekends I have had in Korea since I have been here. On Saturday I went to Everland and rode the steepest roller coaster in the world called the T Express ! It was amazing!! The tulip festival is also currently going on at Everland and the display was amazing and beautiful. We had perfect weather for the trip and I was surprised at how family oriented the park was; I am pretty sure there were more children than adults there!

On Sunday I went bike riding at Yeouido Hangang Park in Seoul and rode along the Han River for two hours. It was yet another beautiful day and hundreds of people were outside enjoying the sun and friends and family.

I would recommend that if you go to the Seoul area, definitely go to both Everland and to the Yeouido Hangang Park. You will have an amazing time!

Posted in Everland, Seoul, T Express, Yeouido Hangang Park | 1 Comment »