While en route, the tour guide talked about a typical Korean family. In Korea, she said, wives or women are often discouraged to travel even in Asia because they will never cook again. By never cooking again, imagine the ideal being a full-time homemaker stay-at-home mom cooking for the family and tending to the family’s needs after the husband’s and children’s office and school hours. Since experiencing the modern world, women travelers have began to choose to compete with men in the workplace and follow their dreams in a traditional Korean society. The first son also lives with his parents in Korea.
The view and other things kept us busy for the whole ride.
I would walk all the way to the tip of the island from the entrance, scout the buildings for art and go to the other side where they filmed most of the series if it wasn’t for the warning bell that the bus would leave us if we don’t get back to the meeting point on time.
We were grouped together in a crowded restaurant full of (I think budget and satisfied) tourists. We had fun mixing everything though.
It was located near the DMZ zone (the demilitarized zone was a tourist spot in Korea, it is the border that separates North and South Korea where the South Korean men may be stationed as part of their 2-year compulsory military service requirement, they carry real guns). In the bus, the tour guide told us a Korean tale about a bear, a tiger and of man’s creation. Both animals wanted to be human and approached the son of the ruler of Heaven. Their wish will be granted if they can endure staying in a cave where there is no sun for 90 days and eating only garlic and mugwort. The bear endured the challenge and became a woman while the tiger grew impatient and left the cave (and he has been wandering ever since). Click here to read more about the tiger.
The bear statue stands proudly in the entrance of Mt. Seorak National Park as a symbol of strength and perseverance. Or because you might just find an Asian Black Bear, together with pandas and musk deer, in the wild in this tentative UNESCO heritage site.
The park was huge and we had to take a cable car to the mountain. It was a cold but short walk to an allowable visitor area up Mt. Seorak.
Again, I had fun taking pictures amidst the fog and the cold.
Dinner was inevitably hotpot again, this time it was seafood boiled in hot soup. Didn’t I tell you it was the same thing, only different versions?
I laughed at my little side joke. I only ate a little and decided to convince my roomies on a midnight snack.
There are 2 amazing sleeping options available in our doubles room – sleeping in a regular bed or sleeping in a mat on the heated floor!
We had a huge, huge space for both options, a dining table, plus a bathroom and a kitchen! There was also a supermarket, gaming room, pool and spa in our super big hotel. Korean families and friends would stay in resorts like these, enjoy the facilities, hike Mt. Seorak and enjoy the many things to do near the area.
Read more about Seoul in Korea (you can find Busan in the labels):
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 1 - On The Way to Seoul, Incheon & Songdo City
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 2 - Nami Island & Mt. Seorak Near Seoul
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 3 - Mt. Seorak & Everland Near Seoul, Dongdaemun Market in Seoul
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 4 - Seoul City Tour - Kimchi-making, Hanbok-wearing, National Folk Museum, Cheongbuk Palace, Myeongdong, Drawing Show at Hyehwa, Banpo Bridge
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 5 - Lotte World (tour ends here), Seoul Tower (start of our extra day), Teddy Bear Museum, Myeongdong in Seoul
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 6 - Hyehwa, Gangnam, Insadong in Seoul
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 7 - Sinchon, Korean Universities in Seoul
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 8 - Namsangol Hanok Village, Namsan Stairs, Nanta in Seoul
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 9 Part 1 - Deoksugung Palace, Doldam-Gil, Tteokbokki Street in Seoul
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 9 Part 2 - Cheonggyecheon Stream, King Sejong Story, Samgyeupsal, Coffee Prince Cafe
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 10 Part 1 - Making Kimchi in a Korean Home, Korean Hospitality at its Best, Korean Grapes & Persimmon, Kimchi All-You-Can, The Peppero Story at the Supermarket, Ramen Eaten 3-Ways, Pojongmacha
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 10 Part 2 - My Best Foodie Experience in Seoul!
Unforgettable Seoul '10 Day 11 - Bossam Day, Incheon International Airport Activities