This year Chu'seok was on a Sunday, so we had the Monday and Tuesday off for a four day weekend. For those of you who don't know, Chu'seok is the Korean Thanksgiving holiday. This holiday is meant for Koreans to remember and thank their ancestors for all they have done for them. My original plan was to go to Shanghai, but the flight prices were ridiculously expensive, about quadruplet the usual price. I've seen people blog about Tongyeong before and have also seen in on the visit Korea website I frequent, so I thought why not try it out. Tongyeong is in the southern part of Korea, on the coast of Gyeongsang Province. Trying to find research on what to do in Tongyeong was a little hard. The population of that city is small so there isn't much there. But were able to find lots of things to do. Also, there are MANY hotels in Tongyeong, but trying to find them online is so hard. We stayed at the Beneika Anchovy Hotel. It was right off the water. It's a tourist hotel so the staff speaks English, even at the restaurant. It's in a decent location if you are willing to walk, but it's about a 3 or 4 star hotel. They even give you complimentary anchovies and coffee coupons when you check-in. I forgot to save the pictures I actually took in the hotel because I was snapchatting my whole trip.
From Seoul Nambu bus terminal it took us nearly 7 hours to get to Tongyeong. Buses are the only way to get to Tongyeong, so if you can't handle sitting on a bus you can't do this trip. On a regular day it takes 4 hours and 10 mins apparently. But because of the holiday it was very busy. A roundtrip ticket was about 50k and you get to choose your seats. We didn't get to the hotel until about 5pm so we really couldn't do much. We just walked around by our hotel and looked for some food to eat. After that we went back to our hotel to plan what we would do the next morning. We wanted to go to Bijindo, but didn't have tickets so we planned to wake up early to get them before they sold out. The next morning we woke up really early and had American style breakfast at our hotel, which was sooooo good. After that we went to the ferry terminal and bought our tickets which were 24k return trip. We bought tickets for the 11:10 am ferry there and 4:55 pm (which was the last ferry) back. We got there around 9 am so we had time to kill and decided to walk around. So we started to walk around the port.
Across the street from the ferry terminal was a market that sells seafood and other things, so we decided to check it out. Since it was the actual Chu'seok day a lot of things were closed.
There wasn't much going of the market so we were getting ready to leave until we saw the walkway to the Dongpirang wall painting village. This was one of the things I wanted to do in Tongyeong and it was perfect because we had time to spare so we walked around. I have been to the Hyewa mural village in Seoul which I loved but this one was a lot bigger.
Before we started on our walk through the village I needed to use the bathroom and we were right beside a cafe. Then I noticed the cafe had a theme that looked really familiar to me but I wasn't 100% sure. Many Canadians know of Anne of Green Gables, a book turned movie/show. I used to watch the cartoon when I was younger so I was able to recognize her right away.
Surely I was correct. It's funny because my friend who is Korean American had n idea who she was. But after all it was a book by a Canadian author and the show was only in Canada. But this made me happy to see people in Korea actually know who she is.
After we got our drinks and cooled down a bit we continued walking around.
This is one of the many beautiful views looking down at the port.
I don't know why, but these mural villages always get me so excited!
I love these illusion pictures too. I usually don't do them because they can be difficult. This one was like doing a wall sit! It's a little corny but it's really fun.
Some more interesting wall paintings.
If you are Korean or have ever lived in Korea, then you know these cartoon characters. They are from a show called Larva. It's just a comedy about these two larvae doing stupid things, but every time I am on the bus to Seoul I watch it.
Ahh the view of Tongyeong up here is so beautiful.
These are some paintings that children made.
As we walked along the path we saw a family coming down from stairs that lead into the bushes. We were curious as to what the were looking at so we went up there too and found a building that looked like it was once a house. On the front door it said "Secret Garden".
Inside the house were just the walls and paintings. There was about 3 different rooms with different paintings in each room.
This was one of my favourite paintings. I always do the wings whenever I see them and Korea does have a lot of them. This one came out so good!
I think we were in the village for about an hour, and we didn't even get to see everything, but we didn't have enough time. I think an hour and 30 mins would have been a better amount of time but we had a ferry to catch. I had so much fun here, mural villages are always great fun.
We started to walk back to the ferry terminal for our adventure to Bijindo. It was a perfect day to be on a beach. The sun was out and it was really hot and not too much wind.
The walk back to the ferry terminal was about 15 minutes. But luckily the walk is very scenic.
To be continued in the next post......
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