As you already might know, I’ve been home alone (plus Chester) for a week and half because my boyfriend is in his home country visiting his family. I still have a week and a half to go, but we still communicate via Skype and email 🙂 For the last few days, though, he and his family went a trip to Gwangju, a city in Southwestern South Korea. The city is probably more infamously known for the Gwangju Massacre, which happened in May of 1980 with the assassination of President Bak Chung Hee (courtesy of my brain and the Korean cultural studies class in the spring 2011 semester. Anyway, my boyfriend just got back, so we haven’t really had time to talk about what he did there, only a bit . He emailed me a few pictures though and I just had to share them.
The picture above is of the Boseong Tea Plantation in Gwangju. He took this picture on his iPhone, can you believe it? I really envy him for getting to go here because this is probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. The plants you see are green tea. He said he bought some for me while he was there. Too sweet 🙂 Guh, I miss him.
If you’ve never seen a traditional-style Korean pagoda, well here is a great example of one 🙂 Isn’t it beautiful? I assume this is somewhere on or near the plantation as well, but I’ll be honest, I have no idea what this is 😉 We didn’t get to discuss it yet.
This is, I believe, the Songgwansa Temple in Gwangju. He sent me a picture of the outside of the temple as well, but I wasn’t able to find where I put it. Anyway, I love this picture. Aren’t they beautiful? The colors are those used often in traditional Korean culture.
This is a picture overlooking Gwangju. If I remember correctly, my boyfriend’s aunt works at a university here. He said it’s a really lovely city and has a much different feel than Seoul. Don’t you just love how close it is to the water? Just beautiful. Indiana has its beauty and certainly the spring here is something to rival, but I would love to live near the ocean. I love it.
Well, he didn’t give me a good description of this one because I think he was so sleepy from the trip, he just emailed it to me. Anyway, my best guess is it’s a replica of an ancient Korean ship. I wish I had more background on this because it looks very interesting. He took a picture of the sign, but it’s in Korean and my Korean isn’t good enough to understand what it says. Plus, the English translations are a bit confusing. Sorry about that.
Seeing these pictures get me excited about future travels to the Republic of Korea. It will be even better since he can be my personal tour guide 😉 I really just wanted to share these pictures with you because they certainly made my day.
Also, here’s a picture of Chester like 10 minutes ago just after he got a bath:
He doesn’t let me dry him off that well after he gets a bath, so I just dry him the best that I can and he runs off doing the shaky leg dance. He licks himself dry for a good hour or so. He was starting to smell weird. It had to be done 🙂
Thanks for reading!