Tea in Gwangju

Boseong Tea Plantation, Gwangju, Republic of Korea
1. Boseong Tea Plantation, Gwangju, Republic of Korea

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.

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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.

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3. Songgwansa Temple

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.

Overlooking the city of Gwangju
4. Overlooking the city of Gwangju

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.

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5. I’m guessing this is a replica of an ancient Korean ship :), but I actually don’t know for sure.

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:

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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!

Megan

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38 thoughts on “Tea in Gwangju

  1. Chester looks so cute cleaning himself on your ‘new’ old chair. Now that I see the close up of the chair I can tell how really lovely it is. No wonder you both like it so much. So glad you shared the photos from Korea. Have you seen Jewel in the Palace? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dae_Jang_Geum My mother, my sister, my daughter and I absolutely loved this series about Dae Jang Geum. Made me want to go to Korea.

    1. He is so cute 🙂 He looks almost rat-like when he’s wet from his bath. I haven’t seen that drama before, but I’ve seen some other historical Korean dramas. A fun one is “The Magistrate.” I watched that one several times 🙂 I like Korean dramas sometimes, but they move slowly like soap operas more often than not and I don’t have the patience. I’m weird like that 😉

    1. There are so many reasons 😦 money is a huge one. Also his mother doesn’t really like me. I wouldn’t want to leave Chester either 😦 I think when I finally do go that it will be to move there

  2. That photo from the temple reminds me of a lot of the Tibetan prayer halls I went to in India. So many beautiful colors!

    I think I’m in love with all of Asia. =3

    1. Korea has such a unique and rich culture that keeps me constantly learning something new 🙂 I will google the Tibetan prayer halls! Thank you 🙂

  3. I’m sure you and your boyfriend will have lots to share as he takes you through how his trip was. I look forward to hearing (reading it and seeing the pictures) it. I love the 3. Songgwansa Temple, just beautiful!

    1. It is so beautiful in Gwangju. My boyfriend is bringing me tea back from the tea plantation and I’m really excited to try it. I will definitely share about all the things that he tells me and brings back 🙂

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