Walk across Korea : April 30 - May 14 2005

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In 15 days of walking east(ish), I got from Byunsan-bando National Park, to Jeonchon beach directly east of Kyongju. I climbed a few peaks along the way: Moaksan, Maisan, Dugyusan, Kayasan and walked through one big city: Daegu. I had many different experiences walking: big highways, small highways, backroads, etc. and I enjoyed them all.

The weather was gorgeous, not a drop of rain the whole time. I tell you, May is the "right" month to walk across Korea. The Korean people are extraordinarily helpful and generous. I admit to getting my ego deflated though, when I told a motel owner that I'm walking across Korea and she says - "Oh, a lot of people do that." (!!)

I estimate that the total distance walked was about 400 km. My daily budget averaged about 40,000 won (about 40 US dollars). About 25,000 or 30,000 on accommodation, and the rest on food and bottled water. I only ate one restaurant meal per day (~5000 won), otherwise I ate peanuts, fruit, etc.




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The beginning at Chaesukgang on the west coast of Korea.


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The beautiful Byunsan-bando National Park on the west coast of Korea.


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A typical meal of bi bim bap. Delicious!


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The open road invites you.


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Decisions, decisions...


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A Buddha at dawn.

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A rice field. A lot of my walk was through agricultural areas and I was always impressed at how hard working the farmers are.


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Tapsa at Maisan provincial park is really worth visiting. Here it is decked out for Buddha's birthday.


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There is always lots of road construction in rural Korea. It seems a shame to tear up the countryside like that, though of course I benefitted from the roads.


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Welcome to Onionland! This is approximately the halfway point and the only provincial border that I would cross.


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South Dukyusan National Park. I stayed overnight at a mountain shelter here.


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A fellow hiker that I met. In typical Korean fashion he shared his evening meal with me.


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Some traditional Korean posts.


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A rural scene.


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Haeinsa at Gayasan National Park.


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A lantern for Buddha.


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One of the motels I stayed at.


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A 25 hour convenience store!


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Bamboo.


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A dog meat restaurant.


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Two weeks later a happy walker reaches the East Sea.