59 일째 – Gwangju 광주 -Sajik Park (사직공원 )

Day 2 in Gwangju.  It is also Seollal!  Therefore, I had some delicious Ddok in soup, because that is Korean tradition.

On this day, we explore the southern parts of Gwangju’s Sajik Park.  Even though my friend lived in Gwangju, she has never came here before.

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stream near the Sajik Bridge

From where she lived (in the north-eastern parts of Gwangju) we took bus 28 and got off at the Geumnamno 4(sa)-ga station nearby the park.

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The steam is a bit dry because it hasn’t rained in a while, even though it did snow.  It was Seollal, so there was no one on the streets.  It was such a weird feeling.

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Still walking slowly … we turned into Sajik Street where we found some set of stairs.  The stairs lead up to a memorial for fallen police officers (as it was behind a police station).

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the view

There was a plaque here that says this hill was very spiritual place a long time ago and people came here to pray to the spirits.

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pavilion

… the view from the top.

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We walked around the weaving streets near the park.  It was completely quiet because it was a residential area.  We found a “historical street” and at the end was Choi Seung-hyo’s residence.  He was a resistance fighter and this attic was where the activists met.  The house was built in the 1920s and is quite well kept.  They might be doing some renovations here  … so we couldn’t go in.

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Along the empty streets are various paintings on the walls  … This one belongs to an arts and craft store where they make bags and coasters for sale.

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There are also a lot of art galleries here!!! Unfortunately, they were all closed for the holidays but there are still lots of artwork here and there.

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There are also some very impressive houses in the premise, with a small but awesome looking front garden.  Unfortunately, it was also closed for the holidays 😦

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Even alleys are so nice  …  I think I can live in this neighbourhood 🙂

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Walking along the quiet streets, suddenly, music began to play!  We thought all the stores were closed but not this coffee shop called 양림148.  Outside of the cafe is also a small plaque … and a stature for a loyal dog.

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In any case, the cafe’s coffee was a little expensive compared with their 4000 won smoothies 🙂 With each purchase also comes a free small cookie!

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After walking for a bit, we got onto a main street where there were LOTS of cafes and stores opened!   Here was Gwangju’s historical streets, where they have plaques to commemorate the resistant fighters as well as the Catholic missionaries.

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We went to find the observatory deck and walked passby two museums.  This was also closed.

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We made it to the observatory tower.  Interestingly, there were no one selling tickets.. there was no one there at all.  In fact, it’s free!!!

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At the top of the observatory …. there weren’t a lot of people despite it being free.  Actually, I wouldn’t have known about this place if it wasn’t for Instagram stalking kekeke.

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.. the view from above! There are even those telescopes you can use for free to peer into apartments … in construction 🙂

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Cony is having a good time 🙂

… and we are back down.  This neighbourhood has odd building placements … this building is between two streets and the building to the right is a triangle.

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…. on a building is also Gwangju’s version of the last supper!!!  Here are the faces of the Christianity in Korea.

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… then we went to find the Penguin Village nearby!!!

January 28, 2017

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