83 일째 – Gyeongsan – Jain Gyejeong Forest 자인계정

On this Tuesday, I decided to explore around Gyeongsan.  I actually lived at the edge of Gyeongsan, closer to Daegu but there are lots of towns and villages east of there all the way towards Gyeongju.

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When I first got to Gyeongsan, I had saw a sign that said Jain Recreational Forest 7 KM ahead.  Therefore, in my head, it saw green trees and dense forests and birds chirping.

I got on the 399 bus and that took me to Jain, 30 minutes later.  Before entering the forest, there are a lot of stones that lined up along the path.  Apparently, these are stones of gratitude towards the departing governors of the region.  I didn’t know this until much later so I did not take any photos.  The entrance is here!

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It is probably covered with nice leaves lining up the entrance on a spring or summer day … The entrance leads to the tomb of General Han 한장군.  He is known for defeating the Japanese pirates that have constantly plagued Jain during the Joseon Dynasty.

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Jain is also famous for the Dano Festival, which is celebrated during the beginning of summer.  Part of the festival consists of a play that retells the story of General Han and how he defeated the Japanese.

A little further is the forest …

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Unfortunately, since it was the middle of winter, it was a pretty bare sight.

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There are also some old Korean games.

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Jain also has a Confucius academy in the town center but it was closed.  The town of Jain is also quite small, it is a myeon, which means it is smaller than a town but bigger than a village.  I tried finding food but they were either closed or full.  The only restaurant I went to had all their tables reserved and I was kicked out.  Therefore,  I just took the first bus out of Jain back to Daegu.

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February 21, 2017

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