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.
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!
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.
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 …
Unfortunately, since it was the middle of winter, it was a pretty bare sight.
There are also some old Korean games.
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.
February 21, 2017