Ibike Korea People-to-People Program

   
 

 

Photo essay: Mungyeong to Andong

 

Mungyeong to Andong (50mi, 80km) Quiet roads – one major climb. Beautiful views.
Points of Interest: traditional village (World Heritage Site),.

  road side spring, Korea Local people drive to this roadside spring to collect water to use at home because it is suppose to be particularly good.Hang Guidal, a scholar and official in the early Joseon period

Several times, or more, a day we pass roadside monuments. Most don't have any sign.  This one is for Hang Guidal (1438-1504), a scholar and official in the early Joseon period.  The sign near this monument gives typical information like the size (height: 3.74m) and detail like, "the inscription was written by Nam Gon, who was prime minister and the calligraphy was written by his son, Hong Eon-guk" and a biography. Hang rose to become education minister, then falling out of favor, was exiled, was rehabilitated and was murdered.

  Terraced rice fields, Korea harvested diakon radish, KoreaRice, diakon and vegetable farms, KoreaTerraced fields, often rice (left), step up the valleys to the base of the steep slope of the hills.  This is typical, where all of the fertile bottom land that can be used is, and then on the steeper slopes the farms abruptly transition into healthy forests.  On the right are a variety of crops, including rice and diakon, a large radish.  When the diakon (a.k.a. White Radish, Japanese radish, Oriental radish, Chinese radish) are harvested they are laid out to form long rows.
  Farm road through flat farm land Often the hills that dominate the landscape suggest that the route ahead is formidable but usually, someplace, there is a flat corridors through and past them, often following streams and rivers.  Here the bicycling follows the base of the hill and then opens up on to a flat farm road through flat farm land.

There is a tendency to keep moving, but the bicycle gives you a chance to slow down, and when you do it is possible to meet people, especially if it happens to be in proximity of an English speaking Korean.  Here is a chat on the road side.  This student has relatives in the U.S. and exchanged addresses with a couple people in the group.

   
 

Mungyeong Nakdong Rivers - Hohoe        

     

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