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Getting Out of Town – By Car

Most expats in Korea don’t have a car, but a friend of mine bought one a few weeks ago so we decided to take it for a ride.

Public transportation in Korea is awesome. With the trains and buses you can get just about anywhere. Throw in the abundant and cheap taxis and you can get to just about any site you want, but sometimes you just want to get off the grid and see a different side of Korea. That is what we did a few weekends ago.

We headed up a mountain and took in some great scenery looking out through the valleys outside of Daegu. It was an interesting ride in that we never would have seen any of it without a car. The bus goes about half way up the mountain or so, but to get to the top you need your own car. The top gave us some great views of the valley below but perhaps the best part of getting out of town is the clean air. The air in town is heavily poluted, but up in the mountains it is clean and clear which is a really nice change.

A waterfall we saw going up the mountain

Cherry Blossoms

From top of the mountain - panorama of the valley

Last weekend we decided to just go somewhere in his car, so off we headed to the coast and Pohang. I had never been to Pohang, but it is a place I have wanted to visit. We left late on a Saturday and got there as the sun was going down. Walking around the water in a small old fishing area of town we got to see the sun go down over the town behind us. Taking in the smell and sound of the water was nice. We drove by the beach which looked nice but didn’t stop because we wanted to get out from the normal spots foreigners see. I really enjoyed the trip and look forward to more.

Pohang at Sunset

We are in the talking and planning stages of a new site dealing with the Korean War. Both my friend Tom and I are interested in seeing some of the sites where the fighting took place. So our thoughts are to go out and film where they fought and what it looks like today. Being able to get out and get a first hand view of the area where the fighting took place allows you to get a better feel for what happened. Having a car will enable us to get to more places that we normally wouldn’t have been able to see. When we decide which way to go, I’ll be sure to let you know.

That’s all for now. ‘Till next time.

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About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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One Response to “Getting Out of Town – By Car”

  1. Mom says:

    wow it is beautiful

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