55 Photos - Dec 22, 2012
Photo: Day 3, we took a three hours free bus trip from Seoul to Jeonju. When I took this photograph, I thought we have reached. But it was a brief stop for bathroom break. Cynthia was excited by the thin layer of snow.Photo: Jeonju, a historical city designated as world cultural asset by UNESCO. 240 km south of Seoul. Hanok housing built in the 1930s was a response to the Japanese-style architecture that was overtaking the country.Photo: As we walked through the small streets of Jeonju, I was intrigued by an Asian themed window frame.Photo: The temperature was below zero degree Celsius. But with the sun, the weather was pleasant. As always, Cynthia was the designated map reader.Photo: I honestly have no idea what this is. Does anyone know?Photo: I stood at this spot for quite some time waiting for the propeller blades to turn to a direction of my preference. I did not notice a Korean flag in the background at the time of photo shooting. Now I do.Photo: We entered into a house on exhibition and were greeted by a pond.Photo: And there she was, sitting patiently waiting while I was going crazy with my camera on everything that I saw inside the house.Photo: Kimchi inside?Photo: We were still in the same house!Photo: Cynthia kept herself busy by studying the map.Photo: This is a 500-year-old ginkgo tree! Free from bugs, this tree was planted in Hyanggyo in the hope that young scholars would similarly advance in government posts free from the taint of injusticePhoto: After a visit to the old ginkgo tree, we took a walk towards south.Photo: According to the map, this could be a store selling traditional craft work or a tradition liquor store.Photo: Jeonju is decorated with flowers. Some are gigantic.Photo: Heading west, we have reached the Jeondong Cathedral. Beyond the Cathedral is the main road separating the modern city to the west and the historical city for tourism.Photo: At the backyard of the Cathedral is a replica of Michelangelo's Pietà.Photo: If the sun shone from behind the Cathedral, we shall take photographs from the back then.Photo: I wish I was transparent.Photo: Cynthia reckons this is for the nativity scene. I have no idea what it is.Photo: A bronze status found outside the Cathedral.Photo: The interior of Jeondong Cathedral has a strong European influence.Photo: Beyond the perimeter of Hanok housing lies modern day Korean buildings.Photo: This is Pungnam Gate at the west. After a brief visit to the gate, Cynthia and I returned to the tourist designated area.Photo: 12.30 pm, it was time for lunch!Photo: Shortly after we have entered into this restaurant, it went full house. Going timing we had.Photo: Jeonju is famous for bibimbap (a Korean dish). No, this is not the bibimbap. These are side dishes that go along with the main course.Photo: A statue in front of a public toilet.Photo: Here we are, looking for a way to walk up to Omokae, a provincial monument.Photo: A view of the Hanok housing as we climbed up the stairs to Omokae.Photo: Omokae - a provincial monument - is well known as the place where Seonggae Lee, the founding king of Joseon dynasty threw banquet with a number of his relatives while visiting this place where his ancestors lived, on his way back after defeating Japanese pirates at Hwangsan of Namwon in 1380.Photo: I have waited quite a while for the sun to emerge from the cloud in order to take this photograph.Photo: There is a sense of serenity here in Omokae. It is located on top of the hill. A good scenic spot.Photo: As we visited the same public toilet the second time on our way back to the Hanok housing area, I found this colorful totem.Photo: "Take Out" in Korea means "Takeaway" in Singapore.Photo: At 2 pm, we needed to rest out legs. Time for dessert! Mine was a Korean version of red bean soup.Photo: As for Cynthia, she has ordered a Korean sweet tea, that came with a bear (kidding).Photo: An ancient Korean school.Photo: To take this photograph, I had to stand in the middle of a road junction! Fortunately the traffic here was light.

Hyanggyo was a local Confucian public education institution. The present buildings were reconstructed on this spot in 1603 during the reign of King Seonjo.Photo: One may conclude that Cynthia's favorite pastime activity while waiting for me to take pictures is map reading.Photo: This was our second visit to the same location with Cynthia doing the same pose because I have, once again, forgot to reset my camera's ISO back to 200. My favorite mistake.Photo: 3 pm, we still have time to visit a couple more places. I like this van.Photo: A modern store sandwiched between a traditional building and an old one.Photo: I wonder what the Korean words mean.Photo: Somewhere near Gangam Calligraphy Museum.Photo: Another scenic spot.Photo: An ancient tea house?Photo: The tea house overlooking a river, a hill, and small towns on either side. One of my favorite spot in Jeonju.Photo: I can't quite decide for this scenic spot if landscape is better ...Photo: ... or portrait tells a better story from the foreground to the bridge at the far side ...Photo: ... or a close-up from this vintage point is the best.Photo: To take these photographs, I have to get to the middle of the river through these slabs of stones.Photo: That is Gangam Calligraphy Museum. Admission, free. Another good place to rest our feet.Photo: On our way back to the bus station, we passed by a fire station. Around that area where we got a little bit lost, we bumped onto two Korean women preaching God the 'Mother'. Must be a new age thing.Photo: 4pm, we passed by the Cathedral again. We still have an hour before our bus departed. But the weather was getting a bit too cold and we were getting a bit too tired. We headed straight to the bus station hoping that the bus driver would let us in early.