Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mt. Seorakson

Brian playing air guitar on our pension's trampoline. We went for the Christmas holiday and were the only people staying out our small bed/breakfast type place. Lots of open space, and Mt. Seorakson not too far off. 

Our personal BBQ, on which we grilled big Costco-bought Christmas steaks. Yum. 

Not Mt. Seorkason, but another peak next door. We had 2 hours to kill while we waited for our gondola ticket time so we ambled around snapping pictures. 

Mountains in Korea often play host to Buddhist temples and statues. In the foreground is a beautiful lotus  shaped incense burner. There is a small sanctuary inside/under the statue. We went inside to pay respects and get out of the cold for a minute. 

The walls of a beautiful, if austere, monastery near the large Buddha statue. At the end of the turquoise beams you can see a shape which I had previously always associated with Nazi Germany. I've since learned that it was a Buddhist symbol long before Hitler usurped it. 

A beautiful stone carved spring. The small pool is fed by the three big turtles at the top of the picture. 

My Korean friends didn't do a great job of explaining what this was. It was covered in Chinese, as opposed to Korean characters, and had something to do with an ancestral memorial. 

The moon rising up above Mt. Seorakson. We caught one of the last cable cars up to the peak. A ten minute hike beyond brought us to the actual summit, where we horsed around until it go truly dark. 

People like ourselves who were there for the view and to say they'd visited the peak, not to hike. 

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