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A weekend soaking up Korean culture

I've been hibernating.

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I have been a bit useless with emailing and keeping the blog up to date lately - sorry. I've been feeling a bit homesick and trying to hibernate for most of winter. I have got out a bit over the last week or so though, and managed to get some great pictures. So here's an introduction to a bit of Korean (and Chinese) culture....

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This is Martyr's Mountain in Jeonju - dedicated to some of the first Catholics in Korea, who were killed several hundred years ago. This mountain is just on the outskirts of the city. What I loved about it was not the hike - steps all the way to the top - but at the top there is a small church, with beautiful stained glass windows. But then, you walk across yards across the top of the mountain and you see a small Buddhist temple complex. Two religious sites right next to each other, on the top of a mountain and it was snowing. It was very beautiful and peaceful.

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This is Moaksan National Park. I went for a hike here today and took these pictures. It was unexpectedly warm, about 10/11 degrees, compared to the 1/2 degrees I have been used to. But, we've also had snow recently, so where there was shade there was still a lot of snow and ice. Hence the picture of me in my t-shirt in the snow. This park has a very impressive Buddhist temple complex (and I'll put lots of pictures on the other photo site shortly).

Yesterday we experienced a bit of Chinese culture at the Jeonju Sori Arts Centre, where they have an exhibition of the famous terracotta warriors and other Chinese artefacts. We also got to listen to traditional Chinese music.

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Finally, although I have been hibernating, we have had a few parties. Firstly, one at my room to celebrate the New Year....

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Then a fancy dress party for Zoe's birthday...

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And a hat and wig party for Jim's birthday...

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Posted by claire14 22:50 Archived in South Korea Tagged events

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