Fifty-Two Weeks of Adventure #31: Daegu Tower and the Korean Countryside

This past week has been jam-packed with activities. Not only have we been busy packing, selling furniture, running summer camps, and making arrangements for our move, we’ve also been doing our best to have lots of Korean adventures. Our friends Josh and Laura have a friend of theirs visiting from the US which has given us extra opportunities to do more touristy things, like finally going to the top of the Daegu Tower.

Most of the bigger cities in Korea have a tower with an observatory at the top for seeing the city. Seoul has Namsan Tower and Busan has Busan Tower, etc.. Daegu Tower (technically I think it’s name is the Woobang Tower or 83 Tower) is supposedly the tallest one in Korea structure-wise, but since the one in Seoul is on top of a mountain, it’s much higher elevation-wise. Daegu Tower is located in/behind an amusement park called Eworld. It’s one of the places we’ve always said we should go sometimes and have just never gotten around to, so we were excited to check it off our list.

Picture comparing the size of different towers.  I don't think these are to scale...

Picture comparing the size of different towers. I don’t think these are to scale…

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It looks so different from above!

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One of our Korean friends who we used to see regularly at our house church recently moved out of Daegu and into a smaller rural town. She invited us to visit her there and we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to see her one last time and also to enjoy the Korean countryside which is quite beautiful. The drive 1 1/2 hour drive to her town was so beautiful and peaceful –  a completely different side of Korea from the one we experience in every day life.
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As part of our visit, she took us to a national park in which is home to a famous temple. While it’s been unmercifully hot and humid here, we did most of our walking around in the late afternoon and early evening which made the heat a little more bearable and made for some spectacular lighting.

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This particular temple (Haeinsa Temple) is important because it houses many of the original Korean printing blocks that were made over a thousand years ago. Korea was the first country to use printing presses, hundreds of years before Gutenberg came along. The printing blocks are stored in buildings that use ancient technologies for keeping them dry and protecting from heat and cold.

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Although the traffic jam on the way home made our return bus ride a lot longer than our trip there, it was completely worth it to get to spend some time in the country, to see one last temple, and to say goodbye to our friend.

We are 10 days from our return to America and I don’t think my heart could be any more full of longing – longing for home and at the same time longing for all of this to never end.

If you have an adventure to share, add your link to the link-up by clicking the button below. You can participate in all of the adventures or you can just do a few – no pressure. If you missed last week’s adventure about checking out the Daegu Chicken and Beer Festival you can find it here. And if you are new to my Fifty-Two Weeks of Adventure project you can find out more about it here.

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4 comments

  1. Beautiful pictures! I hope your upcoming transition back to the States goes well–I can’t imagine how much an overseas move would compound all the normal stresses that go along with moving. I always forget how stressful moves are on a marriage. Neither Tim nor I is naturally short-tempered, irritable, or anxiety-filled, except when we move (which we just did three weeks ago). Thankfully, the boxes are now gone, we’re starting to learn our way around, make friends, find a church, and feel a little less like strangers in our new home.

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    1. Thanks! It feels like I’ve been running on adrenaline for weeks and it’s really gonna continue this way probably until the end of August. But we’ll make it. 🙂 And YES, we are the same way about the stress of moving bring out the short-tempers and anxiety. We are both normally very easy going with one another, we almost never snap at each other or get frustrated. But the whole process of moving just wears you out physically, mentally, and emotionally. Plus you feel like you’re so busy all the time that it’s hard to stop and just take time for each other. Glad you completed your move and are unpacked! Good luck as you figure things out and start to make a home for yourselves!

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