Just so pretty, a normal street. And that’s my wifi spot ^^
I spend my first 5 days of #31KoreaDays in 구례 Gurye.
Gurye was chosen because I wanted to enjoy Sansuyu (aka yellow flowers) in the backdrop of agricultural fields and winding mountains. And because I love mountains, want to get out of the city and be close to nature.
I was actually deciding between 구례 산수유꽃축제 Gurye Sansuyu Festival or 광양 국제매화문화축제 Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival. I am so thankful that in the end we decided to stay in Gurye, because even though both festivals were to start and end on the same dates (22.03.2014 ~ 30.03.2014), there was all but one tree still blooming with maehwa on 28.03.2014. Also, guess what? I think we met up with the most friendly Koreans whom so kindly brought us along with them on their journeys, stayed in a comfortable and homely pension and got to see the most beautiful Sansuyu flowers and cherry blossoms in Gurye and Hwagae. In fact, seeing the breathtaking cherry blossoms is my top most favourite memory of #31KoreaDays.
The story goes like this: we took the 3-hour bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal and arrived in Gurye (27.03.2014 ~ 31.03.2014) late in the evening. In fact, it was pitch dark when we took the village bus to Jirisan Oncheon Land (Jirisan Spa-land). We needed the pension owner to come pick us up at the bus stop and the bus driver went all the way to help us – he called the pension owner and waited together with us till the owner arrived! There were 2 other locals on the bus and they happily waited with us too. Apologetic, yet at the same time thankful and touched.
We never saw the bus driver again, despite taking the same route for the next few days.
… [to be continued]
I previously wrote about 구례 Gurye here.
Read about Yellow Spring Flowers: Gurye Sansuyu Festival. And if you can read Chinese, there are other places to enjoy Spring and Cherry Blossoms (read here).