[Updated] 화야평 Hwayapyung (Gurye): comfortable, makes you feel that home is up there on the mountains through the winding roads,
and not forgetting the pension owner who will put you at ease, get off his car mid-way back to the Pension to switch on the signal lights and fetch you even when he’s having a flu.
Those days at the Pension, whereby we added the 5th night spontaneously, were days when I felt relaxed, and not fuss over what time exactly to wake up or move off, because things would just naturally happen even without a plan. There is no city lights or noise, the air’s crispy and we would often wake up before the alarm does its job, have our breakfast (usually kimbap, pajeon or instant mee) and find the pension owner ready to fetch us to the bus stop. Like how after the first night sleep we had one of the best days of our #31KoreaDays- starting from the long wait for village bus, to be invited to share a cab with fellow travelers, meeting father Harry and off to Gwangyang, then meeting JY and friends for the Sansuyou Festival and dining together (if not because the Pension was full and didn’t have extra mattresses, we would share our room with them).
The other staff are equally friendly and helpful, and I cannot think of anything that we need that the Pension hasn’t catered for. I am starting to think, because of the positive experiences thus far, that it will give me more confidence in finding a place to stay (how about not finding one in advance!), after 44 days cumulatively in Korea already.
On the day that we checked out, the owner drove us to the terminal. Along the way he tried numerous times to get me to pronounce 꽃 accurately, that I suspect it was because of this that I can instantly recognise the word now.
And, he left us with the most touching words he ever spoke to us, before turning around and left.
It is this kind of warmth and environment/wildness that I yearn for, and keep wanting more of.
… [to be continued]
Gurye Hwayapyung Pension
Address: 전남 구례군 산동면 좌사리 541-3, #541-3, Jwasari, Sandong- myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeonnam
Telephone: 010-9221-7507, 061-783-7800
Website (in Korean; but you can look at the photos on their brand new website, which reflect how the pension looks like), description on VisitKorea (English), my review on tripadvisor
Email: email@example.com (simple english works!)
Facilities: We stayed in a double bed room, with an attached bathroom, TV, refigerator, hair dryer, bathtub and internet cable. You need to check if there is wifi, which is rare in Gurye.