Waking up with a slight hang-over from our Makgeolli-Party in Jeonju, we decided the best thing would just be to pack our things up quickly and head to the next destination on our plan: Yeosu, an ocean city in the very South of Korea and one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen so far. The city got some international fame through being the host of 2012’s expo under the theme of “The Living Ocean and Coast”.
Yeosu is also famous for a special treat called Gejang (게장), which is a super delicious dish with fermented seafood. I know that Korea made me sound overly excited about all kinds of fermented stuff and most of my readers have some troubles coping with that, but you just gotta believe me. It doesn’t taste fermented at all, it just tasted like slightly salty-ish seafood. Please do yourself the favor of trying it out sometime!
Taking an early train gave us a whole lot of time in Yeosu, which we used to take a ride with Yeosu’s famous railbike, visit my then soon-to-be favorite temple and take a romantic cable car flight over the city. Let’s start with the railbike and break it up a bit though: Yeosu’s railbike attraction lets you ride along the coast on old railroad tracks by using 4-seat bikes. A little heads up for big tourists: Those bikes are small! I think it’s a perfect thing for couples and families though, but you should go there with at least two people or else it’ll be too exhausting as the bikes are quite heavy and the way back to the station comes with a slight slope upwards. There’s nothing more romantic than dying with your partner of choice though!
The day was nearing its end and it was getting a bit dark, Minjae really wanted to show me her favorite temple though, which is about a 1-hour bus-ride away from Yeosu. I used to dislike travelling by bus because I felt like it was inconvenient and uncomfortable, but ever since the rise of the Mein Fernbus Empire in Germany and my introduction to Kumho-Buslines in Korea, I actually started loving them. You get to see so much of a country and these days there’s quite often a working power-supply and/or W-LAN on board.
Anyway, back to the temple: Once we arrived I was quite shocked to find out about the way to get there, because it consists of stairs built into the mountain:
After about half an hour of climbing stairs, we finally reached the top and were greeted by an absolutely stunning scenery. It actually looks like something out of a fantasy movie and I can easily understand now, why this is Minjae’s favorite temple. The location combined with the view and the beautiful Korean temple buildings were just awe inspiring. If you ever get to be around Yeosu, you should totally check this place out. It’s worth it, given you have the physical strength to climb stairs for half an hour. I recommend visiting it during dusk, as the lighting is just super fantastic during the evening hours.
Afterwards it was time for a romantic ride in a cable car over Yeosu. I wish I had some good pics of that but sadly shooting pictures at night out of a lit and fast moving cabin is something my photographer-skills don’t quite allow yet. The ride cost us about 20 € and was totally worth it! I love cable cars, I love cities at night and I love the ocean – this ride was all of that combined.
Back home in our motel we ordered some fried chicken and went to sleep early to prepare ourselves for our last stop on this trip: Busan
Tune in for more soon 🙂
PS: Here’s some bonus streetfood pictures because I love you guys and gals: