Danyang and Guinsa

Three weeks ago I took a bus to Danyang,  Chungcheongbuk-do, to meet my friend Nick.

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Danyang (단양)

It was to be a great weekend to watch the final game of the Korean series opposing the SK Wyverns and the Kia Tigers. However, as an SK fan, it wasn’t so great to see Kia hit a walk off home run and become the Korean Series Champions.

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Danyang, and bridge leading out of it

Danyang itself is rather boring. Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do outside of town. One of those is visiting Guinsa temple.

Guinsa is located 20+ km from Danyang, so as an aside, take the bus and not a taxi. Guinsa is located in a narrow valley in the Sobaek Mountains, and is a beautiful temple complex.

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Pagoda and drum, stairs

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Diagonally Identical

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Select

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Temple complex going up the valley

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Dragon

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Lucky Fish

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Sobaek Mountains, Temple Complex view from the top.

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Pure water

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Comfort. Dare I say luxury?

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Temple gate, monk

Since we payed way too much for a taxi to get to Guinsa, we decided to hitchhike our way back. It only took a few minutes of waiting, and we were treated to an opera version of “Amazing Grace”.

We picked up some dongdongju on our way down, and the Sobaek Mountains are apparently famous for it.

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동동주!

Sipping the dongdongju in Danyang, we got to see several hanggliders drift down in front of us.

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Fall!

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God's fingernail.

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~ by nathanhendrix on November 11, 2009.

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