|Bomun lake, the cherry blossoms were not in bloom but
usually the trees behind me are covered in beautiful white flowers.
|The scene for the Korean show we watched
|Burial mounds of past Korean Kings.
*Note, this picture does not do it justice.
When we arrived at the hostel the organizers shouted to us to team up in groups of 4 or 5. There were about 90 people in the lobby and I anxiously looked around as I realized the traditional church camp rules of no boys in the girls cabin didn’t apply here. My eyes quickly found the girls Ber and I met on the bus and I immediately ran over to ask if they wanted to “bunk” with us. They agreed, and as we unlocked the door to our room we realized we would not be sharing sets of top and bottom bunks but one giant bed… THE FLOOR! I should have known.
|Inside the Bulguksa Temple
With a map in hand, a list of possible places to visit and no plan, we hopped on our bikes with 3 other girls and started cycling through the city. We got the short end of the stick being on the 3rd bus and landed ourselves the “B team” bikes. Locked in a shed and hesitant to give them to us, the bike shop owner slowly pulled them out. It didn’t take long into the ride before I realized the breaks on my bike were shot and I took a nose dive into the side of the road falling down into the ditch. There was a marathon going on that weekend and 3 Korean men stopped to ask in English if I was okay. Not wanting them to waste any of their marathon time on me, I told them I was fine, brushed the blood and dirt off my legs and arms and quickly paddled to catch up to the group.
|Bunhwangsa, built in 634, used by the people
to ask Buddah to bless the Kingdom
We biked aimlessly through the city, unable to find any of the marked destinations for hours until we found the lake and got lucky enough to witness a traditional Korean show. We sat and enjoyed the show, grabbed some lunch and rested before hopping back on the bikes to begin our search again. We biked around the city for hours, I’m not exactly sure how far we traveled but my body suggests I got a week’s worth of workouts 🙂