Krispy Kream was intoduced to Nagoya in early 2010, the first shop was at Nagoya station, about 4.7km from my apartment.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
October 2009, work started on a shrine across the street from my apartment. Single lane street.
The temple is a really beautiful building, but it turns that is typical that you have to be a monk or a member of the temple to go inside. I did not know that.
Monday, January 16, 2012
I spent my second free day in southern South Korea taking a tour of Gyeongnam area around the city of Sacheon. From Busan, it's really easy to get to Sacheon by taking a bus from the Sasang Intercity Bus Terminal. Last time I visited this terminal in November 2011 it was a mess, mostly dirt and construction. Now it's all new, glass roof with nice and easy-to-read signs.
Once you get to Sacheon you will find there is no really good way to get around, bus services are more people who live in the area and not for tourists. So a couple of friends and I hired a taxi to drive us around to a bunch of different sites. In areas like this, a taxi is a practical way to get around, the 5 hour tour cost around $30 each.
The museum was fun, I have not seen dinosaur stuff since grade school. Other than a pamphlet in English everything in the museum was labeled in Korean (except for no photograph signs). The pamphlet described the fossil below as a herbivore that lived in asia during the Mesozoic era, but did not say what kind of herbivore it was. I'm guessing this is the prized fossil at the museum.
After leaving the museum, the taxi driver took us to Nosan Park, outside the Palpo Raw Fish Town. Below is a view looking out from the port. This body of water is also the Hallyeo Maritime National Park, so I guess the fishermen need to motor out beyond those mountains before they start fishing.
These things were all around the main hall above. They spin.
Below is a court yard at the base of the temple, kind of the lowest point in the complex.
Here is the famous laying down buddha, it difficult to tell but this statue is huge.
Walk-ways between buildings were covered overtop with lanterns, I assume this would be beautiful at night. At first I thought they were candles and would be difficult to light up, but it turns out the monks are using light bulbs.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I spent the first full week of 2012 in southern South Korea and had time over the weekend to tour around the cities of Busan and Sacheon. Although I have visited this area in the past, this is the fist chance I had to be a tourist, I decided to go to Beomeosa Temple, a famous temple in Busan.
Because of my lack of planning, I did not know Beomeosa was a trailhead to other places higher up on the mountain, for example, the North Gate at 1.6km away. Thought to myself, "wow, North Gate, got to check that out!"
I decided to give it a go, this is a view from near the summit looking North over Busan.