Right on the border of Kangwon-Do, the county of Yeoju has some 100,000 people and is known for its rice, sweet potatoes, ceramics and the tomb of the most revered king of Korea: King Sejong the Great. Buses from both Express Bus Terminal and Dong Seoul head to Yeoju and since the city is quite central it is quite easy to get around the main town. To speed up our adventure, we jumped into a taxi and headed to Sejong's tomb.
King Sejong, if you didn't know already, invented the Korean alphabet (I'm sure with the help of shit tons of yongban , or scholars). He has also been credited with inventing tons of other things, from sundials and astronomy clocks to rain gauges and, as Katy and I like to joke, mutual masturbation. All the replicas of his inventions were pretty intricate with designs that are completely superfluous but so aesthetically pleasing.
The park devoted to him is pretty cool, and I'm surprised less Koreans talk about Yeoju as a destination. It would be quite easy to do in a day and with the level of reverence and respect given to Sejong I would have thought this place would be full of tourists. Maybe it gets that way in the summer. The tomb of Sejong itself was unremarkable, being that it looked like all the other tombs in Korea; nevertheless, there was a feeling of reverence in the air.
|Entrance to the park|
|King Sejong's Mound|
|Three stairways going to the altar... the middle one is for spirit-use only|
|Another Goryeo monument|
The city itself wasn't that amazing, but still looked like a fine place to live. I'm from a town of 3000, so when there are multiple coffee shops and restaurants within a small walking distance I get pretty excited. Right down from Rob's apartment were a bunch of delicious dalk galbi restaurants, and there were some interesting looking bars as well. His crew was fun and we all, after maybe too much beer, went to noraebang and sang for quite a long time. God, Korea is fun.
|Delicious dalk galbi|