I can’t thank nine stones enough for putting together this amazing trip to Andong. I took 300 photos, maybe 150 of them very cool and maybe 40 of them gorgeous like the one above. Because most of them have historical and cultural significance and there’s a story behind many of the photos, it’s going to be a major side project.
You can’t drive a mile without seeing some amazingly well-preserved 300+ year old buildings, many of them continuously occupied by descendents. It truly is the center of history in Korea, and I was lucky to see the oldest (over 700 years old) wooden structure and oldest statue. Got to visit Do-san Seowon, an elite Chosun dynasty Confuscian higher education institute, visited the Lee Yuksa (poet anarchist against Japanese occupation) memorial, got to spend the evening and overnight with the descendents of Hoejae (pronounced hwehjae) famous Korean philosopher (he’s on one of the Korean won bills, and it was him and not King Sejong that early I had said we were visiting) at Sujoldang, had a visit with the the descendents of Yi-Hwang (the most famous neo-confuscianist in Korea) at his home, saw possibly the most beautiful Buddist temple ever built at Bong sung Temple, and our only time spent with many other tourists was at Byoung-san Seowon, another elite higher education institute that probably owed its popularity due to the fact that it sat on the bluffs of a river with a lot of recreational activity on it.
I was really lucky having this connection with nine stones and I hope to get back to Andong one day. Two in our trip had lived there before, one had visited five times, one twice before, and Y and I had never been. There is enough to see for multiple trips. I don’t know why I’m here in officetel land. I don’t know why anybody is.
Next assignment must be rural.
Must study Korean hard.