Yang Yang County is a province located to the Northeast of the Korean peninsula. It’s a popular tourist destination, not so much during the winter, but my uncle had booked us hotel rooms at the fabulous 6-Star hotel at Sol Beach, so off with went. It was a couple of hours driving, so we stopped by at a rest station.
For some reason, these were all the rage in Korea during this winter; ice fountains. What this was is basically a bunch of water fountains spraying water on top of the hills, slowly freezing over time and forming gargantuan blobs of ice. To be honest, I didn’t really find them very attractive, but hey, whatever rocks your boat I guess. I did feel really sorry for the deer sculptures though.
Help us…we’re so cold… 😦
Anyway, after some hours of driving, we made it to Yang Yang! Yay! It was (compared to the hustle and bustle of Seoul) a very quiet and small town, and it reminded me of the Korea that greeted me when I visited as a young girl. Not so many tall buildings and lots of old-fashioned store fronts.
Our hotel room had a WONDERFUL view of the beach, not that anybody would go in the ocean, this winter being as cold as it was. But our room was one of the nicer rooms (thank you uncle!) and a beach side view to boot.
Our fancy schmancy hotel room. The mini-bar was chock full of fancy little bottles of liquor like Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Hennessy Cognac, and Jack Daniel’s! VERY EXPENSIVE.
The first place we visited was called Hajodae Pavilion (하조대). This pavilion, located off of a rocky cliff, was named so because of the surnames of Jo Jun and Ha Ryun, who were two founding members of the Joseon Dynasty who stayed nearby during one of their journeys. The original hexagonal look-out point was destroyed during the Korean War, but the current one, built in 1998, has been recreated to an almost exact copy of the original.
Located on a lonely rocky island just in front of the cliffs was a pine tree. Dubbed “Nurse-tree”, there was a signboard, giving its name, and its age…the tree is a startling 200+ years old! It’s amazing to think that that one solo tree has survived that long on such a harsh rocky land. The tree looked so sad and lonely though.
Another picture of the cliffs.