Visit to Jinju Castle (Chokseongnu)
Trip Start Feb 03, 2006
38Trip End Jul 01, 2008
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It was a beautiful old fortress which dated back to the 1500s when Koreans were, for the umpteenth time, fighting Japan. This time, it took a courtesan to seduce the Japanese General, and sacrifice herself to throw him into the churning river to bring Korea back on its feet. For every attempt Japan has made, Korea always seem to fight back and win against impossible odds and numbers. They have held onto this land for thousands of years, and have triumphed over assimilation, mutany and civil war.
I like to wrap my mind around Korea and Japan, as comparing them to us (Canada) and the usa. America/ Japan are big, Korea/ Canada are small
The temple was lovely, and had many georgeous gardens. Though they have little natural space left, these beautiful people always make use of each little nook and cranny, and thank god but do they love their flowers. This country is bursting with them.
I always feel strange being the only white tourist at these unique spots, and I hope they know the delight I recieve from their bountiful love and mastery of flora.
We also, after my insistance, enjoyed a short peddling around the river beneath the temple, in a dragon boat. I hope you all enjoy the video footage of our excursion.