Sometimes I just get the itch for a bus ride, and a few weeks ago I had one of those itches. I took a 3 hour bus from Nambu Terminal in Seoul to Hoengye (횡계) Terminal near Pyeongchang. I was off to see some sheep!
Since my husband was in America for business, I decided to take a trip too and finalyl go back to my “hometown” of Fukuoka after over 7 years. I had been an exchange student there during the summer of 2009 and was lucky enough to visit again for a long weekend in 2012.
One of the things I love most about traveling in Japan is their trains. During my trip to Fukuoka, I decided to hope on the Yufuin no Mori train (Yufuin’s Forest Train) to visit the mountain town of Yufuin for the day.
On a blustery Friday in July, I took a bus to Suwon located just an hour south of Seoul. I decided to finally explore the famous Hwaseong Fortress and the surrounding area.
On a hot Friday in July, I decided to hop on a bus heading south and explore the city of Gunsan. The ride is about 2.5 hours from the express terminal in Gangnam so I headed out early and arrived in North Jeolla Province around 11am.
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Since I hadn’t been to the DMZ since I was a student in 2012, I decided it was about time for a refresher course and a visit to the border of North Korea. Imjingak is accessible by public transportation, so I woke up early Friday morning and headed North!
My friend Cheleen had told me about an incredible bike path stretching deep into the Korean countryside that I had to check out, so last weekend I found myself on the train out to a station I had never heard of to see what all the hype is about.
After putting this trip off for two weeks because my body was just too tired, I woke up at 6am to catch a train to a city I haven’t visited yet, Chuncheon! Chuncheon is famous for being the home of a staggering number of famous writers. This place is book lover heaven!
Continuing my journey to complete my Korea Bucket List, I finally booked tickets on the Sea Train that runs from Gangneung to Samcheok on the eastern coast of Korea.