Bijindo – A hint of Thailand in Korea

Bijindo is an island just south of South Korea.  After enjoying a sunrise hike in Hwangmaesan we took the ferry from Tongyeong Ferry Terminal to Bejin Island (do means island in Korean).  The 40 minute trip went quickly as sea spray and fresh air came over the sides of the boat while a few seagulls entertained us by trailing behind and snatching chips out of the sky!

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Once on Bijindo it was easy to find our pension.  The whole island only has a few hundred people living on it in one small village and another smaller beach-side hamlet.  From afar it is easy to confuse Bijindo with one of Thailand’s many tropical paradises.

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A Smoggy photo walk through Hyewha

I’m all moved into Hyewha!  Updates about the last few weeks at my awful hogwon are coming shortly but mostly I’m super excited to start my new job!  Orientation is tomorrow and I can’t wait to meet my 4th graders on Monday.

In other news I went on a stroll around my new neighborhood yesterday with my friend Susan.  She’ll be teaching 1st grade at my new school too!  The last few days we’ve had some pretty bad pollution from China which results in smoggy views but we still had a great time.  I’ll highlight Hyewha’s nightlife in a few weeks but for now you can enjoy the beautiful murals, views from Naksan Park and quaint storefronts on this hazy afternoon.

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Naksan Park

Naksan Park

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A hazy view of Namsan Tower

A hazy view of Namsan Tower

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