Earlier (around 2nd c. BC till mid. 4th c. AC) Buyeo was a small Kingdom in the west of Korea. Later on (538-660 AC) it became the capital of Baekje – one of the there Korean Kingdoms. Today, Buyeo is a county in South-Chungcheong-Province, which locates approx. 300km in the south of Seoul.
In every July, a Lotus festival is held here, at the Gungnamji pond. Beside the pretty flowers, wonderful smell, you will find a lot of interesting activities as well as tasty food here.
A wall was built in 1396 around Seoul to protect the city. It was about 5~8m high and 18,5 km long. Until yesterday, I could only remember to see the famous gates in the city, such as 남대문 (Namdaemun) or 동대문 (Dongdaemun), but no wall. But yesterday, we’ve made a 10km long hike along the northen part of the Seoul city wall from 혜화문 (Hyehwamun) to 남대문 (Namdaemun). The wall of this trail is so well maintained, that you can walk almost the whole time on the wall.
Since we’ve arrived in Seoul beginning of May, we found out that there were always festivals during the weekend somewhere in the city. It began with the Lantern exhibition on the Cheonggyecheon stream on May 5th.
Followed by the Parents’ day on May 8th, on which you could see beautiful carnations being sold everywhere.
For a short break from the city life, today we made a half-day-trip in Suwon, which was around 1h driving to the south from Seoul’s center. Our main purpose was to visit the Hwaseong Fortress, an UNESCO World Heritage, that was built at the end of the 18th Century. We started our 5.5km walk on the fortress at the Hwahongmun Gate and finished after 3h.
A perfect location to escape the city and to shoot!