The other stuff I didn’t mention about taking a day out was that I went to a small seaside place called Jeong-dong-jin, which is about 20 minutes on the bus south of Gangneung.
It seems like the most recent edition of Lonely Planet, Korea is out of date enough to be almost useless.
It was a pretty nice little area – the sand looked pretty good for Korea. It was nice to see the eastern horizon. This place actually tries to be touristy – in that they have stuff for the tourist to do. There is a hotel perched on the side of the hill and it’s shaped like a cruise ship.
There’s this one little museum called ‘timestory’ which is all about clocks or cogs inside of clocks, I don’t exactly know because I didn’t go in. There used to be a gramophone museum, boasting that it was the largest in the world, but I guess it just got too big because they moved it to the other side of Gangneung and, as a result I didn’t see it.
A little further up the coast is a place called ‘Unification Park’ – one could ponder on the name for some time because the park is made up of one captured North Korean submarine and one donated yanky WWII cruiser. Check out the totally ace fotos here.
At this point I would like to point out that this is one thing that the LP book got completely wrong — the unification park is North of Jeongdongjin, not south.
I often get the feeling that the reader must think I am shitcanning everything I write about, and maybe sometimes this is true. There is some things I notice and I want to pass it on, usually without animosity intended. I mean, just look at how well I coped with that bus ride.
The yankee boat, I don’t know it’s name, was really quite big inside. The Korean Navy used the opportunity to put a bunch of recruiting propaganda posters and stuff in there, but at some point they ran out, so there’s also ceramics, fake plants and all manner of brick-a-brack.
I am going to write to the Korean Navy and suggest that their new slogan should be, “Korean Navy: It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll”.
The NK sub was really something else. You can imagine how excited I was to actually walk through a submarine that was being used in real, evil actions eleven short years ago.
The only info I have to go on is what the Lonely Planet said, so who knows if it’s true, but they say that when it crapped out on the rocks, there was 12 crew and 15 soldiers on board, which is pretty amazing considering how little space there is in there. I never knew they made subs that weren’t painted black (excepting the little yellow ones that people like Jacque Cuosteau drive).
I can find sweet FA info about this sub incident on the internet — but L.P. says that when it ran aground the captain had the crew shot rather than get into the hands of the S.koreans, then he and the soldiers made an attempt to get back north via land. They didn’t make it and they all got shot.
*Please also see <a href=”http://www.sunnybreaks.org/2007/09/25/a-trip-to-the-sea/”>’A Trip to the Sea'</a> for info on Jeong-dong-jin.*