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A weekend around Ulsan, South-Korea

by on October 3, 2011

First weekend of October 2011,  Giulia Canton, Salar Soroori and myself started  exploring  Ulsan (South Korea) and surroundings a bit. Before the weekend (on Friday Sept 30, 2011) Giulia and Salar wanted to make sure they would be accepted by the locals and got dressed up to blend in better.

Korean dress

Giulia and Salar getting ready for the weekend.

On Saturday Oct 1 we went to see the Bangudae Petroglyphs located in Daegok-ri, Ulsan, South Korea. This site of engraved rock art was rediscovered in 1971 and was designated as the 285th National Treasure of South Korea on June 23, 1995. The petroglyphs sit in an isolated forested area almost completely enclosed by steep mountains adjacent to the Daegok-cheon River, a tributary of the Taehwa River. There are three major panels in an area measuring 3 m in height and 10 m in length. A number of panels with similar rock-art motifs has been found nearby at the Cheonjeon-ni site. We did not see any petroglyphs as they were submerged by the high river level. So we are going back late this winter when the water in the river is lower.

Under water

At least we were there! The petroglyps were under water.

Saturday afternoon on to Ilsan Beach, home to the world’s largest automobile assembly plant (Hyundai Motor Company), the world’s largest drydock (Hyundai Heavy Industries), and the world’s largest oil refinery (SK Energy). We decided to introduce the Beach to some Persian culture with Salar playing the daf on a rock in the East China Sea [in Korea usually just East Sea (Smile!)].

Daf on Ilsan beach

Introducing Persian culture to Ilsan Beach. Salar plays the daf.

Make sure to try the oysters from the diver women on the beach. Hard to get them any fresher.

Vying for customers.

One of the landmarks of Ilsan Beach is the bridge you see below.

A landmark in Ulsan, Ilsan Beach.

At the far end of the rock outcropping is a look-out podium. There are plenty of locks on the railing that secured many a Korean marriage.

Locks

This is what happens when you marry in Korea.

I noticed that Annie at http://annieadventures.wordpress.com/tag/east-sea/ saw the same yellow spider in the following picture. I do not know its name but it sure is big.

Spider web

Spider in web on Ilsan Beach.

I forgot to mention that on Friday evening we saw the Busan Jazz Art Ensemble in the Royal Anchor (about 20 person orchestra).

Mr. Kim, the bar owner and a friend, invited Salar to play the daf during the break.

Salar daf

Salar plays the daf in the Royal Anchor

After that we did drink a bit too much (we didn’t have to drive) but we left early (by 3:30 am on Staurday) because we had to get ready for our trips that very day and for the Concert on Mount Shinbul on Sunday. More about the latter in another post.

MJM

Pensive in the Royal Anchor.

Anyways on Saturday night we went to sleep here:

Love Motel

We love Love Motels.

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