We have been fortunate enough to live and teach in Gurye for the past 3 years. It is in the south most province (Jeollanam-do) of the Korean peninsula. It is considered to be one of the more rural areas of Korea, and you know what that means – natural beauty, little to zero noise, serenity!
Sometimes I think we take for granted what we have right here on our doorstep. We love our lifestyle and we cherish each and every moment we get to spend in this beautiful area that we are calling home for now.
Here is a glimpse of what we have on our doorstep:
And yeah, we do live in the east. East = temples. And we have some amazing ones!
This is a unique temple, stilted and built against a rock face. It’s a nice hike up, which rewards you with some brilliant views once up there.
These 4 photos is of our ‘mother temple’ – Hwaeomsa. It is just on the outskirts of Gurye, at the foot of Jirisan mountain.
This is a little higher up in the mountain from the Hwaeomsa complex. It has scenic view down into the valley.
We even have a ‘beach’. It’s next to the river though, about 150m x 80m in size. In autumn, the Piagol valley turns all the shades of orange and red you can imagine.
No one has a higher work ethic than the farmers in South Korea. They tend their land and crops 7 days a week, usually without any outside help.
Winters are white (at least for a while) and cold!
It’s sometimes the small things in life…
We can’t imagine ourselves living anywhere else but here. This truly feels like home by now!