Monday, August 29, 2016

Sizzling Summer

Just after mid-August, it gets cooler and cooler. The scorching summer seems finally to be over. Koreans are eventually relieved from the terrible heat and humidity. Actually, every time summer comes, many people like me sensitive to the heat and sweating a lot worry about how to spend the summer. Summer 2016 in Korea felt even hotter than last. The tropical nights and heat wave hit the country and people seriously struggled to cope with the heat day and night. Took some pics to memory the unprecedented heat in the summer of 2016. The temperature rose up to 42℃ outdoors in Aug. 14, as shown the above. 

Headed for Gyeongju in Aug. 12 to spend the summer holiday. It happened that the hottest area across the country on that day was just the ancient city, whose temperature was 39.4. The cool places downtown like air-conditioned coffee shops were packed with people to avoid the intolerable heat. Took a photo in front of Cheomseongdae 첨성대, an ancient astronomical observatory built in Shilla dynasty.

An american recalled his childhood in Korea about 50 years ago when he had visited Cheomseongdae. He left comment on Youtube

"Wow does that take me back Steve!  I saw Cheomseongdae when I was 12, back in 1965!

My family went with another military family from Daegu in their van.  As I remember, the road was gravel all the way there.  Also funny - people constantly were trying to flag us down as they mistook the big American van for a local bus. Imagine their surprise when the "bus" stopped and it was full of Americans!"

There have been two US military camps in Daegu. In the past, most of roads in Korea just as the same one the american child saw were made of gravel, so they were so bumpy and rough. I also remember the bumpy and dusty road from Daegu to Gyeongju.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Hitting the Trail

Spent last weekend rambling the outskirts... In the morning I left home to head out for a short hike just outside Seongseo industrial complex in western Daegu. It was cloudy in the morning and cool, but getting hotter when the sun started to shine. The trail goes straight on the bank of Geumho River. Hiked to the the nearby mountain where the trail disappears over the horizon as shown above photo. People named that Gung san 궁산 meaning a bow-shaped mountain. Sometimes a few walkers, cyclists on bikes, runners and dogs with their owners pass by. 
A traditional building at the bottom of mountain comes into view if you keep walking north and pass under Gangchang bridge. The river flows past the rocky cliff on the left. People usually take the trail by the building to start hiking right up the mountain and should go uphill from the start. Once you walk up, the trees block the sun's heat and cool breeze blows through them. The left photo shows the view of the top and the other the scene from the top overlooking the southern area, from which the trail in the photo at the top is dimly visible in the distance.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Pro Baseball in Daegu

Last Saturday, there was a pro baseball match between Samsung Lions and Lotte Giants at the brand new Samsung Lions park to the east of Daegu. The second match between Lions and Giants started at 5: 00 p.m. during three consecutive home-matches. The stadium was filled with enthusiastic singing and chanting by the fans, which is most likely to be the cultural difference in baseball fans between Koreans and Americans. Major league baseball fans from North America have began to take an interest in Korean baseball and enjoy the exotic and unique atmosphere together.
Pro baseball has become the most popular sports in Korea since its inception in 1982. We currently have 10 pro baseball teams in Korea. Daegu is the hometown of Lions, while Busan Giants. The infrastructure has improved hugely as well. Samsung Lions Park is the long-awaited new stadium for the baseball fans in Daegu.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Autumn Hike

Last weekend, I went for a hike to the nearby mountains by myself, walking from home as usual, and took photos of random scenes about the changing season. The leaves have turned yellow and brown as the autumn is getting deeper. Leaves falling down scattered on the ground. Looks like this autumn there has been much more rain than the previous ones. We also had a couple of rainy days last week. It didn't rain while hiking even if it was cloudy. 

Walked along the trail for 5 hours and got to a river bank named Dalseongbo weir. Got back home after half an hour on foot and by local bus. Hiking really helps recharge one's batteries after a busy week at work.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Namji Bridge

A small, peaceful town, Namji 남지 in southern province of Changnyeong 창녕 county is just by the bank of Nakdong River. Namji Bridge was built on Feb. 1933 during the Japanese occupation, which was on the road from Daegu to Masan. The photos show the view from the top of the southern mountain, which were taken by an american war correspondent on August 1950 during the Korean war and the right side one depicts the bridge to be destroyed in the same month, which was intended to stop North Korean People's army from crossing. It has been estimated that this used to be one of the most major and beautiful iron bridges in the peninsular. Plus, it was built by using new construction techniques as applied to Eiffel tower in Paris. The tiny northern village across the river is Namji.

The areas around Namji Bridge were prone to floods. In the summer of the year 1933, flood struck the northern villages and thousands of villagers had to evacuate to the nearby mountains during midnight. The road linked to the bridge was also washed away, so it had been completely closed off to the traffic for two months in the same year as the completion of the bridge construction. This bridge had been used for pedestrians and vehicles until 1994. Now it is only opened for the pedestrians. In 1977, a new bridge for the express way from Daegu to Masan was constructed nearby. 
These photos show the recent images of the bridge last summer. The top is the southern entrance to the bridge. The mountain on the right side is the spot where the american war correspondent took the photo of Namji Bridge about 65 years ago during the war.