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Jirisan National Park

지리산

I get off the bus at the end of the line in 의신마을 Uisin Village, 대성리 Daeseong-ri in 지리산 국립공원 Jirisan National Park and start hiking up the mountain. However, the path I started up soon desolved into the brush... So I decide to instead follow the road down the valley towards 쌍계사 Ssanggyesa Temple.
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The fields have turned golden and people are busy harvesting now.
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I had bought a warm hiking shirt before this journey, though it's still too warm to wear under the afternoon sun. But here I've been attacked by these thorns on a plant. They grab into the fabric with three little hooks and it makes me glad my skin wasn't exposed to it.
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A beautiful creek through this valley as the leaves start to turn into their autumn colors.
As I sat for a rest by the road enjoying the babbling creek, a couple had stopped there briefly, too. Before they started their car and left, the woman comes over offering a couple free mandarines.
Koreans have offered some food to me before, rather a piece of candy on a train or a small snack at a baseball game. Korea is quite different than the West and you need to be sure you get out to experience these differences.
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In front of 화개초등학교 Hwagae Elementary School in 범왕리 Beomwang-ri is the largest Korean black hackerry tree standing 25 meters tall and 6 meters around. The tree is approximately 500 years old. Legend, though says it sprouted from a cane in the 9th century during the late Silla dynasty. The cane was struck into the ground by Choe Chiwon (최치원) (857-?) after he left the corrupt world for Jirisan.
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So I finally arrive at the start of the road leading up to 쌍계사 Ssanggyesa (today's target) at a little past 5pm, but the bus was there waiting for me. So I had to quickly buy myself a ticket and begin my four hour journey back to Masan... But I vowed to return in the near future.
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