In my grand plan for the day, I had only wanted to take a walk at the Metasequoia Road nearby before heading out of Damyang to maybe another town for a walk or something, but I got lost while searching for the tree lined road. And I’m glad I did. It was then that I got to experience the most serene walk I ever got to in South Korea.
Stepping out of the Bamboo forest, I headed left to search for the Metasequoia Road as depicted on the map I had on hand. The things that first came into sight was this stone steps across the river, followed by some street stalls. Without knowing that the walk would end up being such a long one, I strolled on, passing by bridges, and other buildings I have no idea what they were. School or hospital perhaps, but they were quite out of town.
These were probably the last of the buildings I saw for awhile, until I reach this farm.
Right after the farm, a little flyover appeared and I crossed it to the other side of the little river, where I found myself in the middle of the Metasequoia Road. Peculiarly though, the ticketing office was there, at the middle. Initially I didn’t know we had to get a ticket, until the guy inside it pushed open the window and called out to me.
After snapping some photos and taking some walk around, I left the place walking toward Damyang town as depicted on the map. The tree-lined road started to die down into a small road, which stretches out quite long before I reach the Yonghwasa temple, with the only sights to be some small vegetable farms.
Finally, the sign to the temple. So how does the temple look like within?
Today was a day I kept getting lost. A day where I got lost while finding the tree-lined road, and got lost again after that before finding yonghwasa (the temple), and then again later looking for a way back to the bus terminal.
An ahjumma approached me and asked if I was a student on a project. I explained that I was a student, but from Singapore and not on any project. I took the chance to ask her about how I could get to Damyang bus terminal, and when she replied to my query, she grabbed my hands and explained to me how to get to the bus terminal. Such act of warmth. Probably something I’ll not forget anytime soon.
Later on, on the way toward the bus terminal, which had started to seem quite far after a 15minutes walk, I chanced upon a bus stop that had the bus which I needed to get to Damyang terminal. So I waited there for The Bus to get me back to Gwangju and the Namdo Hostel where I was staying at.