Students rode the Mireuk cable car today and saw the beautiful view of nature and the Mireuk mountain. For lunch, students ate the famous Chunmu Gimbap and bought Tongyoung's traditional and local sweet: honey bread.
First we went to Oedo Sea Park where the students experienced nature and students were in awe of the fact that it was a human-made island. Next we went to Hansan Island (jeseungdang) and Yacht tour. Students admired Lee Sun Sin because of his victory and war strategies. Finally the students went to Chungryul Temple, Sebyungkwan.
Today has been a truly awesome, exciting day. We started out visiting some more historic sites around Gyeongju and then we came back to the resort and went bike riding around the lake. Afterward we went down to the water park here at the resort. The kids had a blast playing in the wave pool and enjoying the hot tubs. We finished with a water basketball game between teachers and students. Teachers won 30 to 21! We've just finished dinner and are getting ready for some more fun activities before bed.
We first visited Prison Camp and then the Mongdol Beach. At the Prison Camp, while listening to the tour guide, it was a chance for the students to feel how the prisoners felt about the hardships during the Korean War. At the Mongdol Beach (Korea's Napoli), students experienced a different kind of beach because of the pearl-like stones that covered the ground instead of sand. Students had fun walking on stone and stone-skipping.
Today involved a long trip down to Gyeongju. We first arrived at Haeinsa, the repository for ancient Buddhist texts. We had a lunch full of delicious side dishes and then explored the area and learned more of the history of the Shilla Kingdom. We then left for our resort where everyone settled in nicely and enjoyed dinner. We are now on our way to explore more interesting historical sites and take in the beautiful night scenery of Gyeongju.
We arrived safe and sound at our hotel and are all checked in. We went to eat 삼겹살 at around 6:00pm. The group had a blast white water rafting. Everybody finished soaking wet and tired, but everyone said it was fun. We will rest up and prepare for hiking in the morning.