KOREA VLOG forests, cafes, cold noodles a day in my life in gongju, south korea
Good morning! We are at Goseok Bus Terminal here in Seoul and we are going to be hopping on a bus to a brand new city called Gongju! Which has been on my list for a while and I've actually had people who have visited there send it to me and be like "this seems like a city you would really like" so I'm extra excited. I've had this on my list for a while and the weather refused to allow me to go so now it's a hot day but it's a clear day and there's a bug on me.... There was a very big ant on my leg. Okay, so it's clearly a very nice summer day and we're gonna head over to Gongju. It takes about an hour and a
half by bus. I already have my ticket. It's about nine o'clock so we have a park I want to go to, there's a cool like fortress wall, etc. Let's just get on our bus! Okay apparently they're closed today but she said jamshimanyo so I'm jamshiman-ing. I really hope we can go in. I can't believe it! So I swear I checked because I know that things are often closed on Mondays so I checked if this place was open. I thought it said every single day it's open and I get here and I go up to the ticket booth and I'm like "one person please" and the lady's like "we're closed..." She asked me if I came from really far away and I said yeah I came
from Seoul and she was like "okay we'll let you in" so I have this entire forest to myself! She was so lovely and so kind, so please support this place. It's so beautiful and the artwork is huge! So let's enjoy our private forest for the day. This is nuts! You can look out his eyes! And it's officially hydrangea season.
Since I'm pretty much alone in here, I am taking off my mask sporadically and it smells so good. It's just a pine forest and it smells like home, it's lovely. I'm gonna sit on this swing and hopefully I don't fall so let's see. It's just so nice and kind of foreign to not be scared of sitting in a forest by myself. The woman
who let me in was so nice, I just feel like this is like a sacred place - ooh did she let someone else in? No that's someone who cleans. Okay so it's just me! And I was wrong, actually these are art pieces from all over the world so this one that I'm standing in is by a South African artist. Yeah this is just so chill. I just want to stay here but we have more to see so let's see - this is literally like an eighth of the park so let's keep going! Okay this one's mildly terrifying though. Sorry but no. Oh yeah with one tree in the middle - no no no that's dark magic stuff. It's French.
Okay bridge crossing time. I'm assuming oh - spiderweb, okay. I'm gonna just walk like this. We made it. Can you see these shoes? It's just this whole planter is filled with people's shoes. I hope - oh my god there's so many! Are they gonna eat me? This is like - could be cute but also could be something from a horror movie. Like are these
from past visitors? Why am I the only one in this park? Hmmm well on that note, let's keep walking. okay Okay, I think I've seen everything and I am sweaty and hungry so I am going to call a taxi to take me kind of more into town and I'm going to get lunch. While I'm doing that, I'm going to time travel you back to this morning when I was getting ready for today and - sending it back to past Cari, shall we? Thanks. See you at lunch. Well hello there, this is Cari from another time period, letting you know about our lovely sponsor for this video which is Native, a lovely little deodorant brand.
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slice of pear on top. It was so good. I managed to get - within like the first bite - I got a nice big old glob on my shirt. That's fine. So it's the hottest part of the day right now and the next thing that I want to do is walking outdoors so I'm actually going to head to a tea house and kind of wait out this really hot part of the day and then we're going to head to the fortress wall and walk that. So I'm really hoping that the bus can take me there. If not, the taxi's gonna cost three thousand won which isn't bad at all. It's just a tiny bit, tiny bit too far to walk in this heat. So let's see how we get there.
Where'd it go? I saw an orange bus. How did it just disappear? What the heck? Where's my bu - Oh oh oh!! It could be ours! It could be ours! I still can't see, my eyesight sucks. Yeah it is! Hell yeah - all right let's go. Gongju is just so cute! So I'm going to - cross your fingers - hope that there is another bus taking me back to that same place and we're going to go to the fortress wall now that I've kind of cooled off - filled myself with hot tea so maybe that wasn't the best idea but it was so calm in there, so nice. So let's catch a bus! Look at that timing! Free admission! Yeah this is stunning, wow! Wow, I wasn't expecting this! How pretty! That's where I had lunch. Over there is where we were this morning, and over there is the bus terminal. Wow Gongju, you're so pretty ah!
I'm obsessed with Gongju. The extra funny thing about this area is, my phone is set to English and so my Naver maps shows up in English and because Gongju, the name of this city, also means "princess," Naver translated it (oh of course it's windy) Naver translates everything, so if it's like the "Gongju post office," it will say the "princess post office" and stuff it's very cute. So I already knew I was gonna like Gongju but now that I'm here, I'm like yeah I like you a lot.
I'm gonna just keep walking around. I wanna stay in the shade, it's really nice in the shade but this is gorgeous. I've only been here for like four hours and I'm so satisfied and happy so Also if you have more time than me, there is a museum that I will list down below. Apparently they found a lot of relics from the Stone Age. They have like a kind of replica of what that kind of village or whatever would have looked like. It looks very cool it's just a little too far
for one person to go. If I was splitting the cab fare, it would be fine so if you're like going with another person or if you're willing to try and wait for the very long bus, go ahead or if you have good timing maybe the wait - the bus isn't that long. I'm kind of just staying in the general Gongju city center. I just can't get over how beautiful this is, like literally
I just came here for naengmyeon, a little statue of a bear, and some tea and I am so happy. This bridge! I just - yeah this is really gorgeous. That little thingy here - the reason I didn't go up is because there was a group of kids behind me and they brought a ton of coffee and snacks and they just like conquered that thing as their own, that's fine. So you can -
I don't know if technically you're allowed to bring outside food in here, so you didn't hear this from me, but you can certainly chill in there.Jjust take your shoes off and sit and take in this gorgeous view for as long as you want. I am in love with this city. Also upon researching it I found out that my first love ever Kim
Jaejoong of Dongbang Shinki - he was born here! So what's not to love? I'm going to walk to one more viewing point and then maybe we'll go see the tombs - either way, there is a drink, a cool drink, in our future to make up for that hot drink that I just had. Okay. Continue exploring! Okay destination reached! So we are now at the Muryeongwangreung, which is the tomb of Mureyong, King Mureyong. Man, did it get hot! So something I learned at the cafe, is that Gongju is famous for its chestnuts and in January they have a chestnut roasting festival! Like how sweet is that?! As if I didn't already love Gongju, they have a chestnut roasting festival. So put that on your list for winter. But yeah I took a very quick taxi ride over here, it's just a little bit too hot to walk and we're gonna look at this park and then hit one more bookstore slash cafe and then kind of head home. It's a lovely little place to just chill, it's very quiet ,it's a Monday but it's very lovely and the sky is so blue and just so beautiful and I'm having a wonderful day even though it's really really hot. Yeah let's go see the tomb and hopefully get in some shade.
So this is a imaginary animal called the jinmyoseo... Wiat - Jinmyosu. That is supposed to help you in the afterlife! Cute. Something to note is that Gongju used to be the capital of Baekje back when there were three kingdoms in Korea so this was a very royal capital city of a kingdom so fun fact. But I believe - look at that, free admission again! Let's head in.
Feeling a little claustrophobia so I'm gonna turn it around. Well I think I would like to stay in tomb six more than tomb five, in case that comes up. Look at this cute bakery! Okay and our last stop in Gongju before I head home - we are going to a cafe called Front and I don't know the story behind this building but the building is very strange looking and it's in this quiet neighborhood, just down this little stream right here and I'm gonna get a drink and I think there's a bookstore. And then we're going to head back. I don't know why but the buses are kind of busy, the one that I was going to take is sold out so we're taking a later one so we can just chill. Let's go. And on that note, I'm heading home. So once again thank you to Native for sponsoring this. There
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