Photo essay: Changyeong

It was a beautiful spring day on Saturday, and our friends/coworkers Meghan and Nathan invited us to go out to Changnyeong for a grocery store run and coffee break. It was the warmest it’s been in months and we needed to be active. So how could we refuse? Jordan brought his camera and we enjoyed the town.

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This is a photo of the town back in early November, when we arrived. Changnyeong has basically three main streets set in a triangle. Most of the town is within the triangle and most of the residential areas are outside it.

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This is a view down another one of the main streets. A lot of clothing stores and Korean restaurants crowd in together. It’s also common to see an elderly person in a motorized wheelchair driving down the street, oblivious to oncoming buses.

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We stopped in Toul le Jours, a Korean coffee chain. About seven or eight years ago a K-drama tv show aired, set in a coffee house. After that the coffee industry exploded and our small Changnyeong has around 10.

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At Tol le Jours we pick our pastries out, then go to the counter to order. A pastry is pretty reasonably priced, around $1.50 per item, more or less.

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Some of these mounds were burial grounds. Others were for storage and refrigeration. This is one for refrigeration. The town made the area into a mini park with benches and a few flowers. It sits opposite the town high school.

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The town high school, from the view beside the mound and our bus stop (every so often a city bus leaves Changnyeong and heads for our village).

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This is Korea. Pure Korea. You’ve got the person, the mountains, the smokestack, the uniform architecture. This is exactly what rural Korea looks like, folks.

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The main town park. Kids were running around, kicking a soccer ball back and forth. Other adults strolled along like us, happy for a warm day.

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Ever wondered what Korean trash bags look like? Now you know.

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And or local grocery store. Between Top Mart and it’s competitor, I-Mart, we get almost everything we need to survive in Korea. Today I picked up a couple of potted plants just to spruce up our apartment. We’ll see if they survive.

 

So there you have it, folks, that’s pretty much Changnyeong. The only thing missing is my favorite restaurant, Bulgoidon, where we eat samgyeoppsal.

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