We were on the move, and had our lunch and dinner on any convenient way. We partook traditional Korean meals on Day 1 – lots of Kim Chi, preserved vegetables, tofu, and even raw baby crabs , clans, and some black pork. The meals were not cheap, and the restaurants insisted  on a minimum price or order for the number of people. We were fortunate to have a Korean driver who spoke English, and told them we wanted cooked food, not sushi.  A great many Koreans do not speak English at all, and that included university students in the cities, though they were taught English in school. They said in Korean that they memorised them for examination sake, and forgot them as soon as the test were over. Despite being the 11th in Global economic status, many could not even read the alphabets, thereby giving them an address, unless in Korean, would not take you to anywhere. I was told these varsity girls were shy; I doubted it, for they were demonstrating in varsity campus. The road signs were all in Korean, except in Seoul. Not many spoke Chinese there, though a lot of Chinese worked or visited there, mainly in Seoul or Jeju.

We found our first accommodation through a friend’s recommendation, and had read good reviews about the place. The hotels in the rural areas did not advertise in the web at all. As we travelled we had better food experiences, more BBQ, eel and fish. Black pork was nice and cheap; beef and lamb were expensive. Rice wine (alcohol content 18%) could be consumed neat and easy, and cheaper than beer.img_22611


It was very late when we found our first accommodation in rural Suncheon, hidden in obscurity from GPS, until the irate driver called the landlady to show the way.


On day break, I found out there were plenty of holidays homes in the vicinity, included a tomb  and museum for a local dignitary. We were invited to her adjacent Korean house for a look and had permission to take some pictures. Bread, butter, coffee, fruits were provided; plus the hot dogs and eggs we bought at a nearby shop, our breakfast was excellent.





    1. wonkywizard Post author

      Laos Rice wine is 50% alcohol. Very cheap, in plastic bottles, sold even in petrol station. The Korean Rice wine is less than 20%, in glass bottle, cold or on shelves, about 400 ml. Chinese Mao Tai, over 50% alcohol, burns even on first sip.

      1. wonkywizard Post author

        Korean local brewed beer is quite good, about 5 % alcohol. Green Tea is excellent, but thrice more expensive than beer. Water if offered free to all. However alcohol liver disease in Korea is on the increase, but responsible for about 19 % of cases; majority are caused by folk medicine and remedies, and modern medication (paracetamol related). Diabetes is about 9% prevalence, compared with 1.5 before modernization, but this is relatively low by Malaysian standards (above 20%). Maybe the traditional Kim Chi and green tea helped.

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