Settling in and getting to know Korea is going to take a while. Apart from the complete culture shock, the new job, indecipherable alphabet (yes, I am trying to learn it) and the blaring obviousness that I am not a local, the cities themselves can be overwhelming with their bright lights, complete lack of street signs and always open, go-go-go attitude. I decided to try and get to know Yangsan by getting my hiking shoes on and getting above it all.
Just a few moments out of Yangsan and off the highway, the first stop was a brand new Buddhist statue complemented by some well-worn prayer flags.
Everywhere you go here there seems to be outdoor training equipment. Beside the playgrounds, behind the subway station and even halfway up a deserted hill.
The spring flowers have been literally bursting open all over the city and high in the hills.
A local takes a hard-earned (or Soju induced) nap in what is no doubt a great place to relax.
Sitting a few steps removed from the city certainly makes it all seem much more manageable.