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Oedo Island, South Korea

Continuing from yesterday’s post about Haegeumgang (Shipgagul Cave), the main destination of our tour boat was Oedo Island. This island was purchased by a North Korean coupleCJT_8953c who immigrated from the north around the time of the Korean War. When they first arrived they were penniless, but apparently that did not remain the case. The couple turned this island into a botanical garden – said to be the prettiest in all of South Korea – and soon it became a national tourist destination.

We arrived midday (not a particularly great time for scenic photos) because we were at the mercy of the tour schedule. Still, I wanted to post a couple photos for you to see, should you decide to make this place a stop in your future vacation plans. You’ll get 1.5 hours to peruse the place, not hardly enough in my book, but I’ve read on other blogs that for them that was plenty of time.

The below photo is the view from the observation point at the top of the island. Getting there is a super easy (and very beautiful) walk. Continue reading Oedo Island, South Korea

Lake View, South Korea

On the second morning of my family vacation I woke up early for this photo. We stayed at a little place along this lake so all I had to do was throw on a pair of boots and walk about 50 paces from the door.

In the foreground are the rice patties beginning to turn green for the new growing season. In the middle is your typical pagoda with exercise equipment for the neighborhood folks and in the background is a hostel that we considered staying at, but in the end went with the other side of the lake.

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Daehan Green Tea Plantation, South Korea

The second stop on day one of our vacation was to the tea plantations in Daehan. There are literally rows after rows of green tea fields. This place is absolutely stunning! You could spend hours here soaking in the scenery. Don’t leave without buying some green tea ice cream! CJT_8659cCJT_8616c

Damyang Bamboo Garden, South Korea

Last weekend was spring break for my kiddos here in South Korea so the whole family headed out for a week-long vacay. Our first stop was the Damyang Bamboo Garden. This place is smaller than I expected, but was nonetheless beautiful. If you are planning on going, I recommend combining this garden with another stop as it won’t keep you occupied for more than 30 min  to an hour. CJT_8255c CJT_8298c

Below is a photo of a group of children on a field trip to the garden. In all my travels throughout Korea, I’ve never seen a group of children not dressed the same when on a field trip with a school. So cute!

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Within Walking Distance

CJT_4250cA portion of the letter Paul wrote to the people in Thessalonia:

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10


Within Walking Distance is a series which will highlight what I come across as I venture out into God’s creation. Through my photography, I will become a  witness to His splendor as well as to what we’ve done with it. These photos will represent the environment that God has placed me in – reality rather than grandeur – but instead of illustrating the mundane, I intend to make plain the Creator.