Quick side story - not sure if I ever explained how I came to know Caitlin and her fiance, 존우 (Joonwoo): About two years before I came to Korea my friend Tami (from UW-La Crosse) was teaching at Samsung electronics in Gumi. When she left in June of 2011 she was replaced by Caitlin, who just happened to be another UW-La Crosse graduate (small world). Fast forward 8 months and there I am getting the news that I would be teaching at Buksam HS, just outside of Gumi. I later contacted Tami to let her know I was in her town at which time she told me about Caitlin and forward me her contact information. So, within a 2.5 year time span there were three UW-La Crosse graduates placed in Gumi South Korea, none of whom knew each other before coming here, small world indeed. Then to make the story even more exciting, after living here for shortly over a year Caitlin got engaged to one of the sweetest, nicest guys I've ever met - and even luckier for her, he's willing to move back to Wisconsin with her!
|Caitlin and 존우|
|We had paparazzi for the day|
|Great Teacher Hall in the background|
|Gangnam Style - it's everywhere|
|Dusk in the mountains|
|Yummm, but terrible having to stare at it waiting to eat|
Apparently the cave is one of the largest limestone caves in Asia, and the biggest in Korea (I didn't know this before we toured it) and is filled with lots to see. It was interesting to see how they nicknamed many of the cracks, formations and pools with nicknames such as "valley of hell", "the wishing stone", "bridge of confessions", "popcorn rock" and "demons claw". Unfortunately I don't remember which pictures were which so you'll just have to do your best at guessing on your own, or plan your own visit to the cave! ;)
|Black and white = changes of the minerals over the years|
|Upside down Korea|
|Pedestal of Royal Throne (Fancy Rimstone)|
|Welcome to the park...|
Apparently years ago a young couple was madly in love and soon to be wed when a high tide overtook the woman while viewing her fiance from the shore. For the following days the number of fish caught from the sea diminished and eventually stopped, the townspeople believed they were cursed and didn't know what to do, until a few days later a local fisherman relieved himself in the sea. The fish soon returned and the men took note, further to appease the women of the town the statues were erected and place din view of the shore. To this day there are worldwide competitions to create new statues to be placed on display here.
|Various sculptures from Japan, Venezuela, etc.|
|Fisherman peeing into the sea - where it all began|