What a spectacular day! I had forgotten how much fun being a tourist can be! We south drove to Tongyeong on Saturday; I couldn't believe all the traffic! Everyone was a gadabout: shopping, hiking, going to market... For a small city, which is considered a "town" in Korea, of 140, 00, it seemed like everyone was out that day! Koreans work hard: all day and sometimes or usually 6 days a week, so the weekends are for FUN FUN FUN!
You may recall I was referring to the original part of the city as "old Tongyeong"; well this is incorrect. It is simply called Tongyeong (TY from now on). I live in the newest buildup, which is Jungnim, simply a sort of a self-contained suburb. 10 years ago, it was all under water! The Koreans industriously and speedily filled in this area and built a mini-city within 3 years. And not shabbily done either! The building construction is top-notch, nothing cheap that will fall down or rot in 25 years like in the States. Jungnim is only a mile or so from the central area of TY. Following a serpentine route through the city, we cross one of two bridges over Seohoman Bay (we could have also taken the undersea tunnel!) and arrive at the Mireukdo Tourism Area, to ride the Hallyeosudo Landscape Cable Cars, which travel to the summit of Mt. Mireuksan