Sunday, May 20, 2012

Seoul Trip (5)

Day 5.  May 20 (Sunday)

Winter Sonata not only propel Korea into our consciousness, but also made this place into a tourist hotspot.

Before all the drama hype, the self governed island of Naminara was a quiet idyllic place to unwind and relax. But now, it became a must-visit shrine for the drama’s followers.

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And for our fifth day in Korea, we took a 2 hours plus journey in order to trace the decade long steps of Winter Sonata’s star-crossed lovers.

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Apparently, 10 years was too long a time past and the location of their purported first kiss offered no flashback to the actual scene in the drama. 

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But at least Koreans are thoughtful enough to have their kissing pose cast in bronze, albeit it was surprisingly located at a different place.

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The breathtaking tree-lined path in the drama was intact, despite it being in a different hue. Unfortunately, there was just too many fans like us which negate any romantic feel.

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However the whole island was indeed a very beautiful place, perfect to de-stress and enjoy an idyllic afternoon siesta;

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or high tea.

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Even the shops are decorated with colourful flowers.

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Night time saw us returning to the bright lights of  Myengdong for window shopping again, as well as a visit to the majestic Myengdong cathedral.

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And that concludes day 5, which with the end of the journey creeping up with increasing speed. =(