Afternoons off in Yeongju

12 Oct

This week we’ve finished early most days because our students are writing exams. We decided to visit the Punggi Ginseng Market one afternoon and on another afternoon, my coteacher took me for a walk to a nearby temple.

Punggi Ginseng Festival

Ginseng is a Korean plant which is believed to have healing properties and gives people longer life. It takes about 8 years to grow a single root the size of a garlic glove. The ground where the root grows cannot be used for several years again because the root has sucked all the nutrients from the soil. They make ginseng everything – wine, chicken, sweets, biscuit, drinks etc.

Rice ready for harvest, Punggi


Learning to drum, Punggi Ginseng Festival


Tourist Information, Punggi


The Ginseng plant


The Ginseng root


Chilli’s for sale


Walk to the temple

A peaceful walk through the forest

A quiet farm house


Rice fields ready for harvest


The temple


Inside the temple


Going home











One Response to “Afternoons off in Yeongju”

  1. trish October 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Mmm. Interesting to see ginseng root. Didn’t know about that. Little house looks lovely.

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