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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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