Sunday, April 15, 2007

Damyang Bamboo Park

Stupid Tourist Saturday cont...
After the tea plantation we rode to the city of Damyang which holds a bamboo park and annually hosts a festival. (The Koreans are really big into festivals.)
The road to Damyang is famous throughout Korea because it is lined with majestic trees. There are stretches of the road that are long and straight and the trees create a tunnel that frames any picture well.
The park was opened in 2000 and has trails that wind through the bamboo forest. It has several displays detailing the many uses of bamboo including bridges, carts, irrigation, weaponry and many other useful implements.
I was very tempted to re-enact scenes from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and run up the bamboo to have some sword play while floating on the tops. Bamboo is really beautiful.
At any rate, it was a good place to meet friends. This guy is the self-proclaimed Socrates of Korea.
Damyang was a nice city with a beautifully crafted river and walkway. The cherry trees were in full bloom.

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