Last Sunday I left the house with my X-Pro 1, a standard lens, and no idea of where to go to make photographs. I was heading in the general direction of the high street but I was bored of going there so often. It occurred to me that I might get on a bus, any bus, and go somewhere. When I got close to the bus stop I thought that I might go to the village of Sacheon. It’s not far, the buses go there frequently, and it was a picturesque and interesting place to practise photography. I went to the bus stop, told someone smoking next to it to go somewhere else, and boarded bus 300 when it showed up a few minutes later.
A traditional building in the way downtown.
The outer wall of a restored government complex. Also on the way downtown.
This is where I got off the bus in Sacheon. The sidewalk is fenced off because there is a seniors’ college and then an elementary school before you get into the village.
This is a common sort of building in small Korean villages. This was probably once some kind of shop but it’s not in use now.
Greens are hung up anywhere and everywhere to dry for the winter. Radish greens seem to be the most common in this area.
This fried chicken chain isn’t so easy to find where I live but it’s one of the oldest in Korea, I think. There were lots around when I first came to the country and it was my favourite brand for a long time. Their sweet and spicy sauce chicken is great.
Ironmonger. Mostly for industrial, not domestic items.
A barber shop with towels drying on the roof.
Every little town and village has an Agricultural Bank and store. The store in the village of Sacheon is no bigger than a corner store but behind it a new large one is being constructed. I’m sure this will greatly benefit the locals who won’t have to travel to Gangneung to buy basic things.
The river and mountains are lovely but wires always seem to be part of the landscape here.
In this small village sits this nice building that houses “The Suspicious Magical School”. The building is called the Gangneung Sandy Brook Happiness Centre. I guess it’s a community centre. Some years ago the government put a lot of money into developing rural areas to slow down migration to the cities. Maybe this is a result of the government programme?
This bus stop is at the other end of the village from where I got off. A highway runs right next to the village.
The village is very small and I wasn’t about to jump on a bus and head home after a ten minute walk, so I decided to walk the 3.2 kilometres to Sacheon Harbour. There is a tunnel that goes under the highway and I was pleased to see that the town had painted a poem about daffodils on the wall along with pictures. Much better than grey concrete!
Here’s a sad looking pole along the side of the road.
Another sad pole, but at least it’s got company.
I think this wheelbarrow was going to run away from the farm but lost courage at the end of the road.
On the road to the harbour were several bus stops. Unfortunately, there were no signs saying what buses came by or how frequently. Maybe the locals all know and no outsiders ride the buses here.
Walking along this shoulderless road is dangerous and it wasn’t until the way back that I discovered there is a concrete path that runs parallel. It wasn’t visible from the road because of the incline and the hedge. Despite the dangers of the road, this is a lovely area to walk through.
Very large sacks of radish greens.
The second bus stop I came to. The field behind is full of cabbage.
The building in the background looks like a mushroom house, but smaller then the ones I’ve seen before.
More sacks of radish greens. The ground was littered with radishes so I guess the farmers just harvest the greens. Or, they take the well-formed radishes to sell and leave the ugly ones on the ground.
More sacks of radish greens next to a house.
Part Two shows photos of the harbour and my walk back to the main village. I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos so far.