Day 4 in Seoul: Ferry Ride From Yeoui to Jamsil

Monday, October 5th, 2009

On Monday morning, J. and I had a leisurely breakfast of coffee and muffins before getting on the Line 2 towards the south side of the river. Our plan was to check out the parks by the water and take a ferry. We decided on a one way trip from Yeoui terminal to Jamsil terminal. The trip cost 13,000 won each, lasting about an hour and a half.

My legs were killing me from the hike up the mountain; I was totally tripping on lactic acid. Every step felt like my calves were going to blow up. I’d hoped that a day of walking would help me “walk off” the soreness, but it didn’t. I’m not a young man.

While we waited on the pier for our 2:10PM departure, we ate snacks and watched a family take turns on a speed boat tour. Our vessel had a pirate theme and was named “Pirates of the Carribean” despite having no connection to the Disney property. We sat out on the sunny bow and watch the city pass by. Seoul is a town of many bridges, and we got to go under many of them. Again, the weather was perfect.
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Tomatoes growing at the guesthouse.
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Black chilies?
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Barbed wire.
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Beer storage on a nearby street.
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Tree I.V.
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Couple in a world of gray.
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Serious and casual bikers.
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Bee on a blossom.
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Butterfly on a blossom.
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Wilflowers along the river.
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Businessman contemplates suicide.
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J. resting in the shade of a bridge.
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Golden building, blue sky.
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City and mountains.
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Spilled snacks.
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Subway crosses bridge.
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Under a bridge.
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Man, car, and measuring mural.
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Sign and bridge.
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Double decker bridge.
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Insulator.
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Church at the top of a crowded hill.
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Yellow water containers on rooftops.
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Another colorful bridge and sign.
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Ritzy hillside apartments.
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Bridge.
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Me.
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Cloverleaf and subway station meets bridge.
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Massive infrastructure.
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New residential towers.
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Windurfing area.
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Pirate seats.

After disembarking at Jamsil terminal, we decided to walk through a massive residential complex in search of food and the subway that would take us back home. Everything in this part of town looked brand new except for some of the businesses along a road that had an Olympics theme. We wandered around a massive department store called Lotte in search of food and toilets, but we only found the latter. As we were leaving the building, J. noticed a map that indicated the building we were in was far larger than we had realized. Besides the department store, there was a duty free store, a bowling alley, shooting range, ice skating rink, and an amusement park both inside and in a separate island out back. The whole park was connected by monorial. J. and I watched the iceskaters for a while while debating weather admission was worth the fairly steep ticket price. We decided against it. They didn’t allow photos inside the mall, but trust me, the amusment park above the skating rink was massive and surreal.
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This scooter was from the future.
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Old residential tower.
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Lotte World’s Magic Island. A surreal amusement park hidden behind a mall in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
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Geese in the water around Magic Island.
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Lotte the Fox standing between the twin towers of Lotte Castle.
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Shrimp fried rice.
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Cheese stuffed pork cutlet with side of slaw, seaweed rice balls, and corn. Very good.

That evening, we had a combined lunch/dinner of fried rice and pork cutlets. And like the nights before, two hot lattes. We strolled around with the other happy couples, trying our hardest to look cuter and happier than they could ever hope to be. Unfortunately, my smelly clothes, dusty shoes, and new pimple worked against my plan.

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