During my trip to Korea, I had the chance to visit a county called Hamyang, which is located in the South Gyeongsang Province. This province extends along the Korea Strait, west of the Busan city, having a population of three million people. The process of the province creation started off during the Unification of the Silla Period when Korea was divided in nine provinces.
According to Wikipedia, “After Goryeo defeated Silla and Baekje, the new kingdom was divided into one royal district and twelve administrative districts which were soon re-divided into ten provinces. The country was again re-divided, this time into one royal district, five provinces and two frontier districts”.
As I made my arrival to Hamyang, I realized the environment was much different from where I live or ever been to. There were so many unique and beautiful birds, bugs, plants, and crops, which was so fascinating because I have never been to such a place in years! The Azalea, being one of Hamyang’s symbolic flower and the Zelkova tree, being one of Hamyang’s symbolic tree came into my eyes as I went hiking up the mountains of the county. The houses there were very traditional filled with much of Korea’s culture as well. Residents around the province had very close relationships with one another and kindly offered some of their home-made rice cakes along with their fresh and organically grown crops.
As I went exploring beyond this province, I found a forest filled with tall green trees, a long flowing river, and a cave. Perhaps, one of Hamyang’s symbolic animal, the Asian Black Bear might have been sleeping in the cave! The rivers were so beautiful and clean because there was no pollution and no cars in the area. No wonder the waters are very clean, you can even drink the water coming from their sink! I was in surprisingly great awe wherever I was in Hamyang. It has never been that I have been much surprised to see life like this.