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Gangmun Beach, Gangneung, South Korea

Updated: Nov 2, 2018


Gangmun Beach, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Upon finding myself stranded in Gangneung after missing the last bus back to Pyeongchang, I decided to stay at a guesthouse with two tiers of capsule beds in rooms shared with others of the same gender.


Though I could clearly see the guesthouse clearly from where I got off the taxi, I kept hitting a dead end no matter which series of odd alleyways I took to try to reach it.


Once I finally found the entrance, I was greeted by the owner who handed me a fresh towel and a huge golden retriever led me to my room. It was dead quiet minus the muted snores of another guest by the time I finished I settling into my capsule, which was barely longer than my height and not more than three times my width. The stifling heat and silence made it impossible to fall asleep; after tossing and turning for most of the night, I walked out to the shore to catch the sunrise.


The first rays of sunrise set the calm, Prussian blue water and gray sky ablaze with an angry orange.


Happy Halloween from somewhere along the Korean coast.

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"If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel - as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them - wherever you go."

Anthony Bourdain's unmatched relish for adventure and humble approach to food, cultures, and humanity left an indelible impression on my younger self. Imparting on me the courage to veer into the unknown, he inspired me to embrace my vulnerabilities and seek adventures and growth beyond the comforts of home.

 

In July of 2017, I boarded a one-way flight to Seoul, South Korea. Within the first week of arrival, I signed a lease for an apartment and by the end of August, I had accepted a job offer that relocated me to Pyeongchang and Gangneung, where the Winter Olympics were soon to be held. From there, I had the rare opportunity to explore much of the greater Gangwon Province's beautiful mountainous and coastal regions and their distinctive foods. Once or twice a month, I'd return to Seoul or travel to an unfamiliar region to poke around alleyways, markets, and mountains in search of more good eats and adventures.

 

By Way of Korea is a storytelling project inspired by the food, places, and faces I encountered throughout Korea. By sharing my fondest memories, notes, and images of Korea, I simply hope to play a small part in piquing greater curiosity about Korean food and culture in my readers.  My content will heavily spotlight, but not be limited to Korean food and culture. 

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