We're on the beach, on the porch of Sweet Buns.
And our accommodations in the Sweet Motel, a love motel, were sweet as well. You could say the entire beach was sweet and lined with places like this. One restaurant managed to capture an octopus who, for the most part, kept still and quiet except for the morning we departed, when he inked himself.
When we weren't at the beach, we walked around Gyeongpo Lake, picked strawberries, danced in fields of poppies, rode 3-person bikes and marveled at this place where the mountains meet the sea.
At night, we explored Kagneung proper. Compared to Seoul, or even Bundang, Kagneung is much smaller. Despite that, it's a very active place even into late at night (which seems to be the case in almost all of Korea). Downtown has a large outdoor market and many streets crowded house-side with many family homes.
There's a river that bisects the town. When we tried to cross it, the townspeople resisted us.
It turns out that we stumbled upon one of Korea's Intangible Treasures, the Danoje festival, where the spirits of the sky and mountain join in union and enjoy their tithes of food and entertainment.
Of course, like in any good ancient party, there were hucksters, games of skill/luck, huge food tents, shops and rides.
This is some sort of domino/number game that I didn't quite catch the rules for.
Ah, the shopping. I purchased many 2,000 Won hats (what, that's less than USD$2?) and other souvenirs (I'm not especially a souvenir shopper, but South Korea can be very convincing!). I did not, however, get the creepy cell-phone grasping, kicking and chuckling foreigner dolls pictured above.
(It still fucking annoys me that I can't figure out how to make any of the w-vowels on the 2-set keyboard. Oh well.) 1000 Won for a cell phone bauble. My cell phone is still very naked, but I'm holding out for my dream RFID t-money bling.
And, because it never ceases to gross me out, a picture of EVERYONE'S FAVORITE BOILED LARVAE.