Ulsan is a composed of various landscapes, but one of my favorite aspects is the Taehwa, a river that winds gracefully through the center of the city. The Twin Cities (where I grew up in the USA) shares this same lovely feature.
As I live in the country, it is difficult to get into town. However a visit to the Taehwa river park is a trip worth making (태화 강 공원).
There are curving pathways that lead you along the river and through the thick bamboo forest. (sometimes the mystical aura of the bamboo can create…….interesting experiences).
Many families have outings at the park and participate in several lovely activities. You can walk along the paths, rent various wheeled contraptions, and…….
….of course show off your amazing fashion sense.While the activities are fun and the view of the city is spectacular, I think one of my favorite things about our afternoon at 태화강 park was the splendid picnic lunch (who doesn’t love a picnic?)
There are many grassy knolls amongst the bamboo and flowers that serve as perfect picnic spots. Our delicious kimbab (김밥), hidden in the backpack, made a delicious Korean lunch.
We people watched. Actually, we mostly watched people watch us. As a foreigner I have become quite used to being the center of attention and withstanding the stares of complete strangers.
The other aspect I love about Taehwa park is, if you slow down and drink in your surroundings, you’ll be surprised at the hidden beauty that wants to be noticed and admired. I love Ulsan, and while it’s not a popular tourist destination, it is a lovely city to call home.
A wonderful and relaxing afternoon at the Taehwa River brings to mind a quote from one of my favorite books, The Story of Ferdinand. Life should be as simple as this, let us embrace these moments whenever we can.
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