You can easily go to Sanglim Forest or Gaepyeong Village by bus or on foot if you are in Hamyang. But to go to Seoamjeongsa Temple, I had to call a cab. Seoamjeongsa Temple is located where the mountain range of Jirisan is. Rock-carved Buddhist statues, stand in different parts of the temple. I’d never seen such a sight before. Seeing all the mountains surrounding tortuous Jianjae Pass and Odojae Pass, Seoamjeongsa Temple’s main building, the wind-bell that was dangling at the end of the eaves of the temple and the stone statues during my 30-minute taxi ride was breathtaking.
Hamyang is not as well known as Andong, but it too is a town with yangbans (aristocrats) and hanoks. There’s even an old saying that goes “Andong on the left and Hamyang on the right.” And here, “Hamyang on the right” refers
to Jigok-myeon Gaepyeong Village, where Ildu Jeong Yeo-chang, a famous Joseon scholar, was born. One of the cultural heritages located in Gaepyeong Village is Ildu Gotaek Hanok, built by his descendants in the 1570s. In the village, along with this old house, there are about 60 hanoks that are more than a hundred years old. I spent my last hours in Hamyang sitting on the floor of Ildu Gotaek Hanok, doing nothing but staring at the clouds. I took the Express Bus to Seoul at 2:50pm. Reminding myself of Bill Bryson’s words: “There is something about the momentum of travel that makes you want to just keep moving, to never stop.” I put the scenery of Sanglim deep inside my heart as we returned to Seoul.