BY MELISSA TAIT
So, I moved to Hwamyeong. It was daunting to see how far away it was from the expat haunts of KSU and Haeundae. But it also had some positives. When I made the decision the biggest advantage was that there was a good school that was willing to pay me on time. And, as my boss said in the interview, “We are far away from the beaches, but we have beautiful mountains and a big park.”
The mountains immediatley delivered, but it took me a few weeks to find the park. And then I got lost in it.
The park is on the edge of the Nakdong River. To get there from the main town of Hwamyeong you have to walk towards the train station and go under the train tracks. When you reach the other side of the underpass, a great vista opens up before
you. From horizon to horizon there is a clear view of grass, some trees, flowers, mountains and then wide open sky.
I go there for evening jogs and I’m amused by little camps of grandparents I see. They’ve either set up a portable barbecue, a tent or a portable karaoke machine. And they’re chilling the night away. Also, it’s a great place to see the stars.
So, if you’re in the need for a little nature, minus a steep hills, I thoroughly recommend a trip to Hwamyeong Park.
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