I reached Nambu bus terminal (take exit 5 from Nambu subway) only to miss the 1130am bus by a few minutes. It’s another 2 hours wait for the next bus. I called Mr Choi to inform him I would be arriving at around 5pm. I thought it’s not very nice as it seemed that I am arriving just in time for dinner and sleep. But I later discovered that Mr Choi is a very easy-going and generous host.
Here are some information about Jiri Mountain Bio Land found in WWOOF Korea’s guidebook:
I reached Gurye at 5pm and contacted Mr Choi. He arrived within 5 mins. Upon reaching Jiri Mountain Bio-land, Mr Choi showed me the place where I would be staying.
WWOOF Korea helped me to contact Sandeul farm, which is a short distance away from Seoul. Even though my request came very last minute, the host kindly accepted my volunteering.
Here are some information about Sandeul Farm found in WWOOF Korea’s guidebook:
WWOOF Korea’s website can be found at http://koreawwoof.com. Application can be done online and payment can be made by Wire. For me, I visited their office for registration.
Here’s the instructions provided by WWOOF Korea on how to get to their office. Their telephone number is 82-2-723-4510 and office hours are 10:00 – 17:00 (Mon-Fri).
“WWOOF Korea office is about 10minutes away from Anguk subway station in Seoul… Please get off at Anguk Subway station and take exit 3 from Anguk station. If you walk straight a little bit from the exit, you will find a convenient store at the corner. You need to make a left turn at the corner and walk straight along the main road. On the way, you will pass the Bukchon cultural center on your left side and you will find the crossroad in a minute. On the left side of crossroad, there is LOG IN convenient store and Gimbabchon restaurant. Please take the alley which is at the opposite side of Gimbabchon. If you turn into the alley and walk straight, you will soon find our office, the yellow Korean traditional-style house. ”
Willing Workers On Organic Farms, World-Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms (change of name to avoid problems with local labour laws) or simply WWOOF is a program which provides placement opportunities for volunteers to work in organic farms in exchange for food, accommodation and a taste of local farm life.
My original itinerary for South Korea included the usual mountains, temples, Jeju and DMZ. But since I was in no hurry to get home (the joy of quitting one’s job), I wanted to make full use of the opportunity to partake in some activities which would normally be too time-consuming in a short 1 or 2 weeks holidays. And then I came across Wwoofing in South Korea.
I read quite a few interesting experiences from previous Wwoofers in South Korea. Most of them recommended Jiri Mountain Bio-land. From the map, the location of the farm looked like a convenient break between the journey from Seoul to Wando, where I planned to catch a ferry to Jeju. I see no good reasons not to add Wwoofing at Jiri Mountain Bio-land to my to-do list.
Day 3 (A day full of craters – Ilchulbong, Hallasan and Sangumburi)
Woke up very early and climbed Ilchulbong aka Sunrise Peak. View of Seongsan from Ilchulbong.
Ilchulbong volcano crater