Travels With Coetzer: October 3, 2016

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Continuing with the last post, I offer some pictures of Coetzer’s adventure from October 3, 2016. I apologize for the overall quality of the images. Most of the photographs lack any decent sense of composition; Plus, the photo quality is shit. It seems I neglected to think it would be a good idea to wipe down the lens of my iPhone. Oh, well. You can’t go back in time. These are snapshots of a moment in my life. It’s easy to forget the adventures if I don’t write about them. This website has been useful in allowing a place to revisit past explorations. If I didn’t do this, I would have a bunch of pictures wasting away. I’d instead post them here for myself and other curious people. On with the show……

The Mountain God Shrine (삼신각)

I don’t remember all the small villages we visited that day, but as long as Coetzer and I had the energy, we kept going. Coetzer doesn’t need much to keep going, as I found out on that day. The photos in this post take place in the late afternoon. I recall a lot of highs and lows throughout the day. Before we arrived at the sanshingak, the fatigue was winning. Coming across this abandoned shrine for the mountain was an energy boost. 

Somebody built the shrine around some rocks that formed a natural altar.
This is a fan used by shamans in traditional ceremonies called 굿.
An abandoned hermitage near the shrine.
Despite the abandoned state of the hermitage, locals still left offerings.

A short walk from the hermitage and shrine was what appeared to be an occupied house, but in reality, somebody had abandoned quite a long time ago. When Coetzer led me to this place, I was hesitant to enter as it seemed lived in. My thoughts led me to think, “What did I get myself into with this guy?” It turns out he was right. Nobody had lived there for a long time. It was disheartening as most of the stuff was still there. It was as if one day, a family decided to leave and never come back. I can’t imagine the circumstances which would lead to this occurring.

Creepy, Long-Term Abandonment

The 2020 version of me is kicking myself for not getting externals from other angles.
菩提达摩, 佛心
Bodhidharma’s scowl!
I had to take a moment to appreciate the surroundings. It was nice to see all the green and to escape from the city, a friendly reminder of what brought me out in the first place.

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