On our second full day on vacation we took a bus to Osaek, a town located in Seoraksan National Park, on the Southern side. We began our trek to the parks entrance and passed many unique "mountain bibimbob" food restaurants on the way up. We had heard about these so called "mountain" places and we wanted to down to business.
To our great fortune, as were were looking stupidly at a map, a lady stopped in her car to ask if we needed directions. We spoke for a minute about the park then we asked if she could recommend a good place for mountain bibimbob. She recommended a place, which after some searching, we discovered. It was a no sign kinda place that only locals and regulars know about. We sat next to a Korean guy who had lived in Chicago for some years. He seemed pleased to speak some English with us and he helped us order. Our bibimbab came with a plethora of side dishes. Not rinky dink side dishes either. It also came with a liquor like wine that was made from the berries that grow in the mountains. The meal was outstanding! The purple liquor almost hypnotized me. The whole experience knocked our locks into the river. As the Chi-Korean said good by a lady from the back handed him a big bottle of a homemade looking deeeeep purple liquid. We bought a little bottle too. It was the same liquor wine we had had for our meal.
|This all came from ordering 2 bibimbabs|
After a meal like that, nothing could be wrong. We wandered throughout the park, past a temple, along an incredible river and eventually found a warm spot on a rock that fit the two of us comfortably. The sun peered out and kept us warm as we napped our wine off for an hour or so. After that we made our slow journey home and found some delicious seafood udon soup on the way. It was a quiet night and a great sleep after that.