September 26, 2015 09:47
Of the numerous walking trails to be found in Changwon in North Gyeongsang Province, one is especially good for family outings as it offers a diverse array of attractions including an agriculture-themed park, a house devoted to a local literary figure and a village that takes visitors back to the 1980s.
The trail's starting point is the agriculture-themed park, which has seen many student visitors since its opening in September.
Passing through a tunnel made from vines, visitors reach a botanical garden featuring a tall cactus.
Various plant species are nicely displayed along the garden path, so that even common plants look quite distinctive. Dozens of pumpkin flowers clustered together look like a chandelier.
The major attraction there is an exhibition hall featuring more than 230 agricultural items. Visitors can learn about local specialties and produce in addition to farming information.
A 2m-tall artificial cherry tree provides a good photo backdrop.
About an hour's walk from there visitors arrive at Sosa-dong, a small village where they can see houses and buildings reminiscent of a past era.
The village has an exhibition hall displaying photos, books and other items associated with the poet Kim Dal-jin, who was born and raised in the village. A statue of the poet at the entrance and a well-tended garden offer evidence of the pride villagers take in Kim.
Across from the exhibition hall stands the house where Kim was born. The compound consists of several small, thatched-roof buildings, a yard and a persimmon tree that is over 100 years old. Portraits of Kim and students' works about him are on display.
Moving down an alley and around the corner, visitors come to a tiny alley lined with traditional-style shops selling old film posters and other nostalgic items. The alley leads to a museum featuring items from days gone by including record players and cathode ray tube TVs.
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