Misshoggy’s imagination has struck again. This time, she’s in the realm of the sageuk (Korean period drama), as a strong-willed former palace maid, nearly died from the death trap designed by corrupted palace maids, only to be brought to safety in a secluded temple by a kind man. Don’t call me crazy: it wasn’t all that hard when you’re on a hiking trip around Seonunsa Temple, Gochang, the former filming location of Dae Jang Geum, the famous 2003 sageuk drama that ultimately started a certain K-drama addiction.
After being told by her Korean colleagues that this was where Dae Jang Geum was filmed, it was too late to pull her back into reality for the entire hike from Seonunsa Temple to the quiet Dosaram Hermitage, as she has imagined herself as the maid in distress. (For those who are familiar with the drama: YES, I’m imagining myself as Jang Geum’s mum.)
However BANG came the fall of my imagination when I saw the modern CCTV facility nearby and the hoard of tourists arriving at this remote temple with their SLR cameras. Oh well, I guess that’s what Korean drama addiction can bring you: an overactive imagination of drama tropes, the K-variety.
Now, being in your own imagination world can make you really hungry. So, here goes a feast of eel barbeque and bokbunja, the local berry wine, both the specialties of Gochang.
A little alcohol feast of Gochang had my head cracking into another stupor of imagination, of sageuk variety. Oh, what’s life without a little imagination?Facts: Gochang is an 1 1/2 hour bus ride from Jeonju. It would cost you 6000 Won. To get to Seonunsan Temple, take the local bus directly there from Gochang Intercity Bus Terminal. It would cost you 1150 Won. Misshoggy would be on a week summer vacation in Seoul next week. She would be back in two weeks with all her trip highlights in Seoul, with a little North Korean twist.