Chuseok Holiday is one of my favorite Korean holidays where I can always be with family and eat all the best dishes that one can cook. My Mother and I drove down to Pohang which is a beach city about four hours away and stayed at my Grandmothers. This Chuseok was a little sad as we did jesa 제사 for my Grandfather who passed away April of this year. It was our first time doing jesa, we payed our respects and everything went perfectt. After we cleaned up, my Uncle, Grandma, Mom and I had a little lunch together.
We spent a total of five days there and it was still a pleasant time, especially seeing family. Moments with family during the holiday is extremely important, and even with everything going on, it's crucial to live, laugh and create new memories. My cousins and I went downtown and I did a little shopping at Etude House, we went to the market and stopped by the beach at night.
One of the most memorable moments was visiting Oeosa Temple with my Mom, Aunt, Grandma and cousin. It's a small temple but surrounded by breathtaking views of a river, mountains, lush nature and trails. There's a short bridge you have to cross that will take you across the river to get to the hiking trails, and it's worth every step. Beopjusa Temple holds a special meaning as my Grandparents would often visit Oeosa Temple to exercise and engage with the monks.
On our last day while traveling back we made a stop to Songnisan National Park to see Beopjusa Temple. It was all of our first time visiting this place, and my goodness, words cannot describe how beautiful it was! We didn't have a lot of time to see parts of the town, but seeing Beopjusa Temple was enough. Possibly one of the best parts was seeing the Golden Maitreya Statue. Beopjusa also has a Templestay program if that's something travelers would be interested in - I would do it in a heartbeat if I lived closer.