Our full day in Tongyeong started with a hike up Mount Mireuksan. Mireuk Island is the biggest of 140 islands off of the coast of Tongyeong, and also where Parky was born and raised. Not everyone was brave enough for the hike, but a merry band of travelers braved the mountain and were rewarded with spectacular views from the top of the island mountain. The rest of the crew braved the cable car and were also rewarded with spectacular mountain views, but we like to think they didn't enjoy it as much as the ones who really worked hard for them ;-)
We then took a ferry out to Hansando, where the famous battle of Hansando took place in 1595. In 1595, Admiral Yi Sun-shin too on a Japanese navy of hundreds of longships with a fleet of just 12 Geobukseon (turtle ships) and through a mixture of good planning, good luck and a bit of home ground advantage, sunk the whole lot and put paid to Japanese aggression on the Korean peninsula for about 400 years. Admiral Yi stands in probably the top half-dozen most revered people in Korea's 5000 year history for this remarkable effort. One that he didn't live to see as he copped an arrow through the shoulder during the battle and died from his wounds before victory had been declared.
After all this, bowling ensued, followed by fried chicken and accidentally stumbling upon yet another free, outdoor K-Pop concert. These students must be the luckiest students in the world, it seems everywhere we go they are accidentally bumping into free K-pop stuff. I'm not much for it, to be honest. But I do have a new found respect for the level of skill required, kind of like opera, or dressage.