Saturday, September 26, 2009

Damyang Bamboo Garden

Korea is such a small place and Koreans were unable to travel for so long that it has a very well developed infrastructure of fun day trips. Today I went to the town of Damyang which is known throughout Korea as the bamboo capital of the peninsula. Most of Korea is too cold to have the larger varieties of bamboo and almost all of the arable land here is used for agriculture so despite the cultural connections they have with bamboo there are very few bamboo forests here tough patches are fairly common.It was an extremely beautiful and vertical place. I was especially interested in the roots which snake through the ground. Some of the bamboo in the grove were thirty years old; which is amazing for a grass.

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