Sat in a garden with the constant electric razor chirp of insects, next to a green pool teaming with leaping fish it is easy to find the inner peace that the Buddhist temple over the stone bridge will preach. It is a place of quiet contemplation and somewhere to consider a sense of achievement in the distance I have covered so far.
Korea is a heady mix of modern and tradition. High technology, advanced electronics and an ancient history sit side by side.
Korean culture is very different to my usual experience. The language is indecipherable to my european ears. Road signs unfathomable and yet it seems relaxed and easy to manage. I don't expect to see the road ahead torn back to its stony base layer and the supermarkets are stocked with everything I need.
A lunch of rice and vegetables eases me through the afternoon and not having to cover vast distances relaxes my senses even more.
Time to kick back and immerse myself in this exotic land.