fishing huts

some fishing huts on a lake in Chuncheon, South Korea

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onlookers

a group of onlookers checking out the Five Ten Climbing Festival in Chuncheon, South Korea

Buddha’s Birthday is one of the holidays celebrated in Korea. We got a day off from work and an invite from the owner of the climbing gym we frequent, to go to the Five Ten Climbing Festival in Chuncheon, a city about an hour outside of Seoul. It was a rain soaked day, but a fun one at that.

Unexpectedly, I ended up taking part in the competition under the alias of Kim Yeong Man, (according to the sticker slapped on my back) and had a great time. My foray into competitive climbing got off to a great start, but I hit a wall (no pun intended) in the afternoon section. Regardless, it was a fun experience. Plus, it’s always nice to get out of the city.