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Jongpo Ocean Park and Bizarre Architecture

Jongpo Ocean Park is still being built, but much of the walkway along the harbor is complete. It’s quite popular with locals; you can see families having picnics, children playing or rollerblading, older folks sitting on the benches enjoying the warm sun, and fishermen trying for the catch of the day. Being close to the ocean, though, there’s usually a gusty wind to dampen the early spring warmth.


Here are a couple of shots of the walkway, looking toward the mountains and back toward the bridge. There are lights inside the obelisk-like structures (they remind me of whale bones), so this area is probably lit up splendidly at night. I’ll have to come here some Friday or Saturday evening when the weather is warmer.



Ok, now it’s time to make the trek to the odd building I pointed out in a previous post. I walked around in the general area where it’s located, but, first, I spotted a church across the street. Since I take quite a few photos of Buddhist temples, I might as well give equal time to Christian churches (I’d do mosques, too, if we had any here). This one looked interesting enough to include. There’s even a driving range directly next door, the green screening of the range practically touching the church. No need to feel guilty while you’re trying out that new graphite driver–just pop over to services, then back to the range later.


Then, looking back across the street, I caught sight of my original quarry. It’s another church! 😯 Not just any old boring church, but one of the most bizarre-looking I’ve ever seen.


I walked over to it and took a few more photos from close up. What the heck is it supposed to represent? What’s the theme? To me, it kind of looks like a boat, if not a spaceship, with the porthole style windows. Is that supposed to be a stylized hand holding the cross? Give me your ideas. What do YOU think it’s supposed to look like or represent? By the way, I asked someone in my office to translate the Korean writing, and it’s a Reformed Presbyterian church.



That was the end of my somewhat long walk. I was pooped and took a bus back to the university. In the same general area of Yeosu, there is a large Buddhist temple that I want to explore someday. Hopefully, then, I’ll have more of this area of Yeosu later.


  1. Silly boy …. it’s Jonah’s whale !! Symbolizing the forces in life that keep putting us where God wants us to be to begin with and remind us that we cannot escapte God’s will.

    My class is almost done …. final exam is this weekend …. then baseball (already gone to Fenway once this year and PawSox as well), golf, and gardening.

  2. montanaron

    May 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Hi, OGM. Great to hear from you. Excellent call on the church–a whale! As soon as I read your comment, I flashed on Moby Dick, with Captain Ahab leading the congregation. (Remember Gregory Peck, one of my Top 5 all-time favorite actors, as Ahab in the 1956 movie? Hmmm, maybe you’re not that old.)

    Hey, good luck on your final exam. I know you’ll ace it.

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