Journal Entry: 6/5/09
We went to Haedong Yongkung Temple. The motto is “the only thing must be answered by and through your heartful prayer whatsoever.” This temple was placed on the seaside and viewing it today with such beautiful sunlight. It wasn’t too hot but walking up all 108 steps made it warmer.
At the beginning there were twelve animal as statues; the animals of the calendar years. This temple is rare because most of the temples are placed in the mountains. Haedong was built in 1376 during the Goryeo Dynasty. The main temple was reconstructed in 1970. The building were painted with lots of dragons and also had a dragon statue.
Dr. Kim drove us to Ulsan to go to the Hyundai factory. We were welcomed with a presentation addressed to UW Milwaukee. Hyundai-Kia makes up 50% of the cars in South Korea while Daewoo makes up a majority of the rest. There used to be a 100% tax on all imported vehicles.
We toured the grounds and were not allowed to take pictures anywhere except the showroom. We saw the factory building with the elantras and the then port. The area of the shipyard looked like a sea of cars.