Prior to travel I tend not to do much research. I check out the visa and safety situation and then just go. No itinerary. It means I risk passing very close to something cool and missing it. But it also means I can blunder into something unexpected, like today.
The last thing I expected to see on a minor road in the middle of nowhere is a catholic church. Worth stopping to investigate for sure! This is the memorial to Father Choe, Yang-eop Thomas, the first recorded scholar of Catholicism from Korea. I’ll post his picture in a minute.
He wasn’t there of course, the memorial was built to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death. However, there were a lot of Korean Christians, including a reverend who gave me a set of rosary beads and a nun. (He didn’t give me the nun, you know what I mean!!).
Standing out from the crowd somewhat I was asked a few questions, the trip is certainly raising a few eyebrows. A nice young chap called David came over to talk for a while, who translated the history for me.
Considering a trip to a church would be far from the top of my list of things to do on a trip, it was really good. That’s why I don’t over plan things, and what makes adventure motorcycling the adventure it is!