Iksan Terminal

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Iksan Terminal. South Korea.

The first day I was in Korea I was dropped off at a small motel. While I had some experience travelling, I’m not sure I was ready for the feeling of being left in a motel in what felt like the middle of nowhere. I was so jet lagged I spent the first 10 hours sleeping.

On a bed shaped like a heart.

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Iksan Terminal. South Korea.

The next day was a Saturday. I had nothing to do and nowhere to go. I decided I should go outside. The area I was in was full of night clubs (country side style night clubs) and motels. Lots of construction too. I walked a couple blocks a little nervous I might get lost. Eventually I saw a line of buses and some of the first English I had seen..

“Iksan Terminal.”

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Iksan Terminal. South Korea.

At this point in my Korean experience I had yet to learn that Korea was extremely safe. I figured the terminal would be an okay place to go. I’ll never forget the feeling as I walked into Iksan Terminal for the first time. It kind of felt like a movie set. What movie? I’m not sure. It looked old and Asian. It felt authentically so.

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Iksan Terminal. South Korea.

An older Korean lady came up to me and in Korean starting “yelling” at me. At first I thought she was angry, but after a while I realized she was laughing sometimes. I must have looked hungry and pitiful because she recruited an elementary school student to translate for her and explained she owned one of the shops. I explained my situation with the hotel as best I could and she gave me some oranges and told me I needed to eat them for energy, ha. She used her hands to explain that flying takes someone’s energy.

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Iksan Terminal. South Korea.

I spent much of the rest of the day in the terminal with my computer. I found a plug and a place to sit. The same woman later brought a friend and gave me some green tea in a paper cup. I realized a lot of the people in the terminal weren’t there for the buses.

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Iksan Terminal. South Korea.

Years later and I had forgotten about that time. I had forgotten about those first days in Korea. I came back to the terminal recently.

It hasn’t changed much.

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Iksan Terminal. South Korea.

The bus prices have changed, even though the place hasn’t. Still the cheapest trip to Seoul from Iksan though.

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Iksan Terminal. South Korea.

They are building a newer terminal, or so I’ve heard. Kind of sad, that.

I am glad I went back again.

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Iksan Terminal. South Korea.

Even though nowadays I’m only there for the buses.

Iksan, South Korea.

February 2016.

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Iksan Terminal. South Korea.

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