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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on January 10th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Expats Work To Develop “Footsteps of Wonhyo” Trail In Korea

I think this is kind of a cool idea:

A group of expats is working on an ambitious project to develop a pilgrimage emulating Spain’s El Camino de Santiago.

The group hopes to establish a trail that follows the route used by the renowned Korean monk Wonhyo (617-686), who in the 7th century set off on a journey that ultimately led to his enlightenment.

The walk is part of a larger project, already six years in the making, called Footsteps of Wonhyo.

Last month, the group completed its first exploratory walk along the route, traveling more than 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) from Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang, to Dangjin, South Chungcheong.

“In a way, it is a historic event because it’s never been done before – not once in 1,300 years,” Tony MacGregor, a 66-year-old Canadian who initiated and is leading the project, said in reference to the walk he and friends took from Dec. 4 to 18.

MacGregor said the first walk was useful in helping the group find paths that could potentially be developed into a walking trail.

The first walk will be documented in a book, he said, adding that they hope to do another exploratory walk this year to further map out the route.

“It is an important event, in terms of attracting people to Korea for cultural and spiritual reasons,” MacGregor said. “By following in the footsteps of a teacher who reached the ultimate level of self-understanding, participants will have a great opportunity for their own self-discovery.”   [Joong Ang Ilbo]

You can read more at the link, to include learning who Wonhyo is.

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  • Fanwarrior
    6:22 am on January 11th, 2012 1

    “In a way, it is a historic event because it’s never been done before – not once in 1,300 years,”

    What exactly hasn’t been done?
    They admit that they don’t really know the route, so it’s just being made up. Walking across Korea has been done. Simon Winchester did it for his book: “Korea a walk through the land of miracles” where he followed the route of the first europeans to come to Korea and walked from Jeju to the DMZ (couldn’t go all the way) and wrote about it.


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