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Cheonan old city park GC19MA2 에 얽힌 이야기
 
독일인 (id : webdax) 가 2008년 3월 1일에 보낸 메일
 

 
Hi Kenny,

I’m very sorry that I disappointed you with the FTF in the Cheonan old city park. You’re actually the first who really found the cache. Let me explain the whole story. Actually I am working for Verigy and we are doing test equipment for the semiconductor industry (Samsung by the way is also our customer). In order to test memory devices we need an interface that is build by a company called TSE in Cheonan and which is put on top of our tester. TSE has a local representative in Germany who is responsible worldwide for the engineering support of their interfaces dedicated to the Verigy tester. This is because Verigy does the main tester development in Germany. The name of the engineer who is currently doing this work for TSE is Rick, he is an Australian but he lives mostly in Germany but he often stays in Cheonan at TSE. Since we had some quality issues with the TSE interface at a customer in Taiwan, I asked Rick to travel with me first to Taiwan to talk to our customer who complains about the quality and then to travel to Korea to visit TSE and to investigate the quality insurance system in TSE’s production plant in Cheonan. However, since I am also fairly new to geocaching (I bought my Garmin in September last year) I was quite excited to search some caches in Taiwan and Korea. Additionally, I was asked by a collegue, who is also a passionate cacher, if I could take a travelbug with me which is taking part in a race. Many travel bugs compete with each other in this race. For each 50km which it travels and for each cache it visits it gets 1 point. The one with most of the points wins. I agreed to take it with me. However when I looked for caches in the region of Cheonan I found that there are only two. One is Sam Gori Park and the other one is Indi Hall. Since I stayed in the Metro Tourist Hotel close to the train station in Cheonan, I already got the feeling that it may get difficult to find a cache in the spare time during my stay. So I took some film canisters with me and a print out of the small logbook in German language that in case of need I could ask Rick to hide a cache I could later on search and find. To me it appears that in Korea on the countryside like in Cheonan only few people speak English. And since the Geocaching.com Webpage is not available in Korean language, most people have difficulties to understand it. This is different in Seoul. There are plenty of caches because many people speak English and there are also many foreigners who hide some caches. The other problem I had was that there are no maps available on the Internet. A famous website which provides maps for all over the world is Google Maps. However, for Korea there is a lot of empty space and in Cheonan almost no roads are contained in the maps. So orientation is pretty difficult. I also checked Google Earth for satellite photos but the pictures that are available from Cheonan don’t show the streets in detail. So I had no means to look for a path to Sam Gori Park or the Indi Hall. I asked in the Hotel, but they had only a sightseeing map in Korean language. Since I was also pretty short in time, we had meetings with TSE the whole day and in the evening the guys from TSE took us for dinner and in a bar afterwards, I really got the feeling I won’t make it to really find a Korean cache in Cheonan. So I asked Rick to hide one which I could search. Since he has no equipment yet and no account he took mine and we quickly generated an account for him (Qoolman). One day in the morning we went out in the Cheonan old city park and hide one. After Rick had hidden it I searched is and put the travelbug into it to get the kilometres. That of course was not very difficult because I saw coarsely where he had hidden the box. Lateron we walked back to the hotel and logged the find and travelbug. By the way you can have a look at the path of the travelbug his name is “Cannonball Run 2008 - NRW-Edition - The red hot wheels-Team-“ (TB1QV42). Due to my trip to Taiwan and Korea it is currently the number one. During the rest of the week we had almost no time to do caching. However, at the last day, the plane left at 14:30h from Incheon, we decided to at least a little bit of sightseeing. We stood up early in the morning and we asked the guy in the Hotel. He recommended to go to the Gak-Won temple in Cheonan. He ordered a taxi to the airport and asked the taxi driver to pass by the temple and wait there one hour for us such that we can visit the temple before we continue our trip to the airport. This was what we did. It was such a wonderful place and we were both deeply impressed about the rich cultural heritage there. Since I still had one film canister left I asked Rick to hide one more to help some other people to find this beautiful place. This is by the way something I like very much with geocaching. In many cases the caches are hidden at beautiful places that are not easy to find by other means. It somehow acts like a worldwide tourist guide at least on the countryside. Well, Rick again hide the box and I searched it immediately afterwards to put the travelbug in there and to grab it again from there. I took a lot of photos, we measured the coordinates and I took all home and did the logging there. When I returned home I also quickly searched a cache very close to my home to have also the kilometres registered for my return path. In total it had been about 18000km coarsely on this trip. This morning I gave the travelbug to some other friends who will visit New Zealand on Monday. This way he will get a lot of advantage compared to its competition. It’s really funny, such a race. You don’t have a travelbug yet? You should send on a trip with the goal to reach one of my caches here in Stuttgart. That would be funny! Yes this is the whole story, now you know it. I am excited to see when Rick is buying a Garmin, I assume I have infected him with the caching sport. When we were in Seoul we had some more time to do sightseeing and caching. We went into the Nam San Park and visited the Seoul Tower. It was absolutely bright weather with lot of sun and a beautiful blue sky. From up there we had a really impressive view over the beautiful town of Seoul. There are many caches in the Nam San Park but I liked most the one close to the TV tower. This is because I also have 3 caches here at the TV tower of Stuttgart. You can have a view on them their waypoint is GC18787, GC19D33 and GC19D6V. The listing is still in German, but you should have a look at the pictures then you can have a view on my home town. I will translate them into English soon, since I learned on my trip that it is nice for foreigners to be able to seek a cache with a listing in English. In Seoul I also did a great cache on the Hannam Bridge, this one I can also recommend. Are you often visiting Seoul? I really like this town its so beautiful with the river and the hills the beautiful markets, temples and so on. It’s just a pity for us that we can’t read and understand the Korean language. But I think this will improve over time. I also hope that Korea can reunify with North Korea soon as we did in Germany. Therefore I followed the event in TV carefully when the New York Philharmonic Orchestra played in Pyongyang. I think this could be a step in a positive direction. I also hope that China will have a positive influence. Anyway, I hope I can be back again to Korea soon hopefully with some more time than this time. Perhaps I will append some vacation for this purpose. I'll append some pictures from Seoul.
 
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