Christmas Day in Korea is always quite a lonely day for me. There's no family around and my wife always has to work so there is nothing special going on. However, I have found a solution to this problem: a day trip with a friend. Last Christmas we went to Gosam Reservoir (고삼 저수지) and a temple (which I will feature in a future installment).
While discussing where we should go, my friend showed me this reservoir, which he found on John Steele's site (I am a fan of his work by the way). We planned a trip with a few other places in the area, got in the car, and off we went. Being there at sunrise was our goal so we set off very early in the morning. When we arrived at the reservoir we were not the only one. This spot is quite popular with photographers. Apparently the reservoir was a filming location at the movie "The Island" by director Kim Ki-duk, so it is a well known spot.
Well known as it may be, that doesn't make this reservoir less beautiful. It is a beautiful sight to behold when the sun rays trail through the mist and hit the water. The fishing huts make for welcome subjects to point your camera towards. It is a very serene place.
There was not as much fog as we had hoped for. Maybe the reason was that we went in winter. Going during fall will give you a better chance of seeing a beautiful fog covering the lake. It wasn't all that bad though. As a photographer you just need to adjust and work with what you get, and what we got was plenty to work with. After we were finished at the lake we went to a nearby temple, which I will write about in another blog post.
If you want to see the work of my friend Glenn, head over to his Flickr page. He has an awesome series about his home province in Canada.
How to get there
The best way is going by car, because you need to drive around the lake to find the best spot for you to photograph. Put the address below in your navigation and you should be fine.
Gyeonggido, Anseongsi, Gosammyeon, wolhyangni
경기도 안성시 고삼면 월향리