Jeollanam-do - Damyang-gun (담양군, 潭陽郡) - maeul
An almost deserted maeul just a couple of miles off Damyang.
We're welcomed by a scorching sun, a cripled dog and this old lady.
Only traditional houses - hay and bamboo sticking out of parched walls.
A her friends place, a traditional oven outside at floor level, and sesame grain drying up.
It definitely beats nearby Sunchang, a gochujang (red pepper paste) theme park. Damyang-gun markets itself as a bamboo county (you are surrounded by forests of them, you swim in it in spas, you even eat your rice in it). Quite a few cultural spots (better off season), including Soswaewon garden.
Photo "Open up sesame" (20040827 - copyright Stephane MOT)