Hey guys, it's been a while since I have been active on this website. Well, I had been going through so many ups and downs in life, rushing back and forth managing my professional as well as personal life which never really left me with much time to invest on myself. I don't intend to run around in circles so I'll start my story.
This incident dates back to about 2015 when I was working as a deputy engineer in one of the L.G's branch departments based off at Incheon, South Korea. I was enlisted in the foreign country for a first time and it was difficult for me to get accustomed with the Korean culture, although the Koreans were welcoming I can't help but feel like a familiar stranger to them. It was culture shock as the east Asia felt completely otherworldly from the South-east.
Luckily, I found some companionship of fellow Indian mates working on the same firm as me. Despite of my relieved solitude the work stress was real owing to the work-culture of Asia.
So a few of us friends decided a take a little off from the work and enjoy ourselves on a vacay. We decided to choose a rural area as it was a trip to refresh ourselves from the work pressure and we can also explore the culture of this country on the way. Our destination was Boseong-Gun village in Jeollanam (sorry if I had mentioned it wrong). The village in itself was kind of isolated from the world of hustle bustle of the rest of the Korea which was it's attractive feature. There were no luxurious hotels to welcome the tourists but it was quite a tourist destination. There were various guesthouse and inns across the street.
We checked into this one inn I can't quite recall its name which was quite popular having a legend of a good luck goddess. The inn had a small 'zen' garden at the backyard with a fish pool at its center where the tourists used to throw a coin praying for good luck. The owner of the inn believed that the goddess used to visit and fulfill the wishes of the people. Initially I thought it was a sham to attract more tourists but still I adhered to it.
We were allotted a quite spacious room as we were three in number. The room had wall sized windows which directly opened into the garden. The view of the inn was fabulous. Harvey (Harvinder) was the only one in our group who knew Korean so he was talking to the accountant regarding the stay. I was tired so I went to bed early after the tiresome journey. Ravi and Harvey went to bed after some time hence. At the middle of the night I was suddenly awaken by the sound of what seemed like footsteps in the garden.
I was curious to know who on Earth is taking a walk in the middle of the night. So I opened the window to sneak a peak when I saw a woman wearing a traditional Korean dress (hanbok) sitting beside the pool. She had long black hair which appeared to be shining in the moonlight. Her body was pale with a feverish complexion in her toes and the moment I tried to get closer to her she turned her head around and all I remembered was that she was she was breathtakingly beautiful. What happened after that seems to have vanished from my memory.
I woke up to Ravi shaking me roughly while screaming my name with Harvey and many people surrounding me. I was so puzzled as to where I was when Ravi told me that he caught me wondering me in the garden heading towards the woods. I was utterly confused as I didn't recall what had happened even to this day I can't remember. I screamed at the top of my lungs narrating everyone what I saw. All of them were shocked while some refused to believe me but the localities said that I saw the goddess and I was lucky to have survived, these spirits are often tricksters who tend to tend to lure humans by wandering them off in the woods with their mesmerizing charm. Although, they remarked that I was not the only one who saw her.
After this confession I hugged Ravi thanking him to have saved me on time. I don't know whether I am blessed with good luck or not but I was indeed extremely terrified after this experience.
I really appreciate your input and that from any other member familiar with the Indian culture, it helps to overcome the blind spots I might have of such an exotic country.
Nice to see you around.