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  • Day31

    Baekje Historic Areas

    September 27, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Today's site relates to the Baekje kingdom, which ruled parts of Korea from around 800-1100 AD. It was located in central Korea and was a long-distance bus away, so off we went. Subway to the bus station then a long-distance bus out to the city of Gwangju. Very comfortable, as the bus was a "Comfort" class which essentially meant armchairs and three abreast rather than four. Nice!

    Arrived in Gwangju at around 10am and grabbed some lunch supplies from the Paris Baguette chain nearby, then walked across the river to the site. The main area here is a large fortress, though aside from the walls most of it has been destroyed. We checked out a couple of gates and guard towers, then walked around sections of the walls. There was a large flattened section that was apparently where the palace was originally located, though later on we came across more recent excavations down near the river where they now believe the palace was probably located.

    We spent a few hours walking up and down around the walls in the hot sun, pausing only for 20 minutes to eat our lunch. It was pretty warm going and we were both drenched in sweat.

    Of course, every visit to a former royal palace and fortress usually requires a visit to the royal tombs, and this was no exception. We caught a local bus about 10 minutes up the road to where the kings from this dynasty were buried under a series of large mounds. There was a large and interesting museum attached too, showing off what they'd found in some of the tombs, and even full-scale replicas of a few chambers. Obviously you can't visit the originals.

    There was one quite significant tomb that had been opened in 1974, mainly because it was completely undisturbed with all the relics and treasures intact. But most importantly, one of the relics was a tablet inscribed with all of the king's great accomplishments - a fantastic historical resource.

    We had a look around the mounds outside, and bumped into a Korean man from Waitara on holidays with his family! Small world. But there was a lot of screaming schoolkids around too, so we beat a hasty retreat to the bus station before grabbing a long-distance bus back to Seoul.

    Not much to report in the evening, we decided to have Korean fried chicken and beer since that's a hugely popular thing here. Communal eating (particularly after work with colleagues) is a massive thing, and people love to go to chicken restaurants, eat fried chicken and drink beers. We had initially been shocked at the prices, but eventually worked out that it was for the whole chicken and would be enough for both of us. After ordering we realised that the chicken was just that - the whole chicken. Breast, leg, wing, thigh ... neck. We left the neck, we've fed too many to Schnitzel.
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  • Day85

    Gongsanseong Fortress Gongju

    February 27, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    A visit of the Gongsanseong Fortress in Gongju. From the fortress itself only the wall and some small pavilions still exist. Nevertheless the view from the wall was very nice. And good news: It is getting warmer every day. Greetings to cold frozen Europe ;)

    Wir haben heute das Gongsanseong Fortress in Gongju besucht. Von der Burg an sich existiert leider nicht mehr wirklich viel, allerdings war der Blick von der Burgmauer wirklich cool. Außerdem noch ein paar gute Nachrichten: Es wird immer wärmer. Viele Grüße an das eingefrorene Europa. ;)
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  • Day85

    Hanok Village Gongju

    February 27, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    After the fortress we stopped at a traditional Hanok Village.

    Nach der Burg haben wir noch in einem traditionellen Hanok Dorf angehalten.

  • Day15


    July 12, 2016 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Nyaoshima - Cat Cafe across the garden from Minshuku Oyaji no Umi. We stayed one night and appeared to be the only guests on a Sunday night. We were able to do a load of laundry here. The cat cafe had four cats -- one really old cat -- same age as Victor (18) was outside meowing very loudly and 3 more inside. She also had a little old dachshund. I was still recovering from the food poisoning - but able to eat breakfast in Kanazawa and this grilled musubi in dashi for dinner. I credit that dinner for getting me back to near normal. We had breakfast at Nyaoshima before going off on our tour of the Chichu Museum, an amazing space to view Monet and the James Turrell installation. The latter is hard to describe -- but more like a color/light/space experience. We criss crossed the island to see the James Bond museum on the Miyanoura port side (red pumpkin side). The Bond museum is all part of the island's efforts to get someone to make a movie there...wish them luck... it would be a a good spot.Read more

  • Day13

    Busfahrt nach Sejong City

    May 12, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Zuerst eine Stunde mit den Bus nach Seoul und dann nochmal 2 Stunden nach Sejong City. Ein Glück sind die Busse sehr bequeme und dank Netflix kann man sich die fahrt angenehm machen. Es hat dazu noch den ganze Tag geregnet also war es nicht so schlimm.Read more

  • Day13

    Sejong City

    May 12, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ 🌫 14 °C

    In Sejong haben wir Jung-Hoons Tante und Onkel besucht. Da gab es natürlich erstmal lecker was zu essen. 😋😁🤗 Die Wohnanlage von Jung-Hoons Onkel und Tante ist wirklich sehr schön angelegt und obwohl es die ganze Zeit geregnet hat haben wir uns trotzdem die nähere Umgebung angesehen.Read more

  • Day14

    Smart City Sejong

    May 13, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Wir haben eine Nacht in Sejong geschlafen und zum Glück war am nächsten Tag das Wetter besser und wir konnten uns die Stadt noch ein bisschen genauer anschauen. Sejong ist eine Smart City die in kurzer Zeit errichtet wurde und nachdem sie fertig war sind die Leute dort hingezogen. Also die Stadt hat sich nicht erst entwickelt und obwohl die Stadt sozusagen com Reisbrett kommt ist sie auf jeden Fall optisch sehr gelungen.Read more

  • Day9


    May 8, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Wir waren dann noch in Dongdaemun unterwegs, wo sich auch der Königspalast befindet. Leider konnten wir nicht rein, weil in Korea ein Feiertag war und der Palast geschlossen war. Vielleicht schaffen wir es noch ein anderes mal rein zu gehen.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Chungcheongnam-do, Τσούνγκτσονγκναμ-ντο, 충청남도