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Gyeongju

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  • Day11

    Gyeongju

    November 13, 2017 in South Korea

    Eergisteren kwamen we aan in Gyeongju, een stad in het Zuid-Westen.

    Het is hier mooi en rustig maar ook een levendig stadscentrum.

    De parken hebben allemaal tumuli, grote ronde heuvels van zo een 12meter hoog die eigenlijk graven zijn van honderden jaren oud. Wel een mooi zicht.

    Gisteren gingen we naar Bulguksa en de Seokguram grotto. Bulguksa is een oud paleis of tempelcomplex is is wel mooi maar na zo 2 maand hier te reizen hadden we wel al wat mooiers gezien. De grotto is een mangemaakte ‘grot’ waar een grote buddha is uit gekapt meer dan 1300 jaar geleden.

    Het was weekend als we hier waren dus elke uitstap die we deden leek alsof half Zuid-Korea mee was.

    Het is ook heel erg koud geworden op een week tijd, vorige week liep ik in mijn T-shirt in Busan en nu ben ik wat verkouden aan het worden.

    Vandaag reizen we helemaal naar Sokcho in het Noord-Westen. We moeten hiervoor 7uur op de bus zitten en dat gaat echt rot zijn want we hebben niet zo lang geleden eens 2uur op de bus gezeten en hadden allebei hoofdpijn. Ze rijden hier niet zo aangenaam.
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  • Day30

    Gyeongju Day 2 afternoon

    October 27, 2017 in South Korea

    The #10 bus coming back from Bulguk-sa drops me close to the bus terminal. I decide to have a salad at a nearby eatery called Nordic. And what a salad it is - 2 sausages, grilled bacon, avocado slices, onion, tomato, banana, apple, orange and a lot of leafy greens. I forget to ask them to hold the salad dressing, but I have no later ill effects.

    The remainder of the day will be spent walking locally around the Daereungwon Ancient Tomb Complex. I won't need the travelcard but I will need good walking shoes!

    I have a tourist map with 2 recommended routes. Both start at the tourist information kiosk down the street, which is convenient.

    The first stop is the Geunwangchong tomb complex, then I duck across the road to see the Bonghwangdae pavilion. I walk clockwise to the area that is the limit of my walking.

    This is Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond. It costs to get in, but I do like a good pond stroll. I see some storks at a distance in the pond, and there are carp in the pond as well. I'm fascinated watching some of them feeding around the water lillies (or should I say hoovering?)

    I start walking back to the hotel, which takes me past the Daereungwon ancient tombs and the Cheonmachong ancient tomb. There are ongoing excavations happening in some tombs so history is still unfolding. Its fascinating to think that all this history is at least 1100 years old.
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  • Day29

    Busan to Gyeongju

    October 26, 2017 in South Korea

    I have bought train tickets online for the next 3 destinations, and printed them to PDF. This is a convenient and time-saving way to go. Gyeongju is the first destination.

    Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla kingdom, which endured from 57 BC to 935 AD. Given the volatility of the region over that millenium, that is serious longevity.

    There are 2 separate train stations in Busan; Busan Station for the express KTX service and Bujeon station for the slower services. It is Bujeon where I'm headed today. My train will stop at Gyeongju Station, which is in town and not far from my hotel. The KTX station is quite a long way out of town.

    At Gyeongju station I look for tourist information - nothing in English, no staff so no point. I roll my megaluggage down the road towards my destination, which is Sugar Hotel. On the way I have to navigate around a street market, I've found it's easiest to use the road!

    I reach the hotel and a young lady who speaks excellent English checks me in, even though I'm an hour early. There are a number of "love motels" in the area, but this hotel is not one of them. It seems to cater to families and business travellers.

    I'm told where to go for tourist information. Turns out it's down the road near the bus terminal. I notice a number of scooter rental places in the vicinity. There's a reason for this - Gyeongju can be considered an "open air" museum. If you're not on a tour and you don't have a car, you end up doing a LOT of walking to get around. Hence the scooter rental places.

    The lady at tourist information tells me which buses to take to get to the National Museum and where the stop is. I duly follow her guidance and take bus 600 to the museum.

    Walking into the museum, it is quickly evident that this city is very much on the tourist trail. Plenty of schoolkids and tour groups. It's FREE to enter the museum, my favourite 4-letter word after **** and 😯😯😯😲.

    It has a very good collection of Silla artifacts with consistent English translations. I especially like the history of how the Silla kingdom came to be, it's regional alliances and its demise. I make sure to stand out of the way when a tour group comes through, will get bumped out of the way otherwise.

    Outside the museum I take some photos, it is located in quite an attractive setting and has some outdoor artifacts. I then walk around 25 minutes east to Bunhwang-sa temple. That's 1500 KRW for entry. The temple area dates back to 634 AD and features a well-maintained brick pagoda. Later I follow the crowd along a path to the Hwangnyongsa Temple Site, dating back to 553 AD and featuring burial mounds out in the open. There's an interpretation centre nearby, but time is passing so I take bus 10 back to the bus terminal.
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  • Day12

    Cheonmachong Tomp in Gyeongju

    May 11 in South Korea

    Nachdem aufstehen haben wir uns in Gyeongju noch die Königsgräber in einer wunderschönen angelegten Parkanlagen angeschaut. Die Hügel sind übrigens die Gräber. Es gibt eigentlich noch ein Museums Teil auf dem Parkgelände was aber leider wegen Umbau geschlossen war. Dafür mussten wir auch keinen Eintritt zahlen.

  • Day56

    Beautiful Gyeongju

    June 10, 2016 in South Korea

    Beautiful Gyeongju is the slogan they use, simple, but I have to agree. I really like it here.

    It helps that the weather was perfect today, but the place is so full of history. Walked past many royal tombs (which look like small hills), there was an observatory which had lots of architectural reaons for how it looks (all to do with months in the year, days in a year, etc...), some palace remains and a very good museum. I could waffle on for ages about the place.

    Even caught some of an open air concert, and met a new friend at the supermarket.

    That's just day one, got another couple of days here.

    Really difficult to pick out only 6 pictures...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Kyonju, Gyeongju, 慶州市, 경주시, Кёнджу, 慶州

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