Korea – Part 2 (Gyeongju)

Part 2!!!! This is my favorite because I absolutely loved the province. Every place we go is just breathtaking! Alright I’m so excited to share this.

Woke up at 6AM. Rode the KTX(bullet train) at 8AM. 2 hours later, we arrived at Gyeongju province.

(Seoul Station)

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(Gyeongju) Beautiful. We were literally surrounded with mountains. If you turn 360 degrees all you see are mountains.

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The bullet train we rode runs 300Km/h. It was really nice inside. It’s my first time to ride a train like that. Just like riding a plane, only it’s more comfortable.

This is the port or the station in Gyeongju. We rented a taxi to go around at all the tourist spots.

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The first place we went to is the Royal Tomb of King Taejong Muyeol. At first I thought they just had a lot of small hills around the place but that hill is a tomb.

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Next stop: Tomb of General Kim Yu-Sin

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Lunch

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Next: Seokguram – the most famous landmark in Gyeongju

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Walking up to the grotto that houses a buddha structure that was built in the year 751. Taking pictures aren’t allowed inside the grotto. We stayed for a good 5mins. There were buddhists who were bowing and chanting to the Buddha. There was an air of serenity inside. It was really beautiful.

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The Great Bell for Unification. We struck this huge bell three times.

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Bulguksa

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This pagoda is called the Dabotap. There’s another pagoda called Seokgatap near it but it’s being reconstructed/fixed. Behind the pagoda is the Great Enlightenment Hall which houses a huge Buddha made out of gold. Again, no picture taking..

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Poseokjeongji. Small remains of the Royal Silla Dynasty Villa.

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Cheomseongdae Observatory. The oldest observatory in East Asia.

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Last! I’m not sure if this is the Gyerim Forest but it was a really nice forest with lots of pine trees and maple trees.

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My dad told us to do this pose. Funny! Ignore the wet patch on my jacket.

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The tombs were a pair nature mammaries.

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First time to see a squirrel jumping around.

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Amazing how we went to so many places and we finished at 5PM. We went back to Gyeongju station. We bought dried persimmons. They are the bomb. I regret not buying enough to bring home.

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And here I am waiting for the bullet train. Again, my dad did this. Hahaha! My dad is not the photo op type of person except in Korea. He’s so patriotic and nationalistic in a lot of ways. We saw his other side that we’ve never seen before. He’s an awesome dad.

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Here we are off to my dad’s friend’s house to spend the night there and then the next day we went to Kangwon province. I was planning to put that in this post too but I don’t want this post to be super long and that’s another great adventure. I’ll be posting it tomorrow.

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