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Oct 30, 2014 - Gyeongju

Gyeongju We had an interesting breakfast; lots of choice from omelets, French toast, to 6 different kinds of kimchi. I passed on the pollard soup (Heather says that is very good for hangovers). Robin and I went for a walk along the lake in front of the hotel, across a beautiful little bridge and through more parkway, across a stepping stone bridge. If we had gone any further we would have reached a huge amusement park – closed now for the season (although parts of it were opened later on for the “school visiting trips”). Heather picked us...

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Oct 16, 2014 - Day to Seokgulam Grotto

Did not get started until almost noon trying to decide where to go. Finally came up with this cave temple constructed in 751. Certified by UNESCO in 1995 as one of the world's best Buddhist shrines and representing the Unified Sinra Dynasty's art and science. UNESCO should have left it at that, after all it has stood here for almost 1500 years! Unfortunately, in attempting to "protect" this treasure they have completely ruined the purpose for which it was intended. It definitely is NOT worth a visit and especially not for the price of...

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Oct 15, 2014 - Day trips - Bulguksa Temple & Gyeongju Natl. Museum

Up, out, and #10 city bus to Bulguksa. Even though we arrived @ site by 9:30 am there were already people there and at least one school group. But after walking the temple grounds the place was jammed with school kids. A big difference between Japanese school kids and Koreans...the Japanese are much more controlled, less noisy. Korean kids are very rambunctious and loud. We felt very lucky we were there at 9:30! Back to town and express bus station, from there a short distance to Kong Story, a vegetarian food "restuarant". Pita or tortilla...

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Oct 14, 2014 - Jeonju to Gyeongju

Bus leaving at 9:30...bought tickets day before but open seating so we'll try to get there & in line early. Early was 8:30 so we waited an hour for bus but I was happy...the #79 bus only comes by every 20-30 minutes so had we just missed it we'd have no time for getting up front in line for best seats. We arrived in Gyeongju at 1:00 but no info booth or any info st the station, not even a psy phone. With the LP in hand Bon followed the msp the short 15 min walk to Nahbi GH which turned out to be indeed closed, defunct, no longer...

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Sep 16, 2011 - Gyeongju

Gyeongju is one of the ancient capitals of South Korea and it is a place that I would highly recommend seeing for anyone travelling to South Korea. This town has quite a different feel to it from Seoul and Busan as it is quite small in comparison (about 250,000 people) so it feels a bit like a small town. I originally tried to see some of the sights using the local transportation (buses) but this was a bit complicated as nothing was in English and outside of town the frequency of the buses is so slow. I ended up taking a bus tour instead to...

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Jan 14, 2011 - Gyeongju

Gyeongju is the oldest and one of the most beautiful cities in South Korea - it was the previous capital - there was so much to see but it was -17 degrees with a wind tempertaure of -24 so we didn't see as much as planned - plus - we had such a plush room - it was tempting to stay in!! ...

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Sep 29, 2010 - Buddha Bar- Gyeongju

So our short-lived love affair with Busan was over after a morning tour and before we knew it, we were back on the tour bus heading toward the ancient city of Gyeongju. Gyeongju is the cultural epicenter of Korea, and was the home of royal palaces and buddhist temples for thousands of years. After waking up from a rocky, one hour nap on our bus, Cyndi and I both woke up to see...nothing. We were officially in the country and there were no sky scrapers, no hustle-and-bustle of traffic and no more endless business signs. We were out of the...

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Bald and Beautiful

Jul 8, 2008 - Gyeongju

Tome un tren a Gyeongju, la capital de otro de los 3 reinos koreanos. El hostal era simpatico pero no habia aire acondicionado, y hacia tal calor que era insoportable. Aca tambien hay las tumbas reales en forma de tumulos, aparte de museos, parques, palacios frente a lagunas, y por supuesto templos budistas. Todo lo tipico de una ciudad cultural. Tambien habia una gruta con un buda en un sitio muy pacifico. Me encontre con una alemana (Veronica) que conoci llegando a Korea, y conoci a un frances (Loic) que me encontraria despues en Pusan y...

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Nov 5, 2006 - A drive into the mountains.

Hi folks, Watched a marathon go past on the road below the apartments this morning before setting off for the mountains. We drove out towardsEonyang then up to Miryang where the apple orchards are. The clouds started rolling in and as we left the low laying areas and headed into the mountains, light rain started to fall. The drive out was through farming areas of rice and veggies. The mountain road was pretty busy and the trip up slow in some places. The rain increased and by the time we reached the tunnel at the top, the thunder and...

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Feb 23, 2006 - Gyeong-ju - my first afternoon and evening..

It is 6:30 pm and I just finished a walk around the neighborhood of the place I am staying at tonite here in Gyeong-ju. It is in a neighborhood which I don't think many single women I know would walk into alone. Luckily I came here in the daylight, because I think that walking these streets at night will be a bit scary. This is what I pictured a third world country to be like....at least this particular neighborhood. In my walking tour this afternoon, I came across lots of schoolkids that were touring the tombs too. As soon as they saw an...

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Nov 17, 2005 - Gyeongju, Korea

So Shin and I went south again and checked out a town called Gyeongju (no I can't pronounce it either), in a different proverence then Mokpo. I believe Korea has about 4 or 6 in total. This was probably the most culturally related thing I have done so far on my entire trip. We saw the tombs at Daeneugwon which are large earthen mounds (smaller ones actually dot the country side for the regular folk) and also a buddhist shrine at Seokgulam Grotto which is certified as one of the worlds best Buddhist shrines by UNESCO along with the Bulguksa...

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Sep 30, 2005 - Gyeongju

After spending a couple of days in Ulsan Nayong and I headed to Gyeongju, a historical town further North. I would describe Gyeongju as Korea's Kyoto. Ancient burial mounds are literally all over town. There multiple temples, pagodas, an excellent historical museum, an ancient observatory, and a traditional family owned rice wine factory. To see everything in town and around you can easily spent a week or more. The highlight for me was the 7 meter Buddha carved on the side of a mountain. After an hour of hiking and rock scrambling up a...

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