Sunday, September 26, 2010

South Korea, Part Two of Five (or so), Gyeongju in Cooperation with Weekly Winners!

Since it's Sunday, and this post is picture heavy with shots from last week, and I miss the fun of Weekly Winners, can we consider this a Weekly Winners post? Cool. Thanks.

Continuing on from the last post (and, by the way, octopus is actually really very yummy, y'all!) with more Gyeongju, South Korea. While standing just outside the market looking at a map, a woman came up and asked us if we needed help and directed us to where we would end up enjoying most of the rest of the evening. So many times in South Korea, in really good English, people talked to us or offered to help. They are doing something right with their English education system, and it was, frankly, refreshing. That's all I'll say on that.

Our first stop was the Daereungwon Tomb Complex. What looks like just a whole bunch of pretty hills is actually a royal tomb complex from the Silla era, way back when Gyeongju was the capital.

Hilly Tombs, Peaceful Pond
Daereungwon Tomb Complex, Gyeongju, South Korea
Monday, September 20th, 2010
Korea,Gyeongju

After the tombs, we walked what seemed like forever to nearby and beautiful Anapji Pond.

Ooh, Pretty Colors
Anapji Pond, Gyeongju, South Korea

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Anapji Pond at Night
Gyeongju, South Korea
Korea,Gyeongju


We made our way back to our weird and not so nice accommodations and headed out for dinner. We were walking along a street trying to decide where to go when people appeared at the door of one restaurant to call us in. This happened sometimes in Korea where business owners and vendors are eager for your business. The owners seemed kind of excited to have foreigners in the place and fussed over us trying to explain the menu. I went with the bibimbap, which was heaven. I'd dreamed of trying the real deal in Korea, and I was not disappointed. As is common, our meal came with tons of yummy side dishes.

Eeny Meeny Miny Mo, Which Should Be the First to Go
Side Dishes, Gyeongju, South Korea
Korea,Gyeongju


After a sleep, we headed out to Bulguksa Temple and the nearby (well, by bus, uphill on windy roads, unless you like hiking. a lot.) Seoukguram Grotto. The pictures practically took themselves. Just so beautiful.


Bulguksa Temple
Gyeongju, South Korea
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
Korea,Gyeongju


More Bulguksa Temple
Gyeongju, South Korea
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Long Corridor 
Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju, South Korea
Korea,Gyeongju

Still More Bulguksa Temple
Gyeongju, South Korea
(side note: If you noticed it, please don't worry - the swastika here and many places does not mean the same as what may come to mind, and it is true that it is the symbol for temples that I see on Japanese maps. I'll admit, it gets my attention every time I see it, though, too.)
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Green Door
Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju, South Korea
Korea,Gyeongju

Bits of Bulguksa Temple
Gyeongju, South Korea
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Stacked Rocks, Stacked Rocks and More Stacked Rocks
Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju, South Korea
Korea,Gyeongju

Peaceful Rocks at Bulguksa Temple
Gyeongju, South Korea
Korea,Gyeongju


We took a bus from the temple to the grotto since hiking uphill for 4km just doesn't appeal to me. No pictures of the Buddha statue are allowed, and the one I snuck didn't take didn't turn out very well, but the view from up there is really gorgeous.

Above the Noise and Haste
Seoukguram Grotto, Gyeongju, South Korea
Korea,Gyeongju


Next post, back down from the hills and on to our next destination.

18 comments:

  1. Wow! What beautiful photos... I've never been to South Korea, but my husband has been. I think deep down he would love to go back, and seeing these photos, I know why!

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  2. I love taking a virtual vacation with/through you! XOXOX

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  3. Your shots are always so gorgeous, I feel like I'm *almost* experiencing what you are seeing. It's amazing.

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  4. SOOOO gorgeous!
    What a beautiful place!
    Thank you for taking us along on your journey; I'm enchanted!

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  5. Beautiful photos! Love the pink & green ones

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  6. i'm jealous! their roofs so cool. and very photogenic.

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  7. What beautiful shots!! I've never been outside "the States" but wow! I've officially added a place I'd love to visit to the ever growing list!

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  8. great architecture! you should join, Sundays in my City too!

    http://www.unknownmami.com/2010/09/sundays-in-my-city-58.html

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  9. Those temples are absolutely amazing. Same with the stacking rocks and view. Totally breathtaking.

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  10. I am in awe of these breathtaking images. Oh, I would to see that beauty in person!

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  11. They're all beautiful, Maggie! I can't easily pic a fave! (btw - glad to see you're still around!)

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  12. Wow...that's all I can manage...just wow.

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  13. SO jealous right now. Gorgeous shots!!

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  14. Love your photos. I hope you are making photobooks or a book from your blog.

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  15. Korea can be beautiful hey! I live in Gyeongju now, and Korea really can be one of the most beautiful places to live in or travel to. I have a blog too, if anyone feels like taking a browse. I am a teacher, so my blog is geared towards helping current and potential teachers in Korea.
    Thanks for the great story!

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  16. Wow, what amazing photos. I really love the shot of the long corridor.

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  17. Those are truely beautiful photo's. What a neat place to visit.

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