Day 21 of Asia Adventure October 24th, 2012
So this morning say goodbye to Seoul and head off to Gyeongju. I am happy to leave that hostel. It was good time but time to go to guesthouse will have private room.
So I take metro to Seoul station here and go to the High Speed train. Board and it takes me to the city of Gyeongju, On arrival at station it is far out of the city, so I take a taxi to the city as I have not taken a taxi yet in Korea.
Taxi stops directly where I am staying at the Nahbi guesthouse. Nice area and guesthouse is good, check review for more information.
So once I drop my bags off. I am off to explore Gyeongju. Outside this city is more of a traditional Korean city. Very layed back, quiet and people way more friendly. You see many ladies sitting on the ground selling fruit and food.
I am one block to a park called Tumuli park. An area of all these big mounds which are tombs in the ground, a very interesting and neat area.
From here I then walk to a big park with various temples around the whole area.
Very neat. But one disappointment I got to Bunhwangsa temple area and pay to get into it. And once in it was just a small things of almost nothing too exciting. I was expecting this huge structure, instead it was just a stone shed that took me less then 5 minutes to see.
Form here I head off to another high up temple in more of the downtown part of the city
Plus I get a good view of the city from this vantage point.
Then I hike up a trail for a while only for it to come to a dead end. So I am forced to turn around and head back to the city.
By this time it was starting to get dark out so I decided time to head back to guesthouse.
I walk back to guesthouse and I get my direction mixed up and confused as to where I am. I find myself walking blindly for aw hile. Only to find out that I am close to the tumuli park. From the park I remember being one block from guest house to which I am able to find. Buy some instant noodles and beer from the local supermarket for dinner tonight. Then back to guesthouse
Good time and we talk about travels and various topics.
Overall an amazing time in Gyeongju.
Stay tuned for next day in Gyeongju.
Here is some information about Gyeongju:
Gyeongju (Korean pronunciation: [kjəːŋdʑu]) is a coastal city in the far southeastern corner of North Gyeongsang province in South Korea. It is the second largest city by area in the province after Andong, covering 1,324 km2 (511 sq mi) with a population of 269,343 people according to the 2008 census. Gyeongju is 370 km (230 mi) southeast of Seoul, and 55 km (34 mi) east of the provincial capital, Daegu.
The city borders Cheongdo and Yeongcheon to the west, Ulsan to the south and Pohang to the north, while to the east lies the coast of the Sea of Japan (East Sea). Numerous low mountains—outliers of the Taebaek range—are scattered around the city.
Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla (57 BC – 935 AD) which ruled about two-thirds of the Korean Peninsula between the 7th and 9th centuries.
A vast number of archaeological sites and cultural properties from this period remain in the city. Gyeongju is often referred to as “the museum without walls”. Among such historical treasures, Seokguram grotto, Bulguksa temple, Gyeongju Historic Areas and Yangdong Folk Village are designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The many major historical sites have helped Gyeongju become one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Korea.
The city of Gyeongju was united with the nearby rural Gyeongju County in 1995 and is now an urban–rural complex. It is similar to 53 other small- and medium-sized cities with a population under 300,000 people in South Korea. As well as its rich historical heritage, Gyeongju today is affected by the economic, demographic, and social trends that have shaped modern South Korean culture. Tourism remains the major economic driver, but manufacturing activities have developed due to its proximity to major industrial centers such as Ulsan and Pohang. Gyeongju is connected to the nationwide rail and highway networks, which facilitate industrial and tourist traffic.