Gyeongju, South Korea
April 3rd – 4th 2011

So the next stop for me in South Korea was Gyeongju, former capital of the Silla dynasty. I read that the city is famous for its style of tombs, literally a giant mound/small hill, and I had to see it for myself.

I arrived after a 3.5 hour bus-ride from Seoul. It was chilly, getting late, and I didn’t have accomodation so I walked around the bus-station area which had many motels and their bright neon signs. They were quite pricey (averaging 50000 Won/night) but I happened upon one which had a nice lady who agreed to lower the asking price of 40000 Won/night to 30000/night. It’s still high-end (by my standards, it’s about right for Korean motel standards) and I don’t usually pay this much for accomodation but I figured, it’s 2 nights. I had read that there was a hostel in the area but the reviews made it sound like the dirtiest place on earth and I would’ve had to pay 20000 Won for a dorm bed/shared bathroom/nothing else so why not 10000 Won more for a really nice room all to myself along with a bunch of fancy amenities.

(Motels and neon signs.)

(Gyeongju locals eating dinner.)

Had bibimbap for dinner (no need for point-and-pick method, just straight up saw a picture, walked in, asked for “bi bim bap” thanks to my recognition of it). I then happened upon a wonderful thing called “Gyeongju bread” which is basically red-bean paste-filled pastries. There were two kinds. I bought a box of one kind that night, and another box of the second kind the next day. They were both great and I even got to see the motherload of motherloads of red-bean paste as they were making the bread. (My family knows this is a big deal to me.)

(Dolsot BBB.)

(No idea what this is called…I did the Point-and-Pick.)

(The 1st kind of Gyeongju bread.)

(The 2nd kind.)

(The motherload of red-bean paste. Mouth-watering…)

I signed up for a city tour that would take me around to all the major Gyeongju city sights. The Bulguksa Temple and hill-tombs were the major attractions although we went to check out several smaller attractions including the world’s smallest (and most worthless) observatory. As all the hill-tombs are closed up, there was one which was opened to allow people to see what it looks like inside. If I didn’t know they were tombs that held royal Silla kings, I would’ve mistaken them for regular hills. But it was cool to see how it was constructed deep inside.

(Front of Bulguksa Temple.)

(A hill-tomb, the only one in Gyeongju where ppl can enter.)

(Cheomseongdae Observatory, oldest in Far East, built 634 AD. No Hubble telescope then.)

Off to Andong next.

Gyeongju, South Korea Pics.

5 Replies to “Gyeongju, South Korea”

  1. We sure know how much you love red bean paste. Better have your fill cos I cannot make you more red bean buns… ran out of supply. Need to go back to Malaysia to get more next year!!

    1. Hey, thanks for letting me know the name. What else did I misspell? I’m a bit terrible when it comes to Korean food names.

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