Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, I’ve gotten super busy with social media marketing ever since my new post at Aclipse as International Marketing Assistant. Check out my blog posts here, and follow me on twitter at @arieldrosen for more Korea updates!
Anyway, Thursday was Korean Memorial Day, so everyone got off work! My friends and I decided to travel to Gyeongju to ride bikes and check out some historical sites. Gyeongju was the capital of Silla, an ancient Korean dynasty, (57 BC – 935 AD). There is also an amusement park there! But we’re saving that for another trip. It takes about an hour and half to drive there from Busan, but the drive was beautiful so no worries. Ok, here come the photos!
The first pagoda of the day!
Important people burial hills
wide roads perfect for biking
Cheomseongdae, a very old astronomical observatory from the Silla kingdom
a horse and carriage!
beautiful wide roads
the best way to travel
walking amongst palaces
washing our hands!
view from a pagoda palace
inside the pagoda
view from a pagoda palace 2
view from a pagoda palace 3
view from a pagoda palace 4, looking at another palace!
view from a pagoda palace 5
view from a pagoda palace 6
If I lived in the Silla dynasty, I would definitely want to live here.
an old knarly tree
the original Silla irrigation system!
the Bell of King Seongdeok
Look I’m ringing the bell! The palace guards are after me, run!
Wandering around the Gyeongju National Museum
Wandering around the Gyeongju National Museum 2
Wandering around the Gyeongju National Museum 3
Wandering around the Gyeongju National Museum 4
this one looks even older than all the other ones
Beheaded buddha up close. No one meant to behead these, the clay is just not very sturdy and their heads fell off.
Amongst rice fields!
A Korean feast after a lot of biking
Amongst the flowers!
Well, I didn’t take any bike riding photos, I was too focused on biking, haha. But others did and they will probably pop up soon! Anyway, I love Gyeongju and cannot wait to go back again sometime. Hooray for holidays!
Miss you all!