South Korea, Gyeongju 경주,Tumuli Park, Wolseong Park (Cheomseongdae), Anapji Pond

Gyeongju, is city of museum without walls, located at the south-east of the Korea peninsula.  It was the capital of Silla dynasty and remained as its capital for almost 1,000 years.  It is a city where modernization harmonizes with history and traditions.  Everything you see, touch are dated back into the century.  Walking in Gyeongju city is like “back to the future”, truly intriguing and mind blowing.

Silla dynasty unified the Korea peninsula in 676 and the city was developed into a cultural centre.  It is a city with concentration of historical monuments, temples and artifacts.  Give yourself few days to explore this amazingly beautiful city and a must visit to Gyeongju National Museum to see the original relics and treasures of Gyeongju from their glorious day.  The glory of Silla dynasty will continue to shine and live on for another thousand years.

Simply fall love with Gyeongju for the way it has survived through the years since Silla dynasty and how everything has been preserved and kept it the way it is.

  

  

How to get to Gyeongju

You can take KTX from Seoul, approximate 2hrs ride. Alternative train (Saemaeul) and bus from Seoul approximately 5hrs.  KTX is recommended for its quick travel time and extremely comfortable.

  

extremely cute city character of Gyeongju.

Tumuli Park

This huge park is right in the heart of the town.  It is home to 23 tombs of the Silla monarchs and family members.  From far, it looks like “humps” on flat land.  Many of these tumuli have yielded many treasures and are on display in Gyeongju National Museum.  During winter, the park closes at sunset.  Only 1 tomb (Heavenly Horse Tomb) is opened to visitors and has guide to give explanation in English.   Treasures found in the tomb are on display inside the tomb. It is worth visiting this tomb.

  

  

Wolseong Park

  

Take a walk in the Wolseong Park, it is serene and therapeutic.  In the park you will visit Cheomseongdae and Stone Ice House.

Cheomseongdae Observatory, Wolseong Park

   

Constructed between 632 and 646, is East Asia oldest astrological observatory built by Queen Seondeok.  Amazingly simple construction but with sophistication.  12 stones on the base symbolizes months of the year, from top to bottom there are 30 layers, one for each day of the month.  Total 366 stones used in the construction correspondences the total number of days of the year.  Simple yet clever.  Excellent.

Seokbinggo, Stone Ice House, Wolseng Park

 This is ancient refrigerator, a huge freezer to keep ice and store food.  Is the older day “cold room”…It is believe that in the ancient times, frozen ice was very popular among the upper class. Hmmm wonder how life was like back in the ancient time..

Anapji Pond

         

From Wolseong Park, follow the directional signage, take a slow walk along the side of the park and you will reach Anapji Pond.  This pond was built by King Munmu in 674 as a pleasure garden to commemorate the unification of the Korea peninsula under Silla.  Unfortunately it was burnt down in 935, the current structures were reconstructed to be as closed as to its  original as possible.  Fortunately, many relics were found in the pond when the pond was drained for repair in 1975.  The original relics were on displayed in Gyeongju National Museum.  The pond night view is exceptional with careful positioned lighting making it so beautify for photography.  Another treasure not to be missed.

this is a city that is so under-rated in many travel guide, for anyone who wants to know more about the history of Korea, please visit Gyeongju.

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