My destination for this morning was General Kim Yu Shin’s tomb. I chose it because I heard the road to the tomb was beautiful to see in autumn.
It was sunny but still cold. Only about 8 degree Celsius. I took bus no 51 (KRW 1,200) to the express bus station. It was only 2 bus stops away. A very short ride, only 3 minutes.
From the express bus station, I followed the road sign to the General’s tomb. It’s about 1.4 km walk crossing the big road towards the bridge. The view of the riverside from the bridge was beautiful. After crossing the bridge, I turned right onto a beautiful road with colorful trees on both sides. Following the sign, I arrived at the road to the General’s tomb. It was an the left side. The road along the riverside was almost empty so it was easy to cross it.There’s a bit of a hike, about 300 M. The tomb was on a hill with beautiful forest around it. Surprise….surprise…..there’s public fitness equipment inside the forest.The ticket was only 500 won. There were other historical buildings in the tomb complex. I went to the tomb. It was a peaceful resting place. I wanted to see the tomb because it’s special. Other tomb was just a mound of earth covered with grass. The General’s tomb was decorated with stones with twelve Chinese zodiac carved on them. The front side was the dragon, to its left was the snake and all the other characters. It was around 10.30 AM when I left the tomb. The way to the tomb was a one way road, so to go down the hill, cars or other vehicle must go on a different way. The scenery on the way down the hill also beautiful.
At the foot of the hill, I walked on the riverside and crossed the bridge again.
Finally, I arrived at Anapji Pond. I paid the entrance fee (KRW 1,500) and walked inside the gate. I thought there would be a palace at this site but what I saw mostly was green fields.When I read the explanation, I realized that this was an excavation site of a palace that once was standing there few centuries ago. There’s a model of what the palace looked like back then. The model was displayed in one of the re-built pavilions along with other artifacts found during the excavation. The pond was pretty and not too big. I went around circling it to find a good angle to take my shot. Then I saw the flower petals on the pond’s surface and I knew that was the angle that I want.
As the sun set, the view got more interesting.
I should’ve brought more food with me so I could stay longer, until the sky turned dark and the lights were on. Next time, I made sure that I did so. Anyway, as much as I’d like to stay, I was getting hungry – especially since I didn’t have lunch. So I took a bus to get back to the city.
If you want to visit Gyeongju, please stay more than 1 night because there are a lot of interesting places here. From dusk till dawn, you’ll see interesting views where the ancient time merged into the present.