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Morning Walk To The General’s Tomb

12.11.13

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.IMG_8383 IMG_8384 IMG_8385 IMG_8386 IMG_8387 IMG_8388 IMG_8389IMG_8398The 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.IMG_8390 IMG_8391 IMG_8394 IMG_8395 IMG_839620131112_092349Following 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.IMG_8399IMG_8400There’s a bit of a hike, about 300 M. The tomb was on a hill with beautiful forest around it.IMG_8401 Surprise….surprise…..there’s public fitness equipment inside the forest.IMG_8403The ticket was only 500 won. There were other historical buildings in the tomb complex.IMG_8404 IMG_8405I 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.IMG_8407 IMG_8408 IMG_8409IMG_8410IMG_8411IMG_8412IMG_8413IMG_8415It 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.IMG_8417

At the foot of the hill, I walked on the riverside and crossed the bridge again. IMG_8419IMG_8420IMG_8422IMG_8423IMG_8424

Good Morning Gyeongju

12.11.13

It was 9 AM when I left the guesthouse that morning. The Jungang market was already busy. Actually, the market was busy almost around the clock.

The evening before, when I arrived from Anapji Pond, the market was still crowded with people. I had a walk there, trying to find something to eat but I was too hungry to think. Moreover, I think it’s unusual for people to eat by oneself in a restaurant; that’s why the meal portion was too big for 1 person. In the end, I had my dinner at the guesthouse’s kitchen. I cooked ramyeon and had it with instant noodle. Not very healthy but enough to appease my hunger.

It’s interesting to see the activities in the market. 20131112_08535820131112_085927CIMG1999CIMG1997CIMG1998CIMG2002CIMG2001CIMG2000

Evening at Anapji Pond

11.11.13

Finally, I arrived at Anapji Pond. I paid the entrance fee (KRW 1,500) and walked inside the gate.IMG_8350 IMG_8351I thought there would be a palace at this site but what I saw mostly was green fields.IMG_8352When 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. IMG_8357 IMG_8358IMG_8353IMG_8361IMG_8366IMG_8367IMG_8368The pond was pretty and not too big. I went around circling it to find a good angle to take my shot.IMG_8355 IMG_8356 IMG_8359IMG_8362IMG_8369Then I saw the flower petals on the pond’s surface and I knew that was the angle that I want.

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As the sun set, the view got more interesting.IMG_8375 IMG_8376 IMG_8378IMG_8380IMG_8382

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.20131111_163357

Evening Treat

11.11.13

My last destination for this day was Anapji Pond. As I was thinking on how to get there, I saw this mode of transportation:20131111_142625It’s surprising to see these Cinderella’s carts…..keekekeke….if I wasn’t traveling on my own, I might try to go around the city riding one of them. It’s kinda embarrassing riding it by myself :p.

So, I continued walking and saw this ancient burial site: 20131111_142333Near the pond, I was side-tracked by this enchanting pavilion in the field. IMG_8341 IMG_8343 IMG_8344 IMG_8345 IMG_8347 IMG_8348 IMG_8349The beauty of solo travelling is that you can take your time doing whatever you want at that moment. I sat nearby and enjoying the view, the sound, the air.

It’s my evening treat to myself ^_^.