Thursday 5 june 2015.
We arrived somewhere at noon in Gyeongju with our bus. Our guesthouse was just at the tumulus park. The sun was shining. Beautiful wheather. The guesthouse was built as a traditioonal low Korean house around some garden. Rustic. Quite. Relaxing. We felt good there. We all had nice rooms and had to sleep on the ground again. There was a kitchen where our guide provided us with stuff to make our own breakfast.
We went discovering the city immediately. And found some really nice cheap lunch baked rice with seafood for 5000 won. The lady prepared the meal at our table.
After dinner we had seen enough of the city and decided to go up north. We crossed the river and finally found the park where we saw the stone buddha that I wanted to see (as marked on the map). The park was again just mountains and the stone buddha was disappointing, apart from the fact is was very ancient. We went hiking. Again...
Yes call us fools... in the heat. Again. We came across a temple and followed signs that we didn't understand. We finally reached the top only to see there was another top to be climbed. After the third top we decided to go down very steep along a sandy hill... which was veryslippery as my sandals didn't have any grip. So finally we were down and walked a hundred miles (sing it!). And then took a cab back to the guesthouse for only 3000 won. God This was again a long hiking day hahahaha!
In the evening we went eating with the group but it wasn't that good. Places full of youth serve meals without taste and just plain cooking without soul.
After dinner we walked to the Anapji Pond and the palace. Crowed as hell but worth visiting in the dark!!
Cheomseongdae is an astronomical observatory in Gyeongju, South Korea. Cheomseongdae means star-gazing tower in Korean. Cheomseongdae is the oldest surviving observatory in East Asia. It dates to the 7th century to the time of kingdom of Silla, which had its capital in Gyeongju (wikipedia)
Tuesday 2 june 2015
This last day in Busan we really took it slow. Haha. I needed time to wake up like every morning and was a bit tired of speeding thorugh all the streets for more than a week now :-)
We took the bus to the Santorini of Busan. Gamchean Cultural Village.
The gamcheon village is a quiet town but open to visitors as Korea, Busan promotes this as the santorini of Korea. No need to explain why :-)
not every street/narrow alley between the houses, is accessible for tourists...this to not disturb the inhabitants
So we joined the group to the Taejong dae park where we could walk a 5 km coastal walk. And take some really funny pictures at a photobooth.
Jiwoo love story in Busan - photo exhibition
Afwards my mate wen ton his own to explore the city some more, I joine dsome others to visit the Busan Aquarium. A bit pricy: 25.000 won per person but I like fish. we were in tiem for the feeding time of the penguins: that didn't seem very handy in catching dead fish and the sharfeeding time: which was more a show for kids with divers among the big fish and feeding dead fish to the stingrays and one shark that didn't seem to be hungry at all.
anyway i love big fish haha
In the evening me and my mate foudn the best seafood dish ever: 35.000 won for 2 persons and more shells than we could count two big shells, one big crab, one big octtopussy that they came to cut with scissors at our table. We enjoyed it so much. All the previous fishdishes we had seemed to have been ripp off in coparison with this delicious food: adress: Big Seafood restaurant Busan.
In the night we went to Lotte Mall to see the fountain show
I found lots of Nemo!!!
full view of our delicious big seafood dish :-)
No idea what you get in there
The 13th floor of the skydeck of the Lotte Mall is just stunning!!!!
as is the view over the border :-)