We planned a bikeride, but when we woke up. It was all grey and chilly and slightly raining. So we decided to go to the Bulguksa temple by bus.
It's a very nice and big temple that we explored in the rain. It was also fun watching all the schoolkids in their colourful rainpojo's.
After that we went back home and with a couple of people that haven't been yet to the National Museum we went to spend some hours there.
It's free!! and it's more than worth visiting it! I like ancient arts & crafts and statues.
Me and my mate explored the city and found some good lunch. A kinda soup. Hot soup. In the rain for hours hahaha! Of course we had some nice coffee and icecream again at Café Tiamo.
And we were happy we did our hike and other explorations of the markets yesterday.
We relaxed a bit in the guesthouse and in the evening we went for in a traditional restaurant with some people that didn't wnat to join the rest that wanted 'western food'. We joiend the group afterwards , bought some drinks an had some fun in the kithen till sleeping time :-)
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)