Saturday, July 23, 2016

Day 11 Korea Cycling Adventure - Daegu to Gyeongju

It is a good idea to stay near to the bus terminal where you will be taking a bus to the next destination. This is Dong Daegu Bus Terminal for inter city connection.
We bought a 9.40am ticket for 4,900KRW to Gyeongju.
We still have time for our breakfast at the Bus Terminal.
Our comfortable inter city coach to Gyeongju.
The bus route from Daegu to Gyeongju with a distance of 66km and it took about 45 minutes for the journey.
We have arrived at Gyeongju, a museum without walls, rich in history and an architectural wonder especially in the undisturbed and old part of Gyeongju.
We were as usual ready to explore new ground and where shall we start from here .....
Our first visit was our pre-booked accommodation at Sodamjeong Hanokstay. Thank you Anne for the brilliant arrangement.
We then we visited the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb) from the rear entrance. Our bicycles had to be parked outside the parks and the entry fee was 1,000KRW per person.
The entrance to Cheonmachong Tomb 11,500 artifacts were recovered from this tomb dated back during the 6th century and it was excavated in 1973.
Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village (경주 교촌마을)
Lunch time for some local Gyeongju food.
Delicious Gyeongju food.
The various places of interest within walking distance.
The colourful flowers at Tumili Park.
We cycled to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond in Gyeongju (former name is Anapji) is an artificial pond in Gyeongju National Park. It was part of the palace complex of ancient Silla (57 BCE - 935 CE). It was constructed by order of King Munmu in 674 CE. The pond is situated at the northeast edge of the Banwolseong palace site, in central Gyeongju. It is an oval shape; 200m from east to west and 180m from north to south. It contains three small islands.
Gyeongju National Museum - Its holdings are largely devoted to relics of the Silla kingdom, of which Gyeongju was the capital.
Cheomseongdae observatory that is one of the oldest surviving astronomical observatories in East Asia
Cheongma 天馬 at the front of Daereungwon Tomb Complex 

Jo & myself did not go back for the evening visit of Donggung Palace but instead we headed downtown Gyeongju of the commercial side of it.
Double rabbit.
Clip of the day

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