Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Day 12 Korea Cycling Adventure - Yangdong Traditional Village

It was already the 12th day in South Korea, today we will be going to Yangdong Traditional Village without our bicycles. After a short walk from Sodamjeong Hanok we were at a bus stand waiting for Bus No:203 unfortunately we missed the one we were supposed to take. Then came Bus 200, we told the driver where wanted to go and he asked us to board the bus. We took the risk without knowing whether the communication went through correctly.
Bus No:200 stopped at a junction which is 2km away away from Yangdong, so we had to take the walk, anyway the bus got us close to the village.
The walking trail was quiet and straightforward. The weather remained absolutely fine and good.
In 2010, Yangdong Village was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as "The Historic Village of Korea".
Gyeongju Yangdong Village (양동마을) is Korea’s largest traditional village, showcasing the traditional culture of the Joseon Dynasty and the beautiful natural surroundings. Thanks to its many cultural heritages, including treasures, national treasures, and folklore materials, the entire village has been designated as a cultural heritage site. Many people have visited this village to see its wealth of cultural heritages and scenic surroundings.

The folk village contains over 160 traditional houses and 54 of these are over 200 years old. The village is an excellent window into the lifestyles of historic Korea.
We spotted this house serving as a cafe and without any hesitation we popped in for some refreshment.
At last a place to sit and refresh ourselves.
The ice cream wasn't as good, it was rather icy than creamy...
The village is well preserved and well maintained with proper toilets at various corners of the village.
Our lunch in the village with many dishes of kimchee and one of them was a preserved cockles. A friendly Korean couple who came back from Toronto helped us out in our food order. 
It was more walking and some hiking after a good lunch.
Like a typical village the rich and intellect would stay in a bigger compound, bigger house and on a higher land.
Not too from our accommodation we were recommended by Miss. Kim of Sodamjeong to try this place.
 Byeolchaeban Gyodong Ssambap is located at Cheomseong-ro   GPS : 35.833105, 129.210831
Our Bromptons were parked outside the restaurant where I guess for smokers to take their puff.
The insider of the restaurant, we opted for a chair-less table for our dinner.
The beef for our Korean wrapped rice meal with fresh lettuce which they called it ssambap.
Byul Chae Ban is the native food of Gyeongju.
Byeolchaeban Gyodong Ssambap

Good night from Sodamjeong Hanok, Gyeongju.
A clip of day 12

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