Gyeongju: The Anti-Seoul

Today we got breakfast, packed up, and said goodbye to Seoul. We had a 6-hour journey ahead of us to Gyeongju. We boarded the bus and in a very short amount of time I had fallen fast asleep. When I woke up, we were at our first stop and had been driving for 2 hours. I was surprisingly hungry and debated what food I wanted. I settled for a “magic hotdog” which was just a very long hotdog wrapped with a spiral croissant kind of thing. It’s hard to explain it but all that matters what that it was delicious. Before boarding the bus, I glimpsed at my phone and saw that we actually were extremely close and maybe an hour or so away and that brought a lot of peoples attitudes up. As we arrived in Gyeongju, the scenery was just beautiful. It was a complete 180 from being in a city of over 11 million people. There were so many mountains, a huge lake, and a ton of trees. It looked like the perfect place to just relax and live out the rest of your life. The hotel we stayed at also was gorgeous and the rooms were a lot bigger than the ones in Seoul. As we ventured around, a sign showing the direction to the pool got us extremely excited. As we rushed towards the pool to see it, we saw the awful sight … a huge pool without any water. Initially we were sad, but we found out there was an amusement park less than a mile away. We headed towards the park and the view of the lake was just amazing. As we got closer to the amusement park, we noticed that the water rides were closed. We decided to just walk around the lake and enjoy the view. It was so peaceful compared to Seoul and it was needed. As it got later, a group of us went out to dinner and then watched some TV together. There was a channel on three cushion billiards, something we had never heard of or seen. We thought it was hilarious and it reminded us of all the differences that Korea has to the US, such as huge conglomerates that are always a part of Korean life, specialty dishes and street food, lack of garbage cans, and the lack of diversity in uniqueness.

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