A Ride Back In Time

Our Sunday was packed with activities and cultural visits since Gyeongju-si is an essential piece of history of the Republic of Korea. We were informed that construction one one side of the city is strictly regulated to preserve the historical architectures and looks of the Silla era, while the other half is allowed to grow freely. We began our day in a historical site.

Silla burial mounds

The first location was a mound where royal people were buried in the past. It was now made into a museum, open to visitors. Many artifacts and relics are also displayed in the mound. The way these mounds were constructed and how they look are just astonishing to me. They reminded me of the Mississippian culture of mound building in early US history.

Artifacts found inside one of the mounds

Also at this location, we were also offered to put on traditional Korean costumes and clothing. I was the first one to take up on the offer while everyone was hesitating big time. “When’s the next time I’m gonna be in Korea wearing this stuff for a picture?” I thought to myself. As the Korean lady put the outfit on, I was surprised of how comfortable the material felt on me and how nice it looked.

Cultural immersion

We went to a museum afterwards. It’s been designated as a national museum for its scale and historical significance. A lake was also found within the museum’s premises. It was very pretty.

A lake by the museum

We ate at a traditional Korean restaurant for lunch. There was an ample amount of food and a lot of us noticed that it was the first Korean meal that felt heavy. It was delicious regardless. After that, we hiked up a hill after an extremely windy bus ride up the mountain to get to a Buddhist temple hidden in the mountains. The general atmosphere was peaceful and calming. My group subsequently got fried Korean chicken for dinner, Emma and I also got Baskin’ Robbins, and we ended our day with a fun walk.

A reconstructed historical bridge in Gyeongju-si

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