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Published: July 24th 2015
A beautifully designed and landscape pond from the Silla period, shaped like the East Asian coastline, and and supposedly demonstrating much artistic subtlety.
After Andong, it was a quick 1.5h bus ride southwards again to the former capital of the ancient Silla kingdom, now known as Gyeongju, a popular weekend getaway and holiday spot for locals, and known as a sort of museum without walls.
Gyeongju boasts a rich history as the former capital of one of the three ancient kingdoms of the Korean peninsular, and today boasts a couple of Unesco Heritage sites in the form of tombs of its ancient royals, temples, as well as the Anapji pond, a beautifully landscaped garden with a pond whose shape is said to resemble the East Asian coastline. Distinctive mound-shape tombs (reminiscent of the Chocolate Hills in the Visayas in Central Philippines) continue to dot the city even today, as Gyeongju continues to pull in the crowds, especially domestic weekenders, thanks to its sprawling collection of historical sites, new tourist complexes, amusement parks, and famous red bean-filled pancake-like bread.
Stayed at Hotel Liebe.
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