Blogs from Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, Asia - page 4


Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju July 4th 2011

OK so I guess following my last update and the messages I have received from many of you you’re all awaiting to hear about the “Penis Park.” Typical I come all this way and the thing you are most interested in is a park full of phallic sculptures. Well I was half expecting to see statues of most of my mates there but as hard as I looked I couldn’t see Marty, Gav or Ed anywhere, you boys must have been well hidden. The Penis Park or as it’s actually known Haeshindang Park is to say the least a little strange, but it’s an easy conversation starter because there was always something popping up. There was even a cannon like penis that rocked up and down, you’ve got to love the time and thought someone has ... read more
Hwanseongul Cave - Lights
Anapji Pond - Night light
Anapji Pond - Temple roof

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju January 1st 2011

Andong In Andong op zoek naar wifi-spot, koffie gedronken en op telefonato opgezocht waar te verblijven. Er bleken alleen maar hotels en motels te zijn. Alles redelijk makkelijk te belopen in het centrum. Hotel wat ik had uitgekozen niet kunnen vinden, op zoek naar andere dingetjes. Had gelezen dat er in bepaalde gebieden motels waren. Een paar gecheckt en de goedkoopste uitgekozen na de kamer bekeken te hebben. Geen internet, maar had al paar dagen geen internet, dus zou dat wel overleven, was immers nog niet aan het trillen. Toen ik 's avonds op zoek was naar eten zag ik het hotel wat ik in eerste instantie niet kon vinden en nu bleek dat het gesloten was wegens verbouwing, misschien dat ik het daarom niet gezien had. Volgende dag naar Hahoe folk village, een authentiek pittoresk ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju » Golgulsa Temple November 29th 2010

Buddhism: a golden statue of a fat man drapped in cloth sitting in a temple where the smell of incense wafts through the air and over the heads of kneeling monks with gleaming heads deeply bowed and touching the floor. Chanting, barefoot, drums, and om. A sense of peace, happiness, and acceptance. Basically, my storybook idea of a religion that intrigued me in how completely opposite it seemed from Western religions and cultures. Back home in the States, I hadn't really come in contact with it except for in some of my college courses, a few meditation seminars and going to yoga class. I had heard the word chakras, all I knew was it involved colors, and had read "The Dharma Bums", in my days when I strove to be a part of the last vestiges ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju July 30th 2010

After leaving Jeju Island I returned to Busan where I stayed for five days or so just relaxing and enjoying the beach. From there I went to Gyeongju where I had a reservation at a hostel. When I showed up to the hostel they said that it was all full. I felt like Seinfeld trying to talk to this guy. He told me that if I wanted I could upgrade for $10 to another room. I told him that I wasn't going to pay any more money and that I had a reservation. He finally just kept saying that he didn't speak English and to come back at 6pm when someone else would be there. This infuriated me, it was noon and he spoke English just fine to the guy ahead of me and most of ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju June 15th 2010

Before I start, since our last post we have now surpassed the 100 day mark in Korea, a small milestone on a road which will have many more… The latest learning curve we have experienced on our Korean cultural awakening is that when it comes to national holidays, even if it is only a single day, the whole country is on the move! This lesson was sharply followed by the next…never, under any circumstances trust the local weather reports! At the end of May, the official day of Buddha’s Birthday is decreed a national holiday in Korea. As this fell on a Friday, we thought it wise to use the long weekend to our advantage and explore parts of Korea a little further afield. After deciding on the ‘outdoor museum’ that is Gyeonju (more on that ... read more
Temuli at the Royal Tomb of King Muyeol
The true beginning of rainy season
Helping hands

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju May 22nd 2010

On Saturday we went to Gyeongju to see the Seokguram grotto. Something that was apparently very cool that Ronald had seen advertised. It was raining pretty hard, but we took a bus from Busan (pretty nice for 4,000!!!) and then had to take a local bus to another part of the city. I had to go to the bathroom so we got off the bus too early and used public restrooms at a museum. Then we waited about 30 min for the next bus to come and that one took us to the stopping point for the bus that takes people up to the grotto. After taking that bus, the driver told us that the next bus was at 6:20. At this point it was about 5 pm. So Ronald went back to ask about the ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju February 23rd 2010

I flew a kite for the first time in my life and it was amazing. I looked up and there were about 20 kites flying around. Everyone was running around and trying not to get tangled up. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Today was just a perfect day to fly a kite. We actually made these kites from korean paper and wrote our wishes on them. I guess in Korean culture, they write their wishes and fly them to the sky and cut the string. They let the wishes go freee!!!! We went to a lot of great places today but I'm not really sure what their all called so I'll just post pictures. So last night, we were talking about our birthdays and I found a birthday buddy. He has the exact same birthday as me. ... read more
Steps to the Temple
Rock stacking

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju February 23rd 2010

Yesterday was a LONG day of lectures. I suspect that's why today was a field trip day. We went to Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto as well as the tombs and Cheomseongdae Observatory. I went to the tombs and the observatory with my homestay family this weekend so it wasn't that exciting. I felt the temple visit was very rushed but I do remember one interesting thing, there was a whole area that was covered in cairns, rocks stacked on top of eachother. There is only one other place that I've seen cairns and that's on the trail. I saw plenty on the Pacific Crest Trail. Good samaritans had placed them in areas where snow or a fork in the road might confuse a hiker. The cairns were used to guide people. I was wondering if ... read more
Cairns on the wall
Lucky pig

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju February 21st 2010

We just got back from our homestay weekend. My family was the Kims from Gyeongju. The father introduced me to dae gum, a korean wind instrument. He told me he was a beginner but he played very well in my opinion. He tried to explain the meaning of the song Arirang to me in English and he managed. I think I spoke to him the most and although his english and my korean were limited, we managed to get our points across. He was very interested in how to improve his english and remembered every english word I told him. The mother is an amazing cook and her kimchee has to be the best I've ever had, every meal I had in their home was delicious. Yesterday at lunch we had ddukgook(rice cake soup) and ddukbokgi ... read more
Monster face tile
Shilla tile with face
Shilla tile replica

Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju January 29th 2010

I'm sitting here thinking about this past week and how to sum it up. The thought that keeps popping into my head over and over again is that monks are tough! At the beginning of the week Lindsey and I did whats called a temple stay. We took a bus out to the woods, hiked to a Buddhist temple and stayed with the monks there. I now know why you see pictures of sleek looking monks that seem calm and content in their lives. I had envisioned a lot of meditation and yoga to center and calm our souls. What I got was a serious workout. The Golgul Temple we stayed at specializes in Sunmudo, a form of Zen martial arts that was secretely handed down through the centuries through Buddhist families. Every morning they get ... read more
Morning Meditation
The Temple Girls

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