We were half way in our semester journey in Seoul, excited and already a little melancholic because we knew that our little adventure was getting to its end. But of course, we had a lot left to do, and after returning from our vacations in the Philippines we started planning our trip to Japan. Although due to random circumstances I was going to end up in Gyeongju.
Short before getting the plane tickets I went to the Japan embassy to check if I was eligible to visit the country with my Ethiopian passport but turns out, I couldn’t even ask for a visit visa. That was one of the most disappointing moments of my adventure in Seoul. My friends didn’t have any problems because they all are European passport holders.
But, when God closes a door, he always opens a window (it sounds better in Spanish). By that time I was starting to date a girl, and she came up with an idea, visiting Gyeongju. Until the very moment she told me about the place, I had no Idea it even existed, but never say no to an adventure, right?
From Seoul, the best way to rich Gyeongju is by bus, and that was our choice, we took it on a Thursday afternoon, to my surprise, the bus was really comfortable, and after four hours of travel games and staring at each other’s eyes we arrived in Gyeongju. It was late at night, we had some trouble finding the location of the hotel we booked at Hoteles.com but finally we made it, the hotel was really quiet and small, but with an excellent manner from the stuff, just as described in the reviews.
Gyeongju National Museum
After a good night sleep, the first day we decided to take a bike tour through the city, we first went to a huge park, I don’t really remember the name.
The first thing we felt when riding through Gyeongju was that we were real strangers to the place, because you barely could see any tourist, and if you saw some, most of them were Asians. Actually when we went for lunch we couldn’t really communicate, so we didn’t really know what we were choosing to eat, anyways, it was really tasty, I love Korean food.
In the evening we continued our ride, and with the help of our un-foldable map, we arrived to Gyeongju national museum, I dedicated a full article just to this place in past articles in the blog, feel free to check out. This place was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. That picture you see, didn’t even need a retouch. Just my Nikon D3300 and its kit lens.
Anapji Royal Pond
Anapji means “Goose and Duck Lake.”It was originally constructed in February 674 during the reign of Munmu, the 30th king of Silla.
The beauty of this place cannot be explained just with words, not even images are enough, you have to personally visit this incredible spot.
We arrived here after a pretty tired day of riding bikes up and down, to this day, I can close my eyes and feel the exact same thing I did while falling into her blue eyes with that spot as a background.
Gyeongju Yangdong Village
The beauty of its architecture is just Stunning, and you get perfect pictures wherever it is that you shot. The pictures at your left were taken in Gyeongju Yangdong Village, a UNESCO World heritage that perfectly showcases the culture and essence of the country.
Best part of it is, that it is not crowded by western tourists, the visitors are mostly locals or from neighbor countries like China or Japan, so, everyone you meet there has something new to unveil to you.
At the end of the tour, we sat down in a coffeehouse and had a cappuccino while getting our eyes lost in the beauty of the place, just imagining all the stories those roofs and walls hide.
This trip from its beginning was about falling, from the failed trip to Japan to falling into someone’s eyes. Without any doubt, one the most meaningful trips I have ever made.