I went to visit Gyeongju for traveling by the end of last month. I've always wanted to visit Gyeongju since this place still has lots of ancient treasure which is being left behind by the Silla Dynasty. I reached this place around 2 or 3 in the afternoon, so before going to the tourist attraction places, I went to the nearest downtown to see what kind of downtown do Gyeongju has!
I intentionally didn't eat any lunch so that we can try out Gyeongju's specials but I regretted my decision as soon as my stomach feel hungry. Gyeongju is definitely not a place for those who love culinary travel since there's not much nice food you can try in this area. After sometimes, I finally decided to try out one of the specialty (it's not exactly gyeongju's specialty but Busan's) food they have here which is Milmyeon.
Then I went to Anapji, the nearest tourist attraction around my hotel, since it's getting late so it's a better idea to choose somewhere close rather than going to somewhere far away. Oh, the bus to Anapji area is quite easy to catch on, since there's lots of number of buses which go on to that route. But, one thing that I found out is that the bus fare in this small city is even more expensive compare to the fare in Seoul. >.<
To describe this place in a more bad-ass way, this place is the 'HOTTEST' night club during Silla Period. Here is where the crown prince and some aristocrats of corrupted Silla period love to get drunk, drowning animals, and having free s*x with some high class prostitutes. But of course, they're giving them a more beautiful name, trying to cover up for some black history they had in past, so the Koreans rename this as Donggung Palace (Crown Prince Palace) and Wolji Pond.
Once you get into this place, the first thing come in mind will be, "What the hell?! There's nothing special about this place?" Reason is since Anapji is more popular for it's night view compare to day view, therefore, once you're here it is recommended to wait until 7 p.m. then the paranomic view of this place will getting better and better.
And the last stop for my destination of the day is Cheomsongdae which is also an ancient building during Silla Dynasty use to observe stars and sky. I would like to recommend all of you to come to this place twice, reason is the morning view and the night view gives off a really different vibe. In the morning, you can see colorful flowers (of course this only happen if you come during Spring) while at night, the cheomsongdae looks more beautiful rather than looking at it during the day.
@ Seoucial / Inggrid Ng
|International Friendship Exhibition Center @ Gyeongju Downtown|
|Milmyeon @ Gyeongju|
|Anapji Main Gate Area|
|Anapji Pond Area|
|Anapji Pond Area|
|Main View for Anapji|
|the not so delicious kimchi pancake... >.<|
|the super delicious makkeoli|