Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Gyeongju Long Weekend - Oct 1,2,3 2011

For the long weekend, I went on a cycling trip of Gyeongju. It's in the southern part of the country. I was there before and visited a friend of mine. I'll be posting those pictures soon.

We left Friday night, and were on the bus until very very early in the morning, where we stopped at a traditional village and got some sleep for a few hours.

In the morning we walked around and took pictures. I posted some Instagram photos earlier. They were from this trip.

The place where we stayed at had some animals. It was so cute.

There were also lots of beautiful Cherry blossom trees.

And Magnolia trees. 

This is where the first little hike started.

There were beautiful trees everywhere.

We walked into the forest and found this. Very bizarre trees.

And tombs. Apparently of kings. But who knows really.

And more tombs, but these are of common folk. They aren't as big as the other ones.

And we came to a little temple. There was a monk chanting inside. This is what we heard. It was amazing!

Another little hike, and we found a rose tree. Strange, I know.

This is Malia, next to a Buddha statue on the mountain.

And then lunch. Only thing available that wasn't all carbs was the Kimchi Stew. It was alright. 

This is the tour guide, Warren. He's very unorganized and seems flustered all the time. I try not to go with his tour company most of the time.

The results of my initial diet. My belt is getting tighter!! YAY!

Me and the cute pink bike I got to use for the day. Not the most comfortable thing, but it got me around.

This is Aimee. We've been on several trips together before.

After biking for some time, we stopped to go into this park.

It was the best weekend to see the Cherry Blossoms. They were in full bloom, and everywhere.

This looked like a postcard.

There was a small bamboo forest, so we took some pictures around there. Wow, my thighs are so much smaller now :). 

There was this very eerie place that sold little shrines and statues of everything. Creepy!

We stopped at a field of yellow flowers, and subsequently lost the rest of our bike gang.

It was so worth it though!

Traffic was insane!! There were so many cars everywhere stuck in traffic trying to get around. They should have walked or taken a bicycle like we did.

More Cherry Blossoms in the distance. 

And kites.

And lots of people. WOW!

Night lights to light up the pretty trees.

In the morning we went to the beach really early to catch the sunrise. Unfortunately it was just too cloudy.

But we did meet some people doing some praying and chanting and other shamanic old-school practices.

Somewhere there, under those rocks, was some king buried. 

These are two huge stone pagodas. They were in a very random place. Nothing was around.

This guy had enough. He was planning to attack and kill Warren. I wouldn't have stopped him.

And now off to see another thing. 

A forest of Cherry Blossoms. WHOA!!!

This was me before my new haircut. 

The road had pretty flowers. 

Temple, rush rush rush!

I wanted to buy one, but didn't know which one, and didn't know how to hang it in my apt, so I just took pictures of all of them and that was enough.

Another temple. Rush rush rush!!

This building was built into the mountain, so these huge rocks were actually holding up the roof and the back is actually the mountain. It looks very impressive.

The last thing we saw as we were rushing to get back to the bus was a very friendly and curious chipmunk.

It was a good weekend as usual. Met some cool people and took some incredible pictures.

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