It started to rain a little but that didn’t stop us from going to see the night views in Gyeongju! Our first stop was the Donggung Palace, which was once the secondary home of the Crown Prince.
It also houses many important events during the time as well. It might have also housed some exotic birds and such here as well.
After the fall of Silla, the palace might have been dismantled or because the original size looks much bigger than the one we see now. They also found lots of items beneath the pond, and are currently on display throughout the palace.
The stroll around the pond was quite nice .. if it wasn’t for the rain. There was also music playing all around and the atmosphere was generally quite romantic. It is possible that there are more people in the night time than in the morning. Admission was 2000 won.
Nearby is the Cheomseongdae Observatory, which is the oldest in all of Asia, having been built in during the reign of Queen Seon-deok in the 7th century. It was used to observe the stars and predict the weather:) There are 362 blocks to represent to the 362 days in the lunar calendar.
It started to rain a lot so it was more of a photo dash and go.
On the way, we also saw the Five Royal Tombs. It was nicely lit up at night and it even looks green! (Hint: everything is prettier in Spring …)
We wandered a bit after the rain slowed down and made our way to the Woljeong Bridge, which was unfortunately under construction.
Closeby however, is the Gyerim Forest (계림). The forest is quite sparse (and this is because I am comparing it to Canada) but it composes of ancient zelkova and willow trees, which makes the setting … like ancient Korea …
Part of the forest is lightened up at night too so it looks really nice … The mystical story behind this forest is that this is the birthplace of the Gyeongju Kim founder – Kim Alji.
It is a little dark at night but this is Korea!
… and because we are too cheap to get a hotel, night was spent in a jjimjilbang! It was a difficult experience … people snoring etc 😦
January 19, 2017.