80 일째 – Goryeong 고령 – Daegaya Historic Site 대가야유적

I’m back in Goryeong!  The last time I came here was to visit a zoo but there are more exciting things at Goryeong than rare animals … like history for instance!

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old house imitation

Goryeong was once the capital of Daegaya, one of the more powerful confederacies that rivaled that of Silla and Baekje (they happen to lie between them).

 

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museum

 

As this was the capital, their royal tombs are also located here.  The first king to buried in a hill-like tombs built it smaller and lower down the hills than that of his successors who became more powerful, they got bigger and higher.

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Before visiting the tombs, we paid a visit to the museum. It costs 2000 won but there are two floors and the permanent exhibition has English explanations.

 

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Royal members of Daegaya

 

We couldn’t take photos inside the museum, but it consists of information about the rise and fall of Daegaya as well as the items they found in the tombs.  The confederacy composed of a lot of smaller kingdoms, and lasted a little over 500 years before getting weakened and finally annexed by neighbouring Silla.

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The parks where the royal tombs are all free.  However, there is a tomb that was excavated that is included in the admission fee to the museum.

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There is a guide as well as explanations on what they found in the grave.  The one here might be smaller and so they didn’t have that many human sacrifices as other ones.

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I think some of the items are replicas while others might be real…

Afterwards, we walked around the tombs but there were so many that we only covered a little.  I would imagine that it would look much nicer when the grass was green.

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There were also some exhibition items 🙂

We walked back down to find lunch and we stopped at the first restaurant we saw – a Chinese-Korean fusion restaurant.  We ordered a set for three people and an extra Jjajiangmyeon.

Since we were already half way to the bus terminal, we just walked the remainder of the street – our little visit to downtown Goryeong.

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Transportation: We had to take a subway to Daegu Seobu Intercity Terminal and then take a bus to Goryeong .. then taxi.

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February 18, 2017

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53 일째 – Goryeong 고령 – Minimal Zoo

Day 3 in Busan.  We weren’t sure where to go, perhaps just hang around Yangsan but my friend’s friend phoned and asked if she wanted to go hang out.  Therefore, we were on our way to a town called Goryeong, just west of Daegu.

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From north Busan it was more than an hour drive.  We stopped in the rest area and had some food … I had no idea what that was but it tasted very good 🙂

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The zoo is literally in the middle of nowhere.  If it wasn’t for the GPS, we would not have found it.  We had to go through a path just big enough for one car …

There are approximately 3 ‘guides’ working in the zoo and they give us tours.

The last stop was the tiger cage, where the zookeepers throw meat at the tigers.

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Living right next door to the tiger is the cutest rabbit ever!!! It wants food, sorry I don’t have food 😦

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It must be feeding time.

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Walking inside the building, the guide started to talk about the parrots.  They can walk around the room but I believe their wings are clipped so they can’t fly.

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… then there is this parrot.  Birds get stressed and they start picking off their feathers … this bird is really stressed.  I believe it is because it either gets bullied by other birds or doesn’t get the attention it receives.  It is so cute! This would be a bird I want to adopt.

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… they also have a reptiles area.  Pretty much all the birds and reptiles here you can touch.  The zookeeper even puts them on kids hands and head.

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… he encouraged everyone to hold the turtle.  The turtle was really heavy and when he is on the air, he tried to swim away.

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… another little reptile makes its appearance.

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You can even wrap around yourself with a snake…

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The goat can’t get up …

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That was it … this is the minimal zoo.

Goryeong is known for their strawberry farms!! We passed by many but did not stop to purchase any.  I think this is why strawberries are cheaper in Daegu.

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My friend’s friend drove me back to Gyeongsan, where we had Japanese food.

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… finishing the day off with the usual green tea 🙂

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January 22, 2017

The zoo has an official blog and this is their address.  They also have discounts on Korean sites like Coupang 🙂