안녕하세요: Gyeongju National Museum & Cheomseongdae Observatory

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Continuing from my previous post, I took bus 10 from Bulguksa Temple and alighted right in front of Gyeongju National Museum 국립경주박물관, my second stop of the day.


Free Admission

Gyeongju National Museum, is the one-stop go-to place for anyone who wishes to find out more about the cultural history of Gyeongju, which was the capital city of the Silla Kingdom, and witness the fine craftsmanship and artistry exhibited by the various artifacts such as the golden crowns and ornaments as well as the sculptures on display.


The Divine Bell of King Seongdeok 성덕대왕신종

One of which worth mentioning will be the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok, also known as the largest Korean bell preserved with a height of 3.75 metres, diameter of 2.27 metres and a weight of.. wait for it (sorry, side effect of re-watching HIMYM).. 18900 kilograms! Despite being more than 1,3000 years old, the bell is still very much well-preserved.


So beautiful.. Sometimes I wish we still live in a world like this


I wonder how they managed to find, identify and preserve such tracks


How heavy are these for the ears?


Do they have "designers", like a Louis Vuitton equivalent back then?


Wow.. They have roads and structures more organised than a modern city


Top-notch urban planning *thumbs-up*

Walking down the main road from where I alighted would have led me to Anapji 안압지, the last item I have on my itinerary. But because I have got quite a lot of extra time on hand, I decided to make a left turn from the exit instead. It was kind of adventurous, as the path was quiet and one that I cannot back out half-way through since there was no bus, car or even human passing by to help me find my way. I could almost foresee I was not going to make it back home that day lolol but I just kept on walking, hoping to locate the Woljeonggyo Bridge 월정교 which will connect me back with civilisation.

Unfortunately, it was under construction.



I was so worried at that time, that I could not care less and just went into the construction site. The owner of the black car you see in the picture noticed me, and I told him, in my shoddy Korean, that I was there to see the Woljeonggyo Bridge and to cross over to Cheomseongdae Observatory 첨성대.



So he brought me to this container and gave me a brief introduction to the bridge, for instance, it is constructed in 760 and is one of the oldest bridges in Korea. I thought that was all after we went round the exhibition and was ready to head back to the museum but upon stepping out of the container, he actually offered me a lift to Cheomseongdae Observatory! Ain't Koreans the nicest people?


And ta-dah! This is Cheomseongdae Observatory 첨성대.

Constructed during the reign of Queen Seondeok with 362 stones to represent the 362 days in a lunar year, Cheomseongdae Observatory is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in the whole of Asia used to observe the stars and forecast weather. I have no idea how this is done, but I am super impressed. Can you imagine how advanced they were to be able to do so without any form of technology that we so depend on today?


Royal Tomb of King Naemul 내물왕릉


Gyeongju Gyerim Forest 경주 계림



So how do you like Gyeongju so far? Don't you think it is one of the most beautiful cities on Korea? I certainly do, but if you are still unconvinced that Gyeongju is awesome, stay tuned for the last blog post on Gyeongju coming up where we will be covering Gyochon Traditional Village 교촌마을, Seokbinggo 석빙고 as well as Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond 동궁과 월지 (also known as Anapji 안압지), which in my opinion, is the most beautiful of all.

See you later -- ciao!
Yvette

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