안녕하세요: Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village, Donggung Palace & Wolji Pond

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Sorry for the long break!

I most definitely did not intend to wait so long before I complete my last post on Gyeongju but work has been extremely busy, so much so that I don't even have time to prepare for my TOPIK exam on 16th April. I am so ready to fail....

Yet, instead of hitting the textbooks, I decided to turn on the laptop that had been left untouched for so long and start blogging. So I do hope that is sincerity enough to show that this blog is still very important to me despite the lack of updates on my part. Without further ado, let's continue our expedition in Gyeongju where we'd visit the Gyochon Traditional Village 교촌마을, Seokbinggo 석빙고 as well as the most beautiful attraction in Gyeongju, in my humble opinion, the Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond 동궁과 월지, formerly known as Anapji 안압지 ^.^


Gyeongju Gyochon Hanok Village


The village of the famous Choi Clan


Gyeongju Choi Family Academy



Similar to other traditional villages in Korea, Gyeongju Gyochon Village offers workshops on traditional crafts and skills, such as glass-making, pottery-making, quilting and tea etiquette. To be honest, if you are looking for a day of fun, you might want to give this quiet village a miss. However, if you just like to visit traditional houses, see how life was like for the people in the past and enjoy an oasis of serenity amidst the bustling city life, you will have a fulfilling time here.



Walking through the Gyeongju Gyerim Forest 경주계림 will lead a special freezer made of rocks. There were many times throughout my solo journey when I thought I was going to die, for instance when I was lost in the mountain in Busan and the sun was about to set (coming up soon!), and this was one of those times too lolol. I walked down this faithful staircase at the Seokbinggo 석빙고 (Stone Ice Storage) to take a look at the inside, and when I was about to make my way up, I hit my head so hard against the granite ceiling that I was surprised my skull was not broken.



Isn't it amazing how they already had a refrigerator back in ancient times during the Silla Era (BC57-AD935)? Even though it was winter, I could still feel cold air coming out when I was standing at the entrance. We should all use this to save electricity and the Earth.



Still in pain, I crossed over to the Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond 동궁과 월지 while rubbing my head along the way, and paid ₩2,000 for an individual ticket to enter the attraction. Most people visit Donggung Palace at night, when the palace and pond are all light up. I didn't stay to see the attraction at night though, as I had to return early for my trip to Busan the next day. Besides, I think Donggung Palace is so magnificent that any shots taken at any time of the day will turn out just as awesome. Just like how I am extremely satisfied with mine!


I love the reflection in the water~



Apparently, Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond were the secondary palace site for the Crown Prince, and the banquet venue for national events and important visitors. The name "Wolji" signifies the reflection of the moon in the pond.


Perfect photo opportunity!



Upon exiting the Donggung, I took a bus from the bus stop right in front of the entrance back to Sin-Gyeongju Station 신경주역 to take the KTX back to Seoul. There are many buses that brings you back to Sin-Gyeongju Station, so simply find the one whose route includes "신경주역" or check out my first post on Gyeongju here, where I included a photo with all the buses that go to Sin-Gyeongju Station. And that is all I have for Gyeongju! Stay tuned for my journey to Busan~~

Don't you agree that Gyeongju is beautiful?
Yvette

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