I was skimpy on details in Part 1, but I will write more this time, even at the risk of boring people. You can always skip to the photos if you’re not interested in the writing.
I didn’t get up until 10.00 in the morning, which was just as well because the weather was cloudy and the light was low. Not great for photography. My sad breakfast was leftover fried chicken from the night before. My first stop of the day was the Tourist Information kiosk in front of the train station. I told the young woman working there that I didn’t have a car and was interested in tourist areas within walking distance. She gave me a map of Gyeongju and circled a number of things I could get to easily.
I went to the wrong tourist site after leaving Tourist Information. The woman circled the back entrance of a tomb park and I headed for that. Unfortunately, there is another, smaller park of tombs before it and I went in there. I was a bit disappointed and it wasn’t until I had come out and looked at the map again that I realised I had stumbled into an unfinished park.
I made another short tour around the park after I left the museum and took a path that maybe was off limits. There was a traffic cone standing in the way that lacked authority so I went past it. I guess it’s not an officially opened path because the area is not cleared up yet. I made a few photos.
It was getting close to midday by the time I left the park and I headed to a beef restaurant near the exit. The restaurant was in a traditional style building and quite large.
The park and the restaurant are next to the neighbourhood of my hotel so I dropped by my room to rest for a little bit. Unfortunately, the (very friendly) cleaners were in the room so I didn’t stay for more than a minute. I got a disposable raincoat from the front desk to cover my camera with and then went for a short walk through the streets.
There was nothing good to see in these streets (except the cat) so I started off for the Gyeongju National Museum. It was raining so I figured I may as well go to an inside cultural site. The museum is a few kilometres away from the hotel but a lovely walk with hills and trees. I made a few photos on the way there and on the way back.
I arrived at the museum and made a photo of the front gate with my iPhone. It wasn’t raining too heavily, so I made some photos of the grounds before entering any of the museum buildings.
After taking a little rest I went into the main building to see the displays there. Photography is allowed if you don’t use flash or a tripod so I made some photos. I photographed many things but I’ll just share some of the better ones.
If you’re ever in Gyeongju, I highly recommend the National Museum. It would be worth living in Gyeongju just to spend days and days photographing the grounds and buildings.
I was satisfied with my first full day in Gyeongju, despite the rain. The only thing I didn’t like about the day was the choice of food for supper. Most restaurants are for couples and groups, and lone eaters are very rare. I feel uncomfortable sitting in a restaurant by myself here. Also, many of the good foods like grilled ribs can only be ordered in servings of two or more. And many restaurants in the evening are filled with noisy drinkers and can be unpleasant. So, sadly, I went to another chicken place and brought back another meal of fried chicken to my hotel room. (I never thought I would ever use the words ‘sadly’ and ‘fried chicken’ in the same sentence. 🙂 )