Trip to Gyeongju

Well I’m on my holidays now, for a week and it feels so nice to be off work!
My holiday week started on Wednesday and it will be till next Tuesday, so I get a week off work!. On Wednesday morning I went on a trip to Gyeongju with my friend Ho-Kyoung from church. Gyeongju is around a 4 1/2 hour drive from Seoul and is located in the south east part of Korea, near the sea. This city is the ancient capital of the one-thousand year Silla and it is known in Korea as a historial and beautiful city! My friend and I went there from Wednesday morning and we got back to Seoul on Friday evening.
We had a great time! It was wonderful to get out of Seoul for a couple of days and be in the nature (see the mountains, trees and the grass!). We stayed at a beautiful resort called Daemyung Resort in Gyeongju. My friend told me it’s worth $300 a night but since she has a membership there for her it’s only $40 a night. I truly felt very spoiled staying there for a couple of days! There were two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a small kitchen. We had a beautiful view from the balacy of the lake and the mountains! The resort has a lot of different facilities as well for people to enjoy (swimming pool, PC room, a singing room, restaurants, a grocery store, etc). I didn’t know what the place would be like where we would stay before I went there and when I arrived I was very overwhelmed how nice it was! It  just opened two months ago too, so it’s a brand new place that we stayed in! Thank-you Lord for that blessing!
We took a bus to Gyeongju from Seoul and back. While we were there we rented a car to have the freedom to drive around. That was really nice! After we arrived on Wednesday we settled into our new home and then we had lunch. We went to a couple of different sights. First we went to this mountain that had this Buddha temple at the top and inside it had this huge stone Buddha statue and then we went to one of the oldest Buddhist temple in Korea. It was very interesting. For dinner we went to a Korean restuarant and then we relaxed in the evening.
On Thursday after a nice breakfast at the condo we headed out for the day. The first place we went to was the sea! It was so nice to go to the sea to hear the water and smell the fresh sea smells. We also saw an underwater tomb of King Munmu. We went to another Buddhist temple. Then after a bite to eat we went to the national museum of Gyeongju. Unfortunately I had a stomach ache all day, so I wasn’t feeling well to enjoy other sights. We went back to the condo and just relaxed the rest of the day. In the evening we enjoyed the water light show at the resort and just enjoyed being outside.
Today before returning back to Seoul we went to one more sight which was the Samneung Royal Tombs. There are 23 tombs but only 3 that are discovered who they belong to in the royal family. Very interesting. After a long bus ride we finally arrived back in Seoul.
I enjoyed my time in Gyeongju even though the weather was very hot and sticky but at least it didn’t rain! I only have 2 more months left in Korea until I go home. Hopefully I can see a bit more of Korea before I return to Canada!

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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