I’ve now traveled to Gyeongju twice and I think it is a place I will return two at least a few more times over the next six months. It’s only a 35 minute train ride from downtown Ulsan and about a 35 mile bike ride on the small farm roads winding between the mountains. Abby and I did the ride on a Saturday back in April and spent a day there in July, both times exploring the downtown parks, markets and eating at Baru, a vegan temple food restaurant. Here’s a video from the second trip and some photos from the first.
The first 16 miles was bikepath, some of it dirt trail.
A road along the route.
Riding through small farming roads and neighborhoods in rural Ulsan and Gyeongju.
Abby on the ride.
Stopping for a rest on the outskirts of Gyeongju.
The Cheomseongdae, an astronomical observatory built in the 7th century during the kingdom of Silla. It’s built out of 362 pieces of cut granite, which represent the days of the lunar year, 27 circular layers of stone representing the 27th Queen – Queen Seondeok – and 12 large base stones that represent the months of the year. It’s the oldest surviving observatory in all of Asia.
Spring wild flowers.
A tree growing sideways out of a tomb.
Trees growing out of a tomb.
Abby waiting at the train station in Gyeongju
The train station in Gyeongju.
A woman sleeps in the main market near Gyeongju train station.
A tree grows out of a massive tomb from the Shilla dynasty in the center of Gyeongju.
An entrance to a tomb in a park in central Gyeongju.
A walking path in one of the many parks in central Gyeongju.
This is a long exposure taken in a park in central Gyeongju at night. Two people sit on a bench and talk.
I set this shot up where I didn’t see any people but, when I looked up I was surprised to find this woman standing between these tombs staring at her phone. She stood still for the entire 25 second exposure. Taken at a park in central Gyeongju.
Riding through small farm roads between rice patties on our way from Ulsan to Gyeongju.
A small road somewhere between Ulsan and Gyeongju.