Saturday, May 28, 2016

Gyeongju Travel (1) : Anapji & Kyochon Village

I went to visit Gyeongju for traveling by the end of last month. I've always wanted to visit Gyeongju since this place still has lots of ancient treasure which is being left behind by the Silla Dynasty. I reached this place around 2 or 3 in the afternoon, so before going to the tourist attraction places, I went to the nearest downtown to see what kind of downtown do Gyeongju has!
International Friendship Exhibition Center @ Gyeongju Downtown
I intentionally didn't eat any lunch so that we can try out Gyeongju's specials but I regretted my decision as soon as my stomach feel hungry. Gyeongju is definitely not a place for those who love culinary travel since there's not much nice food you can try in this area. After sometimes, I finally decided to try out one of the specialty (it's not exactly gyeongju's specialty but Busan's) food they have here which is Milmyeon.
Milmyeon @ Gyeongju
Then I went to Anapji, the nearest tourist attraction around my hotel, since it's getting late so it's a better idea to choose somewhere close rather than going to somewhere far away. Oh, the bus to Anapji area is quite easy to catch on, since there's lots of number of buses which go on to that route. But, one thing that I found out is that the bus fare in this small city is even more expensive compare to the fare in Seoul. >.<
Anapji Main Gate Area

Anapji Pond Area

Anapji Pond Area
To describe this place in a more bad-ass way, this place is the 'HOTTEST' night club during Silla Period. Here is where the crown prince and some aristocrats of corrupted Silla period love to get drunk, drowning animals, and having free s*x with some high class prostitutes. But of course, they're giving them a more beautiful name, trying to cover up for some black history they had in past, so the Koreans rename this as Donggung Palace (Crown Prince Palace) and Wolji Pond.


There are some exhibitions of ancient relics left since the Silla period, and then once you walked down the lane you will get to here... ^^

Main View for Anapji
Once you get into this place, the first thing come in mind will be, "What the hell?! There's nothing special about this place?" Reason is since Anapji is more popular for it's night view compare to day view, therefore, once you're here it is recommended to wait until 7 p.m. then the paranomic view of this place will getting better and better.


The above pictures are those taken around 7 p.m not long after the light was turn on, but if you're patient enough to wait for another 15 minutes and once the sky is getting darker, then you'll can have this amazing view just in front of your eyes~!!
Once you get out of Anapji and go across the street and to the left, walk for around 15 ~ 20 minutes then you'll get yourself at Kyochon Village. Though it is not recommended to walk at night, since the road leading to Kyochon Village itself is super dark and silent and you can't see anyone at all. No one would be able to find you if something bad happened around here. >.< Just across the Kyochon Village you will be able to see this bridge which should be one of the tourist attraction as well, but it is now closed for renovation so you'll only be able to see it from far far away.
In Kyochon Village, I found this cute little restaurant where it gives off an ancient style restaurant. Even the song being played inside is those from ancient time. This place is called Pung Rak, and I think the makkeoli here is so damn nice, though the food is just so-so. >.<


The makkeoli was really delicious though there's nothing special with the food. --.--"
the not so delicious kimchi pancake... >.<

the super delicious makkeoli
And the last stop for my destination of the day is Cheomsongdae which is also an ancient building during Silla Dynasty use to observe stars and sky. I would like to recommend all of you to come to this place twice, reason is the morning view and the night view gives off a really different vibe. In the morning, you can see colorful flowers (of course this only happen if you come during Spring) while at night, the cheomsongdae looks more beautiful rather than looking at it during the day.
Cheomsongdae
@ Seoucial / Inggrid Ng

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