01.03.2012 17 °C
We took the train from Seoul and arrived into Gyeongju and were absolutely amazed by the history that lies here. It is the oldest surviving kingdom in Korea, and claimed to be a “museum without walls.” Of course, since history is such a large part of this area, we wanted to embrace it and decided to go with a traditional temple stay for our visit here. The Golgulsa Temple is a Buddhist temple that was built in the 6th century out of solid rock. We were informed that during our stay we must keep our shoulders and knees covered, and refrain from drinking, smoking, and eating meat. Eating vegetarian for our stay is turning out to be no problem at all, and actually quite enjoyable. The monks here pray often, and are very welcoming and hospitable. We are paying 25,000 won per day to stay here, and it is well worth the money.
During some free time we had, we decided to visit some of the local attractions. We caught a local bus into town which was cheap and convenient and visited the Bunhwangsaji Temple. The temple was built in the early 600’s A.D. and was a Buddhist temple. The stone pagoda is thought to once have been 9 – 10 stories high, but today stands about 10 meters. Unfortunately, today many artifacts are missing, as they are thought to been destroyed in fires.
Gyeongju is known for it's many beautiful temples and we feel so peaceful and serene here.