Thursday, July 13, 2006

Replica of the Hamel boat that crashed on Jeju-do in the 1400's

Day 5

After a night in Busan, we headed to Gyeongju, which was the capital of Korea. It's located in the southeast South Korea and it was really interesting to learn more about the history of Korea, espcially during the era of three kingdoms. I finally figured out why Korea is called Korea. I always wondered why it was called that, because Koreans call their own country daehanminguk. Korea is named after the Goguryeo dynasty. Mystery solved!

We also visited Cheomseongdae, which apparently is the oldest astronomical tower located in east Asia. Call me nerdy, but I was really impressed with it. Visit the link to discover all the cool numerical emphasis on the number of stones to build the tower, etc. We saw a lot of old Korean temples and royal burial sites. You can't miss them, because they look like huge hills, similar to pyramids, except for covered in grass.

The lunch we had was the most impressive. You know whenever you go to a Korean restaurant, you get a lot of side dishes, or banchan. Well at this place, they gave us 28 banchans. 28! It was really impressive, and gave us absolutely no room to eat.


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