Saturday, May 15:  This morning we checked out of the Kolon Hotel, and Anna and Seth headed back to Daegu.  I decided to stay till later in the day so I could return to Bulguksa Temple and see a few more of Gyeongju’s amazing “cultural assets.”  I had seen a few things in the Bulguksa gift shop that I wanted to buy: a necklace and a beautiful painting.

me back at Bulguksa Temple

me back at Bulguksa Temple

Me at Bulguksa Temple

Me at Bulguksa Temple

I then headed to the Tumuli in Hwangnam-ri, built in the early Silla period.  The large tombs scattered throughout this park are wood-lined chamber tombs with stone mounds.  The small tombs do not have mounds at all.

Tumuli in Hwangnam-ri

Tumuli in Hwangnam-ri

The Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla is a park with 20 large or small tombs from the Three Kingdoms Period.  Most of them have round earthen mounds, but there are double gourd-like mounds for the burial of a husband and wife.  In the center is the Tomb of King Michu, the 13th King of Silla.

Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla

Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla

Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla

Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla

Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla

Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla

Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla

Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla

pond at Tumuli in Hwangnam-ri

pond at Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla

pond at Tumuli in Hwangnam-ri

pond at Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla

pond at Tumuli in Hwangnam-ri

pond at Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla

me in front of the pond

me in front of the pond

As I headed out of the park, I came across a little shack of a shop with this enticing sign.

Everything is very cheap!! Oh boy!

Everything is very cheap!! Oh boy!

And then as I headed to the bus station, I passed this little pond with running stallions.  I didn’t know the significance of this.

a pond with horses

a pond with horses

horse statues near the pond

horse statues near the pond

horses

horses

Finally, as I left the park, I saw wide open fields where kids were playing football.

field of dreams

field of dreams

I headed back on the bus to Daegu, where I relaxed for the rest of the weekend. 🙂

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