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.
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.
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.
As I headed out of the park, I came across a little shack of a shop with this enticing sign.
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.
Finally, as I left the park, I saw wide open fields where kids were playing football.
I headed back on the bus to Daegu, where I relaxed for the rest of the weekend. 🙂