Last weekend, Megan and I took off to get out of Seoul and venture into the heart of South Korea. We had a lot of fun exploring an area near Busan, called Gyeongju. We were really happy to get outside of Seoul for once and our five-hour train ride allowed us to see a lot of the South Korean countryside. Gyeongju was awesome in that it wasnâ€™t littered with officetels and highrises.
The long weekend we were enjoying was in fact Buddhaâ€™s birthday! The city is still an important center for Korean Buddhism. We visited the famousÂ Bulguksa Temple and theÂ Seokguram Grotto. The temple was a Buddhist training center and housed militia during Japanese invasion. The coolest thing was to see the grotto, which houses a beautiful stone Buddha. It is a very important trip for Korean Buddhists and an amazing sight. Gyeongju was the capitol of the ancient Silla kingdom and has many archeological treasures and burial sites of the Silla kings about the city.
It also seemed to be Korean spring break while we visited. There were tons of couples celebrating the long weekend just like us. (We also found out that a way of showing affection for your significant other is to wear matching shirts. Donâ€™t worry, we made sure to snap lots of pics.)Â You can see the pictures in our album! Hope to hear from you!