Exploring Geyongju and Daegu!
Trip Start Sep 06, 2011
23Trip End Aug 31, 2012
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I'm having a wonderful time in a city called Daegu (which you pronounce as "day-goo"). We've been here for three days, since Friday. Before that, we were in another city called Gyeongju (which you pronounce as "gee-ong-joo"). We have done and learned a lot!
In Gyeongju we learned a lot about ancient Korean history. Did you know that over a thousand years ago, Korea was called "Silla"? Neither did we!
Gyeongju is a very unusual looking place, because there are hundreds of Silla burial tombs all over the city, which look just like hills
They're cool because they're so old - some of them were built almost two thousand years ago! We were even able to go inside one of them, and we saw all the beautiful gold treasures which were buried in the tomb, so long ago. I wasn't allowed to take any photos of the inside, but there are some good pictures of the treasures here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silla (look at the bottom of the page!)
We also saw one of the oldest observatories in all of Asia! It's called Cheomseongdae, which I think you pronounce "chom-song-day". It was built about one thousand, three hundred years ago! It's pretty cool to think of people gazing up at the stars, that long ago.
We did lots and lots of walking in Gyeongju, including a very hard 5 hour hike up a mountain. It was extremely hot outside so we found it difficult, but on the way up we saw a beautiful temple so we didn't mind!
I was sad to leave Gyeongju because it's so interesting and beautiful, but I really like the city of Daegu too
Next time I write, I'll tell you all about the food they eat in South Korea, and the things I have learned about South Korean people.
Does anyone have any questions?
Talk to you again soon!
From Becca, your teammate in Daegu, South Korea