Our last trip in Asia before we headed back to Canada. I was ready to go to India but Jon was set on Australia. Australia was too expensive so China was our final decision. Now we can say we’ve covered East Asia……but we’re definitely coming back to Jeju island to climb Halla Mountain one day. That’s the tallest mountain in Korea. Jirisan is the second highest, but the highest on mainland Korea….we did it though. 

Anyways….this was our first stop on the China tour. The Summer Palace where the emperor and empress (that’s me) hung out back in the days. 


Wrap up - Gyeongju Part 5

Seokbinggo - it’s just an ancient fridge.  I posted one before which was located in Cheongdo.  This one hasn’t blown its top yet.

- Jon


Royal Tombs - Gyeongju Part 4

"My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump."  Really the’re called tumulus (or tumuli) mounds of earth and stones over graves.  There are a ton of Kings and Queens buried in Gyeongju.  The tombs were built during the Three Kingdoms period (57 AD to 668). Really it just reminds me of the Teletubbies’ land.  Eat your heart out Warwickshire, England.

Cheomseongdae astronomical observatory is the oldest in East Asia built between 632-647 AD.

Gyerim forest is where the founder of a famous clan was born. That is, the boy was found in a golden casket dangling from a tree.

- Jon


Sunmudo martial arts demonstration at Golgulsa.  Very scenic.

- Jon


Golgulsa - Gyeongju Part 3

The highlight is the sculpture of Buddha’s mother, Maya Tathagata Buddha.

- Jon


Golgulsa - Gyeongju Part 2

The cool part is they have carved this temple right out of the rock.  There are twelve rock “caves.”

- Jon


Gyeongju Excursion end of June 2012

"The museum without walls."  That’s what they call this city just a little over an hour north of Busan.  

First stop is Golgusa which translates to “Stone Buddha Temple” just outside of Gyeongju.  Really awesome and really unique as far as temples go. Enjoy the pictures.

- Jon


Saw this cat on a Friday afternoon at the end of June.  I’m pretty superstitious but I thought; “I’ve had a black cat as a pet.  This can’t be a bad thing right?”  Well, I was wrong.  Suffice it to say, it was a terrible evening.
- Jon

Saw this cat on a Friday afternoon at the end of June.  I’m pretty superstitious but I thought; “I’ve had a black cat as a pet.  This can’t be a bad thing right?”  Well, I was wrong.  Suffice it to say, it was a terrible evening.

- Jon


Tongdosa Temple Part 4.


Tongdosa Temple Part 3.