Gyeongju

We said goodbye to Busan with wonderful smell of pancakes fried on butter by Jowita. The three of us went to the subway station and there we said goodbye – Jowita with her brother, and I with my brother in law. Norbert was going to Seoul to airport because of his flight to Scotland, we were going to the bus to Gyeongju .

Comfort of buses surprised us, in comparison with the price (distance wasn’t very big, but for the price of 3 euro had seats that looked like taken out of the business class airlines- a lot of space and comfort) we were a little sad that we were only siting on them for an hour.

After arrival we started to look for our hotel that we booked in advance through booking.com, website which we really like and we couldn’t believe our own eyes when we found out that our hotel is one of love motels . Reception is set in such a way that no one could see who pays – privacy above all, they don’t ask about the documents and parking is covered halfway ( to not see who gets out ). We didn’t bother much- we didn’t hear sounds of passion, and the price was right . A friend told us afterwards that sometimes is cheaper to sleep in a ” love motel ” than a hostel . Apparently it is even cheaper to sleep in the public baths, but we can’t confirm this information.

 
In this place it is worth to mention why we went to Gyeongju. We searched the Internet for information about Korean cities and learned that the Gyeongju was the capital of the Korean kingdom of Silla – on the way to the hostel we already had seen characteristic artificial hills – tombs . We spent a bit of time to explore the city, but the low temperature didn’t encourage to longer walks. We bought the traditional for the town “Gyeongju bread” – cake with sweet red beans – delicious!
 
When we later went to Seoul, people asked us if we visited the Bulguksa temple in Gyeongju- one of the most famous in Korea. We didn’t know about this temple, so we felt stupid. At this point I have to admit that two basic problems for the Polish tourist in Korea are a) lack of knowledge about Korea b ) lack of knowledge of the Korean language . In relation to the first, we often relied on the help of locals in determining the plan of sightseeing because we simply didn’t hear anything about Korean monuments. In connection with the second, even when we saw something interesting or ate a tasty dish we couldn’t pronounce the name later.
 
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