I’ve been so busy with family visiting for the last few weeks (along with spending 4 days in the hospital over Chuseok) that I forgot to mention that some pretty exciting things were happening in the blog-o-sphere last month. It seems the Sam-shin deigned to smile upon Gyeongjublog and blessed it with a fair bit of K-blog love back in September.
I admit it wasn’t entirely unexpected. At the start of the semester I was visited by famed K-blogger Chris Baeke, a.k.a. Chris in Korea, and his charming traveling companion, The Lady In Red. I had the pleasure of showing them around some the greater and lesser known tourist sights in the area and had a lovely afternoon learning to know some folks who shared my love of local culture and kitsch. Chris has also been kind enough to drop me lots of love on his subsequent posts on some the spots we hit, like Mangwolsa Temple on Mt. Namsan and the famed Tongdosa Temple in Yangsan, plus his post on their visit to Manbulsa Temple near Yeongcheon.
Then, out of the blue, I also got some kudos from Robert Koehler, author of the ever popular K-blog: The Marmot’s Hole. As he blogs a lot on Korean architecture and history, he’s posted some awesome photos of Seogyeongsa Temple, the old the Japanese Soto Buddhist Temple built during the Japanese occupation that’s near downtown Gyeongju. He was kind enough to give my previous post on Seogyeongsa a reference and some linkage. Also, he’s got some pretty wicked photos of Anapji up on the same post.
All in all, not to bad for a September. It’s pretty cool that some of the local hidden treasures are getting a bit more coverage in the K-blog scene. Not to mention, it’s always nice to get a bit of exposure for Gyeongjublog. I’ve got a few other proverbial pokers in the fire regarding blog promotion, but I don’t want to spoil any surprises just yet. Don’t worry though; I’ll post on all that excitement as soon as it drops.