It may be true; Gyeongju doesn’t really have the night life or contemporary culture of bigger cities in Korea, like Seoul or Busan. But I’ve lived here over five years and I love this city. If you’re into history, traditional culture or outdoor sports, you couldn’t find a more perfect place in Korea.
Gyeongju’s already a major Korean tourist destination and most Koreans have been here at least once already. But over the years, I’ve noticed that a lot of the English tourist info only really focuses on the big tourist sites, like Bulguksa Temple or Anapji Pond. It glosses over a lot of the little gems scattered around Gyeongju or skips the stories and legends behind them.
Really, there’s enough stuff around Gyeongju to keep you busy for weeks, especially if you’re into hiking or cycling. The problem is knowing where to go and what to see. I’ve started this blog to try to help fill in some of these gaps, with posts on ancient relics, hidden temples and hiking routes. Just so it doesn’t get too boring, I’m mixing things up with restaurant reviews, local events, myths and legends, cultural features and an occasional video or two.
That said, I’m afraid you won’t find here my humble musings on K-pop, swine flu or the ethics of eating dog soup. There are already enough witty commentators on contemporary Korean culture out there in the blog-o-sphere, so I don’t really feel the need to put in my 2 cents. If you’re itching for more stimulating K- blogs reading, check out the links in my “blog roll” or website reviews I’ve posted.
I’ll also be posting pieces from guest writers now and then. If you live around Gyeongju or you’ve just done a temple stay, eaten in a good restaurant or climbed a mountain and want to write about it, please let me know. Just leave me a message in the comments sections below or contact me by email (ivgotamouse -at- yahoo.com). Send me an idea of what you’d like to write about and we’ll take it from there.
Thanks for reading,