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2012 Spring Events: Cherry Blossoms, Miso II, Concerts and More

Cherry Blossoms at Night, Gyeongju

Cherry Blossoms at Night, Gyeongju

I’ll skip my usually apologies to my regular readers for not posting in over almost month.  Suffice to say, I’ve been swept up in the usual start-of-semester whirlwind lately.  Thankfully things are finally settling into a routine and with spring at our door step, there are a few things to catch up on. For starters, cherry blossom season is close upon us again. If you’re planning to frolic among the flowers this year, the Korean Tourism Organization has recently released its predictions for the blossoming dates and peak times for 2012. It looks like the cherries here in Gyeongju will begin blooming around April 2nd and will be at their peak between April 11th and the 20th, so mark your calendars.  And if you’re looking tips on places in town to check out the cherry blossoms,  I’ve posted suggestions in years past on the best spots for the blossoms. read more »

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Winter News: Martial Arts Demos, AREX and More

Seonmudo Demo, Golgulsa Temple (photo by Andrew Peet)

Seonmudo Demo, Golgulsa Temple (photo by Andrew Peet)

If you’ve not seen the signs around town recently, Golgulsa Temple (골굴사) has started hosting daily demonstrations of Seonmudo (선무도), or “Zen Martial Arts.”   Golgulsa has been the center of a Seonmudo revival over the last few decades, so the demos are free and are scheduled for both 11 am and 3 pm every day except Monday.  I’ve visited Golgulsa many times over the years and have had the pleasure of seeing a few demos before (in fact I posted a video of one back in August).   But my brother-in-law was visiting last week, so we stopped by to check it out on our way back from King Munmu’s tomb at the coast. read more »

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Festivals Food & drink Gyeongju Hwangseong-dong tips for tourists

Gyeongju’s 2010 Soju (소주) & Ddeok (떡) Festival

Soju and Ddeok Festival, Gyeongju

Soju and Ddeok Festival, Gyeongju

As I’ve been trying to get the word out about events before they actually happen, I’m pleased as puddin’ to announce that it’s that time of year again for the Gyeongju Soju (소 주) & Ddeok (떡) , or Liquor and Rice Cake Festival. As always, the festival’s in Hwanseong Park. The official word is that it kicks off Saturday, April 17th and winds down Thursday the 22nd. I’ll be posting the actual daily events schedule as I get it. read more »

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Downtown Gyeongju restaurants tips for tourists

Restaurant Review #10: Pranzo (프란조) Italian Restaurant

Pranzo Italian Restaurant, Gyeongju

Pranzo Italian Restaurant, Gyeongju

One of my few complaints about Gyeongju is that there just aren’t many foreign restaurants here. Sure, Gyeongju has all your usual greasy fast food joints, but you’ve got to go all the way to Daegu to find a TGI Fridays or Outback Steak House. And if you’re itching for Thai or Mexican, just forget it. Luckily we do have a couple of descent Italian joints in town, and the cream (if you’ll pardon the pun) of the crop is Pranzo (프란조). read more »

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Restaurant Review #6: Dweaji Sanyang (돼지사냥) Samgyeopsal

Dweaji Sanyang (돼지사냥) Samgyeopsal Restaurant

Dweaji Sanyang (돼지사냥) Samgyeopsal Restaurant

So I’ve been in Korea for a while now and honestly I’m a bit over the whole fried meat thing.  One samgyeopsol (삼겹살) joint taste like another to me anymore… but then there’s Dweaji Sanyang (돼지사냥) .  It’s downtown, just a stones through from the Daerungwon tombs and if you’re looking for a different experience with Korean barbeque, I suggest checking it out. read more »

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Food & drink Gyeongju restaurants Seonggeon-dong tips for tourists

Restaurant Review #2: Hwangjanggun (황장군) Galbitang

Hwangjanggun Galbitang Restaurant

Hwangjanggun Galbitang Restaurant

If you’re in the neighborhood of Seonggeon-dong for dinner and not really in the mood for the same old samgyeopsal (삼겹살) (grilled pork), try out Hwanjanggun (황장군) sometime.  This place has been a favorite of ours years.  Yeah, I know I throw that word “favorite” around a lot, but we go here about once a week, so that’s saying something. read more »

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Food & drink Gyeongju restaurants Seonggeon-dong tips for tourists

Restaurant Review #1: Sangalae (선갈래) Dakgalbi

Sangallae Dakgalbi Restaurant, Gyeongju

Sangallae Dakgalbi Restaurant, Gyeongju

I’m going to make a point of getting some restaurant reviews posted up here every so often, for the sake of both visitors and locals.   That said, my first pick to review is already a bit hit with the local crowd: Sangalae (선갈래) dakgalbi  (닭갈비) restaurant.   Sangalae  is smack in the heart of Seonggeondong (성건동), the playground of local Uni. students.   Thanks to it’s great food and low prices, it’s always packed. I hit up Sangalae yet again this last Wednesday with a couple of guy friends (purely for research purposes of course) and it didn’t fail to please. read more »

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Tips for Tourists Part 1: Seonggeong-dong (성건동) Nightlife

Izikaya Bar and Restaurant, Gyeongju

Izikaya Bar and Restaurant, Gyeongju

Ok, so it’s probably pretty lame that my first tip for tourists is about nightlife.  If you came here with the sole purpose of getting your party on, you’ve come to the wrong town.  Gyeongju ain’t got nothing on the big cities for live music, dance clubs or western style bars.  Still, for it’s size, it can  hold it’s own.
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