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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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Photos: A Dangsan Tree (당나무) on Daeboreum (대보름)

Dangsan Tree on Daeboreum Holiday in Gyeongju

Dangsan Tree on Daeboreum Holiday in Gyeongju

If you’ve checked your calendar recently, you might have noticed that last Monday night was a full moon.  In fact, it was the first full moon after Seollal (설날), or Lunar New Years , here in Korea, which marks it as the holiday of Daeboreum (대보름).   Daeboreum has been traditionally celebrated with a massive bonfire , music, and dancing, making it one of my favorite Korean holidays.  In fact, I’ve already posted twice on Daeboreum, with both photos and video of the Gyeongju’s Daeboruem bonfire a few years back, so I won’t say too much here about the holiday itself. read more »

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Restaurant Review # 21: Fine Dining at 11 Chesterfield Way

11 Chesterfield Way, Fine Dining in Gyeongju

11 Chesterfield Way, Fine Dining in Gyeongju

This is perhaps my first ever official retraction here on Gyeongjublog.  In my last post I was complaining about the terrible selection of western restaurants here in Gyeongju.  Although my criticisms regarding “craptapulous fast-food joints” and “so-called Italian restaurants downtown” still stand, I made these comments before being introduced to the fine dining of 11 Chesterfield Way.  We had the pleasure of joining friends at 11 Chesterfield Way for dinner on New Year’s Eve and I dare say that it was the best western food I’ve had in Gyeongju, if not the whole of Korea.  read more »

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2011 Spring Events: Cherry Blossoms, Marathon, Liquor Festival, Martial Arts and More

Gyeongju Cherry Blossoms

Gyeongju Cherry Blossoms

It’s finally beginning to feel a bit like spring around Gyeongju, which means we’re just days away from that magical season when the cherry trees begin to bud and then blossom.  Entire streets in Gyeongju turn into marshmallow wonderlands and romantic couples stroll through flurries of pink petals.  I already posted last spring on some of the best places in town to check out the cherry blossoms, like at Kim Yu-shin’s tomb and the ruins of Banwolseong fortress, so I won’t repeat myself here.  Korea’s wizards of meteorology have gazed into their crystal balls and have predicted Gyeongju’s cherry flowers (벚꽃)  will begin blossoming between now and April 8th and that the peak season this year should be April 6th – 15th. read more »

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Restaurant Review #16: Chowon Samgyetang (초원삼계탕)

Chowon Samgyetang Restaurant, Gyeongju

Chowon Samgyetang Restaurant, Gyeongju

Few local foods beat the chill of Korean winters quite like samgyetang (삼계탕).  If you’ve not had the pleasure, samgyetang is a Korean ginseng chicken stew that’s warm, hearty and filling.   The stew is served in individual bowls with an entire chicken (minus the head thankfully) in each.  The chicken itself is stuffed with rice, ginseng, jujubes and assorted nuts and boiled until tender in a savory broth.   Samgyetang has mild flavor so you’re welcome to add salt and gochujang, or hot pepper sauce, to taste.  I dump in a lot of both, but that’s just me. read more »

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Tips for Locals: Gyeongju Shopping Guide


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Since there are about 24 new foreign teachers starting this semester at my university this semester, I thought I’d take a few minutes to slap together a short shopping guide for Gyeongju’s local foreigners. It’s pouring down rain today, so please excuse me for not running out and shooting photos. I’m afraid we’ll just have to make do with Google Maps for the bling factor.  Anyhow, here are a few things most foreigners ask about when they move here:

English-Speaking Pharmacists

If you’re in need of an English-speaking pharmacist, there’s one who runs the Medipharm Dongguk Pharmacy right on Dongdae Sagori Intersection. I don’t remember her name at the moment, but she’s quite fluent in English (her husband’s foreign, I believe) and real friendly. If she’s not in when you go by, her assistant might give her a ring if it’s an emergency. read more »

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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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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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