Exploring Geyongju and Daegu!

Trip Start Sep 06, 2011
Trip End Aug 31, 2012

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Hello Limehouse! I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for the new week! 

I'm having a wonderful time in a city called Daegu (which you pronounce as "day-goo"). We've been here for three days, since Friday. Before that, we were in another city called Gyeongju (which you pronounce as "gee-ong-joo"). We have done and learned a lot! 

In Gyeongju we learned a lot about ancient Korean history. Did you know that over a thousand years ago, Korea was called "Silla"? Neither did we! 

Gyeongju is a very unusual looking place, because there are hundreds of Silla burial tombs all over the city, which look just like hills. They are sort of like the pyramids in Egypt. Each hill was made for just one person, and some of them are huge! We learned that the most important people had the biggest hills, so we saw some really big tombs which were for Kings! 

They're cool because they're so old - some of them were built almost two thousand years ago! We were even able to go inside one of them, and we saw all the beautiful gold treasures which were buried in the tomb, so long ago. I wasn't allowed to take any photos of the inside, but there are some good pictures of the treasures here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silla (look at the bottom of the page!)

We also saw one of the oldest observatories in all of Asia! It's called Cheomseongdae, which I think you pronounce "chom-song-day". It was built about one thousand, three hundred years ago! It's pretty cool to think of people gazing up at the stars, that long ago. 

We did lots and lots of walking in Gyeongju, including a very hard 5 hour hike up a mountain. It was extremely hot outside so we found it difficult, but on the way up we saw a beautiful temple so we didn't mind! 

I was sad to leave Gyeongju because it's so interesting and beautiful, but I really like the city of Daegu too! We're staying in a hostel (it's like a hotel but much cheaper!) called 'Danim Backpackers', and have made some new friends here, from all over the world. Our new friends are from England, the Netherlands, the US, Japan and South Korea. Today we all went to a theme park together! It was very funny and my tummy hurts from laughing a lot. 

Next time I write, I'll tell you all about the food they eat in South Korea, and the things I have learned about South Korean people. 

Does anyone have any questions? 

Talk to you again soon! 
From Becca, your teammate in Daegu, South Korea

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Sue Donohoe on

This all looks great.

Melissa Murray on

I love seeing all your pictures Becca. I am learning so much. the kids at Limehouse are getting ready for our Terry Fox run that will be held on September 28th. I read somewhere that South Korea was the first country to hold a Terry Fox run, well first international counrty. If you are at a school or near a school do you think you could find out what they do for the Canadian Hero Terry Fox? Thank so much. :)

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