Power of Soju (local fav. cheap liquer)

Trip Start May 01, 2005
Trip End May 01, 2006

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Saturday, February 4, 2006

The last 20 years has dramatically changed Koreans. Moving from small homes to appartments with water and ammenities, the constant forested rolling hills, now have well constructed highways in the valleys and the use of cart and ox plow is rarely seen.

I even attanded a Buddha Temple Stay. Not really studying Buddha and the art of suffering but a painful aerobics (pre-martial arts stretching) class, followed by a 4 AM chant, then a hike in the forest and concluded with a tea ceremony. Don't sleep in or you will be doing 3000 bows. A temple in the hills, filled with kind monks and buffet meals. Great experience and very 'enlightening'.

Nearby were excellent World Heritage Site, Seokguram Grotto. A cement and granite temple set into a mountain-sidewith the popular God of Mercy, Sakyamuni and the 3 dozen guards and deities surrounding. The neighbor, Bolguksa, a massive series of temples and shrines contructed in year 750, Silla times. Most temples, fortresses and tombs of Korea have been reconstructed many times over due to repetitive Japanese invasions and natural disasters, but you will commonly find them scattered everywhere when site seeing or hiking.

All Cities are closely connected by buses leaving every 30 min and from Gyeongju I travelled to Daegu and then into Andong and the eco tourism town of Danyang. Stick to the major cities for good culture and easier travel.

Popular sports: soccer, baseball, golf
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