Power of Soju (local fav. cheap liquer)
Trip Start May 01, 2005
141Trip End May 01, 2006
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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
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