Monthly Archives: January 2015

The UN Cemetary in Busan

Within walking distance of my hostel in Busan is the UN Cemetary. It is THE United National Cemetary since it is the only United Nations Cemetary in the whole world. On June 25th, 1950, which is when the ‘June 25th … Continue reading

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From Shimonoseki to Busan

I departed Shimonoseki, Japan aboard the Hamayuu, a ship operated by Kampu Ferry. The ‘kan’ in ‘Kampu’ is an alternative name for ‘Shimonoseki’, and ‘pu’ is an abbreviation for ‘Busan’. In some ways, using an international ferry is simpler and … Continue reading

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Population Density is Key to Understanding South Korea

To appreciate different regions of South Korea, and to appreciate this blog most fully, I think it helps to understand a few things about population density in South Korea. So, so far on this blog, I have covered three provinces … Continue reading

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A Final Visit to Namsan and Farewell Gyeongju!

The morning I left Gyeongju, I had a few spare hours to make one last trip to Namsan, so I decided to check out a few things in the relatively accessible northeastern corner, which is very close to downtown Gyeongju. … Continue reading

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Namsan: Hermitage of the Seven Buddhas

As I descended to conclude my Grand Namsan Hike (in Gyeongju), I passed by Chibulam, the ‘hermitage of the seven Buddhas’, which is right next to an ancient Silla rock carving of seven Buddhas. First of all, I like the … Continue reading

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Namsan: A Hike Through Ancient Silla

Namsan, which means ‘South Mountain’, is south of downtown Gyeongju, and is famous for its many works of Buddhist art from the Silla kingdom left throughout its mountainsides. It is both part of Gyeongju National Park and the ‘Gyeongju Historic … Continue reading

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Gyeongju: Bulguksa and the Most Impressive Buddha Statue I Have Ever Seen

Away from downtown, but still within Gyeongju City Limits, lies Bulguksa and the Seokguram Grotto. Bulguksa is a temple which still has the original stone foundation from Silla times, and Seokguram Grotto is a cave dug out and constructed during … Continue reading

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