I know I say this many many times but I’ve really always wanted to visit Gyeongju for the longest time.
it is known for being the most ancient looking city in Korea and it is. I heard that they couldn’t build taller buildings because the country is trying to maintain Gyeongju’s ancient image.
there are a list of places to go to in Gyeongju which would require about 2-3 days to complete but since I only had one, and the weather was awful, I visited two of the most popular landmarks, Bulguksa ??? and Seok-gul-am ???. they are located really close to each other but with snow piling so high, it is impossible to walk through the stairs from Bulguksa. I heard some people actually did walk up in the Summer but decided to take the taxi down because it is really such a walk. if you’re planning to take the cab, be reminded that it is actually very near, but far because the roads are winding. viewing the map through satellite is literally jaw dropping.
I actually arrived to Gyeongju from Busan at night and stayed for another night but left early in the morning. so I really only had one full day. the snow was crazy and the tragic case of the building collapsing in Gyeongju killing around 10 people with over a 100 injured was just a day before I was there. that building collapsed because the snow was too heavy apparently. but the constructor was definitely skimping in costs, too.
so back to my topic. my first destination was Bulguksa.
while everybody wore paddings and hoodies there I was wearing a mini skirt. I had no choice. because I forgot to bring winter clothings back to Malaysia. where I have nothing to bring back to Korea as I landed in Busan.
what’s so special about this Bulguksa temple is that it is made out of stone. well not entirely but half of it.
and it is the pride of Korea. you can see a picture of Bulguksa almost anywhere. in restaurants, magazines, postcards.. etc.
with my new selca toy.
hello, welcome to Bulguksa Temple =D.
with my tour guide of the day! Mr. Seong! he’s also the owner of the guesthouse I stayed at. very nice man.
and these spring water tastes really good.
those of you who had been to South Korea, do you remember this pagoda/whatever it is called/?
it’s the pagoda on the 10won coin!!!
Mr. Seongs idea. but I AM buddhist and I did pray. but I was posing for this one ahhaha. nobody really smile while praying I guess.
I fell in love with all the details of this temple =S.
it was snowing. really heavily.
can you see the snow!
more places to pray at.
because I’m silly like that.
why I never liked side angle pictures. I look horrendous in them. but this is my only one T______T. so basically you can stand by the balcony of Bulguksa, unlike many other places where you can’t.
who knows why there’s a golden wild boar statue here.
stepping on snow!
they say come to Gyeongju in Spring or Autumn, because there are much more to see. partly true. but Winters view is amazing too! but it also makes sight seeing very difficult as the sun sets very quickly and snow fills up every where plus that hell-like coldness.
here’s a selca picture of me with Bulguksa =D.
such a pretty view =3.
okay bye bye Bulguksa!
so we then headed on to Seokgulam which is located at the mountains. where there’s MORE SNOW. and it was bloody cold.
so basically we paid 4,000won to get into this place, walked 15minutes in the freezing cold weather where we couldn’t feel our ears and feet and hands to see that Cave Buddha made out of stone. also, we can’t take pictures of it. sigh. so taking pictures outside is all we can do. but trust me, this Buddha is pretty damn phenomenal. I’ve never seen any Buddha sculpted like that before. it was like.. some secret ancient thingy from the movies. but just that it is real.
seeing that much of snow, I just had to make a snow angel. I know, it was very crazy of me. I was wearing short skirt and no gloves. no beanie either. but it was fun heheheheh.
everywhere’s covered in snowwwww!!!
and driving around in Gyeongju, you’d see tombs around.
and traditional houses. it is really like as if you’ve traveled to the past. well these places are everywhere but not literally everywhere. if you get what I mean.
so the most famous snack here is this red bean pastry.
called the Hwang Nam Bbang. which is also known as Gyeongju Bbang at other places but apparently this is the pioneer.
and if you think sitting in the train for 3hours to get here just to see those boring sites is a waste of time and money, at least come here for the food. I had the most amazing Samgyupsal here. and also this place is pretty famous for their beef. andddd Kongnamul Kukbab/ bean sprouts soup with rice.
I mean, look at this Samgyupsal. I bet most of you had never had any that look like this. and this particular place we went to (forgot the name but it’s near Dongguk Univ. Gyeongju Campus. and the floor are filled with pebbles. very outdoor feel) served refillable Odeng and Sikhye (rice drink) for free!
the Samgyupsal comes with some amazing sauce where my friend calls it the Korean Belacan. but it doesn’t really taste like belacan. it has a slight.. mustard taste to it. its weird but tasty.
and the craziest part of my trip was.. I had all that good food already alright, but we had Mr.Seong prepare us supper. Spanish style. because he lived in Spain.
here’s our little party in the guesthouse!
and did I mention, I lived in a Hanok? I’m going to say it again but I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO LIVE IN ONE!!! they are so pretty. especially the remodeled ones where you have glass windows where you can see the sky.
and we also had gin and tonic with cucumber. ahhh. how refreshing.
don’t you wish your boyfriend can cook like that? well from what I heard Mr.Seong is single haha but too old for me =P.
such a smart idea. cherry tomatoes wrapped with bacon on a stick seasoned with a little herbs.
it is no doubt very messy but I like how his office is. oh did I mention? the owner of this place is an interior designer! a famous one too I think. judging by all those posters upon entry.
I have to confess. I do not like cats. but his 2 cats were lovely. they were so beautiful you just wanna brush your fingers over them =3.
the rooftop terrace! not for winter.. =(.
the sad thing about this guesthouse is that.. it only has a few rooms. like.. 4? they are all very comfortable. heaters super warm. I’d like to emphasize how generous the owner is in giving body baths, shampoo and conditioner. because he gives the brands that most Koreans actually use at home. the good ones. and my favourite ones too! so plus points!!! and everything a tourist needs (info etc etc) can be found here so just pack your bags, come here, and plan! you can also ask him about that awesome samgyupsal place. who knows, if you treat him to it, he might just bring you there! =D.
and the decorations of the place is also very pretty ^_^.
oh oh oh they also have like toy hammers, jenga and lots more in every room! so you can actually just have fun with your friends in the room itself! well there aren’t many things to do at night in Gyeongju.. so buy some Makgeolli, Soju and/or snacks and just chat till you feel sleepy =D. because that’s what we did.
I forgot what’s his name but it was something like Mojitto. other than the meaning of it was supposed to be beautiful in Spanish.
so on the 2nd night.. I made them Malaysian curry noodles and they gave me Hanwoo (Korean beef) in return!!! one of the best meals I’ve ever had in Korea T_T. 2nd to that Hanwoo I had while camping. all of them melted in my mouth ahhhhh.
medium rare. =3. thin slices of pure heaven. nyam nyam nyam.
they also introduced me to this dish that they thought I’d hate. called the Gwamaegi. it’s like.. dried fish wrapped in all sorts of things. what’s missing in the picture are the raw oysters! basically you wrap the dried fish, chili, garlic, spring onion in raw seaweed, dried seaweed and cabbage with some cho jang. there’s a lot in one wrap but it was SOOOOOOOOO GOOD.
they said I’ve transformed into a true Korean by simply just enjoying this dish. I guess the taste is pretty acquired.
have I ever mentioned that I am a hugeeeee fan of makgeolli? there was 4 of us and we had 8 bottles (2 in the bag T_T) of different makgeollis. basically every type of makgeolli we can find in Gyeongju which isn’t the normal ones we usually drink in Seoul. they all taste similar but different. they all have their own distinct taste to it. ahhhh. glorious Makgeolli. even older people laugh at me for liking it. it makes me sound old =S.
would love to blog more about Gyeongju (there’s a beautiful bed/field of flowers, the moon observatory, tombs tombs and more tombs) but I had too little time. and that bad snow storm stopped me for visiting more places. until next time!
the Guesthouse I lived in:
Sindal (it means Silla’s Moon) Guesthouse
PS : I look really fat because I gained some disgusting 6kgs from Malaysia. T_T. land of all good food.
despite living only a few minutes away by bus from this magnificent market, it was my first time here in 2 years. or just, ever.
it has never hit me that market food can be so enjoyable. it is just simple food. every store selling the same thing, but then there are the “pioneers” and also the fakes. so as lucky as I was, I had a Korean to bring me around eating the 3 must eats in Gwangjang Market.
so the main eatery street is like above. it sells a variety of stuff and food but you come here for the food. not the stuff. unless you want to buy quilt. I heard it’s pretty reasonably priced here.
and look!!! makgeolli advertisement above! call me an alcoholic but I love my makgeolli. a lot.
a crazy amount of different types of fried vege, fish etc. and all types of jeons.
look at that pig nose!!! this place is definitely not halal. those long sausage looking things are actually sundae. in Seoul, it is hard to find authentic sundaes (glass noodles drenched in pork blood inserted into pork intestines) as most places do not use pork intestines as it is more expensive, but this place does.
and more. look at those gigantic bowls of vege. madness.
not to mention, this place is always super CROWDED.
okay so first stop on the list! #1 DRUG KIMBAB.
drug kimbab, or mayak kimbab is possibly the most famous out of them all. they are made by really simple ingredients but what made it get so addictive like drugs?
well, the rice.
believe it or not but they do not cook it there. they cook it at home and bring their special rice to the shop to wrap. it has very simple ingredients wrapped inside. just carrots and danmuji (yellow thingy made out of.. white carrots?? not a fan but this is awesome.) wrapped in gim (seaweed). and they give you a small pack of wasabi to go with it. so after lining up outside, you need to line up to get a table inside as well. it is ALL SELF SERVICE.
2500won per portion.
so it started off like this. their pictures are much nicer so..
I hope I can take pictures a nice as that pfft.
there are many shops selling this sort of kimbab and they ALL call it drug kimbab but you should really know that this is the place that came out with it and the rest are just.. copy cats.
there are plenty of seafood here too! and jeons (those pancake-like things).
this is how packed is it. that guy stared at my camera in such a scary way T_T.
another uncle stared at my camera.
#2 Bindaeddeok or Nokdujeon or green bean pancake. at this place called Sun Hee Ne. you need to read Korean. hahaha. ???.
apparently it is so popular that Tim Burton came here. his face wasn’t pleased in those pictures though. hmm.
but the Nokdujeon is so………… fluffy. I prefer the more compact ones but this is like a total different Bindaeddeok compared to the rests as it is filled with bean sprouts. they have delicious kimchi by the way.
and that Makgeolli. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
always opt for Jangsu Makgeolli (Roy Kim’s dad owns the company. buy buy buy! but it is the best). Daebak isn’t bad too.
happy girl with her Jangsu Makgeolli <3.
and the Meat Jeon was really good. loved it.
this is how it look like from the outside. filled with advertisements and all. a lot of people waiting as well.
I think this phenomenal orange is very very very underrated. because not many foreigners know about it. this weird shaped orange/tangerine is called Hallabang. do you know the Halla Mountain of Jeju Island? it is said that this fruit is from the mountains so it costs really much. 3 for 5 dollars and this is supposed to be a cheap(er) market. it wasn’t a very huge one. the huge ones can cost a lot more.
but what is so special about this fruit is the taste. it is ABSOLUTELY SWEET. it makes me crave for more. I mean, I love CNY tangerines but these are like luxurious. it tastes luxurious. it is like.. putting drops of heaven in your mouth. ah.
don’t blame me if you bought a disgusting hallabang you may be cheated sometimes/given a cheap one eehehehe.
#3 YUKHOE ?? pronounced as Yuk- Hu – Eeh.
believe it or not but this is raw beef.
I know it sounds disgusting. I found it disgusting when I ate Yukhoe Bibimbap at a posh place in Jeonju (said to serve the best bibimbap of all Korea). but this was absolute bliss.
you got to take a number from the counter and wait for your number to be called.
I waited for half an hour.
KYAAAAAAAAAAAAA another Jangsu Makgeolli!!! <3. and that gorgeous looking yukhoe.
I think the freshness of the beef is really important. this plate of generous Yukhoe costs 12 dollars. little price to pay for so much happiness.
uhhh. well you get what I mean.
MMMMMMMMMMMMM <3. MMMMMMM. MM MMM MMMMMMMMM. <3. <3.
no words can express how good it was.
you eat it with sweet Korean pear and a raw egg. sounds disgusting but it is really really really good.
TAKE MY WORDS FOR THAT!
the other part of the market. selling all sorts of stuff.
this store looked pretty damn good. their sundae looks so delish. MUST TRY THIS NEXT TIME RAWR!!!
Posted by: MsXeRoZ Nicole
March 2nd, 2014 >> Posts
The first Tous les Jours is located at Jalan Telawi, Bangsar. I had once visited there to take away its pastries. Pretty cool place for afternoon tea albeit it had limited space compared to this new one at WOLO.
I am deeply falling in love with my short hair now!!! From walking into the saloon and just randomly asked someone who experienced cutting short hair until seeing the long hair falling down to the floor... no tears at all.. instead the big crazy smile just hanging there till the last cut XD!
Weather right now is super hot!! Like seriously can just get burn once you walk out from the shades ! *hyperbola xD* My skin tone is moving to the darker tone day by day... Thanks to the UCSI car park =.=... i have been walking up and down the hil under the sun for quite some timeeeee .... T_T .......
Ok leave the skin tone alone now... i am cracking head on what to use for whitening!!!! Suggestion plsssss *-* !!!!
Throwback to yesterday 1920's Birthday themed party !
A big big thanks to the birthday girl Mandy for the precious invite. Owh... how long since my last dress up.... hmmmm....
Here's how we look like after a war with our own wardrobes... DANG LANG !!!! =D
Do we look like the 20's ???? or maybe the modern 20's ???? XD
We had some sweet time last night ! At least gals meet up after months =) ...
Again, Happy Birthday to you , Mandy!
p/s: ME NOW AT STARVING STATUS!!!! N THE MR.C STILL WATCHING MOVIE N LYING LIKE A PIG THERE!!!! &*^%$#@! * FIREEE*
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March 2nd, 2014 >> Posts
Decided to grab Mcdonald for dinner and had Chicken Legend with bacon.