South Korea, Gyeongju

 Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla (57 BC – 935 AD), which ruled about two-thirds of the Korean Peninsula for close to a thousand years. Silla was a prosperous and wealthy country, and Gyeongju was the fourth largest city in the world at the time. Gyeongju is often referred to as "the museum without walls"

Gyeongju has many mound tombs dating to the Silla period, 7-9 CE, the majority of which have yet to be excavated. Typical Silla tombs are composed of a wooden chamber set in an earth pit which was then covered with a large pile of stones and a mound of earth. To make the tomb waterproof, layers of clay were applied between the stones.

Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is considered the essence of Korean Buddhist culture in the 8th century.

Cherry blossoms are everywhere! Hard to capture them all

Rainy day on Korea’s longest wooden bridge

Cheomseongdae Observatory, constructed 632-647) is considered to be the oldest observatory in Asia.

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