In the historic capital of Korea, GyeongJu, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto were our third and fourth World Heritage sites on this journey. A steep hike up to the grotto revealed an amazing stone arc-shaped room, housing a magnificent Buddha looking out over the countryside, surrounded by figures in bas-relief.
The ever-present Korean street markets were a hub of activity, with parasols, kimchee pots, and roasted insects. My Japanese friend told me she ate them as a snack when she was a child.
Traditional Korean lunch and dinner.
The peaceful, green hilly landscape marked the resting places of former rulers. Twenty-three tall grassy mounds, natural looking tombs, blended into the landscape in Tumuli Park. The cicadas called so loudly in the morning that I almost listened for a melody. One tomb was intact and open for viewing. The kings of the Silla dynasty were buried with adornments and favored possessions intended to equip or comfort the dead, to ward off evil, or to carry to life in the next world.
Nearby Anapchi Pond was clogged with lotus plants.
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