5 Transportation Tips for South Korea

Taxis, city buses, trains, subways, regional buses. South Korea has it all. Here are some tips on navigating South Korea’s transportation scene. 

1. Grabbing a Taxi

The great thing about Korean cities is the amount of taxis that they have roaming the city. Korean taxis are clean, cheap, and get you to your destination much quicker than public transportation. Grab a taxi by waving one down. Try to make sure that you’re standing on the side of the road that is going the same direction you are. Some taxis don’t want to take the extra time in taking you around to the other side. 

Pay in cash or card (or your T-money if you have it) and you’re good to go. Always get a receipt. If you leave something that receipt is the best way to find it. And last but not least, 빈차 means empty car. And try to avoid the black taxis. They’re expensive. 

2. Buses 

Buses run both earlier and later than the subway. To get on the bus, go to the stop in the direction you need, tap on and then tap off when you leave. 

*If you tap off the fare will end here. If you decide not to tap off, you get one free transfer within a half hour. 

3. Subway 

The subway is pretty straightforward. The free transfer rule still applies. There are pink seats for pregnant women and seats of four at the ends of the train for the elderly and disabled. The trains will tell you your stops in Korean, English, and Japanese. 

When you’re going up or down the escalator, be sure to stand on the right and walk on the left. 

4. KTX 

Everyone talks about Korea’s high speed trains. KTX Stations are different from your regular subway station. They’re above ground and to ride on a KTX train, you’ll need a paper or e-ticket. You can buy them easily at the station counter. There are three main KTX stations in Seoul. Seoul Station, Yongsan Station, and Yeongdeungpo Station.

When you get to the station, tell the attendant where you are going, buy the ticket, and either wait or go straight to the platform that the train leaves from. Occasionally an attendant will go around making sure that everyone has a ticket. So don’t lose the ticket while you’re on the train. 

5. T-money 

Similar to the Suica or Pasmo Card in Japan, the T-money is your main transportation card. Get it at most major convenience stores. You can reload at bigger convenience stores (ask the cashier first) or you can reload on the kiosks in the subway terminals. 

T-money can be used to pay for public transportation and taxis. 

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If you are traveling somewhere, it’s always good to have the place written in hangul to give to a taxi driver or show people if you need help. 

Happy Travels! 

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5 Tips For Eating Out in South Korea 

The simple act of eating in a foreign country can be confusing. Here are five tips that are a little different from what you’ll find on the internet. 

1. Utensils 

If you’re eating at a Korean restaurant chances are your waiter isn’t bringing you your utensils, there isn’t a cup that is holding them, nor are any utensils waiting for you at your seat. Your utensils are probably hiding in a secret compartment. Look under and to the left or right of your table. And you’ll find a drawer that has chopsticks, spoons, (probably) some napkins, and (rarely) some forks. Violá you’re ready to eat!

2. Self-Service 

When you eat at a restaurant in America you may be used to being serviced. While someone will take your order. Korean restaurant staff won’t necessarily be at your beck and call. Sometimes there is a sign that says “self,” “self-service'” or “셀프.” This means that you can fill the side dishes or 반찬 on your own. If there’s no self, you’ll have to ask the server for refills.

3. Stool Drawers 

When you go to eat Korean BBQ or 고기 (gogi) sometimes you’ll be sitting on round, black metal stools with a cushion on top. If you lift up the cushion you’ll find a container that you can put your coat/purse/bag in so that it doesn’t smell like barbeque. 

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4. Calling the Owner/Waiter/Waitress 

You generally have two options. You can say 여기요 (yeo-gi-yo) which means “here,” 아줌마 (ah-jum-ma) or 아저씨 (ah-jeo-ssi), or clicking a little red and black service button that will call them right to you. 

5. English Menu 

Ask for 영어 메뉴 (yeong-o men-yu) 

Happy Eating! 

5 Free Must-Have Apps to Download Before Coming to Korea

My Aunt and Uncle are coming to Korea this weekend. YAY!!! I won’t be here for the beginning of their trip so I’m giving you guys (and whoever is reading this) some tips on Korea! 5 days until they come. So, 5 posts with 5 tips every day.

Today’s topic is 5 Free Must-Have Apps to Download Before Coming to Korea. These are apps that I think are useful for both travelers and anyone living/wanting to live in Korea. Keep reading for my suggestions~

1. Papago (Naver Dictionary)

Papago is Naver Dictionary’s Translating App. It’s so (x100) more useful than Google Translate and is much more accurate. You can translate from English, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Thai, and Indonesian to Korean as I’m writing this post.

There are also options to speak into the microphone and take a picture of a text (similar to the Google Translate feature).

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While I’m at it, I’ll also suggest Naver Dictionary. Naver is the main search engine in Korea. You’ll see a couple more “Naver” suggestions below. Naver Dictionary being the “parent” application of Papago, it also has much more in-depth definitions for words. You can also translate from various languages into Korean and vice versa.

2. Memrise

If you’re coming to Korea and you haven’t learned any Korean. Or maybe you have learned Korean and you just want a refresher course, I would suggest you download the app Memrise. While Korea and Seoul especially are very traveler friendly. If you want to travel outside of Seoul, it can get harder to find people who speak English to the extent that you need for communication. Or worse, it gets harder to find signs written in English.

Memrise is an app that you can easily download onto your phone or tablet. You can also log into their browser online. You can even download courses to learn offline.

If you haven’t learned any Korean yet, simply join a course that is about learning “Hangul,” the Korea alphabet. Hangul is known for being a simplistic letter system that can be learned in as little as a few hours. You don’t have to push yourself that much. But it’s certainly something you can do on the plane when you’re tired of movies.

 

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3. KakaoTalk

Kakao is a texting platform that everyone uses in Korea. If you’re visiting Korea and you don’t have a sim card, getting Kakao is one of your best bets for communicating with people in Korea. Sometimes stores are open but they’ll have the door locked. What the store owners will leave instead is a phone number and often times a KakaoTalk ID.

KakaoTalk will enable you to communicate with people here in Korea more easily. Why? Because everyone has it. My 10-year-old host sister even has one. If you do Air Bnb your host will most likely send you an ID that you can use to communicate with them. Think of it this way for any Americans reading this, KakaoTalk is the Facebook of Korea.

4. Navigation Apps (Kakao & Korea Rail Map)

Did you download KakaoTalk yet? Yes? Well, now I’m going to recommend some more apps that are owned and operated by the Kakao Corp. Korea has a WONDERFUL transportation system. It’s equipped with some of the best public transportation and has an extensive bus and rail system that connects the whole country.

If you like the simple interface of Kakao, I’m going to suggest KakaoMap, KakaoMetro, and KakaoBus. The three are separate apps, unfortunately. But, the Metro and Bus apps give more in-depth details than you’ll tend to find on single Map apps. That being said if you don’t have storage space, KakaoMaps will do you just fine.

If you don’t the Kakao interface so much, I’ll suggest the Korea Rail Map app. It’s clean, simple, and might I even say elegant? It even has a feature where you can tap into tweets around the stations that you’re visiting.

Regardless, if you’re staying in Seoul, downloading a subway and transportation app is something you should do stat.

5. Airbnb

You’ve probably heard of this website and app before. And chances are, if you’ve traveled to any larger city, you’ve probably used it before. Airbnb is a website that acts as an online hosting platform that allows individuals to lease or short-term rent out their private lodgings. People will list anything from extremely expensive houses to small one-room apartments to just a bunk in a guesthouse or hostel.  I particularly like that not only does it have nicer accommodations but also many guesthouses and hostels.

If you’re trying to save a buck by renting out a bunk or a room in a guesthouse, you don’t have to download another app. You have the best of both worlds.

If you’re traveling here for a while or even if you’re traveling here to live in Korea, Airbnb is a good account and app to have.

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And that’s it for my 5 Free Must-Have Apps Before Coming to Korea! See you tomorrow! And happy packing Aunty and Uncle! ❤

17 Things I’m Grateful for in 2017 and 18 Things I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

새해 복 많이 보내세요!

2017 was a year of hardship, waiting around, adjustment, and change. 2018 is a little more stable so I’m expecting greater things but challenges nonetheless. Here are 17 things I’m grateful for in 2017 and 18 things I’m looking forward to in 2018.

2017년 (Two-thousand seventeen)

  1. My Parents. I graduated from college early and had a waiting period of about 7 months before I could take on this job. My parents let me move back in with them in their new house in South Carolina and (somewhat) patiently waited for me to hear about the Fulbright grant. Thanks, Mom and Dad.
  2. Time with My Family. While I was in college, I felt like I missed out on my younger sisters’ growth. Having seven or so months to focus on strengthening our relationships and reconnecting with my aunt (who moved to SC) as an adult was an amazing blessing.
  3. Fulbright ETA Grant 2017-2018. People ask(ed) if I had a backup plan after graduation. The short answer is no. I didn’t. And I’m grateful for the fact that I didn’t need a backup plan. Fulbright is more than enough for me.
  4. 6 weeks of Korean language instruction. I love languages. I didn’t learn nearly enough Korean when I was studying abroad here. The 6 weeks of Korean language instruction that Fulbright provides during our training is probably some of the most useful training I’ll ever receive for any job. Plus my 쌤 and 2A were amazing.
  5. My Host Family. I adore my host family. They fit my needs perfectly and I think that they’ve allowed me into their family.
  6. My Fulbright Cohort. Most of us are fresh out of college, but I don’t know if I’ll come across another cohort of coworkers as varied and talented in their interests and passions as these people. Without them, I’d go a bit stir-crazy.
  7. My Korean Co-Teachers. They’re great. They support me. They guide me. I also appreciate that I can have the freedom to teach as I’d like without having to get everything checked in advance.
  8. Uniqlo Heat Tech. It’s saved my body from freezing. I don’t care what some people say about it, it’s worth the investment. And the turtleneck heat techs a size-up make GREAT late fall/winter t-shirts.
  9. Korea’s Bus System. I was grateful for it when I made a solo trip around the country in 2015 and have grown more fond of it living in Cheongju.
  10. The 한/영 Button. On Korean keyboards, there is a 한/영 (Hangul/English) button on the right of the spacebar. This button makes my life so much easier at work when I’m doing lesson plans, writing and studying in Korean, and writing this blog.
  11. Korea Bridge Initiative (KBI). There are a couple reasons. One, it lets me engage with the community and fulfill one of my original goals of helping bridge the education gap in South Korea. Two, it makes me get out of my house on Saturdays.
  12. Cheonju Fam. I have a great network of 9 other ETAs in the greater Cheongju area. And I’m not just grateful for them but I’m grateful towards Fulbright for placing 10 ETAs in one city that actually like each other.
  13. May Graduation. I graduated in December of 2016 and even though it was a bit of a hassle going all the way back to DC to walk in the May Graduation, in the end, I’m glad I did it. The pictures were great, I was able to see my friends and they were able to see me, and we were able to do a graduation/Fulbright send-off party.
  14. The People Who Encourage Me. Korean. Teaching. Life. I’m grateful to those who take time out of their day to help and encourage me.
  15. Social Media. There are aspects of social media that I don’t like. But, I’m grateful for its existence because it allows me to connect with those I love easier than those who were in the Fulbright cohorts prior to the mid-2000’s.
  16. Amazon. Prime shipping has saved (social) lives, I tell you. And it saved me tons of shipping money in the form of Christmas presents for my family.
  17. E-books and Books in General. Bookworm status for life.

2018년 (Two-thousand eighteen) 

  1. Hmong Food. I love Korean food but am anticipating the day (someday in 2018) when I can have Hmong food and real spring rolls.
  2. Australia Trip. I feel like this should have been first. But, I’m a foodie at heart. I’ll be visiting Australia for 10 days in less than two weeks and am excited about the adventures! I’ll be blogging about it and taking as many pictures as I can on the old digital camera my parents sent me from the States.
  3. Seeing My Aunt and Uncle. My Uncle Kevin and Aunty Marry are coming to Korea! I can’t wait to see them, show them Korea from my eyes, and make new memories.
  4. Getting Ready to Take the TOPIK. Before this grant year ends I want to take a go at the TOPIK, the Korean language proficiency examination.
  5. Reading More Books. See #17 of 2017 lol
  6. Using My 2018 다이어리 (My Diary). I bought a new planner in November. The wait was a killer.
  7. Seollal. I enjoy family gatherings of any kind and Chuseok was a ball with my immediate and extended host family. I’m looking forward to February.
  8. Going to the Beach. Other than when I’ll be lying like a seal on an Australian beach, I’m looking forward to doing the same in Busan. And yes, in SC.
  9. Blogging. I’ve enjoyed writing about my experience. Yes, it’s late most of the time. But, having the app on my phone will hopefully make the process a bit easier.
  10. Spring! I love spring and I’m looking forward to seeing how Koreans celebrate the end of this bitterly cold winter season. The makeup, the skin care, the cherry blossoms, the festivals. I can already imagine it. Woohoo! 
  11. Finishing my Korean Grammar in Use Textbook. Refer to #5
  12. Going to a Korean Movie Theater. I will go to one.
  13. Hiking. I wanted to go hiking in the fall but didn’t make any plans. Spring with its beautiful green foliage will be a different and still gorgeous sight to behold.
  14. Watching an Entire Korean Drama in Korean and Understanding 85%< of It. I already watch dramas with my host family at home (My Golden Life atm) and I can comfortably say that I understand 60-70% of the dialogue if I actually pay attention. I’m looking forward to understanding almost all of the dialogue this year.
  15. Going to a Concert. While I was studying abroad here, I went to two concerts and two musicals in the span of my four months. I’ve been here six months and have gone to 0. That’s changing this year.
  16. Seeing Family. Whether it’s this summer or at the end of 2018, I’m always looking forward to seeing my family.
  17. Continuing to Sleep in on Sundays. Well, sleeping in or lounging in bed on the only day that I allow myself to not get out of bed by 7 am.
  18. Growing as a Person.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you had a wonderful 2017 and had at least 17 things that you can definitively be grateful for. I also hope that you have an even better 2018, filled with blessings, love, joy, and all the luck the world could give!

Isabel

Halloween, 화이팅 Event, and Emergency Drills | Weeks 9 and 10

“Trick or treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. If you don’t, I don’t care. I’ll pull down your underwear.”

Oh, Halloween. American children’s favorite [candy] holiday.

Halloween, Hallow’s Eve, All Saint’s Day. The above is not to say that Halloween is my favorite holiday. That’s probably a tie between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But, there’s no doubt that whether you celebrate Halloween or not, if you’re an American or person living in and frequenting America, you have undoubtedly been touched by the “Halloween spirit.”

When I was at FCON, I hadn’t actually thought about what I would be doing for Halloween. In terms of the actual holiday and any lesson plans, there was no real thought on what to do. Halloween isn’t a huge holiday in South Korea like it is at home. And it’s actually as celebrated or celebrated at all in many parts of the world as it is in America. But, when I had returned from FCON, I realized that I would need to prepare a Halloween lesson for my students.

The week of Halloween was the week after their midterms/finals and it warranted an educational, culturally relevant, and fun ESL lesson. I actually studied up on the origin of Halloween and the way the holiday has changed over the course of time. It came in handy when students asked me questions like “why do they make jack-o-lanterns” “why do they go door to door?” and “why is it called trick or treating?” Which, were all questions I didn’t know the answer to previous to this year. If you are interested in learning more, I suggest this information from the History channel.  http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

My main co-teacher and I decorated our 교무실 (gyomusil) office and students came to the classroom on Halloween Day. If they said, “trick or treat,” they received a piece of candy. All in all, the Halloween lessons didn’t seem to be that exciting to the students. In the first year classes, they had presentations and presentation prep-work to do so Halloween activities were very limited. My intermediate and lower level students watched Harry Potter but hated having to do the accompanying worksheet–sorry kids. And my advanced students were half entertained and half bored out of their mind with watching Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin.

I account the majority of the boredom to the fact that they don’t have any basis for this holiday. To them, it’s just a person explaining something that doesn’t make societal sense. Unless they actually want to go to America, it’s somewhat of a useless topic to them. Some students did come to take pictures with the photo zone outside of our office. And they did enjoy the mood of the office, but all in all, it was a pretty uneventful and surprisingly, not a fun week of lessons.

Oh also, and no, I didn’t go to Seoul to join in on the Halloween festivities. And I didn’t do anything special for Halloween other than putting on a pirate hat and headband for classes I had that day. Maybe next year I’ll join in on some festivities or host my own party.

화이팅! Hwaiting! Fighting! Encourage the students.  It’s our duty as teachers.

The last day of the week of Halloween more than made up for the lack of excitement, however. On Friday we had one of the funniest and most adorable events of the year. I don’t mean “funniest” in terms of an event that was actually funny. I mean funniest in terms of my students’ reactions to this event.

Since I haven’t taught at any other schools in Korea, I can’t say that this event is a normal occurrence at schools in Korea. But, it is an event that I wish American schools would adopt. Korean students are under an immense amount of pressure to perform in their academics. It’s a well-known fact and something that I’ve come face to face with multiple times this year. To help encourage their students, our school organized an event in the morning where all the teachers gathered at the side entrance to the school and gave out choco pies, yogurt, and hugs.

Koreans as a society are not on board with the whole touchy-feely thing that Americans and Westerners engage in so often. That’s not to say that they don’t hug or are affectionate–you should see my girls in the hallways or young couples in the street–you just don’t hug people that you’re not close to. Hugging people you don’t have a close relationship with or someone who is much older than you is simply a no-no.

So watching their faces as they came down the walkway was H I L A R I O U S. They were 1) shocked to see all of these teachers 2) confused because they were being given gifts they were expecting/didn’t have hands to hold them with 3) were being told to give hugs to their homeroom teachers and high fives to the rest of the teachers in line and 4) became so incredibly shy about having to do all of this first thing in the morning that 80% of their faces were bright, tomato red and even the loudest students in class were just trying to rush through and get to the end.

They were undoubtedly adorable and all in all, I think everyone (especially the teachers) enjoyed the event. For example, my principal enjoyed it so much that she wanted to do it every month. It hasn’t come to that yet, but it’s safe to say, it was one of the best mornings I’ve had so far.

Emergency Drills. Do you know what to do in the event of a fire or earthquake?

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Third-Year Picnic|Week 8

After coming back from FCON, students were finishing up exams. For the first-year students, the fall is a special semester where they don’t have exams so they were taking regular classes. For the second-year students, they were taking their mid-term examinations. And finally, for the third year students, it would be the last final exams in middle school. They still had evaluation tests, but with high school entrance exams/interviews/applications coming up, they would have their final grades at the end of the week.

At the end of the midterm/final week the three grades did one of two things. They left Cheongju or they stayed in Cheongju. The first years went to 괴산 (Goesan) a small town in our province where I did my ETA training earlier this summer for a “freshman training” type-experience with their classmates. The second years went on a tour of Jeollanam-do, going to a bunch of different cities over the course of a couple of days. The third years would be the only class to stay in Cheongju because they would be going on a graduation trip later in the year.

Because they were staying in Cheongju however, I was able to join in on the festivities. The third years would be going on a picnic!

I don’t do picnics very often and for what reason, I’m not sure. But picnics are always a fun experience! The main purpose of the picnic was to take graduation pictures. The school hired a professional photographer to take photos of the graduating third years. The picnic was a Chungbuk National University and everyone found their own way to get to the university. The students had to wear their uniforms for the pictures, and they complained about wearing middle school uniforms on a university campus. But, you do what you got to do.

The students took homeroom pictures and then took a giant class picture. If I were honest, it was a bit of a mess. Just imagine a whole bunch of teenage girls trying to figure out where and how to take the pictures and then having to wait a long amount of time for the photographer to set up and for the rest of their classmates to arrive.

And then afterward were the class pictures. The same process all over again but this time they were able to take their own friend pictures as well, so I think the process was more enjoyable. After the students finished their class/friend pictures the class I was with headed out for what turned into a prolonged lunch. Surprisingly, we didn’t actually picnic. The students went to get their own lunch and the teachers went to the professor cafeteria on the campus. Needless to say, it was different from any field trips I had gone on as a student.

After lunch, we headed over to the University’s history museum where they received a tour and participated in cultural activities. It’s really small but big enough that the students needed a tour guide to show them the items for their assignment. Even on field trips, can’t go without a worksheet, can we? haha

But the real highlight of the picnic was afterward. The day became a surprise time to spend time with my students outside of school.

Chungbuk National University is in the middle of Cheongju. That’s about a 15-45 minute bus ride depending on traffic from my house and the school. When I’m down that way already I get everything done that I need to, like most people I know. So since all teachers were allowed to do what they like when the picnic ended, I decided to go to downtown to the shopping strip. I had been sorely in need of a thicker jacket and wanted to go to my go to store–Uniqlo.

Well, turns out that was a great decision. My students are continually concerned for my well-being and ability to survive in Korea. So, three students and I took a bus downtown. It was once again packed with a lot of my students. It was fun being able to talk with them about things I don’t normally have the time for in class. After we got off the bus, the three students transferred. And somehow I ended up spending the next few hours with two students O.K. and H.J.Y.

They asked me what I was doing and the rest of the afternoon resulted in me treating them to crepes, them helping me choose a jacket, and us talking about life and the future in English outside a cell phone store. Since we all lived close together and O.K. needed to get ready to try to buy EXO tickets, we headed home together. If I had stayed at school that day, I would have just lesson planned/blogged/read/studied Korean etc. I would have been fine with that. But, I have so many students that I often feel guilty for not knowing them more personally. So, I’m grateful for the picnic as it gave me the change to spend time and learn more about my students outside of school. It was a great, memorable day in the semester.

Gyeongju 경주: Touring the capital of the 신라 Silla Kingdom

If you know anything about Korean history, you will know about the three kingdoms–Silla, Baekje, and Goryeo. Gyeongju, the “Golden City,” is located in North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea and was the capital of the Silla Kingdom. If you’re interested in reading about what you can see in one day in Gyeongju, please keep reading. This will be covering: Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, the Gyeongju National Museum, Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond,

1 Day Tour of Gyeongju 

We started the day off around 9:00 am in the morning. Everyone piled onto the tour buses and we went to our first stop of the day. Our first stop was the Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, both a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Seokguram Grotto has been designated as National Treasure and Bulguksa Temple a Historic Site under the Cultural Heritage Protection Act in South Korea.

Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple

The Seokguram Grotto houses a Buddha statue that is considered to be a Buddhist work of art. It’s a stone temple and inside of the main hall, you can see the Bonjon Statue, Bodhi-sattva, and his disciples. The main hall is enclosed by glass to keep it from the elements and still remains fairly well intact. Visitors can enter the grotto and look at the statue through the glass. If you are Buddhist, you can also go inside the grotto and pray to the Buddha there.

Like any historical site that needs to be maintained after visitors enter, you must pay for a ticket upon entering the mountain entrance. After walking about 10-15 minutes from the entrance around the mountain, you’ll find yourself at the entrance to the grotto. On the lower side is another prayer building and then a gift store where you can buy souvenirs or a drink.

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My friend at the entrance of the grotto
Seokguram
The intricate paintings on the temple ceilings and roofs are always interesting to look at
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The view from in front of the grotto

If you know about the history of the Silla Kingdom and the making of the temple, the visit is well worth it, especially since the Grotto is a short hike/drive away from Bulguksa Temple.

Bulguksa can be reached by either walking from Seokguram, down the mountain for about 2.5-3 km or you can take your car down the mountain to the parking lot for Bulguksa. In the fall, the walk is very pleasant with the changing leaves and I would suggest that if you have the time and ability.

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Bulguksa has more to see than Seokguram. Whereas Seokguram’s main focus is the Grotto, Bulguksa has two statues of two different Buddhas and the temple grounds are a bit more extensive. It is also home to other Korean National Treasures such as the Dabotap Pagoda, Yeonhwa-gyo & Chilbo-gyo Bridges, and Golden Seated Amita Figure.

At the end of walking the temple, you can go to the gift store where there are figurines of the temple, traditional hanja and Korean artwork scrolls, and other souvenirs. Or you can go to the cafe next door and have some traditional herb and flower teas.

Lunch & Gyeongju Food

Once we got off the mountain, we walked to a bulgogi beef restaurant across the street. The lunch was cooked in front of us and served with plenty of banchan (side dishes).

Gyeongju is known for its haejangguk (hangover soup), bulgogi, ssambap, and Hwangnam Bbang (Hwangnam Bread).

Gyeongju National Museum

The third stop on our trip was the Gyeongju National Museum. The Gyeongju National Museum could most likely take up a whole half-day or full-day if you had the time. Because we were on a tour schedule with a private tour bus, I didn’t have as much time there as I would’ve liked. The Gyeongju National Museum introduces Gyeongju city and the North Gyeongsang Province’s history.

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