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Biking around Gyeongju

by on October 30, 2011

Yesterday we biked around Gyeongju. This was my second visit to Gyeongju and I have limited myself mostly to nature pictures. Gyeongju is the former capital of the Silla kingdom (the word silly is derived from it–hehe). The Silla ruled from the 7th to the 9th century. Like the Etruscans they had an obsession with elaborate burials in tumuli (hills).

Tumulus means hill in Latin.

The colors were gorgeous. This was the right season to visit.

Give me yellow anytime.

Ginkgoes are large trees, reaching a height of up to 20–35 m (66–115 feet), with some specimens in China being over 50 m (164 feet). The tree has an angular crown and long, somewhat erratic branches, and is usually deep rooted and resistant to wind and snow damage. Young trees are often tall and slender, and sparsely branched; the crown becomes broader as the tree ages. During autumn, the leaves turn a bright yellow, then fall, sometimes within a short space of time (1–15 days). A combination of resistance to disease, insect-resistant wood and the ability to form aerial roots and sprouts makes ginkgos long-lived, with some specimens claimed to be more than 2,500 years old.

Giulia suddenly stuck her head into this picture.

oops I am in the picture. Giulia Canton-UCI-UNIST student.

Biking on we saw these drunken trees.

Giulia and Salar with drunken trees in Tumuli Park.

Capturing the autumn spirit.

Fall spirit.

Autumn as a word for the season came into common usage about the same time as Fall did. The English who settled the eastern American seaboard brought the word Fall with them from the homeland. The English who stayed home eventually adopted the word Autumn. I like Autumn better.

Then we biked on to the Cheomseongdae observatory. This tower was built during the reign of Silla Queen Seondeok (AD 632-647). The oldest astronomical observatory in East Asia.

All along the watch tower (JH).

Biking through the Gyerim Forest we moved on to the Gyeongju National Museum.

Stone Pagoda in Gyeongju National Museum.

Another view around the museum.

Divine Bell of King Seongdeok.

The bell has a beautiful silhouette and elegant decorations including lotus blossoms.
The special exhibit was: The Double Burial of Bomun-dong. Some earrings displayed here show the same intricate nano-technology “gold ball” technology I reported on earlier (see Early Korean Nanotechnology).

One more picture from our bike trip: Buddha stuff.

Blue haired Buddha.

Bad taste is universal, no?

This also will pass!

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