SCENES FROM SOUTH KOREA, GYEONGJU, PART 3,

And further south the camera goes, Gyeongju, ancient capital of the Shilla Kingdom…

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Coloured umbrellas along the markets streets of Gyeongju

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Tumuli Gongwon, Park with 23 Tombs/Tumili of the Shilla monarchs 

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Rice Fields at sunset

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Polaris Tourist Pension in Gyeongju

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Our place for two days at the Polaris Tourist Pension in Gyeongju

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The start of our Namsan Park mountain climb

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Namsan

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Namsan

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Time to climb, it wasn’t all this easy

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Breaking through

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Chilbulam Temple were we were offered a free lunch by the beautiful Buddhist monk

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Chilbumlam Buddha on Namsan Mountain

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Climbing Namsan

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Topside of Namsan

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Another Buddha in the rock

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And another Buddha 

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The view from above

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Another beautiful Buddha

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Cute warnings are everywhere

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Rocks and trees and nature forever

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Temple at base camp

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Street Art 

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The park under night light

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An ancient astrological observatory constructed between AD 632 and 646 

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Divine dining at Dolsolmaeul

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The gardens of the Gyeongju National Museum

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The Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond from 674 CE

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Wolji Pond

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The Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond from 674 CE

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Temple guards at Bulkuk Temple 

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Bulkuk Temple 

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Bulkuk Temple

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Bulkuk Temple 

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Bulkuk Temple

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Lanterns at Bulkuk Temple 

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Bulkuk Temple 

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Bulkuk Temple 

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Bulkuk Temple 

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Bulkuk Temple 

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More Bulkuk Temple Guards, Gyeongju

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The Bell

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The climb to the covered Buddha at Seokguram.

Next Stop Busan…

All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly