Gyeongju

Zjutraj smo se z vlakom odpravili z Andonga do Gyeongjuja (beri: Gjongdžuja). Na železniški postaji smo ugotovili, da znamo tudi v korejščini kupiti karte na avtomatu.

Gyeongjuju z drugimi besedami pravijo muzej na prostem, saj naj bi obsegal več grobnic, templjev, pagod in budističnih skulptur kot katero koli drugo mesto v Južni Koreji.

Gyeongju je znan predvsem po grobnicah kraljeve družine in bogatašev. Te grobnice imajo leseno ogrodje, navzven pa izgledajo kot travnati griči (ali telebajskova hiša). Grobnice si lahko ogledaš v dveh parkih, ki ju ločita cesta in vstopnina.

Z avtobusom smo se nato odpeljali na obrobje mesta do templja Bulguksa. Tudi ta je pod UNESCOVO zaščito. Za Korejce so nekateri deli templja nacionalni zaklad: dvoje stopnic, pagod in pozlačenih Budovih kipov. Tempelj so v 16. stoletju sicer požgali Japonci, ki so ga med invazijo spremenili v vojaško bazo, ironično pa je pred tem služil prošnjam Budi, naj jih ščiti pred invazijo tujih ljudstev. V 70. letih so tempelj začeli restavrirati.

Dan smo namenili tudi opazovanju korejske kulture in ugotovili, kako močno držijo zahodnjaški stereotipi o Korejcih. Vsak Korejec ima poleg zelo dragega fotoaparata, katerega nastavitev verjetno niti ne zna uporabljati, še mobitel v velikosti tablice, ki je pritrjen na bluetooth palico, s katero lahko dela »selfieje«. Ker se želiva z Gašperjem čimbolj prilagoditi tukajšnji družbi, tudi sama že razmišljava o nakupu »selfie« palic…


In the morning we found out how awesome we are because we managed to successfully buy train tickets from Andong to Gyeongju on a ticket mashine that was only in Korean.

Gyeongju is known as the museum without walls because it holds more tombs, temples, pagodas and buddhist statuaries than any other place in South Korea.

Gyeongju is well known for royal tombs. These tombs have wooden frames and from the outside they look as grassy hills (or Teletubbies’ house). You can see these tombs in two parks that are separated by the street and differ in admission price.

We took the bus to the outskirts to Bulguksa temple. This one also counts as UNESCO heritage. Some parts of the temple are a national treasure to the Koreans: pair of stairs, pagodas and gold-plated Buddha statues. The temple was burned down by Japanese invaders in 16th century. They used it as a military base, which is quite ironic if you know that the temple was used for prayer for the protection of the country from foreign invasion. They started to restore the temple in 70s.

We also used this day to see how true are the western stereotypes about Koreans. Every Korean owns a very expensive camera, that he probably doesn’t know how to use, and a phone which is as big as a tablet. Instead of using his badass camera, he uses a bluetooth stick to make selfies with his phone. Gašper and I are really trying to adapt to the culture here, so we also started to think about buying the bluetooth sticks…

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