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6 Things I Wished I Knew Before Holidaying in Korea (April 2016)

Finally, I’ve completed writing about my recent Spring holiday in Korea after returning home almost 2 months. 😛 It’s been quite a while since I last enjoyed any overseas holiday of more than 1 week long, & also about 5 years since I last visited the Land of Morning Calm. Here’s a recap of my…

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Gyeongju National Museum (국립경주박물관), Oreung Royal Tombs (오릉) & Poseokjeong Pavilion (포석정지)

It started to rain as we headed back to the city centre’s Gyeongju National Museum (국립경주박물관). Not sure if it’s because of the rain, the indoor admission-free museum was very crowded with visitors. There are 3 indoor exhibition halls in the museum: Archeology Hall, Art Hall & Wolji Hall, as well as an outdoor museum…

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Bulguksa Temple (불국사) & Seokguram Grotto (석굴암 석굴) – home to Korea’s finest Buddhist art

Established in the 8th century under the Silla Kingdom, then-Prime Minister Kim Dae-seong initiated & supervised the construction of the Bulguksa temple (불국사) & the Seokguram grotto (석굴암 석굴). The temple was built in memory of his parents in his present life, while the grotto was constructed in memory of his parents from his previous…