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May 2005

On Wednesday, we took a bus 365 km southeast to Gyeongju, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, which controlled most of the Korean Peninsula from the1600s to the 1800s.  It is also listed as one of the world's ten most important ancient cultural cities.  To me, it just looked like a town with a bunch of grass mounds everywhere and the traditional Korean architecture. 

 That afternoon, we visited some palaces and tombs and a pond made during the Silla unification period.  We ate tradition Korean ramen noodles for supper at a noodle shop near the bus station.  For dessert, we bought some Gyeongju Traditional Bread because there were so many shops advertising it, but we had no idea what it was.  Gyeongju Traditional Bread turned out to be small pancakes.

We also went to the Gyeongju museum, where there were numerous artifacts from the Silla dynasty, including many more stone Buddhas.

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