After catching lunch (as you read in part 2) we were pretty tired. The previous night at the pension was spent in an overheated room. We thought we could control the ondol but that wasn't true. So it felt like a really hot jimjilbang (Sauna). To counteract this we opened up the windows and even perched the door open a little. That seemed to help and I fell asleep only later to be awoken by dogs barking nearby.
We both wanted to see more but decided to head back to the pension and take an afternoon nap. It seemed to do the charm and by 3pm we were up and ready to see a few things before the sun went down.
We decided on some historical places nearby the "downtown" area.
It is interesting to know that the people who lived a long time ago were fascinated with the stars. The Silla people seemed to be included in this as they had built the Cheomsongdae Observatory.
We came to the area in which the observatory was located where there was a vast field with some tombs. To me it felt like the old kings and queens of those tombs must of been upset since it was very windy and cold.
Also what you see is the remnants of what were Silla structures.
The tower is built out of 362 pieces of cut granite which some claim represent the 362 days of the lunar year. Some surveys of the site have indicated that there are 366 blocks. It has 27 circular layers of stones (some associate it with the fact that Queen Seondeok was considered to be the 27th ruler of Silla) surmounted by a square structure. 12 of the layers are below the window level and 12 are above. There are 12 large base stones set in a square, with three stones on each side. These sets of 12 may symbolize the months of the year.
During the making of Tumuli Park, a number of ancient tombs were investigated. These included not only stone-piled wood-lined chamber tombs, but also jar-coffin tombs, stone-lined chamber tombs, and tunnel-type tombs, revealing the various burial methods during the Shilla period.
First you go through a gate and then walk a little path through a forest. Then you come to the sloping hills of the tombs. It almost feels surreal.
Cheonmachong or Heavenly Horse Tomb:
The stuff in the display cases weren't the actual relics and instead were replicas. To see the actual relics one had to go to the Gyeongju National Museum, which we did and I will post on this later.
We moved on out of the tomb and strolled through the park back to our car.
This was a statue in the parking lot, which made a great golden reflection in the setting sun's rays.
For dinner we had ssambap, which was basically a lot of sidedishes and some meat to wrap in a lettuce leaf.