This past weekend was spent at the Fall Fulbright Conference hosted in Gyeongju city. The city was the old capital of the ancient Silla Dynasty, and is a very historically important city. In between lectures, group discussions, and more conference stuff, we were able to get out a little and tour a little of the city’s historical areas.
It was a day spent visiting a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites… One of the stops we made at was the Cheomseongdae Observatory (경주 첨성대), the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. We also visited the large mounds in the Daereungwon Tomb Complex, and many other mounds, which were the massive burial chambers of kings and nobles of the Silla Dynasty. As I was walking through the park, I recalled I visited here before with my parents on my first visit back to South Korea in April 2004. Everything was so beautiful with the fall foliage. We also visited the Seokguram Grotto (경주 석굴암) and took a short hike through some beautiful forest.