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Gyeongju- moja poročna destinacija

Skoraj vsakdo, ki mu omenim, da se bom poročila v tujini, najprej pomisli na kakšne znane lokacije na plaži; na primer Mauritius, Maldive, Havaje, Bali, Sejšele… Presenečenje sledi, ko zaslišijo še bolj eksotično lokacijo, kot so jo pričakovali. Poročila se bom namreč v mestu Gyeongju v Koreji, za katerega večina tujcev še nikoli ni slišala. A razlog za takšno izbiro destinacije je v tem, da moževa družina izhaja iz tega zgodovinskega mesta in bomo naredili nekakšen moderno-tradicionalni poročni miks.

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Kje je Gyeongju?

Mesto se nahaja na jugovzhodnem delu Koreje. Do Gyeongju-ja prispete v treh do štirih urah z vlakom ali avtobusom iz Seoula. Mesto je staro 2500 let in je bilo skoraj 1000 let prestolnica dinastije Silla. Ima štiri lokacije, ki so uvrščene na seznam kulturne dediščine, po številu prebivalcev pa se lahko primerja z Ljubljano. Gyeongju je raj za vse ljubitelje zgodovine in nosi vzdevek ‘muzej brez zidov’.

Kaj si je vredno ogledati?

Cheomseongdae; najstarejši astronomski observatorij v Aziji. Uporabljali so ga za napovedovanje vremena in opazovanje zvezd. Zgrajen je bil v sedmem stoletju v času vladavine dinastije Silla. Uvrščen je na listo državnih zakladov.

Najstarejša opazovalnica zvezd v Aziji

Tumuli park in kraljevske grobnice;  beseda tumuli izhaja iz latinščine in pomeni mali hrib. V grobnici Heavenly Horse (Nebeški konj) so našli več kot 15000 zakladov, med njimi tudi zlato krono, ki si jo lahko ogledate v Gyeongjuvem narodnem muzeju.

Kraljevske grobnice

Ribnik Anjapi; čudovita lokacija, kjer so predstavniki Silla dinastije preživljali svoj prosti čas. Svetujem, da si zadevo pogledate ponoči oziroma ko se stemni, saj boste v ribniku videli čudovite odseve dreves, stavb in luči.

Odsev na vodi

Bulguksa tempelj in jama Seogkugram; oba sta uvrščena na seznam UNESCO-ve kulturne dediščine. V jami Seogkugram je eno najlepših in najčudovitejših Buddhinih svetišč, tempelj Bulguksa pa spada med najbolj znane templje v Koreji, kjer se združuje arhitektura dinastije Silla in vera v Buddho.

Bomun Danji; čudovito letovišče ob jezeru z luksuznimi hoteli, golf igrišči, restavracijami, toplicami in zabaviščnim parkom. V spomladanskem času tam cvetijo češnje in mnogi pari izberejo kraj za fotografiranje v poročnih oblekah- morda ga bova tudi midva.

Hwanglidan Gil; ulica s spominki in lokali

Yangdong village; največja korejska tradicionalna vas, ki je prav tako uvrščena na UNESCO-v seznam. Leta 1993 jo je obiskal tudi valižanski princ Charles. V vasi je več kot 160 tradicionalnih hiš in 54 izmed njih je starih več kot 200 let.

Tradicionalna korejska hiša moževe družine; hiša je stara 450 let in v njej lahko tudi prenočite. Imajo tudi manjši muzej, kjer je predstavljena kaligrafska zbirka in na kratko opisana zgodovina njihove družine. Namig- ne pričakujte visokih in debelih kraljevskih žimnic, če se boste kdaj odločili za spanje v pri njih; v korejskih tradicionalnih hišah boste spali boste na tleh na razgrnjenih podlagah.

Kipec, ki spada v sklop muzejske vrednosti
Place for overnight
Hanok stay

Ali vas zanima še kaj? Ste morda že bili v Gyeongju-ju? Sporočite mi, če vas pot kdaj zanese tja. 🙂

 

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Gyeongju- my wedding destination

Whenever people hear I will get married abroad, they think about Mauritius, Maldives, Hawaii, Bali, Seychelles or some other beach side locations. So when I mention I will get married in Gyeongju in Korea, they usually feel  the location is even more exotic than the places which first came across their minds.

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The reason why we have chosen Gyeongju as our wedding ceremony location, is because my husband’s family originates from that historical Korean city.

So here I am presenting some of the most famous spots in case you ever want to visit it.

Where is Gyeongju?

Gyeongju is located in southeast part of Korea which is in the terms of tourist resources the richest area in the country. It takes 3 to 4 hours to come from Seoul to Gyeongju by train or bus. Gyeongju is 2500 years old city and for almost 1000 years it was the capital of Silla dynasty. It has 4 UNESCO spots and it is a must for all fans of history. As the city has so many historical places and spots, it is also called as a museum without walls.

What to see?

Cheomseongdae; the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. It was constructed during the reign of Queen Seondeok (between years 632-647) and they used it for weather forecast and to observe the stars. The tower is listed as national treasure.

The oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia

Tumuli park and ancient tombs; the word tumuli comes from the Latin and it means small hill or mound. In the tomb of Heavenly Horse  found more then 15000 treasures, which include a golden crown and a girdle and they are now exhibited at the Gyeongju national museum.

Royal tombs

Anjapi pond; a beautiful location where Silla royal family spent their free time. I would advise to come and see it in the dark, so you can enjoy amazing reflection of the trees, buildings and light in the water.

Water reflection

Bulguksa temple and Seogkugram Grotto; both of them are on UNESCO’s world heritage list. Seokguram is considered as one of the finest shrines of Buddha in the world. Bulguksa Temple is one of the most famous temples in Korea and it is a testimony to skills of Silla architects and the depth of Buddhist faith. I haven’t visited them last year, so both of them are now on my list for the upcoming April.

Bomun Danji; amazing lake resort with luxurious hotels, golf courses, dining facilities, hot spring and even amusement park. Maybe we will do some photo shooting in the wedding dress there.

Hwanglidan Gil– street with souvenirs and bars

Yangdong village; Korean’s largest traditional village and it is also listed on UNESCO world heritage list. Charles, Prince of Wales visited it in 1993. The village has more then 160 hanoks and 54 of them are over 200 years old.

My husbands’s traditional hanok house; you can stay a night in their 450 years old traditional house and visit a small museum about their family history. But don’t get surprised- don’t dream that you will  sleep on huge royal bed in Korean traditional house; you will sleep comfortably on the floor mat spread on… the floor of course. 🙂

Calligraphy book from museum
Statues at my my husband’s family traditional house
Place for overnight
Hanok stay

Let me know if you travel to Korea and you wish to visit Gyeongju. 🙂

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Eight most interesting experiences in China

Main reasons for my longer stay in China were always related to work or study. Every time when I lived in China for couple of months and I had to put a lot of effort to consume my free time well. I am presenting you some of my most memorable experiences I have had in China. It was difficult to make this list because every day in China is a remarkable and bring something memorable.

Music festival in Shanghai; since my first interest into Chinese rock music was established in 2007 and I needed exactly ten years to attend a big music festival in China. My final thesis in the university was: ‘Rock music in China’ but I only attended few small concerts of Chinese bands in Europe. In 2017 I finally made it to the one of the biggest music events in China- to music festival Simple Life. It was worth to wait, as I was lucky enough to have two of my favorite performers on stage at the same day- I was happy as kid when I enjoyed the concerts of Pu Shu 朴树 and Escape Plan 逃跑计划.

Harvesting  persimmons ; I trust all of you expected I’d say I harvested rice, but I haven’t. For a while I was explaining to my Chinese friends, that I wish to experience something authentic, something which not many other foreign tourists had a chance to see or do. Obviously they heard my wish well and they took me to… persimmons farm where the owner gave us long sticks. We used it to pick up persimmons from tall trees. I wonder how many other foreigners had this experience in China…

Kakiji
Persimmons up in the tree

Tangerine scrumping; I still recall the memory on one of my favorite hostel I have ever been in China. Hostel is located in Hangzhou and the rooms and bedrooms are placed in traditional houses next to the forest. Location is really peaceful and not crowded at all. But what is more, in front of the hostel grows a tangerine tree which gives world’s best tangerines in autumn. When I passed the tree in the night, tangerines were literally glittering from the branches and I couldn’t resist not picking up few of them to have most delicious breakfast next morning.

Pogled na mandarine
View on tangerine tree
Vhod v hostel
Entrance to the hostel

Bicycle ride through the empty tunnel… empty streets in China? That sounds more like an illusion. Me and my boyfriend were cycling around Hangzhou and we came to the road sign announcing that further drive is forbidden. We took a risk and drove further which gave us one of the most unique experiences in China.  I can even say that the tunnel which we went through had quite a good air.

Tunel na Kitajskem
Tunnel in China
Short break in the tunnel

Unusual exhibition; have you ever had a kind of a dream, when you suddenly appeared in a dark room surrounded with numerous strangers? That happened to me in reality. By coincidence I entered one big shopping mall. Few steps I made and I saw a looong queue of people waiting for something. I came closer and asked a young girl next to me what is happening. She showed me her VIP ticket for some exhibition and then she called a security. I was ready to run away, but people were so crowded that I couldn’t move. Young lady explained to the security that we will enter the exhibition together. Tall dark men just nodded, opened the bar and let us enter on escalator. We were moving down, toward dark room with flashing lights. We appeared in one event, where all the visitors were walking around with the fine glasses of wine and trying to chat to each other. Many journalists were around trying to capture this unique event, which, up to now, I am still not completely sure what was really all about.

Opening ceremony
Opening ceremony

Rooftop Zumba; I might be the person who entered most fitness and dance studios all around Shanghai. I was in search for a good Zumba classes and I almost gave up. Usually the Zumba was made from too easy left and right steps, outdated music or amateur instructors. I was also subscribed to the news for upcoming events. On one sunny Saturday I went up to the rooftop right next to the Jing’an Temple. We were surrounded by other skyscrapers and it was the first time I came to such a remarkable location. The sky was blue and through the whole day each hour another workout presentation started. I waited for Zumba and I was surprised how many people came to attend it. There were not many Chinese but mostly foreigners. When the music started I finally felt a big relief as I immediately knew one hour of pure fun is ahead of me.

Zumba na strehi nebotičnika
Rooftop Zumba
Zumba in China

Yellow mountain (Huangshan 黄山); every time when I lived in China in big cities, I badly start to miss a real nature. Crowded and noisy parks are really weak substitute for it. So on one weekend we took a night train from Shanghai to Yellow mountain. The train was full and although we bought tickets more than a week before, we could only purchase the sitting tickets. All sleeping wagons were already sold out. To tell you honestly, a night ride in a crowded train with curious passengers was more exhausting then climbing to the top of the mountain. I was happy to see mountains around me but it was a little disappointing that they build stairs all way up to the top and I couldn’t feel real soil under my shoes.

Stopnice do vrha
Stairs all way up to the top
Navdihujoče gorovje
Inspiring mountains

Z vrha

Interview about my life in Chinese village; in the summer of 2013 I lived in a small town called Longlin. Most of the Chinese never heard about that place, but those who had, they all were surprised what brought me to the village in the middle of the mountains.  Most of inhabitants had never seen a foreigner living there, so Guangxi TV came and made an interview and a short video about my life there. It happened so fast that I only had few minutes to prepare for the interview. I showed them how I buy food in local market, how I did the jogging in the morning and how I was teaching kids. Only at the end of the day I figured it out I was speaking all time only Mandarin Chinese. Never in my life had I imagined my first interview can be all in Chinese.

Interview in Mandarin Chinese