Organizacija, Potovanje, Uncategorized

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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Korea, Travel, Uncategorized

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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Preparation for wedding in South Korea

It will be my second time that I will visit South Korea. First visit happened last year when I met my husband’s parents and visited winter Olympics. This year the main reason for my travel is for me even bigger than Olympics. We are getting married in Korea!
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Wedding dress
I browsed million websites and visited few wedding salons to find the dress which makes me feel well with. I wanted to get something classy but also convenient and comfortable to hold my daughter who will be 9 months old at that time. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed the fitting and selecting dresses. It was very unique time which I never imagined before that I will accompanied by my daughter, who turned out to be a person with very precise taste. At the end I bought a white dress in Slovenia and in Korea I will probably also wear Korean traditional dress hanbok.

Hanbok from my mother in law

Wedding location
The wedding ceremony will be happening outside at my husband’s family property in Gyeongju city. Their family house is a Korean traditional noble house hanok and is listed as premium hanok accommodation certified by Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization. Hanokstay means that tourists and visitors can stay at their home while they travel around. Their house is around 450 years old.

Hanokstay
Hanokstay
Kipec, ki bo bdel nad nami
He will have an overview on the whole ceremony
Place for overnight
Place for overnight

Bureaucratic challenges and official documents
Before we leave, I have to prepare a large range of papers and documents which me and my daughter need in Korea. Most of the documents are in Slovenian and they need to be translated or even legally verified. Not very amusing part of the wedding preparation.

Organization and invitations for wedding guests
My husband is in daily touch with his parents as they coordinate things with wedding organizers. It is expected to be around 500-800 guests on the wedding from his side. As an introvert I have no idea how I will deal with it but I am glad there will be also my parents, brother and closest friends from Slovenia, China and France.

Poroka na prostem
Place for wedding guests

Pre-wedding photography
We are thinking to make a pre-wedding photography in Slovenia. If I succeed to arrange my dress and shoes on time, we will consider Bled as a photo location. It is quite well known also among Koreans and it sounds a bit of luxurious destination. But first we also need to agree about photographer and photo style. There is a slightly difference between what kind of photos I like and what my husband prefers.

Testni priklon
Practice practice…