Gyeongju - The Museum Without Walls

For most of the first millenium, the Silla Dynasty ruled much of the Korean peninsula. The capital city of the Silla Kingdom was Gyeongju. Today, Gyeongju holds some of Korea's most important temples and historical spaces. It is considered the "museum without walls" because of the historical importance of the city's landscape. I was only able to see a handful of the sights, but the ones I did see were wondrous. Here are just a few shots from this fascinating place.

Anapji Pond is a must-see in Gyeongju. It is was constructed as part of the SIlla palace complex in 674 A.D. and is best viewed in the evening when the stone walls light up.

The artwork on the roof of Bulguksa Temple is fantastic. Shown here is a dragon with a fish in its mouth. Korean dragons generally have antlers like deer and often include a mixture of other animal characteristics. In traditional Korean mythology, the dragon is a protector and guardian of the people.

Lanterns hang at Bulguksa Temple in honor of Buddha's birthday which is celebrated every year at the end of May.

A family is having fun with some glowing helicopter toys. In the background is Cheomseongdae Observatory. Built in the 7th century A.D., it is the oldest surviving observatory in Eastern Asia. The moon is hanging out above the observatory.

Selfies and giggles

Bulguksa Temple

The stairs at Bulguksa Temple are one of its more famous features. There are 33 steps which represents the 33 steps to enlightenment. Unfortunately, though you can't tell from this photo, they were roped off so I could not climb them. #funkiller

Shoot for the moon buddy!

Cheomseongdae Observatory - As I watched the moon set over this ancient structure that was built for studying the cosmos, I was overcome with a sense of enchantment and mystery. It was magical.