Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Day 12 Korea Cycling Adventure - Yangdong Traditional Village

It was already the 12th day in South Korea, today we will be going to Yangdong Traditional Village without our bicycles. After a short walk from Sodamjeong Hanok we were at a bus stand waiting for Bus No:203 unfortunately we missed the one we were supposed to take. Then came Bus 200, we told the driver where wanted to go and he asked us to board the bus. We took the risk without knowing whether the communication went through correctly.
Bus No:200 stopped at a junction which is 2km away away from Yangdong, so we had to take the walk, anyway the bus got us close to the village.
The walking trail was quiet and straightforward. The weather remained absolutely fine and good.
In 2010, Yangdong Village was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as "The Historic Village of Korea".
Gyeongju Yangdong Village (양동마을) is Korea’s largest traditional village, showcasing the traditional culture of the Joseon Dynasty and the beautiful natural surroundings. Thanks to its many cultural heritages, including treasures, national treasures, and folklore materials, the entire village has been designated as a cultural heritage site. Many people have visited this village to see its wealth of cultural heritages and scenic surroundings.

The folk village contains over 160 traditional houses and 54 of these are over 200 years old. The village is an excellent window into the lifestyles of historic Korea.
We spotted this house serving as a cafe and without any hesitation we popped in for some refreshment.
At last a place to sit and refresh ourselves.
The ice cream wasn't as good, it was rather icy than creamy...
The village is well preserved and well maintained with proper toilets at various corners of the village.
Our lunch in the village with many dishes of kimchee and one of them was a preserved cockles. A friendly Korean couple who came back from Toronto helped us out in our food order. 
It was more walking and some hiking after a good lunch.
Like a typical village the rich and intellect would stay in a bigger compound, bigger house and on a higher land.
Not too from our accommodation we were recommended by Miss. Kim of Sodamjeong to try this place.
 Byeolchaeban Gyodong Ssambap is located at Cheomseong-ro   GPS : 35.833105, 129.210831
Our Bromptons were parked outside the restaurant where I guess for smokers to take their puff.
The insider of the restaurant, we opted for a chair-less table for our dinner.
The beef for our Korean wrapped rice meal with fresh lettuce which they called it ssambap.
Byul Chae Ban is the native food of Gyeongju.
Byeolchaeban Gyodong Ssambap

Good night from Sodamjeong Hanok, Gyeongju.
A clip of day 12

Monday, July 25, 2016

Project B Sentul - Dignity for Children Foundation

My wife told me of this place in Sentul a few months back, we were supposed to visit and blog it. At last we made it to the place and it's time to find out more about this unique cafe. A project by Dignity for Children Foundation.
I was glad to see some associations who are involved in this project such as Seksan, Eats Shoots & Roots and Mr. Obama too.
I like the theme of black & white it is simple (influence of the Big Group eatery) and conducive. I hope to bring my cycling buddies to visit this place one of these Wednesday evenings, pretty cool and let's support this Project B.
I enjoyed my nyonya laksa very much.
Xiang's beef burger.
Jo had this spaghetti with chicken.
Zuyi's  choice of Nasi Lemak Rendang.
Fried chicken wings as side order.
And lastly, Signature classic Brownie with chocolate cookie.
My boys having a game of chess while waiting for the food to come.
A project that enable the underprivileged children for a route through good education, training and blending into the good society.
The space is sponsored by Berjaya Cares Foundation and F&B possible by the Big Group. The place is run by the children from the school under the guidance of the partners in this projects. 
So do check this place out and give your support to them.
Project B
25-G Jalan 11/48A, Sentul Raya Boulevard, Kuala Lumpur.
GPS : 3.185773, 101.693204

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Day 11 Korea Cycling Adventure - Daegu to Gyeongju

It is a good idea to stay near to the bus terminal where you will be taking a bus to the next destination. This is Dong Daegu Bus Terminal for inter city connection.
We bought a 9.40am ticket for 4,900KRW to Gyeongju.
We still have time for our breakfast at the Bus Terminal.
Our comfortable inter city coach to Gyeongju.
The bus route from Daegu to Gyeongju with a distance of 66km and it took about 45 minutes for the journey.
We have arrived at Gyeongju, a museum without walls, rich in history and an architectural wonder especially in the undisturbed and old part of Gyeongju.
We were as usual ready to explore new ground and where shall we start from here .....
Our first visit was our pre-booked accommodation at Sodamjeong Hanokstay. Thank you Anne for the brilliant arrangement.
We then we visited the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb) from the rear entrance. Our bicycles had to be parked outside the parks and the entry fee was 1,000KRW per person.
The entrance to Cheonmachong Tomb 11,500 artifacts were recovered from this tomb dated back during the 6th century and it was excavated in 1973.
Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village (경주 교촌마을)
Lunch time for some local Gyeongju food.
Delicious Gyeongju food.
The various places of interest within walking distance.
The colourful flowers at Tumili Park.
We cycled to Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond in Gyeongju (former name is Anapji) is an artificial pond in Gyeongju National Park. It was part of the palace complex of ancient Silla (57 BCE - 935 CE). It was constructed by order of King Munmu in 674 CE. The pond is situated at the northeast edge of the Banwolseong palace site, in central Gyeongju. It is an oval shape; 200m from east to west and 180m from north to south. It contains three small islands.
Gyeongju National Museum - Its holdings are largely devoted to relics of the Silla kingdom, of which Gyeongju was the capital.
Cheomseongdae observatory that is one of the oldest surviving astronomical observatories in East Asia
Cheongma 天馬 at the front of Daereungwon Tomb Complex 

Jo & myself did not go back for the evening visit of Donggung Palace but instead we headed downtown Gyeongju of the commercial side of it.
Double rabbit.
Clip of the day