We were looking for something new to do a few weekends ago, which can be a bit complicated and frustrating when you have to rely on public transport, but then we realized that the birthplace of the Silla Kingdom (Korea’s longest-reigning dynasty) is just a short 25 minute train ride away from Ulsan!
Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla Kingdom from 57 BC to AD 935, so it’s filled with super old stuff!
The most striking thing we noticed about Gyeongju’s landscape is the vast amount of perfectly rounded green hills:
Even though Ulsan is a coastal city, we’d managed to spend six months here without visiting any of its beaches; this is pretty much due to the fact that it is super fast and cheap to get to Busan, way faster than trying to catch buses out to any of Ulsan’s beaches. We finally decided it was due time we visited Ulsan’s most popular beach, Ilsan Beach, even if it meant sitting on a bus for over an hour…
Shopping in Tokyo is THEE BEST. Seriously, I love shopping in the UK, but it’s just way too expensive. Shopping in Tokyo is all the funky awesomeness of shopping in the UK, but WAY cheaper. Every single shop I went into had a sale on, so of course I indulged and treated myself to some spiffy new threads!
When we were preparing for our trip to Tokyo, I compiled a massive itinerary of stuff I wanted to see and do, which included about seven different parks.
I guess I didn’t realize just how HUUUGE Tokyo would be, though, because we only made it to two parks before totally running out of time. Thankfully, the two parks we visited were well worth it.
We went to Ueno Park totally by fluke; we were changing lines at Ueno metro station while trying to get to Akihabara, when I noticed a sign for Ueno Park and decided to take a quick detour. A quick detour which turned into a 3 hour-long excursion!
So Eoin and I recently returned from a FABULOUS five-day excursion to Tokyo, and it totally exceeded our expectations. We were pretty sure we were gonna like Tokyo, but we weren’t expecting to fall as completely in love with it as we did. We took SO many photos that I’m going to have to spread them out over a few blog posts, starting with some of the beautiful temples and gardens we visited!