Gyeongju at Night: The Anapji Ponds

In Gyeongju, we lived in a traditional Korean house, a Hanok. Hanoks are constructed according to the doctrine of the Five Elements "Wood, Fire, Metal, Earth and Water" which is widely used in Asia. Wood, paper, clay (mixed with water), stone and metal are used to get as close as possible to the 5 elements.

Gyeongju, also called Serabol or Geumseong (Gold Fortress), was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla and United Sillareich, which encompassed almost all of Korea. The kingdom was established at the beginning of the 1st century and after 700 years dominated most of the Korean peninsula from the 7th to the 9th century.

In Gyeongju there is a lot to see - by day and by night. The impressive burial mounds of Korean kings from the Silla period, or the Anapji ponds on the edge of the former Silla fortress Banwolseon, which are particularly illuminated and miraculously reflect the imposing buildings in suitable weather conditions.

In the Hanok we were recommended a restaurant for dinner, in which we were served dishes from certified organic agriculture - a delight!