I apologize for the delay in posts! I spent all of January gallivanting across Europe (you probably already know this if you follow me on Instagram), and it was hard to find time to post and was completely impossible to find wifi fast enough to upload photos. I spent the last 3-4 days yelling at the computer on and off until I finally was able to upload them all.
After spending a few days in Seoul with Mattia in November, he left for Shanghai to take some exams (he was taking a semester abroad there). I met up with my parents who flew in from China (they live there now) and together we ventured down to the southern tip of South Korea. Gyeong Ju is a historical city on the Eastern coast and was the capital city of the Silla Kingdom way back from 57 BC to 935 AD. Most of the city is littered with tombs of kings (those big yellow mounds/hills) and buried treasure.
Fun fact: it's also home to the ancestor who started my last name (박), King Hyeokgeose.
Gyeong Ju is also close to where my dad was stationed for the Korean army. He spent three years in Yeong Deok, waking up right next to the beautiful ocean and looking out for potential North Korean invaders. My dad sent at least a letter a day to my mom for those three years. I loved spending time with my family in a place that was so special for us, and hearing all my dad's army stories.
Korea is known for its beautiful fall foliage. We were lucky to catch such vibrant colors so close to December.