Worrall Travel R's

Worrall Travel R's
Roz and Russ

Worrall Travel R's - Kicking the Bucket List

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We are the Worrall Travel R's Roz and Russ Worrall. Our goal before we "kick the bucket" is to see as much of the world as we are able, learn about world cultures, experience making friends around the world, and share goodwill and what we learn with others. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US VIA THE BLOG ON OUR TRAVELS.

We started our world travels in 1969 in VW camper van in the USA, Canada, and Europe, but didn't actively blog about our travels until 2009 aboard our sailing vessel SV Worrall Wind, a 44 ft Nauticat Ketch.  On September 5, 2009 we left San Francisco and took a left at the Golden Gate to Explore the World.

From to Sea to Land
After almost 4 years of cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, we sold our beloved boat in Australia, 2013. The Worrall Travel R's are continuing our travels around by many other means of conveyance -boats,trains, planes, sometimes camels, elephants, rickshaws, and hot air balloons.. 

Russ is a retired engineer, optometrist, professor from U.C. Berkeley. Roz is a retired computer programmer/analyst, educator, (teacher, administrator, professional developer). 

Our Mantra:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Busan - Ulsan - Gyeongju, WTRD 10, September 13, 2017

Youngsters Explore Nature in the Park

Today's Itinerary:

Day 5, 9/13 (Wed): Busan - Ulsan - Gyeongju (B,L,D) After breakfast, visit Ulgi Park, littered with rocks carved into interesting shapes by the wind and ocean. Next, explore Bulguksa Temple, the representative relic designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in Gyeongju. Explore to Gyeongju National Museum, Tumuli Park, and Cheomseongdae Observatory. After check in at the hotel, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Gyeongju Hilton Hotel or Similar (5-Star)  

Beautiful Busan

There is not a cloud in the sky this morning as we say good morning and good-bye to Busan. Both sea and sky are blue.  Where the sea meets the sand, the water is smooth and flat. People walk along the pathway eating up the morning sun before it becomes hot and sticky.

We board our bus at 8:30 am and are on our way to our first destination.  It is hard to believe that we are now more than half way on our tour and only have three days left.

Picturesque Ulsan - Ulgi Park

First Light House 1906

Second Light House 1994
Ulgi Park, recently renamed Daewangam Park, was originally built by the Japanese in the 1906. It was the first lighthouse built in Korea.  The second lighthouse was built in 1994.  Both are built on hill above a rocky prominence that extends into the sea.

The rock formations are picturesque during the day, but were deadly at night, hence the need for lighthouses.  

The blue green water is an abundant source of sea cucumbers, abalone, and urchins, depending on the season.
Divers search for sea creatures.
Fisher people have production camps set up on the water's edge.
The park attracts teachers and their students of all ages who are learning about and interacting with nature.

After our hike to the lighthouses, we traveled past the Hyundai factory production and shipping facility.  We wish we would have had time to tour the facility where they produce 2,800 cars a day! 
The parking lot for new cars is 3 kilometers long.

Several carriers are loading simultaneously.

We arrive at a quaint Korean guest house in the middle of a rice field for lunch.

and then we are on our way to Gyeongju, to see the Bulgaska Temple, Gyeongju National Museum, and Obeservatory.

Bulgaska Temple
Another lovely temple.  Just when we think we have seen the biggest, most active, most artistic temple there is to see, there is yet another one.  Russ is getting temple fatigue and refused to wear long pants or take off his shoes to go into another temple.  This one was quite large and built on a stone platform.  Very impressive.

Lotus Lantern Donations

Gyeongju National Museum

Flying Horse Emblem

Kingly Remains

Tumuli Park

Young couple in traditional dress pose for photos.

Cheomseongdae Observatory

The Cheomseongdae (means stargazing in Korea) is the oldest astrological observatory in Gyeongju, and perhaps the world.


The observatory is situated in Silla just a few hundred meters from Silla Royal Kingdom Tombs.  Little observers come here too.

It's been an active day with lots to see and do with little driving time in between stops. Usually, I can edit photos and blog while we drive, but hardly had a chance to do so today and frankly am too tired tonight write much.  Nevertheless, it was a great day.

All is Well With the Worrall Travel R's in Gyeongju, South Korea

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