Gyeongju National Park
Gyeongju National Park
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,472 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
On a rocky trail up Mount Namsan in Gyeongju National Park, we had one of the most memorable experiences of our lives:

We saw the most beautiful Buddhas carved directly into the raw rock dating back to the 9th century. While admiring the shrine, a Buddhist nun emerged from a modest wooden house and invited us in for tea.

She told us about her wonderful faith, which is primarily about not harming other living beings and that you get back what you give - if you are noble and giving, you will receive something good in return; if you are selfish, you will get nothing back. If only the world were a bit more Buddhist.

If you are ready for an extraordinary spiritual experience, Chilburam (Heritage of the Seven Buddhas) is for you.

Here's how to do it:

Take bus 11 from downtown Gyeongju to the parking lot at Tongiljeon (the ride costs 1700 won, payable on the bus). From there, follow the Chilburam-gil road for about 2 km to a forest trail that goes up, up, up for 1.9 km. At the top, you'll find the amazing rock carvings of the Buddhas - and perhaps a friendly Buddhist offering tea.

The difficulty of the hike is moderate; not extremely hard, but quite demanding. Hiking shoes and water are recommended.
Written 21 May 2024
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moot
Tenbury Wells, UK1,310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
We hiked both up and down to Seokguram (from Bulguk-Sa) and on to the peak of Mt Tohamsan, both of which were well marked. The forest trails with maple trees were stunning and the weather was fantastic. So far we’ve had sunshine and highs of 18° every day for 2 weeks travelling around South Korea! Plenty of toilet facilities available too!
Written 12 November 2019
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LiketoeatCincinnati
Cincinnati, OH2,463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
This is a wonderful national park with many things to see, and with all of the things to see being national treasures. Plan to spend a couple of days here.
Written 18 October 2019
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amymichelle
Arlington, VA262 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
The first half of this hike was great—a bit hot, but great. The second half, I got very lost and was a little worried about slipping. I didn’t see a lot of people and was concerned being alone. It may be more fun on a nicer day and going with others. I did a ton of hiking in Korea and while this was the hike I was most looking forward to, it was my least favorite. Also, while I loved some of the carvings, they were a little hard to see and I felt like the other things I saw in Gyeongju and Korea in general were more appealing. I wouldn’t go out of my way to do this hike. I did love the hikes I did at Seoraksan, in Seoul (Bukhansan and the City Wall Hike) and in Busan (the coastal walk).
Written 19 July 2019
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GriffnLeanne
Morrinsville, New Zealand124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I caught the 500 bus to samneung and walked to Geumobong Peak then down to Yongjang village then caught the same 500 bus back to Gyeongju. My favourite day to date in Gyeongju. Hiking was good .. quite a long 3 hour hike .. with plenty of stops and things to see on the way , tombs, Buddha, views and more. Plenty of people on the track so felt quite safe doing this alone. Take water and lunch with you. Thoroughly recommend if you like the outdoors and hiking. The tourist information booth gave me a map of the hiking route which was really helpful as well as telling me what bus to catch
Written 24 June 2019
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Gemma
Rome, Italy23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
if you like nature you can come here. IN Korea there are a lot of places that you can hike or walk. like walk in the mountains etc. if you want to spend one day in nature I recommend this place
Written 20 April 2019
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Arnau A
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
The National Park area is full of buddhist statues and stone carvings at every other corner, although you need to pay attention and in some cases steer away from the main trails.
We did the Samneung trail (trail number 2) after jumping off Bus 508 at Samneung Royal Tombs stop. The trail is 2.5kms long and takes you to Geumobong peak. Once there, we took the Yonjanggol trail (trail 3; 3.4kms) on the way down through Yonjang Valley. This trail had the best panoramic views of the surrounding area. Overall it took around 4hrs. We took bus 500 back to central Gyeongju.
Written 27 November 2018
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Sarah53187
Dunedin, New Zealand605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We walked the trail from Bulguksa to Seokguram in the Mt. Tohamsan District of the park. The walk took us just under an hour, we did it in late October and the autumn leaves were beautiful. We walked in the uphill direction then got the bus downhill, you could get the bus uphill and walk downhill for a much easier walk. We saw lots of chipmunks!
Written 11 November 2018
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Kimberley42
Portland, OR1,013 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
What a surprise to enjoy this park so much. We were walking down from the Grotto and suddenly were in the park. The quality of signage, albeit mainly in Korean, is excellent and we were tickled to discover all of the exercise equipment. The hosts at the visitor's center were really kind.
Written 13 April 2018
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Joanne H
London, UK944 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
A day spent walking around Namsan Mountain is a day well spent. I had a great five hours climbing up and down through the forests, looking at carvings and statues and enjoying the sound of the streams running past the paths. On a sunny March Saturday it was busy and I was seldom alone.

I got the bus (#500, others go that way too) from town to Samneung and then just crossed into the forest and started walking. A short way in there's an information board with the trails marked and there are loads of signposts throughout the forest in Korean and English. I walked up to the first peak, down to Yongjangsaji (stunning), then continued down the valley until I crossed a swing bridge and got to a signpost for Chilburam. Then I went up (and down a bit) to Chilburam, which is a gorgeous little temple where a monk offered me tea and snacks. The path then went down to the road and after about a mile I came out at Tongiljeon Palace, where there are a couple of cafes and the palace itself is worth looking at. I caught bus #10 back to town. It was about 12km in total.

Take plenty of water and wear decent shoes - the paths are well-marked but not always easy with some mild scrambling over rocks, and some steep bits. Lots of the Koreans had walking poles. The monk at Chilburam kindly gave me a map which was better than the one on the signposts - this may be available in the tourist information offices in town?
Written 3 March 2018
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