Places to visit in Gyeongju

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Places to Visit in Gyeongju


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  • 손혁태
    Daejeon, South Korea1 contribution
    The travel destination I recommend is Gyeongju, a city of cultural heritage. If you are interested in the Unified Silla Period, one of the history of Korea, you can visit Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Hermitage, Gyeongju National Museum, and Gyeongju Historic Site to experience the culture and life of that period. If you are only staying Gyeongju for a little while, you should probably go to Bulguksa Temple, which is a representative place that represents Buddhist culture during the Unified Silla Period. Bulguksa Temple has a Three-story Stone Pagoda and Dabotap Pagoda, and if you don't take pictures here, you can't say you visited Bulguksa Temple. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom in spring and autumn leaves can be seen in fall, so it is a good place to take pictures.
    Written 10 October 2022
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  • AnLil
    862 contributions
    An hour and a half from the port city of Busan is Donggun Palace and Wolji Pond (Anapji), dating back to 674. Amazingly, of the unifying Shilla dynasty that began nearly two millennia ago, before the Chinese inventions of gunpowder and porcelain or the spread of Islam, Korean worksmen designed an artificial lake fed by a waterfall/water system made complete with manmade islands and retaining walls of stone. More than a Royal residence, it comprises ‘floating’ halls, where King Munmu entertained guests and fulfilled his longing for an oceanic island paradise. (Remember: Shilla was a “unifier,” and travelling to the rival province of Jeju, stone and water themes become even more prominent.) Be sure to visit Gyeongju’s royal tombs and see the Shilla dynasty king’s unique crown of Korea: of famed and dazzling gold ginkgo leaves, reminiscent of the other Baekje site of Jeonju. Anapji craftsmanship at Wolji Pond shows traditional Korean architecture, seen in the ancient Goguryo-Koryo dynasty’s palaces—as far as the cities of Manchuria they once ruled; as also, in the Joseon dynastic capital of Seoul. Bamboo forests along the walking circuit surround the brightly lit pond of palaces, against a distant mountain backdrop. (The plateau area was flooded in Typhoon Hinnamnor but not endangered.) Visitors could come even past sunset at 6:35. Some rented hanboks afar or carried them to take photos beside the pond. The gift shop remains open to 8:00 pm, and public washrooms are available with parking on site.
    Written 11 September 2022
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  • Grrr1649
    Herefordshire, UK43 contributions
    This is an excellent and free museum. There is a huge range of artefacts, very well presented. Be aware there are no refreshments inside the halls. Use the cafe in the grounds.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • James T
    Queenstown, New Zealand88 contributions
    The walk is around 20-25 mins from the car park and is a nice stroll to the temple through the woods. The temple itself is small but impressive. Ring the gong on arrival for 1,000 KRW
    Written 14 March 2021
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  • ngocanh_crystal
    520 contributions
    Cheomseongdae in Gyeongju is the oldest survival star observatory in Aisa.
    It's also a symbol of this city.
    Coming here in the autumn day made me feel so relaxing. This place is so beautiful in autumn. There is also beautiful pink muhly glass garden nearby.
    Around here, there are so many coffee shops and restaurants in traditional architecture.
    Check my IG@ngocanhcrystal for more images and reviews
    Written 1 November 2020
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  • thelonious22
    Seongnam4,376 contributions
    Yangdong Folk Village is one of the few living villages in Korea with Joseon era housing with residents still in them. The mountains provide a beautiful backdrop and its remote location adds to its picturesque location. While it lacks the amount of activities that some of the rebuilt theme park folk villages offer, it also sees significantly less visitors making it a great place to walk around absorbing the quiet atmosphere. It’s probably not the best place to visit during the freezing winter or the blazing hot summer but a great place during spring and autumn.
    Written 3 April 2022
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  • thelonious22
    Seongnam4,376 contributions
    Daereungwon Tomb Complex is a well kept tumuli park that is picturesque any time of the year. The highlight is the Cheonmachong Tomb that visitors can enter (although the coffin display is a replica and the actual recovered treasures are at the national museum) to get a good idea of what was in the tomb.
    Written 1 July 2021
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  • thelonious22
    Seongnam4,376 contributions
    The renovated interior has many informative displays although most original artifacts found from the tomb are in the national museum. Visitors can get a good look at the wooden coffin looked like in the center and what the different layers of the tomb are made of.
    Written 30 December 2020
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  • moot
    Tenbury Wells, UK1,346 contributions
    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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  • thelonious22
    Seongnam4,376 contributions
    Visiting Gyeongju for the first time in over a decade, the most significant change to the historical area was the popular Hwangnidan Street lined with cafes. With some stores trying sporting historical hanok exteriors some are painted with bright neon colors which makes the street look a bit tacky. The street would be more pleasant to visit if it was pedestrian only but since parking is not allowed on it, it’s a lot nicer to walk around in than some of the similar streets in greater Seoul. While we didn’t dine in at any cafes, we picked up some overpriced cream filled donuts at the popular Yellow Donut and some Gyeongju bread at one of the dozen Lee Sang Bong Gyeongju Bread branches.
    Written 30 December 2020
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  • Vicki B
    Gold Coast, Australia64 contributions
    We are so pleased we chose to come to their area rather than another big town. Gorgeous old houses, wonderful historic sites, good food. We just loved it!. Make the effort to come.
    Written 29 December 2019
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  • moot
    Tenbury Wells, UK1,346 contributions
    This is an artificial lake with, I imagine, lots to appeal in season if you like amusements, shopping and views. We were there off season mid-November and it was fairly busy even with not everything open. We rented bikes (only 5000 won for 2 hours) and rode around the whole lake with plenty of time to spare, though this might be more difficult in season as some of the paths stated no bikes -we had no problem as it wasn’t too busy.
    We had fabulous weather and there were a few cafés open.
    Written 12 November 2019
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  • sydney_park
    Aarhus, Denmark474 contributions
    Demonstration of Martial art called ‘Sunmudo’ played every afternoon at 15:00 except for Mondays. We sat down on the rock behind the temple and saw the show from above. Interesting to see as I’ve never seen that before. This temple is also known for temple stay experence.
    Written 3 November 2019
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  • Henrik S
    Helsinki, Finland19 contributions
    I haven't experienced interacting with birds in that way before. Having them come and lang on arms, shoulders head was something that I will remember for a long time
    Written 24 March 2019
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  • MNataro
    Pyeongtaek, South Korea414 contributions
    Definitely go at night and get photos. It's a little treacherous crossing the river on the stones because the lighting isn't great, so watch your kids. Still, very beautiful
    Written 24 April 2021
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