"Home of the Silla Dynasty" Top 5 Page for this destination Kyongju by amambaw
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Gyongju (also spelled Kyongju) was the capital of Korea during the Silla dynasty. In and around the city are some of the most important historical landmarks for Korea, inlcluding burial sites, temples, and a few UNESCO designated areas.
On our first visit, we only had time to visit for two days, but we managed to see some of the more famous and popular sites, including Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto and the Handicraft Folk village.
Gyongju is also an excellent place to go and relax away from some of the bigger cities like Seoul and Busan. The city is very tourist friendly and boasts bike and walking paths that make a network around the area. You could spend an entire weekend relaxing near Bomun Lake.
We were lucky not to visit during high tourist season, as the crowds weren't too bad. In the summer, though, look out! Thousands of Korean vacationers escape to this haven to relax and explore their cultural roots.
So, you remember how I mentioned the summer being a little busy in Gyongju? Yeah... I went on a long weekend in June, how's that for busy?
Jesse and I, along with a group of friends, spent a long weekend in Gyongju. Our friends were there for some R&R, but I was out for some serious cultural immersion. What I wasn't expecting (and certainly didn't enjoy at the time) was the literal immersion I experienced in the sea of Korean people flocking to the same cultural sites I was there to see. Oy vey!
Here was our itinerary, although we did stray from it a bit (much to our displeasure!).
Saturday: Arrival at Gyongju station at 11:00 am.
Shopping at the Handicraft Village.
Visit to Yangdong Folk Village, North of downtown Gyongju.
Sunday: Visit to Bulguksa Temple (we planned to go at 9:00, but you can go as early as 7:00).
Lunch at Bomun Lake.
Visit to the Gyongju National Museum, and Anapji Pond.
Monday: Hiking on Namsan mountain. (We had a little side trip visiting Tongiljeon, which is a monument to the warriors of the Silla Dynasty)
Bus back to Busan.
- Pros:Lots of relics to hunt for, great fall colors
- Cons:People don't always follow the rules (no different than the rest of the country)
- In a nutshell:A great place to soak up Korean history or relax away from the big cities.
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